Apple Mac mini i7 with OS X Server (RRP £850) now £499.99 @Hut
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Apple Mac mini i7 with OS X Server (RRP £850) now £499.99 @Hut

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Found 11th Dec 2013
2GHz Intel Core i7 quad-core processor
4GB of DDR3 memory SDRAM
500GB hard drive
Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 348MB of DDR3 SDRAM
Mac OS X
Intel Quad Core Processor
High Speed Thunderbolt


PLEASE NOTE :- Dont confuse this with the current 2013 model
This one is mid 2011 (july) Mac mini server
- BoGoF

66 Comments

Just about to post this deal. You must've beaten me by 2 mins!

Have some heat OP

Says 500gb hard drive. Where did you get 'Two 1TB hard drives' from?

Specs not matching their description?

Looks like the mid 2011 version on the apple site.
support.apple.com/kb/…633
Edited by: "deanostar" 12th Dec 2013

July 2011's model.

Bear in mind that this is the Sandy Bridge based Mac mini (Mid 2011 model).

EDIT: LOL suddenly this is old news
Edited by: "MrT04d" 12th Dec 2013

Not a bad price and still a decent spec, but it's over 2 years old. SSD is the way ahead if you are buying a new one!

Wow, it's nearly the same spec as my 5 year old laptop.

Wow, my first Flamedeer!

Alwas lower spec but such nice machines

Not a bad price

Price is okay as Apple are usually bit overpriced. Still voting. Hot.

Rather unrelated to the actual deal but I remember when the Mac Mini was first released back in the day, and for once Apple had made something amazingly good value, and not just pretty. Practically all my friends got one, then the specs changed.

deathway

Rather unrelated to the actual deal but I remember when the Mac Mini was … Rather unrelated to the actual deal but I remember when the Mac Mini was first released back in the day, and for once Apple had made something amazingly good value, and not just pretty. Practically all my friends got one, then the specs changed.



It's a captivating story mate.

Nah - this is a captivating story....Veet Review

dropping that sort of percentage over two/ threes years seems only fair

is really a bargain ?

3000 graphics as well!
Edited by: "logohigh" 12th Dec 2013

Not sure if I like this deal price, no I don't. If I had £500 spare then I'd build a Hackintosh, you wouldn't get the form factor of this but it would absolute kill this on specs/price ratio and every other Mac out there.

Good price

deathway

Rather unrelated to the actual deal but I remember when the Mac Mini was … Rather unrelated to the actual deal but I remember when the Mac Mini was first released back in the day, and for once Apple had made something amazingly good value, and not just pretty. Practically all my friends got one, then the specs changed.



So you've never owned one yourself - clearly all your friends are (were) cool and you aren't (weren't)

It always frustrates me to hear people attempt to contest "good value" in any product (especially one they have never owned). Is an Acer PC that costs £200, has a similar (or better) spec but breaks after 1-2 years "better value" because it is cheaper?

I own a 2009 Mac Mini (Core 2 Duo) which cost just under £500 as well as a more modern MacBook Pro (for business). The Mac Mini is still going strong, using it for software development, music production & design. If I were to invest in an SSD upgrade then I would hazard an educated guess that 99.99% of the population wouldn't notice the difference between this and the latest/greatest PC on the market.

jazlabs

So you've never owned one yourself - clearly all your friends are (were) … So you've never owned one yourself - clearly all your friends are (were) cool and you aren't (weren't) ;)It always frustrates me to hear people attempt to contest "good value" in any product (especially one they have never owned). Is an Acer PC that costs £200, has a similar (or better) spec but breaks after 1-2 years "better value" because it is cheaper?I own a 2009 Mac Mini (Core 2 Duo) which cost just under £500 as well as a more modern MacBook Pro (for business). The Mac Mini is still going strong, using it for software development, music production & design. If I were to invest in an SSD upgrade then I would hazard an educated guess that 99.99% of the population wouldn't notice the difference between this and the latest/greatest PC on the market.



Only difference people will notice is that PCs are loud and big in design (in general). A PC sits in the middle of the room shouting at everyone and eating your crisps while a mac sits nice and quietly in front of your tv doing everything you want it too. It may cost more but which housemate would you prefer 99.9% of people choose wrong

Excellent price. It's £649 as an Apple refurb, so this is cheap.

Sod the friend / housemate id have saved the ,half as much again that you could have wasted .

