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Advice on mini/form factor PCs - Mac mini alternatives?

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2y, 5m agoPosted 2 years, 5 months ago
I wanted to get some Mac minis for our office, but the software we use (like Sage) are not compatible. Any suggestions what I should look at as an alternative. Want wifi connectivity to cut down on leads. We use it for browsing, email and (ms office) word processing/excel. Need about 500Gb storage as many photos and files.
Any help/advice would be gratefully received.

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2y, 5m agoPosted 2 years, 5 months ago
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#1
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#2
The mac minis are nice machines if you need/want to run Mac software. If you are occasionally using Sage then a Mac mini might be worth it. If your staff are constantly using sage and nothing else then it might be worth putting boot camp on and running windows. To be honest of you're running just windows, a Mac mini is an expensive small form factor computer. I'd look elsewhere and save some money. Just in case you think I hate macs I have a few at home :)
#3
rwillett
The mac minis are nice machines if you need/want to run Mac software. If you are occasionally using Sage then a Mac mini might be worth it. If your staff are constantly using sage and nothing else then it might be worth putting boot camp on and running windows. To be honest of you're running just windows, a Mac mini is an expensive small form factor computer. I'd look elsewhere and save some money. Just in case you think I hate macs I have a few at home :)
Thanks for the advice. Any suggestions of Mac mini alternatives then?
#4
Why were you looking at Mac minis? What are you trying to gain by changing the machines in your office? How many do you need? The answers to these questions will help me point you in the right direction.
#5
ipswich78
Why were you looking at Mac minis? What are you trying to gain by changing the machines in your office? How many do you need? The answers to these questions will help me point you in the right direction.
Hi Ipswich, we want small footprint (spacesaving) and wireless connectivity and networking.
#6
There is machines out there with everything built into the monitor. That way you can either mount them on the wall OR use those desk clamps.

Or, you can buy these small form PCs: http://www.dabs.com/category/computing,desktops-and-monitors,desktop-pcs/11101-459690000 these will all be powerful enough for what you need. Note though, that many of these will come without any OS.

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