Should I Get a Mac Mini or iMac27"?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by iMacBookPro, Jan 3, 2012.

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iMac 27" or Mac Mini

Poll closed Jan 8, 2012.
  1. iMac 27"

    65.2%
  2. Mac Mini

    34.8%
  1. iMacBookPro macrumors member

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    I was just wondering if I should get a Mac Mini or a iMac 27"? This is a short thread, but I just need some feed back. I I get the Mac Mini, I'm going to connect it to a flat screen Samsung TV. Is it worth getting a Mac Mini over a iMac 27"? Need Help! Thanks. :apple:
     
  2. chrf097 macrumors 68040

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    Well what are you planning to do with it?
     
  3. iMacBookPro thread starter macrumors member

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    A lot of things: surfing the web, E-mails, Microsoft Office Mac, watch movies, edit movies, and listen to lots of music. I want a big screen, thats why I want the 27" iMac or Mac Mini and connect it to my flat screen. :apple:
     
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  5. pjo macrumors regular

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    in addition to chrf097's question, do you already have the samsung tv?

    my personal preference is for the iMac but if you have any tv/pvr hopes then I'd go for the mini.
     
  6. iMacBookPro thread starter macrumors member

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    okay thanks!!!
     
  7. srxtr macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely iMac.

    Mac Mini, though a beautiful machine, is a poor man's Mac. Get iMac unless you can't afford one.
     
  8. iMacBookPro thread starter macrumors member

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    yes i do have the TV thanks for the help!
     
  9. brendan_biele macrumors newbie

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    If you get the iMac you can still hook that Samsung TV and be running two screens. Another thing to consider is the mini won't come with a keyboard or mouse, the iMac will ship a keyboard and mouse. chrf097 is asking the correct question, though.... what are you doing with your Mac? What software will you be running?
     
  10. iMacBookPro thread starter macrumors member

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    okay thanks for the help!! Ordering the iMac tonight. :apple: I'm getting the iMac 27" 3.4 Ghz intel core i7 8GB ram ... go BIG
     
  11. David085 macrumors 6502a

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    iMac unless you can't afford it then go for the mini
     
  12. iMacBookPro thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm getting the iMac 27" 3.4 Ghz intel core i7 8GB ram ... go BIGGGG!!!
     
  13. appleimac27 macrumors newbie

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    DON'T upgrade the RAM when you customize it! IT's $200 just for the 8GB, when you could get 16GB from OWC for $100 here.
     
  14. sunnyj macrumors 6502

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    poor man's mac? really?
    i just bought a mac mini because it serves my needs. if i want to do heavy editing i have my mac pro or macbook pro. the main reason why i bought the mac mini over the iMac was the glossy screen the iMacs come with.
     
  15. chrf097, Jan 3, 2012
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    I would have gone with the Mini.
     
  16. bill-p macrumors 65816

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    I'd vote for the iMac 27"... unless you plan on doing something with the Mac Mini that you won't be needing a screen for.

    Generally, I find the Mini a perfect companion for a minimal studio setup, and it also doubles as a personal server perfectly fine. You wouldn't want to run an iMac 27" 24/7 as a server even if the screen is off.
     
  17. brendan_biele macrumors newbie

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    I'm certainly in the *poor man's Mac* camp. The top end iMac is a great machine and the Mac Pro is the machine used in my industry (sound design), but the Mini will just have to do. I'm not complaining. As an audio engineering student, the specs on the Mini Server will do quite nicely for now. My financial aid only goes so far. But hey, if you can shell out for the top-of-the-line iMac.... you won't be disappointed. Just check out OWC for that RAM upgrade! Cheers!
     
  18. srxtr macrumors 6502a

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    Poor choice of words. I have nothing against Mac Minis, but, correct me if I'm wrong, the majority of the time people choose Mac Mini over everything else because they want to save $$$.

    The Mac Mini is great for doing everyday things, but honestly, the iMac can do them better and more.
     
  19. brendan_biele macrumors newbie

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    Exactly... The Mini is all about the bang-for-the-buck. Even if Apple offered the fabled xMac (somewhere between a Mini and a Pro tower), I would still be purchasing a Mini. Fifteen years ago I spent about 3 grand on a reissue Mac 9600 350 mHz Power PC with an Atto Ultra 2 SCSI Wide card and a pair of 260 gig Segate Barracudas. I was a student then and that was a crazy amount of $$$. I ran it on OS 9 for 6+ years. I'm a student again and I'm really glad I can spend just $950 at B&H for the i7 Server and trick it out at OWC with 8 gigs of ram and a 240 gig SSD at OWC for about $400. I've run a number of G3 and G4 towers and now I'm running a 2006 Core Duo Mini (all hand-me-downs) but I'm really looking forward to a modern machine. I don't need to purchase a monitor, keyboard or mouse. A new Mini will just plug into my current setup. That being said, the top-of-the-line iMac is more powerful with a faster clocked quad i7, 4 slots for 16 gigs of ram and superior GPU. I just can't afford it. The Mac Mini hits the sweet spot for those on a budget. If money isn't an issue, get the iMac!
     
  20. sunnyj macrumors 6502

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    i honestly can't say because i don't spend that much time on this section until recently. i can see people buying it because its cheap no doubt...

    i agree iMac can do some things better but again it depends on the user. if all I'm going to be doing is surfing the net, email, movies, minor photo processing the mac mini is more then enough. like i said before having a glossy screen with no option of matte finish is a major deal breaker for me. :)
     
  21. djc6 macrumors 6502

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    I just sold my iMac and got a mac mini because I couldn't stand the glossy screen.

    However, I do miss the all in one nature - between my wired keyboard, wired mouse, webcam, speakers, monitor cables (power, DVI, USB), etc.. its nowhere near as 'clean' ;)

    Another advantage is that I can share my display with my 15" laptop. I purchased a KVM and switch between the mini and my laptop.
     
  22. Skoopman macrumors 6502

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    That must have been the dumbest thing I've read for a while. Why the heck is it the "poor man's Mac"? I don't need more power than the Mini has to offer for my job. Just because it does not fit your needs doesn't make it a "poor man's Mac". :rolleyes: Another reason why I chose the Mini is because I hate glossy displays and I already have a non-glare 24" Samsung Syncmaster. I write hundreds of texts every month and just don't want my monitor to be a mirror.

    On topic: Because you want to edit movies, go with the iMac.
     
  23. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    The Mini Is Tempting

    But when you add up what you have to add to it (unless you have stuff like monitors etc. lying around) The cost is less attractive.

    I went for the top end iMac 27" over the mini for that reason.
     
  24. OSXjamel macrumors newbie

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    I feel the same. my Mac mini suits all my needs for music production , film editing, and GAMING YES. Some people get caught up in specs vs actual user interface and needs. I got a 2010 with 8 gb of ram
     
  25. sunnyj macrumors 6502

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    is it the SA300 or SA350?
    i bought this monitor to go along with the mac mini and I'm having a hard time setting the colours on the monitor...
     

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