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I have a laptop but I'm thinking of getting a mac mini as I would love a mac. How are they? Do they work well with the basic specs that apple sell them at? Thanks Jack :) Read More
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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
I have a laptop but I'm thinking of getting a mac mini as I would love a mac.
How are they?
Do they work well with the basic specs that apple sell them at?
Thanks
Jack :)
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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
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banned 1 Like #1
Yeah get a mac mini if your not bothered about the latest technology, they haven't been updated in nearly a year, so they're overdue for an update.

The mac minis from experience are quite good at the basics (email, internet etc.)....

Thanks,
MacMac
#2
You're not going to be playing any games on them but they're cracking little systems for basics like email and internet.
#3
So are they due an update around september timeish?
banned#4
Nobody really knows to be honest :), I would personally wait until January, but if there's no updates then, buy an iMac, there just as good :D
#5
Well Can't really afford an iMac :( I wish!
But It will probably take me a while to save up for one anyway :)
#6
No harm in trying :p
#7
True :p
Lol!
But yeah are they worth it then :)
Is it possible to install leopard onto a pc?
#8
If you go into pc world you can have a play around on one and get the feel of it and see how they respond and you will get a good idea of whether or not its for you.
#9
spikeyjacko;2453387

Is it possible to install leopard onto a pc?


Yes it is, plenty of guides on the net, too many for me to pick one out of them all! search google for hackintosh:thumbsup:

or see here for other ways
#10
Well I've had a play on one before :)
It seemed good!
But like is it worth having my laptop for like using to watch tv downstairs etc and downloading and then the mac mini for surfing etc and playing music or should I just get another laptop :p
#11
harlzter
Yes it is, plenty of guides on the net, too many for me to pick one out of them all! search google for hackintosh:thumbsup:


I'm quite tempted by doing that but I get a s*** download speed and can I only download it off torrents?
banned#12
Yeah you will be able, but it will have many flaws, such as no access to Software Update and other things. Your better off sticking to Windoze..
#13
Don't stick OSX on a PC, that totally defeats one of the main advantages of Apple. The fact that Apple make the hardware and the software is what makes their machines so stable and quick compared to similar spec Windows machines.

Don't forget that you don't get a keyboard, mouse or monitor with a Mac Mini. So you have to factor those into the price as well. I think iMacs represent better value at the moment, as it's not long since they had a hardware refresh.
#14
Yeah But I'm not too bothered about the monitor and I'll just buy the keyboard and mouse as well :)
banned 1 Like #15
Just go ahead with the Mini, you should be pleased! :-D
#16
MacMac
Nobody really knows to be honest :)


Yeah, Apple are well known for updating stuff or slashing prices without warning, they've just dropped macbook air prices by £250 out of the blue.

spikeyjacko
Well Can't really afford an iMac :( I wish!
But It will probably take me a while to save up for one anyway :)


I think the screen of the 20" isn't supposed to be very good so unless you save up even more for the 24" (which has a nice, if glossy, screen) I'd stick with the mini.

megalomaniac
Don't stick OSX on a PC, that totally defeats one of the main advantages of Apple. The fact that Apple make the hardware and the software is what makes their machines so stable and quick compared to similar spec Windows machines.


How much of the hardware do they actually make? The processor, graphics card and motherboard chipset are all standard PC parts, and I would imagine most of the other microchips (e.g. wireless) are the same as those used in PCs as well, although apple don't list them so it's hard to tell.

In the iMac the panels are also the same as those used in PC monitors, the 20" is used in various screens like the L206WTQ and the SP2008WFP while the 24" is used in the Hazro HZ24W and the NEC 2490WUXi.

And do you have any objectives tests showing how stable and fast they are compared with windows and Linux machines?

spikeyjacko
Yeah But I'm not too bothered about the monitor and I'll just buy the keyboard and mouse as well :)


Avoid the mighty mouse, it's a dreadful piece of kit. The keyboard is better built, but nothing special.
#17
I got a old Mac Mini and it's still in the box!
#18
EndlessWaves
How much of the hardware do they actually make? The processor, graphics card and motherboard chipset are all standard PC parts, and I would imagine most of the other microchips (e.g. wireless) are the same as those used in PCs as well, although apple don't list them so it's hard to tell.


