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APPLE Mac Mini MC270B/A

* Dual-core Intel® Core™ 2 Duo P8600 (2.4 GHz)
* Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
* Memory: 2GB
* 320GB
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#1
Over priced and under powered but, bloody lovely.
#2
Yeah I agree with you there, still cheapest I could find it for...
#3
Simple question - is this thing good enough to edit HD video?

I'd upgrade the RAM if necessary, which I believe is fairly easy with this one, (unlike its predecessors)
2 Likes #4
if you cant get it cheaper theres no reason for cold votes.
#5
yeah it should be fine they upgraded the graphics card in these to 256mb. The mac Architecture uses shared memory so the more Ram you get the better it should be at handling stuff like video editing. You can get up to 8 gb of Ram installed in this baby :)
#6
Thanks Neiliboy I don't believe I've seen it cheaper.
#7
can i get this cheaper with higher education discount?
#8
I have a 2009 mini with 2.0 Ghz core 2 duo and 2gb ram, and I've used it to edit avchd (consumer hd) footage in Adobe Premiere. If you have version CS4 or above, it copes well, as it uses a draft mode to preview. Artifacts appear, but it's only for preview purposes, and the end result looks great.

Should be a breeze on this one.
#9
anil2
can i get this cheaper with higher education discount?


I'm not sure if Dixons do. I know apple offer a student discount 8% I think but there starting price for a mac mini is higher £612 inc Vat.
#10
gherkingHUD
I have a 2009 mini with 2.0 Ghz core 2 duo and 2gb ram, and I've used it to edit avchd (consumer hd) footage in Adobe Premiere. If you have version CS4 or above, it copes well, as it uses a draft mode to preview. Artifacts appear, but it's only for preview purposes, and the end result looks great.

Should be a breeze on this one.


Cool I have a mac mini 2007 2ghz 2gb Ram.

I've not used it to edit hd video but I use it to encode video etc and it does ok. I'm thinking of selling and getting a new one though as these do look nice :)

Also the graphics card upgrade should help a lot with coping with day to day tasks like video editing..
#11
Sucks a bit that these don't come with keyboard as standard. But this is still a good price for this :) hot
#12
Maybe this is a good deal. However, personally I think this thing doesn't worth that much though.
#13
Only get 1.75 GBs of RAM as GPU is integrated. As a Mac owner I would probably recommend a new windows laptop over this, especially given the lack of keyboard, mouse and display.
2 Likes #14
id rather have a bowl of cocopops (_;)
#15
Jelly Bean
id rather have a bowl of cocopops (_;)


Jeez, you're such a cocopops fanboy! :p
banned#16
This gen of Mac Mini is nearing the end of its lifecycle. New models should be coming soon
1 Like #17
my mac mini 2006 is still going strong... highly recommend. new version is v cool.
but as killfelix says, new core i3 models should be imminent
#18
Doe1979
[quote=gherkingHUD]Also the graphics card upgrade should help a lot with coping with day to day tasks like video editing..


Most video editing software won't even touch the GPU, its all down to the CPU and RAM.
#19
The Apple higher education price for this is £550.80 so this is a great deal.
2 Likes #20
so much money for so little power :(
#21
Good deal as it's not cheaper elsewhere, but I can't help feeling that buying a used Imac for similar money would be better value. It might be a couple of years old, but the specs would be similar and you'd have a screen, keyboard & mouse.
#22
I'm voting neutral - It's a good price for what it is, however you can buy a much faster 13" notebook for around the same money (ive seen a 13" vostro with i5 540m, 4gb).

So it all depends, If you only care about appearence, it's a good deal, if you care about its performance as a computer, it is not.
#23
weiran
Doe1979
[quote=gherkingHUD]Also the graphics card upgrade should help a lot with coping with day to day tasks like video editing..


Most video editing software won't even touch the GPU, its all down to the CPU and RAM.


I would think it would help a bit though especially with hd video :)
#24
skinrush
Good deal as it's not cheaper elsewhere, but I can't help feeling that buying a used Imac for similar money would be better value. It might be a couple of years old, but the specs would be similar and you'd have a screen, keyboard & mouse.


That's true it depends what you want it for though. I use my old one as a media center under the tv an Imac won't fit under my tv unfortunately :(
1 Like #25
Ordered. Thanks OP!
#26
Any idea when the new model gets released? I don't want to buy this if a new model is coming out.
#27
Adidas Addict
The Apple higher education price for this is £550.80 so this is a great deal.


But with the higher education store I think you get a 3 year warranty
#28
anil2
Any idea when the new model gets released? I don't want to buy this if a new model is coming out.


A good guide to this can be found here.
1 Like #29
All this talk of student discount. Isn't it a wonder that university students rack up so much debt these days when they spend their money on overpriced goods. I have no sympathy!
#30
Doe1979
anil2
can i get this cheaper with higher education discount?


