Mac Mini 2014 1.4ghz Dual Core 4gb RAM £341.98 @ Insight
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Mac Mini 2014 1.4ghz Dual Core 4gb RAM £341.98 @ Insight

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Found 27th Feb 2015
I know this will attract cold votes because it's an Apple product, but if you're in the market for one of these, this is a great price.

It's brand new, not refurb, the latest (base) model and from a well-known, reputable supplier.

Included delivery in the price above @ 4.99. Unit price is £335.99.

RRP £399
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Good price for a great base unit. Ideal for those brave enough to switch from a PC

can the ram be updated on this model?

fairytooth

Good price for a great base unit. Ideal for those Daft enough to switch … Good price for a great base unit. Ideal for those Daft enough to switch from a PC



There, fixed the obvious typo from you.

No the ram cannot be upgraded in this 1.4GHZ (_;) model.

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jetskizzz

can the ram be updated on this model?


Any self-service on these machines is documented here, I can't see anything regarding RAM so would assume not.

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MadonnaProject

There, fixed the obvious typo from you.No the ram cannot be upgraded in … There, fixed the obvious typo from you.No the ram cannot be upgraded in this 1.4GHZ (_;) model.



Potentially an unfair comparison if the specs are your only issue. And by any standard isn't a valid reason to vote cold. For someone who wants one, this is a good price.

These device are solid/reliable enough to be collocated in data centres around the world (search Mac Mini Colo). You're not buying a 1.4ghz 'PC' for 340 quid.

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jetskizzz

can the ram be updated on this model?

I believe it's soldered in like the other 2 Mac mini 2014 models

mbf199t

Potentially an unfair comparison if the specs are your only issue. And by … Potentially an unfair comparison if the specs are your only issue. And by any standard isn't a valid reason to vote cold. For someone who wants one, this is a good price.These device are solid/reliable enough to be collocated in data centres around the world (search Mac Mini Colo). You're not buying a 1.4ghz 'PC' for 340 quid.



Technically this is a PC you know, as you can run windows on it. Oh well, listen you know what I mean. I just find it deplorable these "new" models perform worse than their 2012 models that's all. Then again since when did common sense form a part of purchasing decisions for apple, where the influence of the infamous apple rationality disruption field overrides all your other humours.

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MadonnaProject

Technically this is a PC you know, as you can run windows on it. Oh well, … Technically this is a PC you know, as you can run windows on it. Oh well, listen you know what I mean. I just find it deplorable these "new" models perform worse than their 2012 models that's all. Then again since when did common sense form a part of purchasing decisions for apple, where the influence of the infamous apple rationality disruption field overrides all your other humours.



Totally concede the point that it can be a PC if you wish. But taking a dump in a car doesn't make the car a toilet, so if you insist on using Windows, you're right, you should be buying a PC and all of the 'joys' that they come with:

- Bloatware
- Spyware (Hello Lenovo)
- The 'Modern Interface'
- Monthly critical and security updates.
- Drivers
- Paid OS upgrades
- Blue Screens
- Anti-Virus / Viruses / MalwareBytes / Ccleaner / MMM MMm Mmmmmm....
- No physical media / no easy way to reinstall a clean OS.

I'm not anti-PC at all, don't get me wrong, but people are only slaves to different things, it's not just Apple buyers. Granted, the newer model listed is a lower spec than previous iterations but it's also cheaper than any previous iterations, aimed at the low-end market of people who write letters, browse the web and don't require 'performance' that they will never actually use from a machine. As for the other models in this years range, more cores does not always equal more power. It's not the size that counts, it's how (efficiently) you use it.

Maybe a stupid question, but if I had a load of games on Steam on my PC, will they transfer to MAC versions on one one these?

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mocmocamoc

Maybe a stupid question, but if I had a load of games on Steam on my PC, … Maybe a stupid question, but if I had a load of games on Steam on my PC, will they transfer to MAC versions on one one these?



I think they will but only if Mac versions of them exist, not many Mac games on Steam. plus this isn't really going to play games that well.

mbf199t

Totally concede the point that it can be a PC if you wish. But taking a … Totally concede the point that it can be a PC if you wish. But taking a dump in a car doesn't make the car a toilet, so if you insist on using Windows, you're right, you should be buying a PC and all of the 'joys' that they come with: - Bloatware - Spyware (Hello Lenovo) - The 'Modern Interface' - Monthly critical and security updates. - Drivers - Paid OS upgrades - Blue Screens - Anti-Virus / Viruses / MalwareBytes / Ccleaner / MMM MMm Mmmmmm.... - No physical media / no easy way to reinstall a clean OS. I'm not anti-PC at all, don't get me wrong, but people are only slaves to different things, it's not just Apple buyers. Granted, the newer model listed is a lower spec than previous iterations but it's also cheaper than any previous iterations, aimed at the low-end market of people who write letters, browse the web and don't require 'performance' that they will never actually use from a machine. As for the other models in this years range, more cores does not always equal more power. It's not the size that counts, it's how (efficiently) you use it.



