New mac mini owner here

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by maflynn, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I've been a mac user for can be described as eons, and now that my girls are 4 the wife and I decided to get the mini.

    In a gift for me I also picked up a 24" ACD (made sense to have it on the same receipt). I've not opened the mini yet but I hope to today or tomorrow. We got the base model for the luttle ones and they're excited
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    So you decided to get the Mini for your girls instead of an iPad for you, am I right? :cool: (Sorry if I confused you with someone :eek:)

    I'm sure they'll love it and it will be enough for them for years.
  3. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Congrats on the new goodies
    I have the 23" ACD and love it :)
    I considered a Dell, but opted for the ACD on a great deal on eBay

    Hopefully the Mini will serve you well
  4. 7031 macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2007
    Haha great machine for them. While I am myself a PC lover simply because well, I love tinkering I guess, my first Mac was a Mac Mini, and my god I loved video editing on it. I was only about 12 or so at the time, but it was a great purchase and it definitely helped me with my creative side. Sure, gaming sucks on the Mac (although this is definitely improving), but at the time, I was using a PowerPC G4 Mac Mini and I think the inability to do any real gaming actually made me more productive, which is a good thing I think.
  5. maflynn thread starter Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    That's me :)

    Yeah, by the end of the day, it made more sense to get them something that will help them learn and gain computer skills then a nice non-essential device for me.

    I had the dell and it lasted 5 years and its still going but the back lighting does seem to be going south. Getting darker, taking a long time to warm up and see a decent image.

    Overall, I'm happy with the ACD and the mini is serving my little ones very well.
  6. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    The mini was my daughter's first Mac. It served her well and is now used as our HTPC since she moved to an iMac. The new ones should be even better. Great choice.
  7. msjones macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2007
    Nottinghamshire, UK
    Ive just bought myself the new Mac Mini to use as my main machine. I have it hooked up to BenQ LED monitor. I am suprised at the power in this little machine. Have just ordered 4GB and 500GB drive to make some upgrades.

    Just waiting for the Steam client to come to Mac now. Roll on May!
  8. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    A friend just bought my old Mini (1.83 CD) for his 5 year old daughter. I was happy to get a young convert. :)

    Of course, after seeing the prices of used Minis on here and eBay, I lost some money. It was worth it, though, since I didn't want to rip him off.
  9. dmm219 macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2008
    for 99% of home users...a mac mini is all you ever need in a desk top. And since they are so cheap (relative to Apple), you cas easily upgrade every 3 years or so. Unless you are doing massive amounts of video editing, I've never seen the need for anything more powerful at home than a is, but far, the most financially sound choice when it comes to using macs.
  10. stinkhorn macrumors newbie


    Feb 27, 2010
    well done - a great buy, and a bargain (for apple) to boot! the 4gb ram is a good idea (kind of essential these days...)

    my mini is my main machine - i use audio processing software in addition to standard home use - and it just flies! very happy with it :)
  11. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

    Sep 24, 2008
    Boon Docks USA
    Congrats on the new machine. I'm waiting on the new ones coming out with the HDMI port. Hopefully a good graphics chip/card for my 50 inch tv. This will be my media center instead of my apple tv.
  12. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    People I've told to get one a long time ago who got the G4 models still have and use them and they love it!

    I have the 1.66 Core Duo and it's still awesome - especially after upgrading it to 2 Gig and Snow Leopard!
  13. Cricketman macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2008
    I'm looking at the Mini myself. Good time to purchase, I assume? I looked at the buyers guide and it is mid cycle, so I think i'll make the switch soonish.

    Is 2GB of ram enough? Looking at some pretty heavy browsing/youtube, word processing/homework/papers, movies, etc. No video editing, maybe some light photoshop work.

    Also, the keyboard/mouse - I don't want to drop $70 for the apple set. Are there any compatible options, wireless, that work just as well? I was looking at this logitech combo:

    Sorry for the thread hijack! :eek: Congrats on your purchase by the way!
  14. wisty macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2009
    2GB RAM isn't future proof.

    Firefox will take up to 1GB, and a bunch of other apps can suck up lots, so your computer has less room for cache.

    If you don't have a big cache, your HDD will slow down.
  15. Wheaty macrumors regular


    Mar 6, 2009
    Cheshire, UK
    2Gb Ram it fine for Most photoshop work. I have churned out and edited a 2ft x3ft image at 600dpi as a Tiff, and while a tad slow if I applied a global filter, it was quite happy and got there. Normal size stuff is a breeze. Memory management on OSX is sooooo much better than XP!

    As for the Keyboard + Mouse. I used my old MS keyboard for 9mths untill my wife kindly bought me the bluetooth one for christmas. And I'm still using my Wacom tablet for the mouse, as I dont currently like any of the new tracker balls around (I miss my Old Logitech Trackman FX it was PS/2 :( )

    So, Mid 2009 Mini. 2GHz 2Gb ram for reference.


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