I'm not sure if Dixons do. I know apple offer a student discount 8% I think but there starting price for a mac mini is higher £612 inc Vat.


It's £550 with HE discount, and that includes a 3 year hardware and parts warranty. Basically applecare without the telephone support. That's only available to students though so this is a very good price.
#31
tophatron
anil2
Any idea when the new model gets released? I don't want to buy this if a new model is coming out.


A good guide to this can be found here.


now that intel and nvidia have buried the hatchet, and intel is to use nvidia chips in the chipset, i would guess Feb/March when they refresh the MBP's
#32
Doe1979
skinrush
Good deal as it's not cheaper elsewhere, but I can't help feeling that buying a used Imac for similar money would be better value. It might be a couple of years old, but the specs would be similar and you'd have a screen, keyboard & mouse.
That's true it depends what you want it for though. I use my old one as a media center under the tv an Imac won't fit under my tv unfortunately :(

Fair enough.... except that you could probably by a couple of years old Imac with keyboard & mouse, and Apple TV for the media centre side of things, for the price of a Mac Mini and an Apple keyboard & mouse. I like Apple stuff but I just don't think that Mac Mini's are good value for money, when you're factoring in the price of a monitor/TV and Apple's keyboard & mouse. Just my opinion.
#33
I have an older MM under the stairs working as a home media server, cracking machines and what people are all forgetting is that they'll still be worth a couple of hundred quid when you upgrade 2-3 years down the line.
#34
These really are poor for the money.
If you really must have Apple, then don't start at anything less than an imac.
#35
tophatron
anil2
Any idea when the new model gets released? I don't want to buy this if a new model is coming out.


A good guide to this can be found here.


I think a new model will be out either march or in June when the launch the new mac os X.

Knowing apple though they will probably over £100 more than the current mac mini's at this price. Another note is that you can always sell your mac mini and upgrade 6 months time as they hold there value pretty well :)
#36
fresno bob
These really are poor for the money.
If you really must have Apple, then don't start at anything less than an imac.


They are overpriced but a good starter mac, we use these in work for graphic design and they do very nicely for what I want.

Also I can claim the vat back through the business 20% now I believe :)
#37
They are way overpriced.

When the Mac Mini first came out they were just under £300 for the entry level one.

Today, I know they are better spec but they have doubled in price.

Save your money and buy a good old version, second hand off the bay.
(Must be an Intel processor not a power pc. You cant put snow leopard on those )

You might even get the keyboard and mouse, which apple want extra for.
#38
Doe1979
yeah it should be fine they upgraded the graphics card in these to 256mb. The mac Architecture uses shared memory so the more Ram you get the better it should be at handling stuff like video editing. You can get up to 8 gb of Ram installed in this baby :)


I love the way Mac people phrase things like this as if it's something good. Shared memory means nothing good, it means an onboard Intel GPU, with hideously slow graphics processing, so either no, or just poor-performing GPU acceleration, which is pretty bad for any software capable of using hardware acceleration.

For video editing, unless the package you want is Mac-only, you'd be far better off buying a laptop. S'like, an extra £50, and you can buy a Dell Vostro with an i5 chip that performs twice as fast as this old Core2Duo at Cinebench, includes 3GB RAM, and dedicated nVidia 1GB 330M graphics. Twice as fast as stuff without hardware acceleration, multiples of times as fast at thing with hardware acceleration. No brainer, innit?
#39
Doe1979
fresno bob
These really are poor for the money.
If you really must have Apple, then don't start at anything less than an imac.


They are overpriced but a good starter mac, we use these in work for graphic design and they do very nicely for what I want.

Also I can claim the vat back through the business 20% now I believe :)


Rather you than me mate.
I'm a designer and I've got a Mac Pro. Wouldn't try doing motion graphics on anything else
#40
dxx
Doe1979
yeah it should be fine they upgraded the graphics card in these to 256mb. The mac Architecture uses shared memory so the more Ram you get the better it should be at handling stuff like video editing. You can get up to 8 gb of Ram installed in this baby :)


I love the way Mac people phrase things like this as if it's something good. Shared memory means nothing good, it means an onboard Intel GPU, with hideously slow graphics processing, so either no, or just poor-performing GPU acceleration, which is pretty bad for any software capable of using hardware acceleration.

For video editing, unless the package you want is Mac-only, you'd be far better off buying a laptop. S'like, an extra £50, and you can buy a Dell Vostro with an i5 chip that performs twice as fast as this old Core2Duo at Cinebench, includes 3GB RAM, and dedicated nVidia 1GB 330M graphics. Twice as fast as stuff without hardware acceleration, multiples of times as fast at thing with hardware acceleration. No brainer, innit?


I love the way pc people phrase things I mean they think it's all about the specs. It's down to how well the operating system uses them, I'm not sure how Windows 7 does but Vista really was bad with memory and that would probably cripple any machine with decent specs.

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