Will I only use my new Mini as a Theater Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by substeel, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. substeel macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2007
    I walked into the New Orleans Apple store yesterday to see what sort of buzz was going around for the iPad launch. I have one on reserve in Jacksonville and plan to be there bright and early Saturday morning.

    I walked out of there with a New Mini, mighty mouse, and Airport Extreme Base station and some a2dp headphones. I can justify the dual band airport but the mini was impulse 100%.

    The Mac Mini I have in mind as my new theater computer to replace the old clunky white box I have hidden behind the tv. After playing with the ATV and the mini for a while I forgot how much I miss the Apple OS.

    The more I think about it I wonder if I will happy to see this pretty thing just sit under the TV??
  2. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    You would be happier if the Mini matched your TV. Come Apple we need a black Mini!....... & ...........HDMI output.........cpu bump....gpu bump......:apple:
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Mini is great HTPC, but you must have something to watch as well. It's nice secondary computer and can be used as a download slave etc, but it depends on do you have usage for it.

    It's not a bad buy, just set it up nicely and you will fall in love with it
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    In a way it makes an ideal iPad compliment. You can use it as your iPad's host, of course. You can use a VNC client on the iPad to access your mini. You can use it as a home file and backup server for any other computers you run in the house. Of course, it makes a very stylish media center on its own too. The key to really enjoying a mini is to find as many uses for it as possible.
  5. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
    You can still use it as a primary computer if you want to.
  6. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    With a good bluetooth keyboard and mouse it can also be a full functioning computer. Especially if the TV is 1080P you will have plenty of screen real estate.
  7. Undo Redo macrumors 6502

    Jan 22, 2009
    Colorado, USA
    I have two Mac minis; one at my desk and the other under the TV. I use the TV for a fair amount of couch surfing and email. After I finish watching a TV program, I'll check my mail and surf for a while with no need to move. :D
  8. Maximillian macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2008
    I have 4 minis in full-time service. 1 of them is attached to my HDTV and I LOVE it. I watch all my ripped DVDs (both movies and TV shows) on it.

    I think the mini is one of the best things Apple has ever made. I even got the first mini on release day. I remember hitting refresh for 4 hours until the store started working again after it got inundated with mini-hungry shoppers.
  9. dualist macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2008
    How to you have it hooked to the HD? Are you using HDMI?

    I have an older HDTV that only has DVI, Component, S-Video and VGA. I haven't been able to find an adaptor (miniDVD to DVI, or miniDisplay Port to DVI) to use with my Mini (late 2009) that actually sees 720p on my TV. As a result the Mini nearly useless to me :(
  10. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
  11. dualist macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2008
    Thanks for that, but it didn't help the mini "see" the correct 720p resolution of my HDTV. Instead, I have ended up using a $12 shareware utility called DisplayConfigX, which allows the correct resolution to be installed (whatever that really means) on the mini. After a reboot there it is! A mini connected to an HDTV in 720p glory! Finally. It turns out to not be an adaptor problem after all, and the basic Apple mini-DVI to DVI adaptor works just fine.
  12. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2009
    If I was in that situation I would use it for Hulu and Netflix streaming. It's still a great HTPC computer.
  13. dualist macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2008
    I only use it for Boxee. I tried Plex, but that was way too much of a work in progress for me. Besides, Remote Buddy doesn't have a profile for it so my Apple remote won't work with it (neither will the mouse for that matter). Maybe some day when I have lots of time to kill I'll fart around with it and try and get it working properly. In the mean time Boxee just works. The mini rocks hard though. It's perfect for Netflix too.

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