To Mac Mini or to Not Mac mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jgbr, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. jgbr macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2007
    Hi Chaps
    I have a MBP (latest revision) that i keep as work machine however I get annoyed having a Pc under my desk aswell. (Running Vista, beside leopard on my desktop is driving me mad!)

    I essentially use the PC for surfing,chatting, normal stuff and was wondering weither its wise to get a Mac Mini , Now?

    I know Macworld expo is up soon, But im going to be mega annoyed if they revise it etc, or even end it then.

    (Does anyone know how many days I got to return my machine hehe?)

    I am getting increasingly frustrated that my workling life is on mac , yet my private usage sits in VISTA!!! Someone advise, do i hit the apple shop now for one, or hold out.... tho I cannot promise an emtional breakdown lol
  2. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    Get it now. The Mini 2.0 is lovely. Silent, small and beautiful.

    Oh, and fast as all get out.

    Merry Christmas to you!
  3. jgbr thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2007
    Lets face it Apple has a huge array of updates and Hardware now: I have heard people say what is likely to happen.

    But i cant see jobs saying: "oh one more thing, New mini, new macbook, newmacbook pro, new pro" lol.
  4. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
  5. kermit4161 macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2006
    I just took the plunge a week ago. I got the 2.0 Ghz model and LOVE it. In fact, I'm about to move it into my main computer slot and retire the G4 DP 1.0Ghz (shhh... it doesn't know yet).

    If they DO announce an upgrade, well... I'll join you in the breakdown. :D
  6. jgbr thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2007
    yes but you can return it by the 8th of January if you buy in the holiday season! However, Macworld is the week after:

    So should it be an awesome upgrade: then I guess Id have to Ebay, or gumtree it

    Should it be discontinued then: Smile people!
  7. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    There haven't been any real rumors of a replacement, I just bought one. If it is updated within 14 days you can return it but if you have opened it there is a restocking fee. It probably would not hurt to wait for macworld though and if you don't need the better specs you can probably get a good deal on the current model
  8. jgbr thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2007
    Well i get a bran new one under student at 300! so buying second hand is stupid for me!

    You say wait: but honestly, Jobs is going to be busy enough with the bigger machines I think.
  9. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Bad idea to use the PC for surfing. PC browsers are more susceptible to attacks.

    What "normal stuff" do you mean that you can't do on MBP? You can surf, chat and do normal stuff on the MBP.

    All electronics will be updated at some point. Depends on whether you want to wait 6 weeks from now to make your purchase or not... If it's discontinued you can get it from refurb section.
  10. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
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    I like the mini quite a bit but the one thing that stops me from getting one is the GMA 950. That thing is such a joke (I have a MacBook so I would know). I guess if you don't care about gaming or video at all it's fine, but it's a deal-breajer for me.
  11. maccompaq macrumors 65816


    Mar 6, 2007
    Has anyone tried to use the Mac Mini to watch HD TV shows successfully? I know it will run regular definition TV OK, but HD requires a good GPU.
  12. tidytrev macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2007
    i have a 1.83 core 2 duo mini and that runs hd content plus multiple other apps flawlessly.
    iv retired my 1.7ghz pc with mid range graphics for the mini and im more than happy :)
  13. tidytrev macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2007
    i dont see why ppl want to play games on a mac, go buy an xbox!
  14. jbg232 macrumors 65816


    Oct 15, 2007
    I too doubt the mini will get an upgrade with all the other upgrades looming (macbook pro, mac pro, ?apple tv?, and rumored macbook pro mini)

    Personally I think that the apple tv and mini will merge into some kind of consumer like device such as an apple tv with a dvd player, but still no real access to the OS. It is sad though because that will only leave the mac pro for people who have their own monitors and keyboards which would of course defeat the entire idea of the mini itself.
  15. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    anything with a core duo processor does fine with HD. Video playback is more about the CPU than the GPU. the only places you will really notice the GPU is if you are gaming, or you are doing 3d rendering.
  16. kermit4161 macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2006
    The new C2D Minis run much better since the available RAM capacity increase. I've got 3 GB installed in my 2.0 Mini and can run great in WoW. You can load 4GB (2-2GB modules) and get 128bit addressing... but the system will only recognize 3 GB).

    I'd say that it is 'almost' as good as on my PC (with a 512MB video card). I've actually been playing more from the Mini this last week than from my PC. I wouldn't write it off because of the video card... you might be surprised.

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