The don't actually "make" any of the hardware like the graphics cards and processors, but that's not what I meant as I am sure you well know :thumbsup:. They plan and assemble all of it to fit with their plans for hardware and software, so with Mac's it's a fairly narrow target. They know exactly what hardware they are aiming at. With PC's, both Windows and Linux (which is also great btw) have many orders of magnitude more hardware varieties to cope with. This makes is many times easier for Apple to make OSX stable and quick compared to both Windows and Linux.

EndlessWaves
In the iMac the panels are also the same as those used in PC monitors, the 20" is used in various screens like the L206WTQ and the SP2008WFP while the 24" is used in the Hazro HZ24W and the NEC 2490WUXi.


They are usually towards the higher end of panels, but yes that is true.

EndlessWaves
And do you have any objectives tests showing how stable and fast they are compared with windows and Linux machines?


Google is your friend. I'm actually sat on a Macbook Pro right now with both OSX (Leopard) and Vista (well I have to play games on something :whistling:) on it. I can be checking my emails in OSX before I would even logging on in Vista. Now that's a pretty fair and conclusive comparison considering that over the years some notoriously Microsoft centric PC reviewers have listed Macbook Pros and the fastest Windows laptops, here are a couple of examples from the top of a Google search: http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/03/22/mac_fastest_core_duo_laptop/, http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/irony/macbook-pro-is-the-fastest-windows-vista-notebook-317060.php

As far as stability goes OSX has never once crashed on me, Windows does all the time. OSX is an officially recognised unix, an OS known for it's stability. Linux is unix based, and I've had very little trouble with that either.
#19
megalomaniac
The don't actually "make" any of the hardware like the graphics cards and processors, but that's not what I meant as I am sure you well know :thumbsup:. They plan and assemble all of it to fit with their plans for hardware and software, so with Mac's it's a fairly narrow target. They know exactly what hardware they are aiming at. With PC's, both Windows and Linux (which is also great btw) have many orders of magnitude more hardware varieties to cope with. This makes is many times easier for Apple to make OSX stable and quick compared to both Windows and Linux.

Well, I didn't know whether they made their own circuits boards and whether they write the drivers for the hardware.

They do control the internal hardware, but there's the external hardware (of which there's probably more on a mac desktop) as well as all the third party software.

megalomaniac

They are usually towards the higher end of panels, but yes that is true.

The 24" is the higher end but the 20" is towards the lower end (the high end 20" screens are things like the Dell 2007FP and the NEC 20WGX2 costing £250-£300).

megalomaniac

Google is your friend. I'm actually sat on a Macbook Pro right now with both OSX (Leopard) and Vista (well I have to play games on something :whistling:) on it. I can be checking my emails in OSX before I would even logging on in Vista. Now that's a pretty fair and conclusive comparison considering that over the years some notoriously Microsoft centric PC reviewers have listed Macbook Pros and the fastest Windows laptops, here are a couple of examples from the top of a Google search: http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/03/22/mac_fastest_core_duo_laptop/, http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/irony/macbook-pro-is-the-fastest-windows-vista-notebook-317060.php

The rehardware article compares a 2.16Ghz Macbook pro with a range of 2Ghz Core 2 duo and a couple of Pentium M based laptops, it's hardly a surprise that the laptop fitted with the fastest CPU comes top in the benchmarks. No magic apple touch there.

The PC world article looks more conclusive, until you look through the list of reviews and see that in the six months afterwards they only tested two similarly priced laptops.

Bootup speed is one area where microsoft dropped the ball with vista, but I didn't think OS X was anything stunning, it's still around 25 seconds isn't it?

megalomaniac

As far as stability goes OSX has never once crashed on me, Windows does all the time. OSX is an officially recognised unix, an OS known for it's stability. Linux is unix based, and I've had very little trouble with that either.


Based on my experience OS X has as many minor program closures and freezes as windows and crashes entirely just as rarely.
#20
the mac mini will handle anything you throw at it aslong as its not graphics intensive.

get the keyboard, avoid the mighty mouse. the keyboard is fantastic. :thumbsup:
#21
EndlessWaves
Based on my experience OS X has as many minor program closures and freezes as windows and crashes entirely just as rarely.


To be fair it has frozen on me a few times, nothing is perfect. But it has always been recoverable, nothing as fatal as the infamous Windows blue screen of death.

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