When I write a book about my research into stereotypes, could I use your response as a typical response from an apple fanboy? What's so amazing about your response is that it at first reads as quite a sorted, even overly-normal reply. Then one starts to wonder; "Oh gosh, why is he taking so long to get to the point, why is he being so strangely nice but comparing this to taking a dump in a car which is sort of passive-aggressive? why on earth does he care so much to write so many words its just a computerrrrrrr".

But really, thank you. Your response is just what one would expect. It's great, and you're beautiful.
Edited by: "MadonnaProject" 28th Feb 2015

These PC vs Mac arguments illustrate the power of marketing.

PC != Windoze

Surely if you want a cheap mac mini you'd buy an apple refurb of a last gen with a decent processor and is actually upgradeable?

Good value compared to an Intel NUC which is ~£300 for the i5 version but has no RAM, HDD or O/S.
Anyone here running one with Windows? I’m wary of Apple’s driver support for Windows.
No USB port on the front is a typical Apple form over function decision. Shame.

mbf199t

You should be buying a PC and all of the 'joys' that they come with: - … You should be buying a PC and all of the 'joys' that they come with: - Bloatware - Spyware (Hello Lenovo) - The 'Modern Interface' - Monthly critical and security updates. - Drivers - Paid OS upgrades - Blue Screens - Anti-Virus / Viruses / MalwareBytes / Ccleaner / MMM MMm Mmmmmm.... - No physical media / no easy way to reinstall a clean OS.


Plenty of pros and cons for both platforms but that is one of the worst informed attempts to malign Windows that I’ve seen. I guess biased people aren’t usually good at being objective!

MadonnaProject

When i write a book about my research into stereotypes, could I use your … When i write a book about my research into stereotypes, could I use your response as a typical response from an apple fanboy? What's so amazing about your response is that it at first reads as quite a sorted, even overly-normal reply. Then one starts to wonder; "Oh gosh, why is he taking so long to get to the point, why is he being so strangely nice but comparing this to taking a dump in a car which is sort of passive-aggressive? why on earth does he care so much to write so many words its just a computerrrrrrr".But really, thank you. Your response is just what one would expect. It's great, and you're beautiful.



Have another go,I'm sure you could be even more patronising if you try a bit harder.

Good deal

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Agharta

Good value compared to an Intel NUC which is ~£300 for the i5 version but … Good value compared to an Intel NUC which is ~£300 for the i5 version but has no RAM, HDD or O/S.Anyone here running one with Windows? I’m wary of Apple’s driver support for Windows.No USB port on the front is a typical Apple form over function decision. Shame.Plenty of pros and cons for both platforms but that is one of the worst informed attempts to malign Windows that I’ve seen. I guess biased people aren’t usually good at being objective!



I really hate these pointless debates. I'm trying to explain to someone who just see's this as an expensive i5 PC that there are different areas of value, in the whole experience.

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the_el_man

Surely if you want a cheap mac mini you'd buy an apple refurb of a last … Surely if you want a cheap mac mini you'd buy an apple refurb of a last gen with a decent processor and is actually upgradeable?



This is potentially true, but the refurbs are now almost entirely from the current range. The old ones have been quietly purchased by companies who upgrade them and sell them on to make a quick buck. One on gumtree right now (2012) for £1100 with 16gb RAM on an i5. Insane.

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MadonnaProject

When i write a book about my research into stereotypes, could I use your … When i write a book about my research into stereotypes, could I use your response as a typical response from an apple fanboy? What's so amazing about your response is that it at first reads as quite a sorted, even overly-normal reply. Then one starts to wonder; "Oh gosh, why is he taking so long to get to the point, why is he being so strangely nice but comparing this to taking a dump in a car which is sort of passive-aggressive? why on earth does he care so much to write so many words its just a computerrrrrrr".But really, thank you. Your response is just what one would expect. It's great, and you're beautiful.



Well gee-whizz, i'm flattered. I've never been asked to be quoted before, and of course, I oblige! I'll give you more, seeing as you're lapping it up. I work on a PC all day long. 97% of the time it works perfectly, 2% of the time it has tiny little glitches and occasionally it really flips out. I don't hate PCs, or think they're utterly ****.

