Refurb C2D Mac Mini - Get 'em while they're hot!

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  1. macfaninpdx macrumors regular

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    The Core 2 Duo Mac Mini is currently available at the Apple Refurbished store. I have been watching the refurb store for a while, and they have previously only been offering the Core Duo - and even those went FAST! So I would guess these won't be here for long. If history with the Core Duo is any indication they will probably be gone in a day or two, and then resurface every couple of weeks.

    Refurb Mac mini 1.83GHz C2D $499 (linkity-dee) *Currently out of stock
    Refurb Mac mini 2.0GHz C2D $679 (linkity-doo)

    Good luck!
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    That was fast. I wish I was in the market for one.
     
  3. macfaninpdx thread starter macrumors regular

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    Fortunately, I am (was). Add a $100 Store Credit (or would that be subtract a store credit?) thanks to Mr. Jobs, and I picked up a 1.83 for $399 shipped.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Lucky

    I have no fear of opening up a Mac mini. I'd get one just to hack to death.
     
  5. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Damn! I wish I had waited to get my daughter's mini. Still, the lowend one is $539 on the Canadian refurb store so I am not too upset at saving $70 and getting the 1.66.
     
  6. Squonk macrumors 65816

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    I sure do like the refurbs. These are great prices, but I still think the Mini's are too expensive. Well, I just want them to be less expensive...
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I agree. The mini should be $499/599 like it was in the G4 days.
     
  8. gkarris macrumors 604

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    That's pretty cheap for a refurb price for the Mini...

    Is it because we are so close to Leopard? You'll have to add another $129 for the latest system...
     
  9. macfaninpdx thread starter macrumors regular

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    True. I am not sure if they will include Leopard with the refurbs once it is released. I would think so, but do not know for sure. But I will get it anyway for two reasons:
    1) I will need it for my iMac anyway, so having the restore discs won't help me. Having the Family Pack will.
    2) It was already "gifted" to me as a belated birthday present from good ol' pa. And my birthday was back in August, so I have been present-less for six weeks! :rolleyes:
     
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  11. Squonk macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, there has been some crappy CD mini's on the US store too which are overpriced. It's been like that for weeks, I am surprised it is still like this.
     
  12. Multimedia macrumors 603

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    Moratorium On Buying New Systems Only 3 Weeks From Leopard

    Too close to Leopard to buy a system now. Only 3 more weeks from Friday.

    And yes, they will ship with a drop in Leopard install DVD.
     
  13. gotzero macrumors 68040

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    I did the exact same! Thanks to the OP!

    I was thunking about the Leopard thing, but I am in family pack territory anyway.

    I am going to make this into a home server/remote station (excited about the leopard options!) and maybe use it as a second Logic station/node.
     
  14. roker macrumors regular

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    My country only just (prob just over a month ago) got a refurb store, & all that is ever on it are old iPods & applecare for refurb macs that aren't even for sale :(
     
  15. MacSA macrumors 68000

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    I saw that on there too... you'd have to be a total idiot to buy that. What are Apple thinking? More often than not the refurb store is a con.
     
  16. macfaninpdx thread starter macrumors regular

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    You're welcome. ;)

    But the minis do not have 802.11n, right? Nor can it be enabled? I was thinking about the media server idea too, but without 802.11n it may not work as I would like.
     
  17. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I believe that you can install the MacBook/iMac wireless card into the Mac mini.
     
  18. gotzero macrumors 68040

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    Everything that can be wired in my place is, and I am most concerned about being able to log in from away.

    I have never been comfortable with wireless only. I use it for laptops in the house, but it still makes more sense to me to go wired for really moving data.

    I am going to put the computer behind my monitor. Now for a KVM...
     
  19. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040

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    Then they were great buys. We all wish for the C2D @ G4 prices....
     
  20. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    They have refurbs already? These mini's just came out like 2 months ago no?

    I bought a new 1.83 C2D about 2 weeks ago. These are pretty fast little machines. They blow away the PowerPC mini's. I would say at least 3-4x faster vs. the 1.25GHz G4 mini I used to have.
     
  21. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    Considering how much faster the Core2Duo mini is over the G4 mini its well worth the extra 100. Its literally like night and day.

    My mini scores higher than dual 2.3ghz G5's on xbench. The only area the Dual G5 was really faster was its HD but thats perfectly understandable since its a 2.5" 5400 vs. a 3.5" 7200.
     
  22. hookem12387 macrumors 6502

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    these hit refurb so quickly it makes me wonder about the new imacs
     
  23. Squonk macrumors 65816

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    6 to 8 weeks after new product starts shipping is par for the course to start appearing in the refurb store.
     
  24. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040

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    I think what made the original G4 Mac Mini so appealing was the fact that it was sold for under the psychological USD$499, for some reason that really did appeal to a lot of consumers out there. The idea of a cheap Apple.

    I wasn't disputing for the extra $100 you are getting a far superior processor, the C2D is far better than a G5, it was more the pricing point I was trying to make.
     
  25. macfaninpdx thread starter macrumors regular

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    $499 model gone

    They're out of stock on the 1.83 $499 model. I noticed it last night, so it took about a day and a half.
     

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