Apple Mac Mini MD387B/A Core i5 2.5GHZ 4GB 500GB for £471.11 @ Amazon
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Apple Mac Mini MD387B/A Core i5 2.5GHZ 4GB 500GB for £471.11 @ Amazon

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Found 13th Dec 2012
Apple Mac Mini (Dual-Core i5 2.5GHz Processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB, HD Graphics, Launched Oct 2012).

Just bought this yesterday and waiting for arrival, thought it is a good deal. Last time I checked had just 15 left in stock.

I know it's not a great discount, but talking about Apple Products It's kind of a good one.

Sold by Amazon.

(Updated, now it is sold by Amazon)


Edit:
It just arrived today - friday 14 december (it was supposed to arrive between 17 and 19 of december).
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brunomarquescaldeira

Launched Oct 2102 - Just bought this yesterday and waiting to arrive



Where/how, have you perfected time travel!
udhuk

Where/how, have you perfected time travel!



=D
Just copied from amazon, they've made a mistake....xD
I do have one of these, nice little machine (using as media server)
brunomarquescaldeira

=DJust copied from amazon, they've made a mistake....xD



do we tell them? lol
udhuk

I do have one of these, nice little machine (using as media server)



That's kinda like having a Ferrari to do you weekly shopping.
gbspurs

That's kinda like having a Ferrari to do you weekly shopping.



There are people where I live that seem to do that actually X)
Not a very good deal at all you can buy it from Apple Education store for £448 with a 3 year warranty store.apple.com/uk_…ini
Own an iPod, iPad, and mac and have to say after much consideration, my next computer will be windows based. I have found my iPods break / stop working, my mac broke down, expensive to repair, software is expensive, frequent operating system changes that don't really add anything of note. Ridiculously I couldn't download newer versions of iTunes until I upgraded my os but iTunes for windows continued to be supported. Looking good is great but it has to go beyond that, next time I am determined not to believe the hype!
Munkeynuts

Own an iPod, iPad, and mac and have to say after much consideration, my … Own an iPod, iPad, and mac and have to say after much consideration, my next computer will be windows based. I have found my iPods break / stop working, my mac broke down, expensive to repair, software is expensive, frequent operating system changes that don't really add anything of note. Ridiculously I couldn't download newer versions of iTunes until I upgraded my os but iTunes for windows continued to be supported. Looking good is great but it has to go beyond that, next time I am determined not to believe the hype!



Twilight zone
gbspurs

That's kinda like having a Ferrari to do you weekly shopping.



Not quite, and it is our main downstairs computer aswell (our home office is no place for a mac mini!)
Edited by: "udhuk" 13th Dec 2012
VoRnY

Not a very good deal at all you can buy it from Apple Education store for … Not a very good deal at all you can buy it from Apple Education store for £448 with a 3 year warranty http://store.apple.com/uk_edu_5000662/browse/home/shop_mac/family/mac_mini



Can anybody buy them from Apple Education store?
Munkeynuts

Own an iPod, iPad, and mac and have to say after much consideration, my … Own an iPod, iPad, and mac and have to say after much consideration, my next computer will be windows based. I have found my iPods break / stop working, my mac broke down, expensive to repair, software is expensive, frequent operating system changes that don't really add anything of note. Ridiculously I couldn't download newer versions of iTunes until I upgraded my os but iTunes for windows continued to be supported. Looking good is great but it has to go beyond that, next time I am determined not to believe the hype!



Apples systems and OS X are great, but the "you now need this new hardware 12mth later, and no, you can not upgrade your old" SUCKS!
Edited by: "udhuk" 13th Dec 2012
udhuk

I do have one of these, nice little machine (using as media server)



oh, and an external blu-ray writer good price on the mini btw op

Edited by: "udhuk" 13th Dec 2012
i love my mac mini, got the 2010 model but still awesome
Overpriced hardware. Cold.
Waited So long for this 2012 update but caved in 3 months ago an bought the 2011 Mac mini. Not fussed I didn't wait a little longer. No need for USB 3, happy with 2.3ghz and this new one had a dodgey hdmi out
ManiacUK

Overpriced hardware. Cold.



Do you have a link to something the same size and same spec/materials with an operating system included ?
asl9791

i love my mac mini, got the 2010 model but still awesome

Quite afew mac users think this model is a downgrade when you compare they have used HD 4000 series graphics from intel and so think the later 2011 model with it's AMD graphics is a better choice but what's your opinion on this?
cheaper here http://www.valuebasket.com/en_GB/Apple-2-5GHz-Dual-core-Intel-Core-i5-500GB-Mac-mini-(Latest-Model)/mainproduct/view/11887-AA-NA £449.99
Got a 2011 base model and upgraded it with 128GB Crucial M4+8GB RAM, great little machines, this is a good price for a 2012.
muckilla

Quite afew mac users think this model is a downgrade when you compare … Quite afew mac users think this model is a downgrade when you compare they have used HD 4000 series graphics from intel and so think the later 2011 model with it's AMD graphics is a better choice but what's your opinion on this?



Yep, there are reports of problems with the HDMI out on these newer models. A firmware problem caused by Intel. Intel have fixed it, but Apple haven't yet integrated the Intel fix into an Apple Patch/Update. Intel are terrible for providing drivers for Graphics chipsets once they are no longer in production. The reason the early Intel Macbooks can't be upgraded to to Mountain Lion is lack of Intel 64-bit graphics driver support.