But I do think that the overall experience for a *home user* is better on a Mac. Call me a fanboy. A box that arrives, turns on, asks me for a password and doesn't come loaded with bloatware (totally not Microsoft's fault) or need it's OS reinstalling when you first get it for the 'best experience' is a winner for me. Nor do I want to downgrade my OS to Windows 7 when I get my PC because the current iteration was poorly conceptualised at the design stage. That's the big difference for me. Was that answer too long, or did I fall carefully within the 'doesn't care too much' box and narrowly avoid making passive-aggressive analogies?

Sorry for having a differing opinion to your daft self.
Edited by: "mbf199t" 28th Feb 2015

mbf199t

Well gee-whizz, i'm flattered. I've never been asked to be quoted before, … Well gee-whizz, i'm flattered. I've never been asked to be quoted before, and of course, I oblige! I'll give you more, seeing as you're lapping it up. I work on a PC all day long. 97% of the time it works perfectly, 2% of the time it has tiny little glitches and occasionally it really flips out. I don't hate PCs, or think they're utterly ****.But I do think that the overall experience for a *home user* is better on a Mac. Call me a fanboy. A box that arrives, turns on, asks me for a password and doesn't come loaded with bloatware (totally not Microsoft's fault) or need it's OS reinstalling when you first get it for the 'best experience' is a winner for me. Nor do I want to downgrade my OS to Windows 7 when I get my PC because the current iteration was poorly conceptualised at the design stage. That's the big difference for me. Was that answer too long, or did I fall carefully within the 'doesn't care too much' box and narrowly avoid making passive-aggressive analogies?Sorry for having a differing opinion to your daft self.



Ommagash again with the hugely lengthy undertaking with the payload coming in the end by which time the effect is lost. If you're looking for a short but effective money shot here it is:

You're preaching to the choir, I own two Mac minis. Lol
Edited by: "MadonnaProject" 28th Feb 2015

mbf199t

I really hate these pointless debates. I'm trying to explain to someone … I really hate these pointless debates. I'm trying to explain to someone who just see's this as an expensive i5 PC that there are different areas of value, in the whole experience.


Well why throw fuel on the fire then if you hate debates so much?
I didn't see you explaining the plus points of using a Mac but a rant about Windows which wasn't very accurate.
Macs have good points so I'd rather people focussed on those than ranting inaccurately about Windows.
You come across as an uninformed Mac snob to me.

Nice price. Don't feed the trolls!

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Not an iPhone 6. Cold.

IMO the only mac worth the money

mbf199t

Granted, the newer model listed is a lower spec than previous iterations … Granted, the newer model listed is a lower spec than previous iterations but it's also cheaper than any previous iterations, aimed at the low-end market of people who write letters, browse the web and don't require 'performance' that they will never actually use from a machine. As for the other models in this years range, more cores does not always equal more power. It's not the size that counts, it's how (efficiently) you use it.



I am not anti Apple my house is like a shrine to Steve Jobs we have IPods, IPads and IPhones. Apple computers are not good value the higher end stuff is good quality and slick but expensive the low end stuff is low end and expensive. If someone just wants to browse the web, write letters and send a few emails then £340 for something that does not include a screen is certainly not a good deal there are many options that will fulfil these tasks equally for half the price.

I have an older version and it's brilliant. Run through my TV via HDMI and does all that me and my family need. I was switching and/or rebuilding PCs every 3 years but I have had two Macs in the last 12 years, including my current one, and noticed little or no slow down. Great deal on this one.

Damm good price, the person from IT background can know what they can achieve from it Smooth worry free Apple is or Windows or Both plus media centre PC with XMBC Kodi its rocks

Blimey, this is cheap enough that you could just buy one to throw Windows on if you're in the market for a new PC.

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mocmocamoc

Maybe a stupid question, but if I had a load of games on Steam on my PC, … Maybe a stupid question, but if I had a load of games on Steam on my PC, will they transfer to MAC versions on one one these?



If you are keeping your pc you could stream the games to the Mac. Not sure how well it would work but streaming doesn't need much grunt.

