Apple Mac Mini (Quad-Core i7 2.3GHz Processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 1TB, HD Graphics, Launched Oct 2012) Sold by ULike and Fulfilled by Amazon - £576.98 Prime Delivery
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Apple Mac Mini (Quad-Core i7 2.3GHz Processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 1TB, HD Graphics, Launched Oct 2012) Sold by ULike and Fulfilled by Amazon - £576.98 Prime Delivery

£576.98Amazon Deals
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Found 8th May 2014
Brand Apple
Item Weight 1.2 Kg
Product Dimensions 19.7 x 19.7 x 3.6 cm
Item model number MD388B/A
Series MAC MINI MD388
Color Silver
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Type Core i7
Processor Speed 2.3 GHz
Processor Count 4
RAM Size 4 GB
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Size 1000 GB
Hard Drive Interface ATA
Graphics Card Description Intel HD Graphics 4000
Graphics RAM Type DDR3 SDRAM
Wireless Type 802.11A, 802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n
Wattage 85 watts
Operating System Mac OS X
Lithium Battery Weight 25 gramsre

88 Comments

Donotwant/10

DJBucko2009

Donotwant/10



How did you know that was a 10% off discount code?

Only Apple could sell 2 year old hardware for nearly £600 - Or a third party selling Apple hardware, but close enough.

here comes another argument that apple products are overpriced.....

dibbz

here comes another argument that apple products are overpriced.....


Not really an argument. Just fact.

mittromney

Not really an argument. Just fact.



yawn!

This is why Apple have glass fronted stores, they see the mugs coming

disk0

This is why Apple have glass fronted stores, they see the mugs coming

Banned

Blah blah blah PC's are cheaper blah blah blah overpriced rubbish blah blah blah

So can someone tell me why Apples premium price is worth it? No fan boy comments please from either side, just facts.

Thanks.

Good deal. Great price for this product.

That's an expensive media player

Ouch how much for old Tech !

j4j

So can someone tell me why Apples premium price is worth it? No fan boy … So can someone tell me why Apples premium price is worth it? No fan boy comments please from either side, just facts.Thanks.


For me it's the operating system and integrated software. So I'd still buy it even if it was sold in beige PC tower cases.

j4j

So can someone tell me why Apples premium price is worth it? No fan boy … So can someone tell me why Apples premium price is worth it? No fan boy comments please from either side, just facts.Thanks.



i dont know anything about the mac's so cant comment on it...but in general, the after sales support is worth paying the extra in my opinion.

I have always read around the various websites (non mac related as well) that once you have had a mac...its hard to go back to windows. Me personally have always had windows since win 95 and i have always liked it (even though you normally have to do a format once a year as it slows down)

For what i can see (and i am no expert in any shape or form), if you want something out the box to work and happy with the specs then a mac - if your looking to update stuff in the future then a pc is suited to your needs.

Pcs always needs updated drivers, codecs antivirus etc - but as far as i know (again i dont own one so not 100%) a mac everything is included and it just works.

its swings and around abouts i think....a mac is expensive to buy, but software is cheaper, PC's are cheaper to buy but software is more expensive

People who use them will know more than i do and whats good / bad about each system



j4j

So can someone tell me why Apples premium price is worth it? No fan boy … So can someone tell me why Apples premium price is worth it? No fan boy comments please from either side, just facts.Thanks.



Makes a great media centre PC. More than powerful enough but at the same time nigh on silent in use and looks decent within a hifi rack.

The media PC it replaced was about 10 times bigger, noisier, less stylish and actually cost me more than the MAC mini did.

There's no arguing that building a media PC can come in cheaper than a MAC mini but I wanted a small unit that looks good as well as performs good. The next best thing for me would have been the Gigabyte Brix - but I'd not have saved money in doing so.

Oh and the other benefit with the Mac mini is the built in infrared sensor, which works perfectly with those cheap(ish) iPod Dock remotes.