More info here:
theregister.co.uk/201…ew/
Edited by: "tightar5e" 13th Dec 2012
Just got one of these, love it!

Whats the best format to use for external HDD's? Ideally want cross compatibility with Windows...
NTFS / FAT or HFS+ ?
udhuk

I do have one of these, nice little machine (using as media server)



Wish I had enough money to use a £500 mac as a media server.
1Jim0

Just got one of these, love it!Whats the best format to use for external … Just got one of these, love it!Whats the best format to use for external HDD's? Ideally want cross compatibility with Windows...NTFS / FAT or HFS+ ?



FAT32 or exFAT are supported natively by OSX. If you want NTFS write capability on OSX, you'll need Paragon's NTFS driver, which costs. There is a freeware driver, but it is not as fast or reliable. Alternatively, you can get Macdrive for Windows and leave all your external drives in HFS+ format.
I bought one of these at the start of the year although the i7 8gb ram and very happy with it, albeit using as a glorified Apple TV. I bought mine via apple education and got apple care included so may be worth checking out if your eligible before buying from amazon
udhuk

Can anybody buy them from Apple Education store?



Yes anyone can order from the Apple Education store I just ordered a brand new retina Macbook Pro for my sister from there.
The big bonus not only the price discount is this -
Every new Mac purchased from the Apple Store for Higher Education comes with complimentary telephone technical support for one year from your Mac purchase date and three years of repair coverage.
spraint

FAT32 or exFAT are supported natively by OSX. If you want NTFS write … FAT32 or exFAT are supported natively by OSX. If you want NTFS write capability on OSX, you'll need Paragon's NTFS driver, which costs. There is a freeware driver, but it is not as fast or reliable. Alternatively, you can get Macdrive for Windows and leave all your external drives in HFS+ format.



Thanks, think I will go with the stock format HFS+ and yeah use Macdrive if needs be.
Us "mere" PC users got our hands on computers for under 500 quid owww hmmm about 8 years ago!
JPS

Us "mere" PC users got our hands on computers for under 500 quid owww … Us "mere" PC users got our hands on computers for under 500 quid owww hmmm about 8 years ago!


If this is the case you may need to be thinking of an upgrade from that 8 year old system you got there technology has changed since then.
Yea we have wifi no, no wires
Hello, here is my stupid question. Does this replace, for arguments sake, what I would call a tower pc? Does that small box do everything? Wireless etc? It just seems so small. I have an iPod/pad etc but I want to replace my tower to gain space. Any help would be welcome.
buy Samsung it's the future . apple are going bust! !!!
udhuk

I do have one of these, nice little machine (using as media server)


Media server? Why? Do you mean media player/client?
brownbox

Hello, here is my stupid question. Does this replace, for arguments sake, … Hello, here is my stupid question. Does this replace, for arguments sake, what I would call a tower pc? Does that small box do everything? Wireless etc? It just seems so small. I have an iPod/pad etc but I want to replace my tower to gain space. Any help would be welcome.



Hi brownbox. The Mini can replace a tower for functionality, it has a surprising amount of ports (more than an iMac). Also has, Wifi, Bluetooth and Infrared. If you're a heavy gamer, then the Mini isn't for you. If you just play games casually, like a bit of Half Life 2 or whatever then it's fine. The Mini is powerful now (the one in the review lined below benched at 11.7k way better than most desktops) and can handle nearly anything you throw at it, just not graphic intensive tasks like the newest games on high settings.

Ports:

Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps)
FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)
Four USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
HDMI port
SDXC card slot
Gigabit Ethernet port
Audio in/out
IR receiver

Wireless
Wi-Fi
802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking;3 IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
Bluetooth
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

Here's a review
gizmodo.com/596…ime
tightar5e

The reason the early Intel Macbooks can't be upgraded to to Mountain … The reason the early Intel Macbooks can't be upgraded to to Mountain Lion is lack of Intel 64-bit graphics driver support.



Are you sure it's not because the EFI (BIOS) was 32bit and Lion/M Lion required a 64bit EFI to install? - 2007 and on MacBooks had 64bit EFI as I understand it. I had Lion installed on my wife's 2006 Mac Mini without any hacks or tricks.

I recently sold my 2006 MBP due to this reason, it was a shame to see it go as despite it's age and low spec (2.1 Ghz C2D and 2GB ram) it kicked the stuffing out of my HP Probook (i5 & 8GB) in real world use, but it gave me an excuse to get a retina MBP.
For all the people who are saying their is an issue with the Intel graphics card HDMI output, this has now been fixed and an update was rolled out this week.
My Mini Mac was one of those affected and since the update, no further issues.
Good price by the way, I got mine from the Apple Ed store as an OU student, but from what I understand, not hard for anyone to do that!
VanderlustDec, thanks for the info.
not bad considering i paid this a few years back from my core2duo/gma950 mac mini htpc. the only competition to these in pc land are the intel nuc's which are £250 barebones (add ssd+ram) and are only i3's, forget the atom/arm powered htpc's.

anyone know how well this runs linux, i hate macosx its like freebsd that's been dumbed down for windows users.
udhuk

I do have one of these, nice little machine (using as media server)



That is an expensive media server. More money then sense.
Never understood tits like you, who feel the need to slate someone else's purchase/ use without reading the thread. He justified it later.
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