I have the 2.6 i5 and love it

wasn't sure about plex encoding on the 1.4 but will still be a solid unit.

build quality is great. small footprint. generic keyboard and mouse work but you just have to spend on the pukka stuff and the smart mouse is great

This is the cheapest Mac they've ever made but it performs well. Just bought one for our school. OS runs smoothly and the included Apple software (GarageBand, Pages, Keynote etc.) are worth the money alone.
As it's been said here, you can't get into this one to change RAM or storage (unlike my trusty 2011 mini - which now has 8Gb ram, 1Tb HDD and a 256Gb SSD all in that little box!). Hope they fix that with future models but it's not a deal breaker by any means.

liveinabin

This is the cheapest Mac they've ever made but it performs well. Just … This is the cheapest Mac they've ever made but it performs well. Just bought one for our school. OS runs smoothly and the included Apple software (GarageBand, Pages, Keynote etc.) are worth the money alone. As it's been said here, you can't get into this one to change RAM or storage (unlike my trusty 2011 mini - which now has 8Gb ram, 1Tb HDD and a 256Gb SSD all in that little box!). Hope they fix that with future models but it's not a deal breaker by any means.



I opted for 16gb

run parallels on mine and can run win8/10 Ubuntu linux etc without mess in with partitions

I know you can install win on dual boot but for ease of use and being able to scratch a win virtual desktop and start again is useful

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liveinabin

This is the cheapest Mac they've ever made but it performs well. Just … This is the cheapest Mac they've ever made but it performs well. Just bought one for our school. OS runs smoothly and the included Apple software (GarageBand, Pages, Keynote etc.) are worth the money alone. As it's been said here, you can't get into this one to change RAM or storage (unlike my trusty 2011 mini - which now has 8Gb ram, 1Tb HDD and a 256Gb SSD all in that little box!). Hope they fix that with future models but it's not a deal breaker by any means.



Great point re garage band and other software.

Just a note, you can upgrade the HDD if you wish, I think RAM is the main drawback in terms of serviceability. ifixit have a full walk through showing you how.

Buy a 5th Gen Intel Nuc.

loads of keyboard warrior's on here today.

I love my MacBook, it is super efficient and takes up little space. It shiney and aesthetically pleasing and makes people ask about it.
by far the best part though, it's free to own - it doesnt use any power or make any noise like my Windows or Linux boxes do, it just sits there sans power and seems to offer an equal level of functionality whether turned on or not.

For many it seems to be a problem, the belief that it can't be the Mac which is an expensive lemon, therefore it must be user error. You can't be seen to be in error so lets perpetuate the myth. After all, everyone else loves their Macs so it must just be you...

For me they should release a z80 based Mac mini with 8k ram - it still looks as good Sat on a shelf. Maybe they know this, hence the downgrade over previous generation

Well, that's my grandparents sorted. I bought them a Mac Mini in 2006 as they were getting to that stage where dealing with antivirus messages etc was just getting a bit beyond them and they found windows complicated in general.

Since having the Mac they've never been happier, they never lose their documents because of spotlight and find the interface easy to use.

It's stil going strong after daily use for 9 years, not many off the shelf PC's that you can say that about. It is feeling a bit slow to me now, as it still sells for around £100 on eBay I think I'll just trade it in and upgrade them.

As they're now in their 80's I imagine that this will be the last computer they will ever need.

We have one of these at work and the performance is not great. Programs and menus often take a long time to load. Lots of annoying spinning beach balls. I would try and put a ssd in it or buy a higher spec model. The experience on these budget models is just frustrating.

I recently bought the i5 2014 Mac Mini. the 2014 edition gets completely slated in reviews, due to the crippled upgrading however the blade pcie ssd is very fast in the model I bought, so I'm happy. I got it from Apple Refurb.

Keep checking this link, Apple list some almost every week, mine was £110 cheaper than new.

store.apple.com/uk/…ini

The only reason macs don't suffer from spyware as much is because the user base is tiny in comparison to windows computers, let's not act like it's because iOS is inherently more secure.

The modern interface is fine on touch screen devices, the desktop is the same as it ever was and you are allowed to choose between the two at will.

If iOS was as popular as windows then more people would be exploiting it and Apple would have to release updates a just as regularly.

I wasn't aware that iOS was driverless.

Windows 10 will be free to windows 7, windows 8 and windows 8.1 users.

I haven't had a blue screen in years, I did however have a "Kernal panic" the last time I tried a macbook in a shop.

No physical media? What does that even mean? Pretty much all Windows PC's allow you to create recovery media and better still you can use the windows media creation tool to make a DVD or bootable flash drive for windows 8.1 which will detect your product key automatically from the BIOS. How could it get any easier?

This is a great deal and I have no issue with Macs but there's no need to spread false information about competing systems.
Edited by: "fatdeeman" 28th Feb 2015
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