Mac Mini - 1.4ghz i5, 4gb ram, 500gb HD, refurb grade A1 - £263.98 @ Laptops Direct
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Mac Mini - 1.4ghz i5, 4gb ram, 500gb HD, refurb grade A1 - £263.98 @ Laptops Direct

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Found 28th May 2015
Refurb Mac Mini 2014 model, grade A1.

1.4ghz dual core i5, 4gb Ram, 500gb hd, Intel 5000 graphics, Yosemite, usb 3, hdmi, wlan, and 1yr warranty.

I purchased this and got the wireless keyboard, tracker pad for £405 inc postage. Same price as a Mac mini system new!

Don't forget quidco!

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Decent price for Apple computing but 1.4ghz is really not enough for much other than internet browsing/watching films. maybe worth the extra for the 2.6ghz processor

Isn't this the model that can't really be upgraded easily though? Fair price though.

wazzay2k1

Wireless KeyboardTrackpad



Good price for the Mac, not sure about the keyboard and trackpad though. £132.94 vs £98.65 at Amazon

Keyboard at Amazon

Trackpad at Amazon
Edited by: "pjk" 28th May 2015

Original Poster

1.4GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz)

wazzay2k1

It's turbo boosted to 2.7ghz



not good for the processor being constantly overclocked. depends how much you would use the full power though. Im nt knocking this as a deal because it is a decent one. Just depends on your expected usage of the machine.

good price

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Decent price for Apple computing but 1.4ghz is really not enough for much … Decent price for Apple computing but 1.4ghz is really not enough for much other than internet browsing/watching films. maybe worth the extra for the 2.6ghz processor



Turbo is 2.7GHz all i5/i7 Haswell ulv have high turbo 2 base clock ratio.

I bought the previous generation from here this month for £240. The performance is more of less the same, but you can easily upgrade the RAM and, less-easily, upgrade the HDD.

The service was initially shonky - they took payment and then suspended the transaction due to security concerns, which meant that they had my money and hadn't allocated me the unit (of which there was only one). So there was potential for me to have lost the purchase and then have to wrangle the cash back out of them. I phoned them up on their 10p per minute line and it was solved in 5 minutes. Note that you can find a free local call equivalent if you just google their premium number.

After that, everything was plain-sailing. The delivery arrived quickly and it was well packaged and the item itself was pristine and reset to factory defaults. It looks like they take that kind of thing quite seriously at least.

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not good for the processor being constantly overclocked. depends how … not good for the processor being constantly overclocked. depends how much you would use the full power though. Im nt knocking this as a deal because it is a decent one. Just depends on your expected usage of the machine.



It's not constantly overclocked. That's the speed they're built to run at. They're constantly under-clocked, to save power.

Would be good to create a media server with my AppleTV3 & a full MacBook Pro?

10111010101011

not good for the processor being constantly overclocked. depends how … not good for the processor being constantly overclocked. depends how much you would use the full power though. Im nt knocking this as a deal because it is a decent one. Just depends on your expected usage of the machine.



It's power limited - all ULVs rely on opportunistic turbo - and GT3/hd5000 graphics like this one have even lower normal clock but can turbo just as high as normal ones... There may be ways to change the time in turbo or turbo power to maintain high clock for longer...

good price

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not good for the processor being constantly overclocked. depends how … not good for the processor being constantly overclocked. depends how much you would use the full power though. Im nt knocking this as a deal because it is a decent one. Just depends on your expected usage of the machine.


For heaven's sake, don't make up science, for years since these i processors came out, all the internet credible sources never stated this a problem. The turbo feature is purely a power saving feature conserving energy when workload is none or light. The reason is that vast majority of computers around the world typically run at less than 20% CPU utilised even for business computers. However a possible downside for some, is my guess as I have never heard of a real life situation, is when a CPU fan operates continuously during turbo mode it may not spin continuously for 5 years (may do but make loud fan noise) and the fan blades and grills may get clogged up with dust.
Edited by: "splender" 28th May 2015

Very nice price, if you have a monitor and keyboard/mouse this can be a cheap setuo for everyday use. You could even use it for productivity.

