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10% off ALL Apple Macs this Black Friday at KRCS
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10% off all Macs this Black Friday at KRCS.
Just don’t buy an iMac with a 1TB fusion drive as they are terrible now with only 24GB allocated. Only pick a 2TB or bigger as they still have 128GB.

Or ideally an SSD as they are fast.
I was hoping for Big Mac's myself 😁
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Apple Mac Mini Silver MGEM2B/A Dual Core i5 1.4GHZ 4GB 500GB Intel HD 5000 £340.80 @ Viking Direct
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Brand new Apple Mac Mini Silver MGEM2B/A Dual Core i5 1.4GHZ 4GB 500GB Intel HD 5000 for £340.80 VAT included using voucher code with £35 discount: Q7A-35NECTNOV.
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Thanks - I bought one, a good deal - though came to £347 at checkout ...
£140 cheaper!
danielson1978

yeah I've voted hot too - the mac mini is a nice device and looks good … yeah I've voted hot too - the mac mini is a nice device and looks good too, and I believe apple have put the price of these up post Brexit anyway haven't they?



Apple price increases are Not to do with Brexit. They put the price up in Europe too...in fact it's still the case that most of them cost more abroad in straight conversion...also have in the US so it's greed. But yeah so this model is like £479 direct so that's why I say I can't believe the cold votes if going purely on price and not on hatred of Apple!
yeah I've voted hot too - the mac mini is a nice device and looks good too, and I believe apple have put the price of these up post Brexit anyway haven't they?
I too prefer the 2012 and have the i7 upgraded. What I object to on this site though is it should really change its name to hotopinion because people used to vote if something is a deal but now vote because of their love or hate of a product. I still vote by deal so have some heat! Cheapest for one of these by quite a bit.
Free 3 Year Guarantee with all Macs and iPads and iPad Minis at John Lewis
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Until 09/11/2016, John Lewis is selling all Macs and iPads with a free 3-year guarantee! Definitely worth buying Apple devices here (and early Xmas presents) to take advantage of t… Read more
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buka

First vibro-motor broke after half a year, I had my iphone 4s replaced. … First vibro-motor broke after half a year, I had my iphone 4s replaced. After that (in almost 2 years) Wifi stopped working and they replaced the phone again telling me that they do it because it was bought from them directly (the email said my phone was "OUT OF WARRANTY", and Proposed Resolution:"Replace iPhone and cover under EU law")



Thanks for letting me know - I've seen those faults before, WiFi failure on 4s was relatively common. Well done on getting it fixed - this is what's making me think of just buying an iPhone. Literally after being thrilled with finally getting away from iOS to an S7 Edge, I've got the 'screen stripe' failure after just 2 months and am tempted to jump into the car, drive to town and get an iPhone 7 from Apple direct along with the cover it brings.
plewis00

This is a good explanation; though Apple led me to believe to avoid bad … This is a good explanation; though Apple led me to believe to avoid bad publicity, if you're sincere and clearly not trying to blag them for a faulty handset, they generally just replace/repair it anyway because the percentage of claims is so low.Out of interest, what did you have repaired?


First vibro-motor broke after half a year, I had my iphone 4s replaced. After that (in almost 2 years) Wifi stopped working and they replaced the phone again telling me that they do it because it was bought from them directly (the email said my phone was "OUT OF WARRANTY", and Proposed Resolution:"Replace iPhone and cover under EU law")
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djdope

Have prices gone up recently. I thought am ipad pro was 499


Yes, unfortunately, that model is now £549
buka

EU directive is 2 years [each country is supposed to implement their law … EU directive is 2 years [each country is supposed to implement their law according to directive].in UK (maybe England/Scotland slightly different) this directive is implemented as 6 years, however the consumer has to prove that it is a manufacturer's defect. If you're buying from other sellers they might make you prove it was a manufacturer's defect which would cost you extra money. However if you buy from Apple directly and if they know it's a common defect in the model, they would take it without you having to prove manufacturer's defect.i had my iphone replaced this way, but it was only coming to 2 years at the time. Btw they didn't need a receipt, they could see when it was bought (from one of their shops) in their systems, and the phone was a present, so I didn't have receipt or a card it was bought with



This is a good explanation; though Apple led me to believe to avoid bad publicity, if you're sincere and clearly not trying to blag them for a faulty handset, they generally just replace/repair it anyway because the percentage of claims is so low.

