Will I regret buying Mac Mini to use for my 4k TV?

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  1. NICKXXXXXX, Apr 18, 2016
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    NICKXXXXXX macrumors regular

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    So i'm moving to a single bedroom apartment which don't have enough space really for me to keep my iMac. I was planning on selling my iMac and buy a mac mini and hook it up to a 4k tv instead. The problem is though is that it apparently only supports 30hz at 4k. Do you think this will be a big problem for me? All I ever do is surf the web and watch downloaded movies. For netflix i'll use the tv's in built smart tv.

    The other alternative would be to buy a macbook pro or the macbook and use that, but it would look better with just a mac mini since i never have the need to take the computer with me anyways.
     
  2. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Yeah, 30Hz is terrible.

    There might be a new Mac Mini this year and if so there's a good chance it will support 4k@60Hz. So I'd put up with the iMac and cramped space for a few months until I can see what the new Mini can do.
     
  3. NICKXXXXXX, Apr 18, 2016
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    When would it probably be announced then? Any rumors at all? tried to google but couldn't find anything. Might just get the latest macbook pro.

    Edit: also i really can't have it in there. There is literally not enough space. But what do you think about living with the cheapest mac mini and then hope for a better one to release and then sell it and buy the new one?
     
  4. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    I lived in a 427sqft studio with my Power Mac G5 and dual monitors. I struggle to envision a situation where an iMac is too big. I would hold onto it until the mini you want comes out.
     
  5. NICKXXXXXX thread starter macrumors regular

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    It's the desk I have for it. The desk is like 2,5 iMacs 27" next to each other. Also what if they never release a new mini? This is also the best time to sell my iMac because the resell price will go down when new computers comes
     
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    MacRumors keeps a summary in their Buyer's Guide. Check out "What's Next" here: http://www.macrumors.com/roundup/mac-mini/

    I don't know how to answer that. It's a personal preference. If you hate 30Hz, it will be awful. But if you don't mind 30Hz, it will be fine. I guess you could hook up your iMac to the TV and see if you can force it to 30Hz to test out if you can live with it or not.

    Personally, I hate 30Hz with the fury of a thousand suns. I'd stick with the iMac until a new Mini came out. There are arm mounts that can connect to a desk, shelf, or any other furniture, so the iMac can literally not take up any desk space at all. There are also wall mounts.
     
  7. NICKXXXXXX thread starter macrumors regular

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    Can I possible force the iMac to use 30hz now? Without hooking it up to a tv? And like I said earlier how are we so sure we will get a mini?
     
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    So it is really that you don't have room for the desk? Am I understanding that right?

    I'd sooner spend $100 on a new desk. That would be the most fiscally responsible way to go, especially when you consider depreciation and all that.

    But I do understand that isn't as fun as getting new tech. (;
     
  9. NICKXXXXXX thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hehe yeah! But it does look better with Mac mini and a tv. Apparently next event is in June
     
  10. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    With most Macs you can force the refresh rate. I don't know about the iMac though since it is so integrated with its screen. You're the one with an iMac, go try it! :)

    Is there some reason you think there's never going to be another Mini? I think it is extremely likely there will be a new Mini this year.
     
  11. NICKXXXXXX thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'll google how to! Well it seemed like the latest Mac mini was a surprise release? Or not surprise, but people didn't really expect it!
     
  12. NICKXXXXXX thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well throw this idea out of the window. Just heard they announced a new macbook. Gonna read what they updated. Praying for a second usb c
     
  13. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    The new Macbook is 4K at 30Hz too:
    http://www.apple.com/macbook/specs/

    Only one USB-C port.

    Did you manage to do a 4K 30Hz test with your iMac?
     
  14. NICKXXXXXX thread starter macrumors regular

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    damn i saw. guess i'll ge rMBP. Nah i couldn't find how to
     
  15. MrWillie macrumors 65816

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    Hook a mid ranged mini up to a 4K tv and run it at a lower resolution.

    How big is the TV ???
     
  16. NICKXXXXXX thread starter macrumors regular

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    But the thing is the mini would be my only computer in the household. I don't know how it would be do do my everyday surfing with lower resolution. It's a 55 inch. Also i've been thinking if it would be pleasant to use the tv as a computer screen regardless. I'd have to sit bent over on the couch to use the desk and mouse all the time. I'm thinking it would be way more pleasant to buy a macbook and be able to have it in the lap when i'm surfing and then hook it up to the tv when i'm gonna watch a movie or something
     
  17. MrWillie macrumors 65816

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    I have the mid range mini as an iTunes server, hooked up to a 41" 1080P set via an AV system. I use an iPad for general use. When I did my taxes, I logged on as a different user pulled up the cat bed (ottaman ) and went to town. I have a third gen ATV that I use for AirPlay.

    Basically an iPad and an ATV (for streaming AirPlay from the iPad ) might be a better choice, if you don't have a lot of local media.
     
  18. NICKXXXXXX thread starter macrumors regular

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    I personally think the best choice would be to buy a macbook pro. Hopefully they'll make it lighter now as well. Then in the future i'll buy an apple tv when it supports 4k
     
  19. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    A MacBook Pro would certainly do the job. Quite a bit more money though.
     
  20. NICKXXXXXX thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's no issue. I'll sell my iMac and just need to add a little money. Also i'll probably buy the current macbook pro since the price will be lower than the new one. It depends though if the new macbook pro that is coming will have a huge design difference
     
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    You do understand that probably 90% plus of stuff you feed your tv is not 4K, but depending on the TV maybe upconverted from 1080P or whatever the source is. Some HD tv is only 720p.
     
  22. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Sounds great.

    You might look into B&H Photo. They are an authorized Apple reseller and they have discounted prices almost as low as Apple's refurb prices. I've bought a couple of Macs from them and it's been good.
     
  23. MrWillie macrumors 65816

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    I'll have to check them out. I bought a Nikkor lens for my FM2 from them, back in the day.

    I wonder if there is anyplace left that can use my darkroom skills ???
     
  24. NICKXXXXXX thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes i'm fully aware. The only thing i'll do when I hook up the computer to the tv is watch downloaded movies. And those will be in 1080p until they start releasing 4k bluray movies. But I was thinking to be future safe you know? I really want macbook though. Not pro. I felt on it in the store and it's perfect. I could live with the single port since all i do is surf the web and watch movies anyways.
    We don't have that store here in Sweden!
     
  25. EnesM macrumors 6502

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    If you want to be future proof (sorta), and movies is your thing, I'd suggest waiting for a device that can flawlessly play 4K HEVC videos, and has an HDMI 2.0a so you can have 4K60Hz 4-4-4 output.

    That's what I'm waiting for anyways. But since it is something you need right now, I suggest you buy something cheap, second hand, until the real deal comes out, like a Mac Mini with Kaby Lake.
     

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