Starter Mac mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ivrob, May 3, 2012.

  1. ivrob macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2012
    Looking for some thoughts whether or not this would be a nice starter Mac for my 4 y/o. A few educational websites can't be accessed by ios. Plus we have some DVDs for reading. Its priced at $549
    Thanks again

    Refurbished Mac mini 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Originally released June 2010
    2GB memory upgradable to 8GB
    320GB hard drive
    HDMI port with support for up to 1920-by-1200 resolution
    SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce 320M with 256MB memory
  2. \-V-/ Suspended


    May 3, 2012
    That's not a good deal, honestly. You can get a brand new one for 50 dollars more. Be that as it may, that Mini should be more than enough to handle any educational websites or games for your kid.

    The new one doesn't have an internal DVD drive, however... so that's probably a deal breaker.
  3. GlynJones macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2005
    I bought one of these from the UK site a couple of days ago. The benefit over new was that it has a DVD/CD slot and can bootcamp into XP so I can use some of my older software without having to upgrade.

    Also sometimes you get a bonus. Mine arrived with 4gb of memory instead of 2, a 500gb 7200rpm drive instead of the 320gb 5200 rpm as standard.
  4. vastoholic macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    I'm just confused as to what you mean by "for your 4 y/o". Is this going to be their computer? Do you not already have a computer at home to access these sites? Why the need to get a mini just for the child?
  5. hipnetic macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2010
    That looks like a bad deal to me (I'm assuming these are US dollars). You can get a brand new current-gen Mini for $565 (no tax and free shipping) from MacMall. You won't get a disc drive, but you have a couple of options there:
    1) An external drive. I just got a laptop-sized external Blu-ray drive for $42 from a recent eBay deal, so these can be found cheap.
    2) Ripping the discs and playing them off of the hard drive.

    If you absolutely want a disc drive built-in, I would think that better deals could be found.
  6. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2012
    I've been known to use my kid to justify purchasing new gadgets. :eek:

    I mean, she's only 12 months old, and I just bought her a mac mini server. I'm going to keep it down in the man cave for a few years until she's old enough to use it.
  7. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    you want the 2010 2.4 model . when apple has it in stock at the apple refurbished store it is 469. it is the same as your model the slower cpu would not be a problem. plus you would save 80 bucks.
  8. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007

    I don't have kids, can I use your daughter to justify my purchases? In return you can use my nieces to justify yours. This has the added bonus of them never trying to collect their purchases since we don't know each other.
  9. ivrob thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2012
    Thanks for the input everyone. Another great benefit of having kids are those justified purchases haha!!!

    That mini was on last night, but gone as of today.

    Maybe I'll look at a refurb i5
    with upgrading of the ram and external DVD drive.

    Do you folks think when an updated mini comes out, that the current refurbs will take another price cut?

    Thanks again!!
  10. fungus macrumors regular


    Sep 30, 2008
    Yes, but not until refurbs of the new mini start showing up in the store, which would take at least a few months.

    Check back daily for that older 2.4 w/DVD. IIRC, new refurbs used to begin showing up in the store around 11:30am Eastern. Good luck!

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