Out of interest, what did you have repaired?
plewis00

No idea, but as I don't live in Scotland and don't ever intend to, it's … No idea, but as I don't live in Scotland and don't ever intend to, it's not something I've taken time out to research. All I know is that in the event of a claim you need to state 'EU Consumer Law' as the reason.


EU directive is 2 years [each country is supposed to implement their law according to directive].
in UK (maybe England/Scotland slightly different) this directive is implemented as 6 years, however the consumer has to prove that it is a manufacturer's defect. If you're buying from other sellers they might make you prove it was a manufacturer's defect which would cost you extra money. However if you buy from Apple directly and if they know it's a common defect in the model, they would take it without you having to prove manufacturer's defect.
i had my iphone replaced this way, but it was only coming to 2 years at the time. Btw they didn't need a receipt, they could see when it was bought (from one of their shops) in their systems, and the phone was a present, so I didn't have receipt or a card it was bought with



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Apple Mac Mini 2.6Ghz 8GB for £486 with code at Viking-direct
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ch1z

I agree with above comments, I have a mac book pro which is great being … I agree with above comments, I have a mac book pro which is great being able to upgrade through two new operating systems and it's a few years old but see no reason to upgrade cost v performance boost etc. However the mac mini is now so overpriced for what it is. I agree would get a decent laptop for that kind of money. It's a £300 box for over £500 but hey it's apple. http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/hp-pavilion-15-gaming-laptop-i5-6300hq-gtx-950m-8gb-ram-1tb-hdd-549-ebuyer-2526880



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Is this the 2012 model or the crippled new one?
I agree with above comments, I have a mac book pro which is great being able to upgrade through two new operating systems and it's a few years old but see no reason to upgrade cost v performance boost etc. However the mac mini is now so overpriced for what it is. I agree would get a decent laptop for that kind of money. It's a £300 box for over £500 but hey it's apple. hotukdeals.com/dea…880
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I know Apple are about aesthetics, rock steady OS and just getting on with work, all that good stuff, which, an iMac with multiple problems aside, has mostly been my experience with most Apple products, but... this overly-priced 2014 dual core ultrabook spec PC in a very nice tin is long overdue an update, no? I am giving heat because if people want to be part of the Apple OS/applications eco system, they don't exactly have a lot of licensed choices.
no mouse. no keyboard. no screen. unable to upgrade. expensive software. they will sell like hot cakes! hot
Crucial ram memory 16GB kit (2 x 8GB) DDR3 PC3-12800,1600MHz for 2012 Apple Macbook Pro's, 2012 iMac's, and 2011 / 2012 Mac mini's Sold by majestic deals and Fulfilled by Amazon
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A bit of a niche deal this, but this is one of the best ways to increase the speed of your 2012 Mac Mini or MacBook Pro. This is the lowest price according to Camel Camel Camel. … Read more
Lippo999

Or you could have taken the advice above and waited for the imaginary … Or you could have taken the advice above and waited for the imaginary CEX second hand stuff, possibly mismatched and not guaranteed to be the same Apple friendly spec! X)



Indeed :-)
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kristoff

How fortuitous. Voted hot and bought after reading the reviews. Thanks OP


Or you could have taken the advice above and waited for the imaginary CEX second hand stuff, possibly mismatched and not guaranteed to be the same Apple friendly spec! X)
How fortuitous. Voted hot and bought after reading the reviews. Thanks OP
Flambo

Are you sure? Because I'm genuinely interested if it's true, the cheapest … Are you sure? Because I'm genuinely interested if it's true, the cheapest I could find is a single 8GB DDR3 SODIMM for £22.


No, it's not true. CEX do have a website and this is search results for 8GB DDR3
https://uk.webuy.com/search/index.php?sortOn=sellprice_asc&stext=ddr3+8+gb+204&section=
Cheapest is £22 per 8Gb (so £44 for 16GB), but CEX are not very good at listing things so there is no way to tell if it is 1.5V or 1.35V.