That apple trackpad and keyboard is very overoriced tho, you can find a decent alternstive for much cheaper

Oos

Poor company charging 1.5% for credit card

Ive went for this, was going to get an entry level RL85 or other micro PC but, even considering its lack of expansion its a reasonable price.

bestmd

Poor company charging 1.5% for credit card


That doesn't make them a poor company. It makes them an honest company.
All card transactions have processing costs charged by card handling companies.
Most companies will build these costs into their selling price, so while it eats into their margin, it doesn't really as they bumped the margin up to account for it.
Instead what you get here is a company that rather than pass on the CC card potentially to every purchase through a hidden price rise, they keep it all separate.
In saying all that, yes they could just be, being opportunistic built how many small retailers\food outlets have you seen minimum card purchases or X is added. Similar thing happening here.

At this price it should be very hot, so id youre thinking i would aay go for it. Also if you wanted to get more ram its expandable to 8gb and i think you could also replace the hdd with an ssd if you really wanted to.

martyurb

At this price it should be very hot, so id youre thinking i would aay go … At this price it should be very hot, so id youre thinking i would aay go for it. Also if you wanted to get more ram its expandable to 8gb and i think you could also replace the hdd with an ssd if you really wanted to.



RAM is fixed on these and the HDD isn't that simple.

Were out of stock but showing available again as of 18:06

Not bad. A bare bones Intel i5 NUC would cost around this much. Then you would need to add ram and a HDD. And it still wouldn't look as nice. Not that I would purchase either. Hot though.

10111010101011

Decent price for Apple computing but 1.4ghz is really not enough for much … Decent price for Apple computing but 1.4ghz is really not enough for much other than internet browsing/watching films. maybe worth the extra for the 2.6ghz processor


Don't listen to this nonsense.
I have a 1.3 ghz I5 and is More than capable at photo processing. Also runs adobe premiere albeit struggles a little if you have too many effects active at the same time.

For that sort of low spec and high price surely anyone interested in Mac computing on a budget should be considering the hackintosh route?

I bought one of these models last year and I'm extremely impressed. I've got it hooked up to my 42" LG TV and it handles 1080p films and editing perfectly.

cicobuff

For that sort of low spec and high price surely anyone interested in Mac … For that sort of low spec and high price surely anyone interested in Mac computing on a budget should be considering the hackintosh route?



Not sure if you could build a similar form factor i5 system for this price (£264).
Edited by: "topss" 29th May 2015

The 2014 models are when Apple started soldering RAM in. This is a good price and should act as a decent media centre PC once you've put Kodi and VLC on, or Plex etc - my 2012 one plays and streams anything. Havent upgraded to SSD or Yosemite on it though. The silence of it is a major plus point.

Most people dont also know the headphone out socket is actually digital, so with a 50p TOS link adapter mine outpts Dolby 5.1 to my Amp via optical. I have it linked to my NAS fine having never used OS-X and Kodi streams it all good.

Ifixit guide - ifixit.com/Dev…014
HDD \ SSD swap out guide - ifixit.com/Gui…815
Complete tear down -
ifixit.com/Tea…410



Edited by: "hodondo" 29th May 2015

Original Poster

Received mine yesterday, and I am very impressed with it! Infant, typing as we speak on it!!!!
Lovely unit, not a blemish or single scratch on it! Boxed with all the relevant instructions, so in my eyes, I've saved a packed!!!
Currently got it hooked up to a 47" tv screen, and loving it!

topss

Not sure if you could build a similar form factor i5 system for this … Not sure if you could build a similar form factor i5 system for this price (£264).



If you can get refurb components there is no reason why not...I could build a system for £365 new that would better this (albeit not having thunderbolt like other hackintoshes) having Intel HD 6000 and a faster i5-5250u, for an extra £10 could even have 1TB (£375)



http://static.scan.co.uk/images/products/2524608-a.jpg

5th generation Intel® Core™ i5-5250U processor
• Two DDR3L SO-DIMM sockets (up to 16 GB, 1333/1600 MHz)
• M.2 slot with flexible support for a 42, 60, or 80 mm SATA or PCle* SSD
• 1x SATA port for connection to 2.5" HDD or SSD
• Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC and Bluetooth 4.0
• Kensington lock support
• Backpanel DC power connector (12V - 19V)
• One Mini DisplayPort* version 1.2 supporting 8 channel digital audio (7.1 surround sound)
• Intel® Gigabit LAN
• 2x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel
• Mini HDMI* port supporting HDMI 1.4a and 7.1 surround sound
• Support for user-replaceable third-party lids
• 2x USB 3.0 ports on the front panel (including one charging port)
• Intel® HD Audio via Headphone/Microphone jack
• Consumer infrared sensor

hodondo

The 2014 models are when Apple started soldering RAM in.