Stick plex server (and optionally plex client) on it and you're sorted

dibbz

i dont know anything about the mac's so cant comment on it...but in … i dont know anything about the mac's so cant comment on it...but in general, the after sales support is worth paying the extra in my opinion.I have always read around the various websites (non mac related as well) that once you have had a mac...its hard to go back to windows. Me personally have always had windows since win 95 and i have always liked it (even though you normally have to do a format once a year as it slows down)For what i can see (and i am no expert in any shape or form), if you want something out the box to work and happy with the specs then a mac - if your looking to update stuff in the future then a pc is suited to your needs.Pcs always needs updated drivers, codecs antivirus etc - but as far as i know (again i dont own one so not 100%) a mac everything is included and it just works.its swings and around abouts i think....a mac is expensive to buy, but software is cheaper, PC's are cheaper to buy but software is more expensivePeople who use them will know more than i do and whats good / bad about each system



I don't fully agree with all that, but i accept that this is largely based on what you've read. My experience with the mini over the last month or so is it still needs tweaking (whether it be settings or software) to get things running as you want them. It can be fussy with playback of certain video files (not that you need to use it as a client if you use plex on a different device) and I've still not ironed out all the issues to get it perfect.

I do find it helps to cast your mind back to Amiga workbench as it is more closely related to it than Microsoft windows. Still prefer windows 7 if I'm honest but who knows if that will change with more familiarity / use.

Don't forget it's a community your buying into like many did with the Amiga and Ataris. It's well put together, the OS is superb and customer supports is really very good. You pay a price for that quality and service, it's just a choice. You know when you sometimes buy something and you take it out of the box and think was this really worth it? It's rare that happens with apple hardware. They spent along time building the brand that is now the worlds must valuable.

Microsoft can't offer that because they don't control your complete experience as someone else builds your PC and packages it.

Some people don't like Apple products, others are jealous or can't afford it. It's called choice. Some people on here don't like you having a choice.

DAZZ2000

I don't fully agree with all that, but i accept that this is largely … I don't fully agree with all that, but i accept that this is largely based on what you've read. My experience with the mini over the last month or so is it still needs tweaking (whether it be settings or software) to get things running as you want them. It can be fussy with playback of certain video files (not that you need to use it as a client if you use plex on a different device) and I've still not ironed out all the issues to get it perfect.I do find it helps to cast your mind back to Amiga workbench as it is more closely related to it than Microsoft windows. Still prefer windows 7 if I'm honest but who knows if that will change with more familiarity / use.



Both workbench/amigados and Macos are unix clones.

j4j

So can someone tell me why Apples premium price is worth it? No fan boy … So can someone tell me why Apples premium price is worth it? No fan boy comments please from either side, just facts.Thanks.




The touchpad features and their integration into the O/S then the Time machine software are headlines followed by the rest of the software.

pjmatthews58

Don't forget it's a community your buying into like many did with the … Don't forget it's a community your buying into like many did with the Amiga and Ataris. It's well put together, the OS is superb and customer supports is really very good. You pay a price for that quality and service, it's just a choice. You know when you sometimes buy something and you take it out of the box and think was this really worth it? It's rare that happens with apple hardware. They spent along time building the brand that is now the worlds must valuable.Microsoft can't offer that because they don't control your complete experience as someone else builds your PC and packages it.Some people don't like Apple products, others are jealous or can't afford it. It's called choice. Some people on here don't like you having a choice.



For me the Amiga will always hold a special place and had they not failed to evolve and we're still going strong now I may have never bothered with switching to a PC.

The PC became the machine of choice due to it's expandability and the plethora of hardware customisation choices. The PC is still the machine to beat from a gaming perspective.

That said though, I'm warming to Apple gear. Their equipment shows attention to detail and is clearly stylish. Every device has a purpose and a target audience. Traditionally for the MAC it's been CAD and Design / video processing but I'm seeing a number of DJs using MacBooks and iPads to perform their sets. Even gaming is achievable on the MAC but to be fair it doesn't quite lend itself to it so natively.

