The New PC Mini!

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by GroundLoop, Mar 2, 2005.

  1. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    we all knew that it was going to happen sooner or later, but that thing is ugly thats for sure, way too shiny if you ask me
  2. Macmaniac macrumors 68040


    Looks like a POS to me, the PC world can never get things right, I bet they have a Celeron in the darn thing. How ugly...;)
  3. Daveway macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2004
    New Orleans / Lafayette, La
    [VOMIT] What a hideously obvious rip-off!! [/VOMIT]
  4. GroundLoop thread starter macrumors 68000


    Mar 21, 2003
    It is not a true computer yet, just a concept. But it is only a matter of time before something like this hits the market.

  5. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    What's with the tile grout lines and the ugly square decal? They take a simplistic approach like that of the mini and they royally screw it up.
  6. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Agreed. Amazing how they can rip off the mini - which truly does look cool - and somehow utterly destroy the attractiveness.

    Franken-mini, methinks.
  7. runninmac macrumors 65816


    Jan 20, 2005
    Rockford MI
    wow i love how EVERYONE trys to copy apples inovations yet they never get it right.
  8. dsharits macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2004
    The People's Republic of America
    And then they call themselves innovative. :rolleyes:

  9. Vader macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2004
    Saint Charles, MO
  10. mrzeve macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2005
    Right.....because Apple was the first one to make a small computer....

    Ive had a PC a little bigger then my mini for over a year now.
  11. relimw macrumors 6502a

    May 6, 2004

    Cool, now I can have my computer flash 12:00 like my vcr ;)
    This is just plain laughable, and goes to show that the M$/Intel world can't think for itself anymore.
  12. ChrisFromCanada macrumors 65816


    May 3, 2004
    Hamilton, Ontario (CANADA)
    Never have I seen such a direct knock off. It even uses a slot load drive! No PCs use slot load drives!
  13. relimw macrumors 6502a

    May 6, 2004
    No, we're commenting because Intel is showing a blantant rip-off of an Apple design. My question to you, is why did you buy the Mac mini?
  14. mrzeve macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2005
    Because it was cheap and I wanted to begin to develop software for OSX to expand my products.

    And cause I had a 17 inch LCD just laying around.

    I really could care less about the size of the mini. I wish they would have made it bigger, cause the performance is horrendous. I wouldve been fine with a machine the size of a g5, cause heck, it would been alot better, and bigger parts means its cheaper for apple to put together.

    Granted though, Im stuck with 256 ram untill my 1gig stick gets here. So i'll judge again then.
  15. Phat_Pat macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2004
    I Live Where I Live
    seriously i'm suprised there isn't already a lawsuit.
  16. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    But not today... that "concept" is just a plastic shell. It doesn't run.

    Ripping off someone else's concept is even easier WITHOUT the engineering :)
  17. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004

    It is a ripoff, but

    At least it has a remote included/or option.

    I have many PC using friends (with iPods and iTunes) that want to hook up a Mac mini to their tv and home stereo. They also want a remote, and the mysteriously missing iPod connector/charger that was rumored to exist.

    Also, how about the ability to play CDs and DVDs without booting the computer. Many PC laptops allow this, why won't the Mac mini? or Powerbooks?

    C'mon Apple
  18. tech4all macrumors 68040


    Jun 13, 2004
    That true?
  19. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    Then you don't fall Apple-related news closely enough! :p
  20. rtdgoldfish macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2004
    Jacksonville, FL
    I think it is funny how as soon as a new PC product is announced that looks like something Apple makes, everyone complains about how they are ripping off Apple. Sure they are, isn't that how things work?? If someone has success with a product, others will try to make a similar product to compete. If there was suddenly another company out there that started making a new MP3 player with a 100gig HD and 36 hours battery life all in a 1"x2" case, Apple would soon be using the same parts and making a new, smaller iPod. Whoever is the innovator in the feild can expect to be copied. I just see it as a good thing that Apple is leading the way.

    I say good for Intel. That box isn't as ugly as some PC cases out there. There was a thread on here a while ago with some awful looking PCs. Odds are, this box will never come out. If it does, it will still be running Windows.

    Anyway, just my two cents at 2am...
  21. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004

    Only somewhat. Compact mini-ATX PCs don't really count, if you ask me.
  22. Mav451 macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2003
    The only real successful "small" form factor case has been the SFF series by Shuttle. So I can't say any other PC case manufacturer, with the smaller ones, has garnered enough interest b/c those PCs were particularly weak (PIII's or Via CPUs in them).

    Shuttles continue to be the only ones with Desktop CPUs (nForce4 with PCI-E being the latest addition)...however, it seems Intel wants to change that. Yes, the case is exactly the same, but if this means laptop CPU/mobo combos getting cheaper for everyone, so be it.

    The only Intel CPU i recommend to friends is the Dothan, and if Intel decides (finally) to use a high-efficient CPU vs. the marketecture P4 "Net Burst", then I'm all for it.

    *This also reminds me of a concept i got from ECON 200, well I think I remember it correctly. As the brand name increases in price, so do the generics. Well, with Apple pricing Mac Mini's competitively, I was anticipate that the "generics" (PCs) will also be priced competitively.

    If that means lower prices, WHOOO!
  23. angelneo macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2004
    Use sailing clicker. you can control your mac using a supported bluetooth enabled phone. You can use the phone to control the mouse, play DVD/iTunes, activate programs, control keynote so on.

    As for playing DVD/CD without booting/starting up the computer? I'm a little puzzled
  24. minimax macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2005
    The Intel mini-pc is indeed a blatant ripp-off from the mac mini, but i don't agree it's ugly as hell. They should remove that silly clock though :D

    The mini-pc concept with laptop components is not new and Dell has used it for a while (3 years?) now in it's mini-optiplex series. Those are a lot smaller then those shuttle SFF towers. But it's still more then 3x as large as the mac mini.


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