Even more reason for a hackintosh consideration.

cicobuff

If you can get refurb components there is no reason why not...I could … If you can get refurb components there is no reason why not...I could build a system for £365 new that would better this (albeit not having thunderbolt like other hackintoshes) having Intel HD 6000 and a faster i5-5250u, for an extra £10 could even have 1TB (£375)5th generation Intel® Core™ i5-5250U processor• Two DDR3L SO-DIMM sockets (up to 16 GB, 1333/1600 MHz)• M.2 slot with flexible support for a 42, 60, or 80 mm SATA or PCle* SSD• 1x SATA port for connection to 2.5" HDD or SSD• Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC and Bluetooth 4.0• Kensington lock support• Backpanel DC power connector (12V - 19V)• One Mini DisplayPort* version 1.2 supporting 8 channel digital audio (7.1 surround sound)• Intel® Gigabit LAN• 2x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel• Mini HDMI* port supporting HDMI 1.4a and 7.1 surround sound• Support for user-replaceable third-party lids• 2x USB 3.0 ports on the front panel (including one charging port)• Intel® HD Audio via Headphone/Microphone jack• Consumer infrared sensor



I wasn't doubting you could build a faster system for more money.

topss

I wasn't doubting you could build a faster system for more money.



And I already said, if you buy refurbished components you could for similar or less money.

cicobuff

If you can get refurb components there is no reason why not...I could … If you can get refurb components there is no reason why not...I could build a system for £365 new that would better this (albeit not having thunderbolt like other hackintoshes) having Intel HD 6000 and a faster i5-5250u, for an extra £10 could even have 1TB (£375)5th generation Intel® Core™ i5-5250U processor• Two DDR3L SO-DIMM sockets (up to 16 GB, 1333/1600 MHz)• M.2 slot with flexible support for a 42, 60, or 80 mm SATA or PCle* SSD• 1x SATA port for connection to 2.5" HDD or SSD• Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC and Bluetooth 4.0• Kensington lock support• Backpanel DC power connector (12V - 19V)• One Mini DisplayPort* version 1.2 supporting 8 channel digital audio (7.1 surround sound)• Intel® Gigabit LAN• 2x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel• Mini HDMI* port supporting HDMI 1.4a and 7.1 surround sound• Support for user-replaceable third-party lids• 2x USB 3.0 ports on the front panel (including one charging port)• Intel® HD Audio via Headphone/Microphone jack• Consumer infrared sensor


Looks really good! Does this include OSX?

cicobuff

And I already said, if you buy refurbished components you could for … And I already said, if you buy refurbished components you could for similar or less money.



Have already looked. Its highly unlikely. Especially considering the 12 month warranty and OS. With second hand unwarranted components maybe. Even then it would be very close and no guarantee it would all work. At this sort of price point there is no point.

buddn07

Looks really good! Does this include OSX?



No, it would be a hackintosh build.

I looked at the Hackintosh option and decided that it just wasn't worth if you just want a simple system for day to day duties.

gabesdad

Isn't this the model that can't really be upgraded easily though? Fair … Isn't this the model that can't really be upgraded easily though? Fair price though.



The ram is soldered to the board, so yes... At least you can't upgrade the ram ( dunno about hdd )

pjk

I looked at the Hackintosh option and decided that it just wasn't worth … I looked at the Hackintosh option and decided that it just wasn't worth if you just want a simple system for day to day duties.



I often wonder what the day to day duties of a Mac user is other than wearing brown cordurouys and polo shirts (obligatory tucked in and a belt)

topss

Have already looked. Its highly unlikely. Especially considering the 12 … Have already looked. Its highly unlikely. Especially considering the 12 month warranty and OS. With second hand unwarranted components maybe. Even then it would be very close and no guarantee it would all work. At this sort of price point there is no point.



As already said, for that sort of low spec and high price surely anyone interested in Mac computing on a budget should be considering the hackintosh route.

Not saying this is not a good deal, its a crap spec...you were the one trying to compare like for like, and with the 12 months warranty compared to buying second hand goods then yes it would make little sense.

From a hardware perspective this is not great for a refurb considering its Haswell architecture. Seriously if I hackintoshed my £150 Thinkpad X220 ultrabook I wouldn't get much extra performance out of this Mac Mini.


Edited by: "cicobuff" 29th May 2015
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