I have no regrets buying the Mini though. It's a powerful little unit and it's hard to believe it came out 2 years ago with this spec. If you were to wind the clock back 2 years this would have been considered a beast of a mini PC. If they bring out an iris pro based mini I might struggle to not upgrade further.

DAZZ2000

I do find it helps to cast your mind back to Amiga workbench as it is … I do find it helps to cast your mind back to Amiga workbench as it is more closely related to it than Microsoft windows.



Ahhhh amiga. I remember getting the workbench 1.3 update and having the 512mb extra memory board under the computer. Having the extra 512mb memory you were the dogs dangly bits!!!

oh how times have changed!! lol

pjmatthews58

Both workbench/amigados and Macos are unix clones.



That explains a lot then!

dibbz

Ahhhh amiga. I remember getting the workbench 1.3 update and having the … Ahhhh amiga. I remember getting the workbench 1.3 update and having the 512mb extra memory board under the computer. Having the extra 512mb memory you were the dogs dangly bits!!!oh how times have changed!! lol



Workbench 3.0 was a bit special, coupled with a hard disk based A1200 and you were cooking on gas

j4j

So can someone tell me why Apples premium price is worth it? No fan boy … So can someone tell me why Apples premium price is worth it? No fan boy comments please from either side, just facts.Thanks.


I recently got an old mac from work,
an I have to say that I prefer it to the more modern versions of windows, especially windows 8, the simple matter of the fact is it works, like most apple devices they are designed to be easy to use, but it depends what you want it for, this would be brilliant for a home media centre, however if you want it for gaming or heavy video editing you might be better off getting a windows pc just for cost against power
I you want any further advice feel free to get hold of me at any time
James

j4j

So can someone tell me why Apples premium price is worth it? No fan boy … So can someone tell me why Apples premium price is worth it? No fan boy comments please from either side, just facts.Thanks.



Yes they cost more, but the service is a lot better in my experience, (especially when you can take advantage of the 3year warranty when buying as a student ).
having used both macs and pc over the last 7 years, the macs retain their value very well. I've just sold a 5 year old macbook for almost £500 on the bay. other than that, they are simple to use and don't suffer with the same slowing down that PCs do. I still use both - the only PCs that compare to the macs for speed in my opinion are the ones you have to pay the same price as you would for a mac.

dibbz

here comes another argument that apple products are overpriced.....



Well considering what you could build hackintosh wise for the same price if you really MUST have iOS... There's zero other difference, exact same parts that go in a PC spend time in the apple factory and come out with a massive chip on their shoulder and having suddenly doubled in price.

I'll accept that after sales might be good but for the price, it would have to be. There's next to nothing you can add if you want to make something more out of it without being price gouged for the upgrades as it must come through apple as said, if it's just the OS you want check the required specs for hackintosh and pay about half the price for it. It's genuinely only folks without the first clue and with no will to learn that should be investing in a mac.

The last point in it's favour is they hold price for 2nd hand... it's a plus but not like that's a reason to buy something generally.
Edited by: "mercutio98uk" 12th May 2014

DAZZ2000

Workbench 3.0 was a bit special, coupled with a hard disk based A1200 and … Workbench 3.0 was a bit special, coupled with a hard disk based A1200 and you were cooking on gas



I got an amiga 500 for xmas the year it came out - my friends wouldn't come out and play on boxing day until I told them I had one!

mercutio98uk

Well considering what you could build hackintosh wise for the same price … Well considering what you could build hackintosh wise for the same price if you really MUST have iOS... There's zero other difference, exact same parts that go in a PC spend time in the apple factory and come out with a massive chip on their shoulder and having suddenly doubled in price.


But making a mackintosh is not the most simplistic of tasks - I did a Dell mini a few years ago and although it worked well the majority of the time, at other times it was a right royal pain in the proverbial.

