The price of new mini is not mini at all, do you still buy it and why?

milover

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The old one is kind of a budget way to use a Mac, but this one price is totally another level but the hardware is not impressive at all.
 

pl1984

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I think it's a reasonable price for what it offers. My only "complaint" with it is the anemic 128GB SSD in the stock i3 configuration.
 

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I think it's a reasonable price for what it offers. My only "complaint" with it is the anemic 128GB SSD in the stock i3 configuration.
I have a 500GB SSD in my desktop now but still don't feel enough space at all.
 

Cheapassmac

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On a Mac mini? Why not just buy a Nuc then?
I also scratch my head on this one. Why pay a premium for new mac hardware only to exclusively use windows. The Hades Cannon Nuc is a much better gamer box then the Mac Mini out of the box. (ie: You typically buy a modern mac for an Apple supported Mac OS).

I can understand like maybe a Macbook for the sleek form factor though. As for desktops, there's not much of a gain aside from looking pretty on the desk...
 
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I also scratch my head on this one. Why pay a premium for new mac hardware only to exclusively use windows. The Hades Cannon Nuc is a much better gamer box then the Mac Mini out of the box. (ie: You typically buy a modern mac for an Apple supported Mac OS).

I can understand like maybe a Macbook for the sleek form factor though. As for desktops, there's not much of a gain aside from looking pretty on the desk...
I love my Mac mini but I don’t think I’d call it pretty!
 

Cheapassmac

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I didn't read anything which demonstrates he's currently using a Mini.
I did read the subject of this topic of being "The price of new mini is not mini at all, do you still buy it and why?".

His question doesn't assume the OP is using a mac mini either. He's asking why consider the Mac Mini over a Nuc
 

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Well, the only thing, why I am using a Mac still today is because of the system (macOS). I did buy the entry level actual Mac mini, that is the i3, 128 GB and I swapped the memory with my own.

The prices here are quite step and that is what I could afford right now, if I want a new computer with the Apple logo:
 

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I didn't read anything which demonstrates he's currently using a Mini.
Well agreed he didn’t say that, but asking about it on a sub forum dedicated to the Mac mini certainly suggests he either does or is considering one.

If a windows user, I would recommend the Mac Mini if looking to switch to MacOS. If you plan to mostly run Windows still, you’d be better off with a Nuc.
 
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Well agreed he didn’t say that, but asking about it on a sub forum dedicated to the Mac mini certainly suggests he either does or is considering one.

If a windows user, I would recommend the Mac Mini if looking to switch to MacOS. If you plan to mostly run Windows still, you’d be better off with a Nuc.
We're in complete agreement.
 

harriska2

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I have a NUC and use it only for our security system. After 25+ years with windows, I needed a switch. MS Office (specifically Outlook) is horrible and moving toward a subscription. I don’t do software subscriptions - why would you put yourself in a position of not being able to read your own files if for some reason you can’t pay the subscription? In addition, I use Final Cut Pro on old videos and it does what I need quickly and painlessly. I also wanted a better word processor and picture management system (Pages and Photos). I guess I was tired of borrowing my husband’s broken imac (lcd) to use imovie and file maker pro. In addition, Bash allows quick scripts to rename files - you can even drag and drop directory & file names! Mojave has some glitches but I’m learning to work around them. The mini allowed me to switch from Windows to macOS seamlessly because I could use the same 4k monitor and even Dell keyboard and just drag and drop files from Windows to the new mac. I was forced to clean up old digital files I’ve been hording since before my 22 yo son was born (that’s embarrassing). I consolidated 6 4 tb hard drives into 2 10 tb drives. So yeah, my mini isn’t so small but it is vastly smaller than my mid tower (that I love). I enjoy using a desktop again. It’s like a breath of fresh air. For those of us who don’t need or want the latest and greatest, the Mac mini is a super machine.

On a side note: I’d like to point out the evil genius of Apple. First they got their hooks in me with an ipad in 2010. Then I couldn’t resist the watch in 2017. Which then required my first smart phone. Well crap, I might as well use their whole system and move to a macOS. And here I am, sucked in full and proper. Is it perfect? No. But it helps me get stuff done.
 
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I have a NUC and use it only for our security system. After 25+ years with windows, I needed a switch. MS Office (specifically Outlook) is horrible and moving toward a subscription.
This is one of the few, if only, times I've heard anyone state Outlook is horrible. Outlook has generally been considered one of the top e-mail clients. While they may be attempting to move people to subscriptions one can still purchase perpetual licenses for Office. Unfortunately a number of software developers *cough* Adobe *cough* are moving in this direction.


I don’t do software subscriptions - why would you put yourself in a position of not being able to read your own files if for some reason you can’t pay the subscription? In addition, I use Final Cut Pro on old videos and it does what I need quickly and painlessly. I also wanted a better word processor and picture management system (Pages and Photos). I guess I was tired of borrowing my husband’s broken imac (lcd) to use imovie and file maker pro. In addition, Bash allows quick scripts to rename files - you can even drag and drop directory & file names!
PowerShell is an excellent tool for automation in Windows.

Not trying to change your mind on your decision, just offering some feedback about some points you've raised.
 

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ok, so where are you going with this then? You use a mac with Windows or you do not use Mac at all but are thinking about it or something else?
I thought about buying the new mini if the price was like the old one, but it comes out with a super high price.
 

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but it comes out with a super high price.
Of course, it's Apple. Not sure it is super high pricing in comparison to the previous generation, that is excluding the $399 entry model which does not exist anymore. As a standalone device compared to other Windows-based devices then yes, super high pricing are good words.
 

harriska2

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You can wait to find it at a good price on Craigslist and use that to dip your feet into the mac world or just stick with Windows and a NUC. I find paying extra for Mail, Contacts, Preview, unix, and the ability to use Filemaker Pro and Final Cut Pro were worth it to me. YMMV.
 

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And what can you really do with macos?
Not a whole lot that is for sure.


Well, the only thing, why I am using a Mac still today is because of the system (macOS). I did buy the entry level actual Mac mini, that is the i3, 128 GB and I swapped the memory with my own.

The prices here are quite step and that is what I could afford right now, if I want a new computer with the Apple logo:
 

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Bought an i7, 32 ram, 1tb SSD for audio production. I don't care about the price or what the mini is wupposed to "be" in peoples eyes, it's the perfect solution for me. I like the product and I strongly dislike the current Macbook Pros.

Feels great to be back to a desktop after 10 years. Love the design of the mini, the magic trackpad and keyboard. Say what you will about Apple but there simply aren't any other computers that are this aesthetically pleasing to my eyes at least.

Looking forward to see the new Apple display, currently using the cheapest monitor around until I find one I really like.
 
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Bought an i7, 32 ram, 1tb SSD for audio production. I don't care about the price or what the mini is wupposed to "be" in peoples eyes, it's the perfect solution for me. I like the product and I strongly dislike the current Macbook Pros.

Feels great to be back to a desktop after 10 years. Love the design of the mini, the magic trackpad and keyboard. Say what you will about Apple but there simply aren't any other computers that are this aesthetically pleasing to my eyes at least.

Looking forward to see the new Apple display, currently using the cheapest monitor around until I find one I really like.
Same here. had the i9 and it was terrible, and went Mac Mini +13".
Logic works splendid on it. I have similar thought on the subject.
Except I went for 512GB (and thunderbolt3 external) and swapped RAM myself.
Also, ordered the UltraFine 4K since I know whatever apple makes is going to be 30% mroe expensive.
 
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