New 2010 Mac Mini 2.4 or Refurb Mini 2.53?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by macmininoob, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. macmininoob macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2010
    So I am trying to decide on getting the new 2010 Mac Mini (2.4 baseline model MC270LL) or a Refurbished Mini 2.53 (late 2009 FC239LL). I am not a power user and will only use it mostly for photos/imovie editing/ music editing/ itunes/ Web

    Benchmarks I have seen actually show the 2009 2.53 model is slighlty fatser in many categories. ( )

    Here are the options:
    Refurb 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    4GB RAM w/320GB HD; 5400 rpm
    Price: $589


    2010 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2GB RAM w/320GB HD; 5400rpm
    Price: $649

    Any thoughts?
  2. indg macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2007
    buy the 2.53 refurb. is that the answer you were looking for? no? then buy the 2010 2.4 mini.

    bottom line: they're both adequate for what you want to do. it's your money, buy whichever you want. whatever opinion anyone gives here, you're going to believe what you want to believe anyway, so it's kind of pointless to ask. i think you already know which one you want and you're just looking for affirmation.
  3. macmininoob thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2010
    No, I am asking as I thought informed Mac users would have an opinion that I could value. I am simply asking which one others would prefer, not reaffirming any decisions I have already made.
  4. mangrove macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    FL, USA
    I've got both.

    The 2009 is just fine @2.53, but the HD is slow.

    The 2010 we use at the TV and I really like blowing up web pages, etc. to see more detail for me. The HD is also slow on this one even tough it is 2.66.

    I will put a Seagate Momentus XT in both and/or on the 2009 put an SSD + the Momentus for files.

    Ask more if this does not hit home.
  5. mlyon macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2009
    I would get the 2010 version because of the updated graphics. It's also easier to upgrade the RAM. Either one for me would also require a HD upgrade to a 7,200 or SSD
  6. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    yep, Apple's marketing says 2x as fast with the updated GPU, haven't looked at barefeats to see where it lands.

    Anywhere near that 2x mark is a darn good reason to choose it over the other.
  7. JeepGuy macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2008
    one of the things I hated about the mini was the huge power brick, I say get a the new one.
  8. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Get the new one, and grab 4GB ram off of newegg. I got 4 gigs of crucial for $93 a couple weeks ago, which is a pretty darn good deal.
  9. Alvi macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2008
    The new one is way better looking and the GPU is faster, new stuff works better, and it will keep you happy for a longer time

    Macs are fast
  10. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    New one is the way to go period. Its a very nice lil machine. A very nice step up from the old machine that had the brick and the 9400m graphics.
  11. Baby Mac macrumors regular

    Baby Mac

    Jul 28, 2010
  12. JayMysterio macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2010
    Rock Ridge, California
    While I have the earlier '09 Mini, the only reason I've been tempted by the new Mini is because of it's looks. Which is really the driving issue from the refurbs to the latest mini. Yes, there is a graphics bump, but from what you've stated, you really don't need it. What I do like is the 320gb 7200rpm HD that I was able to put in my mini, you can find a 500gb 7200 rpm HD to put in a refurb if you like, along with 8gb of memory. Putting in a new HD in the new mini is daunting to say the least.

    The previous poster's link is very informative & helpful.

    If you can grab a refurb for $100 less or so ( referring to a refurbed base mini ), why not. It may not be as pretty, but I think the savings will help you get over it.

    Now, when the minis start showing up in the refurbs... ;)
  13. Kaiser Phoenix macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2005
    Definately get the new one I would say. Several advantages that many of the other members have posted:

    - No Powerbrick. This is a huge design improvement as the previous minis, while they were "mini" werent that small when you factored in the AC Adaptor which was pretty much the size of another mini!

    - Design: Nice unibody aluminium structure gives the mini a more premium look while giving it greater serviceability, just twist off the lid on the bottom and off you go:) I also feel that this unit is whisper quiet.

    - Serviceability: You dont need any special tools, the earlier mac minis required a mac mini putter knife thingy which technicians are trained on to open it up, its a pain.

    - HDMI: The only mac right now that comes with an HDMI as default (Mac Pro as well depending on GPU). HDMI is useful as you can hook it up to an HD tv/monitor and in my case, it doesnt take up my DVI port which is occupied by my Windows machine, so I can keep switching machines, very nice.

    - Better graphics card: The 320M is superior, period!

    Tips: I would get a smallish SSD such as the OCZ Vertex 2E and 4GB DDR3 and this machine turns into a mean little machine!!
  14. opeter macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2007
    Slovenia, EU
    The new one has some advantages ...

    - simpler to upgrade
    - faster GPU
  15. bzollinger macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2005
    I had the same debate and went with the refurb. With the $$ I saved I put a 500GB momentus XT hybrid drive in it, and it's fast enough for me!

    People say "serviceability" but that's not exactly true if you want to replace the HDD. If you just want more RAM then the 2010 is easier, but that's it.

    The 2010 does look much nicer, and have better graphics, but nothing I do will benefit from the graphics bump. I went for bang for my buck and havn't looked back since.

    Good luck!
  16. dcl macrumors regular


    May 28, 2006

    With California Tax through Apple The Refurb. Mac Mini 2.53 will run me $647 about $ 20 less than the New 2010 Mac Mini from an out of state vendor.

    But, I do get an extra 2gb of ram with the refurbished Mini

    Which one is the better deal NOW ?

    For a basic user - MS Office, Windows 7 thru VMWare Fusion, Photo Editing, etc. - Will 2gb vs 4 gb make that much difference for me , or any difference for me? :apple:
  17. bzollinger macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2005
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    OWC did some benchmarks on the difference that RAM makes heck out their site and benchmarks and read for ur self.
  18. Kaiser Phoenix macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2005
    Yes its quite true, changing the hard-drive was slgithly tedius but its not that bad, as it just involves unscrewing and then shifting out.
  19. Baby Mac macrumors regular

    Baby Mac

    Jul 28, 2010
    From what I recall learning on the Internets, your performance will be slower on VMWare or a similar solution -- versus Bootcamp or Crossover.
  20. Robby C macrumors regular

    Robby C

    Jul 11, 2008
    I have 2GHz Mini and it is plenty fast and I need it to do more than what you do. So you'd be fine with getting the new one or the old one.

    Really... it's up to you.

    For the record, I don't really care for the 2gigs of RAM I have and will be soon getting 4gigs.

    Edit: For those saying the power brick is a pain... Here's my say on that. What I have, essentially, is a small entertainment center in my room. So I have surround sound, 2 monitors (1 being a 32 inch Sony Bravia), a Xbox, the Mac Mini, and soon a Blu-Ray player. That said, if you're running your Mac Mini next to an Xbox, or anything else with a brick for that matter, then you really won't notice it being there because you already had one in the first place. That's 100% my opinion though.

    Would it be nice for me not to have a brick? Yes. Would it make an impact on me if I didn't have it? No

    The only difference the non-brick 2010 Mini would have on me (as far as the power supply goes) is aesthetics. And my brick is hidden behind a bookshelf anyway!

    I'm not saying it's not going to be a problem for everyone, I can see where it would be with limited space. I'm just saying, if you have the room for it don't make that one of the reasons not to get a refurb.

    As mentioned above that may be something you may want to consider. I don't pay the bills so that doesn't affect me at all. (Dad does)
    Also, I turn my computer off every night before I go to sleep, and put it in sleep mode when I'm not using it. Personally, I think it's better for the computer because I'm also anal-retentive but it also saves energy while doing so...

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