The ability to vote cold should be removed purely based on this thread.

If you can find this product at a better price, post it.

If you can find a cheaper alternative with the same specs in the same for factor, post it.

If you can do a hackintosh with the same specs for cheaper, prove it by posting it. Remember the disclaimer about updating the OS and remember to include the price of buying the OS.

davilown

But making a mackintosh is not the most simplistic of tasks - I did a … But making a mackintosh is not the most simplistic of tasks - I did a Dell mini a few years ago and although it worked well the majority of the time, at other times it was a right royal pain in the proverbial.



Agreed, it's not anything like as plug and play as apple stuff is. I've got no real issue if someone knows WHY they are buying a mac and what they are actually paying for. It just bothers me that some people seem rather blinkered that it MUST be better than a PC at certain things...because it a mac (when it's basically all the same software and you could throw more hardware at a PC to get a vastly stronger user experience WITH the same software - e.g a good sized SSD for a scratch disk in photo/design apps).

thebruce

The ability to vote cold should be removed purely based on this thread. … The ability to vote cold should be removed purely based on this thread. If you can find this product at a better price, post it. If you can find a cheaper alternative with the same specs in the same for factor, post it. If you can do a hackintosh with the same specs for cheaper, prove it by posting it. Remember the disclaimer about updating the OS and remember to include the price of buying the OS.



Are you going to start moving goalposts "oooh it's got to be in a small white case"..."err.. It must have a fruit logo on to the box" etc or that a genuine suggestion?

I bought one for this price a few weeks ago. Great little system, stuck an old SSD I used for a Hackintosh I haven't really used for years in it too (just tend to use windows on the PC for the odd Steam game like the Walking Dead). Running Plex Media Server/SAB/Sickbeard/Couch Potato. It's silent, looks nice, runs fast and means I don't need to run everything on my MacBook Pro so it's cooler, quieter and faster.

Love it.

Hot amazing spec for nearly 600 pounds... Just joking cold the sooner apple dies the better

Original Poster

Good resale value.

Forget the OS...

Tell us why the hardware is better and why the extra cost is justified. Is it just because it's got an Apple badge on it.

At the end of the day this is still a PC. For the money it's not a great deal for what it is.

If you're paying the premium for the small form-factor I would argue that you can get a laptop for the same money with a better spec and a free screen!

The most reliable windows machines are macs....says it all really!

pjmatthews58

Both workbench/amigados and Macos are unix clones.


You what?
OS X is a decendent of NEXTSTEP which is broadly *nix with bits of BSD in there, perhaps some Solaris if memory serves. That's under the hood, the GUI is all NEXT/Apple. So no, not a *nix clone. It's is *nix, with an unique GUI.

As for the Amiga, I can't recall any of the official Amiga operating systems having the slightest bit to do with *nix. They ploughed their own furrow.

irabbs7

Hot amazing spec for nearly 600 pounds... Just joking cold the sooner … Hot amazing spec for nearly 600 pounds... Just joking cold the sooner apple dies the better


With $159bn cash in the bank that's unlikely.
Deal is hot. It's still a current machine, and very capable at that. It's £100 less than the Apple RRP, and Apple don't discount becuase they don't have to.

It's hot until you can find a better deal for the same item. I can build a hackintosh for less isn't a valid answer.
Edited by: "MagicBoy" 13th May 2014

Unknown brand.

the__cat

Forget the OS...Tell us why the hardware is better and why the extra cost … Forget the OS...Tell us why the hardware is better and why the extra cost is justified. Is it just because it's got an Apple badge on it.At the end of the day this is still a PC. For the money it's not a great deal for what it is.If you're paying the premium for the small form-factor I would argue that you can get a laptop for the same money with a better spec and a free screen!



The usual apple fanboy ones:build quality,sell on value,apple customer service and ooo shiny apple logo
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