Apple Mac mini MGEN2B/A Desktop Computer, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB. 2 Year Guarantee! £519 @ John Lewis
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Apple Mac mini MGEN2B/A Desktop Computer, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB. 2 Year Guarantee! £519 @ John Lewis

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Found 30th Oct 2015
Just spotted this on the John Lewis website, I think it's price matching the Currys sale (which is currently advertising £50 off most apple products).

I know you can't update the new wave of mac mini products but this is a good setup for anyone who wants an affordable mac which will actually do the job!

2 year guarantee included with all John Lewis products too...
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Good price but the drive is slow and can't be switched to a SSD easily. You can attach one via USB or Thunderbolt and run the OS from there (I've done it and it makes a big difference) but it's not elegant and adds more to the cost.

With your comments in mind, which SSD or able to switch to SSD mini mac would you recommend?

pjk

Good price but the drive is slow and can't be switched to a SSD easily. … Good price but the drive is slow and can't be switched to a SSD easily. You can attach one via USB or Thunderbolt and run the OS from there (I've done it and it makes a big difference) but it's not elegant and adds more to the cost.


You can swop the hard drive but not the ram, I've done it
mat2090

You can swop the hard drive but not the ram, I've done it



​How hard was the HDD swap? I've watched the YouTube videos and it looks a bit of a pain but compared to my laptop with an SSD my mac mini is slow booting to the point of frustration
mat2090

You can swop the hard drive but not the ram, I've done it



Yes, but there's risk and even if you don't damage anything you say bye bye warranty for the rest of the system.

hitman007

With your comments in mind, which SSD or able to switch to SSD mini mac … With your comments in mind, which SSD or able to switch to SSD mini mac would you recommend?]



I have a Crucial M550 in a one of these LINK . It works and is far faster than the spinning drive but isn't ideal. A thunderbolt enclosure is a lot more expensive and you've still got an extra box attached.

If you get the factory fitted SSD (which is really a much better option) it's an extra £160 for 256GB.
danielson1978

​How hard was the HDD swap? I've watched the YouTube videos and it looks a … ​How hard was the HDD swap? I've watched the YouTube videos and it looks a bit of a pain but compared to my laptop with an SSD my mac mini is slow booting to the point of frustration



Something definitely isn't right there. It should be pretty swift. My 2012 Mac Mini, with the Samsung 840 250GB SSD fitted, boots into the O/S in around 20 seconds - all apps load massively faster too.

Did you use the trim enabler app to tweak trim at all?. Also check that your Mac isn't seeing the previous drive you had in there as a phantom entry in the disk manager. Mine was as slow as a 2 legged dog until I deleted the old drive from there.
DAZZ2000

Something definitely isn't right there. It should be pretty swift. My … Something definitely isn't right there. It should be pretty swift. My 2012 Mac Mini, with the Samsung 840 250GB SSD fitted, boots into the O/S in around 20 seconds - all apps load massively faster too.Did you use the trim enabler app to tweak trim at all?. Also check that your Mac isn't seeing the previous drive you had in there as a phantom entry in the disk manager. Mine was as slow as a 2 legged dog until I deleted the old drive from there.



​sorry yeah maybe I've not made myself clear but I haven't put an SSD in the Mac Mini yet, I meant compared to my laptop with an SSD the mac mini with a normal HDD is slow! I was just wondering if it was hard to replace the normal HDD for an SSD - thanks for the reply though
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I upped my budget and bought a new/sealed mac mini for £670 on ebay auuction (authorised uk reseller). Gave up waiting for the old model to pop up on apple refurb.

£670 for i5 2.6ghz, 16gb ram, 256gb ssd. First time user of apple os other than ipads. Loving it so far.
cheap and premium quality. hot
masterbruce

I upped my budget and bought a new/sealed mac mini for £670 on ebay … I upped my budget and bought a new/sealed mac mini for £670 on ebay auuction (authorised uk reseller). Gave up waiting for the old model to pop up on apple refurb.£670 for i5 2.6ghz, 16gb ram, 256gb ssd. First time user of apple os other than ipads. Loving it so far.



i know the same feeling, older models are now worth more than the newer models
After one of these at this spec but John Lewis now showing £569. Checked Currys who have £50 off code promo taking it to £519, asked JL for price match but got knocked back as they claim they do not price match if voucher codes are used. Oh well their loss, extra warranty would have been nice though.
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After one of these at this spec but John Lewis now showing £569. Checked … After one of these at this spec but John Lewis now showing £569. Checked Currys who have £50 off code promo taking it to £519, asked JL for price match but got knocked back as they claim they do not price match if voucher codes are used. Oh well their loss, extra warranty would have been nice though.



Just get it from apple refurb for £479 although I kept an eye on ebay and got a new one with ssd and 16gb ram.
Edited by: "deleted540497" 2nd Nov 2015
£512 brand new educational if in manchester if you buy me tea
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