On beer
Edited by: "logohigh" 12th Dec 2013

It worth noting that the 2nd had values of these machines are also very good. You can often sell them a couple years later for a good chunk of cash.

aanyone whos buying this as a four / five year old machine for 250/300 quid , clearly requires therapy

will this run games ?

logohigh

aanyone whos buying this as a four / five year old machine for 250/300 … aanyone whos buying this as a four / five year old machine for 250/300 quid , clearly requires therapy



Actually only 2 and half year old machine and the mac minis currently available on apple are 2012 ones so they won't be far behind the current Mac mini. Although they are due a refresh next year apple always remain tight lipped about there product release dates... And the therapy is on me if you get one lol

It's a steal, it's a deal, it's the sale of the *flipping* century. Great price! Ignore the luddites, this is a fantastic price for a quality product. If I was a bit flusher, I'd be all over this

To answer Ledazzy, yes this will run games (which is a vague question at best) but isn't designed specifically to do so. I certianly wouldn't buy it as a primary games machine. In my experience, Mac servers will do just about everything you throw at them and ask for more. Quietly, assuredly and without fuss.

Why pay 500£ for this crap? If you need a decent server, why not just get an HP one? I am sorry but I don't understand the market for this useless box.

£500! That should have been the rrp 2 years ago. Get a good looking mini itx case and build a proper pc. As for games, yes this will run minesweeper really well.

pandat

Why pay 500£ for this crap? If you need a decent server, why not just get … Why pay 500£ for this crap? If you need a decent server, why not just get an HP one? I am sorry but I don't understand the market for this useless box.



Ignore the fact its the server, thats just some extra software on top.

As for the market, i think there are 2 factors, Form - yes people want good looking computers now. In a time that many people can't afford to have offices etc and have these in livingrooms they want something that is sleek and looks good and are happy to pay that bit extra for it. The same you will pay extra for a nicer looking sofa, bookcase etc.
The 2nd market is those looking for the OS. I recently went for one for my parents as I wanted to cut down on the support calls I was getting. After an initially flurry due to them getting adjusted to it I have had virtually no support calls in comparison to when they were running Windows.

This looks like a Mid 2011 model: Check out the spec sheet here: support.apple.com/kb/…633
Considering it has no discrete graphics, HD 3000 is really not enough for streaming 1080p stuff.
The hdd is also below current standard. I heard replacing HDD in mac mini is a pain ..
so this deal is not so good already.

It's a good deal if you want the mac, but you can get the latest Haswell i5 Nuc, 8gb ram, wifi card and 256gb SSD for this price, which is much newer hardware and quicker thanks to the SSD. Also tiny/quiet/good looking.

jacksonliam

It's a good deal if you want the mac, but you can get the latest Haswell … It's a good deal if you want the mac, but you can get the latest Haswell i5 Nuc, 8gb ram, wifi card and 256gb SSD for this price, which is much newer hardware and quicker thanks to the SSD. Also tiny/quiet/good looking.



Where can you get that sort of a deal? I've looked around for prebuilt Nucs i.e. from tranquilpcshop.co.uk. Pricing up what you have just described came in at more than the Mac. Remember virtually every mac customer will not be interested in building the computer. They want to open the box and plug it in.

I'm pretty sire the HD3000 can run 1080 as I know people with early i3s with them as HTPC without any problems
Edited by: "Rob_Quads" 12th Dec 2013

Would prefer a Big Mac.

AVOID THE HUT AT ALL COSTS. BE PREPARED TO LOSE YOUR FUNDS IF THINGS GO WRONG. WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE IN THE UNIVERSE.

I was talking about Rob Quad prospectivley selling this deal/ box on in 2 years time !!
Edited by: "logohigh" 12th Dec 2013

iv seen video people replacing upgrqding these.

But i think youd be better off getting new i5 one for 500....???

I guess you can upgrade the memory on this?

mcchicken2k

This looks like a Mid 2011 model: Check out the spec sheet here: … This looks like a Mid 2011 model: Check out the spec sheet here: http://support.apple.com/kb/SP633Considering it has no discrete graphics, HD 3000 is really not enough for streaming 1080p stuff.The hdd is also below current standard. I heard replacing HDD in mac mini is a pain .. so this deal is not so good already.



I'm sure it's more than adequate for 1080p streaming seen as I can play two 1080p each 10gb video files from my external hdd on two different screens at the same time on my i5 dual core Mac mini 2011. Remember Mac OS is different than windoze
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