Review and thoughts on mac mini?

alittleloving

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Jul 21, 2009
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I want to buy my mom a mac for her birthday but do not want to pay so much money. How well do mac minis work? she now has a dell desktop. Will it work as fast as a mac does? Im not too familiar with the mac minis so any information is greatly appreciated! thanks!
 

bagelche

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Nov 2, 2007
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refurbs are as good as new (some would even argue better because they've been checked out, presumably thoroughly). I would always recommend going for a refurbished mac over a new one. The monetary savings are noticeable and I don't see a downside (discounting the plain brown packaging--but really).

I like the mini. It's small and speedy for all non-intensive tasks. The only downside for me is I'd want to put more RAM in, which is a small PITA.

I would also factor in accessory costs. You may already have a monitor (DVI input? if not you might need a DVi-to-VGA adapter--check out monoprice.com). Also, keyboard and mouse.
 

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