Apple Mac Mini 2012 Model 2.5ghz Core i5 4GB Ram 500GB Hard Drive £379 @  PC World / Currys
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Apple Mac Mini 2012 Model 2.5ghz Core i5 4GB Ram 500GB Hard Drive £379 @ PC World / Currys

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Found 30th Oct 2014
PC World and Currys have just reduced the price of the 2012 entry level Apple Mac Mini from £499 to £379.

Seems to be plenty of stock around. Slightly cheaper than the new 2014 model which is £399. However, the big advantage of the 2012 models is that you can upgrade the RAM and easily add a second hard drive or SSD.

Very small performance advantage with the entry level 2014 model, but many will prefer to have the 2012 models upgradabilty.

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seems a decent price

Original Poster

Now sold out online, despite the freezing temperature!

In store stock only now

Just bought from Canary Wharf Curry's. (And just beated to the post - this went hot when at Amazon for £369 but from third party seller.)

And in fact now available for Home Delivery online (which it wasn't 20 minutes ago).

Can you not swap out the ram on a 2014 model then?

ridgers84

Can you not swap out the ram on a 2014 model then?


No.

Don't forget O2 priority moments.

Ordered mine for £350.57 this morning using codeMAC75UNI25B, also got £3 ish of top cashback.

Credit to KylePx for the code.

WBRacing

Ordered mine for £350.57 this morning using codeMAC75UNI25B, also got £3 i … Ordered mine for £350.57 this morning using codeMAC75UNI25B, also got £3 ish of top cashback. Credit to KylePx for the code.

Pah, missed that - can I be bothered to take it back and re-order? Probably, for the sake of £28 or so.

OP - you should change the price in title. Would surely get hot then, especially if you quote Amazon price (still £415).

Original Poster

waysan, I would not risk taking it back, there is almost no stock showing now in Dorset or Hampshire.

Little point in changing the title now, as no online stock either and people will just vote down due to no stock availability.

I am just off to collect mine, for me it was a hot deal, never mind !

ashleyh

waysan, I would not risk taking it back, there is almost no stock showing … waysan, I would not risk taking it back, there is almost no stock showing now in Dorset or Hampshire.Little point in changing the title now, as no online stock either and people will just vote down due to no stock availability.I am just off to collect mine, for me it was a hot deal, never mind !

Thanks for the advice - probably wasn't going to get round to it anyway so that does make me feel better.

Can you use the code on a click and collect?

They keep coming in stock online and then going out of stock. I missed my chance last night

Keep in mind that though the CPU in the 2014 entry level model is only 2 - 10% better than the entry level 2012 CPU (depending on task; I am basing these scores off the CPU benchmarks and though said CPUs are the models used in the respective entry level Mac Minis, I haven't seen comparative benchmarks between the new and the old Mac Mini, yet), the 2014 model has a better graphics component over the HD 4000 used in the 2012 model, which though unfortunately that isn't saying much the Intel quoted 25% improvement in 3DMark06 is welcome and something that the community was crying out for. Really, we were crying out for better still, weren't we, but still a collective sigh of relief that they are keeping the Mini range going. 4GB of memory is no great hardship unless you are dual booting with Windows or using a lot of power apps like Photoshop.
Edited by: "Noclouds" 3rd Nov 2014

Noclouds

Keep in mind that though the CPU in the 2014 model is only 2 - 10% better … Keep in mind that though the CPU in the 2014 model is only 2 - 10% better than the 2012 CPU (depending on task; I am basing these scores off the CPU benchmarks and though said CPUs are the models used in the respective Mac Minis, I haven't seen comparative benchmarks between the new and the old Mac Mini, yet), the 2014 model has a better graphics component over the HD 4000 used in the 2012 model, which though unfortunately that isn't saying much the Intel quoted 25% improvement in 3DMark06 is welcome and something that the community was crying out for. Really, we were crying out for better still, weren't we, but still a collective sigh of relief that they are keeping the Mini range going. 4GB of memory is no great hardship unless you are dual booting with Windows or using a lot of power apps like Photoshop.



Taking the top spec model down from a quad to dual core though is still a kick in the teeth.

http://i2.xitek.cn/forum/pics/201410/878/87825/87825_1413852974.jpg

how is this at playing movies etc?

Original Poster

Yes it will play movies no problem, you can get an external DVD drive for maybe less than £20 off the bay these days.

To give a bit of context, a Mac Mini is far more powerful than entry level netbooks etc. it does have a Core i5, it just has no capacity for a dedicated graphics card needed to run the latest 3D games at good frame rates and detail settings.

The entry level Mac Mini in hardware terms is equivalent to say a £300 ish off the shelf Windows PC on the high street.
Edited by: "ashleyh" 2nd Nov 2014

ashleyh

Yes it will play movies no problem, you can get an external DVD drive for … Yes it will play movies no problem, you can get an external DVD drive for maybe less than £20 off the bay these days.To give a bit of context, a Mac Mini is far more powerful than entry level netbooks etc. it does have a Core i5, it just has no capacity for a dedicated graphics card needed to run the latest 3D games. St good frame rates and detail settings.The entry level Mac Mini in hardware terms is equivalent to say a £300 ish off the shelf Windows PC on the high street.



Thanks, so streaming things like iplayer will be ok?

Original Poster

Absolutely, There will be no issues streaming even HD content.

The Intel HD4000 graphics chipset doesn't support 4K resolution though.

WBRacing

Taking the top spec model down from a quad to dual core though is still a … Taking the top spec model down from a quad to dual core though is still a kick in the teeth.

It's depressing, no Mac Mini for power users and if you buy the older model you're stuck with HD 4000 graphics. After all that waiting.

Noclouds

It's depressing, no Mac Mini for power users and if you buy the older … It's depressing, no Mac Mini for power users and if you buy the older model you're stuck with HD 4000 graphics. After all that waiting.



What's more depressing is I sold a 2012 Quad Core Mini with 16GB RAM in August, wish I'd have kept it!

Savedotmoney

They keep coming in stock online and then going out of stock. I missed my … They keep coming in stock online and then going out of stock. I missed my chance last night

If you're still looking, they're coming up with some regularity on the Apple refurb store for £339 - use refurb.me for alerts and be ready to pounce immediately - usually in the middle of the night (they're sold out by morning).

waysan

If you're still looking, they're coming up with some regularity on the … If you're still looking, they're coming up with some regularity on the Apple refurb store for £339 - use refurb.me for alerts and be ready to pounce immediately - usually in the middle of the night (they're sold out by morning).



Many thanks I've been checking daily but miss out, I'll use that site.

I collected mine from Birmingham today (which wasn't showing stock until yesterday!) today for £349 - using an 02 Priority £30 off £300 code.

A few other stores seem to be showing stock intermittently - presumably where reservations have expired without them being picked up - so there are still one or two about.

Thanks OP.

Hi, is anyone familiar with using macs? This is my 1st apple product. I connected to my tv and plays fine. Is there any way I can adjust (lower) the resolution? On my PC I lowered the resolution so I could read icons and tool bars from afar, but I cant read the mac mini screen at all. Quite frustrating.
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