EDIT: Also, while matched pairing is seldom important it is nice to get two SoDIMMs which are from the same manufacturer and the only way to ensure that with CEX would be finding them in a branch as their mail order (remember, postage + £2.50) cannot guarantee that.
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cheesybeanzz74

Yeh just keep checking stock.(_;)



Good stuff. If they're in stock - put a deal on here. if they're not in stock, then this is the best deal at this time. HUKD's and all that
Apple Mac mini 500gb pc world
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Using code MAC100 will take £100 off the product bringing it down to £299. It has 4gb ram, 500gb hard drive and an i5 processor. Fantastic product for this price!
Fayz

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It was for black friday only
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Hi, I tried to reserve a mac mini with curry's pc world using the mac100 code, only to be told that the code has expired.
This is price matched in John Lewis (on all Macs) for those interested
Just picked one up from store the code doesn't scan for the £100 off but the Manager over rid the till once i showed him the webpage
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Apple Mac Mini i5 4gb ram 500gb hard drive 299 with code MAC100 @ PC World
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Product features OSX Intel® Core™ i5 processor Memory 4 GB ram Hard drive: 500 GB With built-in WiFi use code MAC100 to get £100 off the list price.
SenorDave

Good price for what it is. But there are Windows versions of mini-PCs at … Good price for what it is. But there are Windows versions of mini-PCs at around £100 from Dell, HP, etc. No abuse about Windows v. MacOS, please. You pays your money and takes your choice - and chance!



not many with an i5 though!
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ourdevonfamily

I don't care what the Apple haters say, this is a fantastic price for an … I don't care what the Apple haters say, this is a fantastic price for an entry level Mac!... once you've had Mac you won't go back!



​I use a Mac for work, yeah I'd go back to Windows... but no for this price that's amazing.
Good price for what it is. But there are Windows versions of mini-PCs at around £100 from Dell, HP, etc. No abuse about Windows v. MacOS, please. You pays your money and takes your choice - and chance!
u0421793

Out of stock, though.



​very true, sorry. it wasn't at the time of me posting, 'cause I nearly went for it
Mac Mini i5 500GB 4GB Ram £349 With Code @ Currys PC World
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Use code MAC50 for the discount. Cheap. Usual Price £399 This is the Late 2014 model the current one Apple are still selling.
jogrey80

what and the woman in there customer services whose just checked your … what and the woman in there customer services whose just checked your theory on her system is wrong also hmm i doubt that ..with all due respect!....THIS CODE WAS AS REAL AS SANTA!



He's back, Merry Christmas!

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(link just in case you want to look, can take screenshots for Customer Sevices in case they want to check it in a year or so)
jogrey80

what and the woman in there customer services whose just checked your … what and the woman in there customer services whose just checked your theory on her system is wrong also hmm i doubt that ..with all due respect!....THIS CODE WAS AS REAL AS SANTA!



I don't, I think it's more plausible that they were wrong 2 months after the event than those of us who saw it at the time lol

Plus it's Currys, more chance of George Osborne getting a budget correct and not back tracking than their staff getting something accurate. Have who heard the porkies in their "sales pitches"?
jogrey80

completely irrelevant conversation really ...you have your 'opinion' and … completely irrelevant conversation really ...you have your 'opinion' and Ill have mine THANKS for your input!



Not an opinion, it was available.
Edited by: "bryan1979" 29th Mar 2016
completely irrelevant conversation really ...you have your 'opinion' and Ill have mine THANKS for your input!
what and the woman in there customer services whose just checked your theory on her system is wrong also hmm i doubt that ..with all due respect!....THIS CODE WAS AS REAL AS SANTA!
Apple Mac mini MGEN2B/A Desktop Computer, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB. 2 Year Guarantee! £519 @ John Lewis
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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 … Read more
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£512 brand new educational if in manchester if you buy me tea
F555

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: "masterbruce" 2nd Nov 2015
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.
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
cheap and premium quality. hot
Refurbished Mac mini 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 - Oct 2012 - £329.00
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Originally released October 2012 4GB memory
 500GB hard drive
 Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps) HDMI port supports multichannel audio output Intel HD Graphics 4000 Apple Certifie… Read more
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Plus the free software suite that you get with a Mac is less hassle for most people and meets their needs.
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rd3d2

Save your money - these are a really nice build and upgrade well to … Save your money - these are a really nice build and upgrade well to Windows 10:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-NUC5i5RYK-Desktop-Silver-Black/dp/B00TXZSRC6/ref=sr_1_1



Looks good but it needs OS, Ram and HDD. It doesn't end @ £299.00
Save your money - these are a really nice build and upgrade well to Windows 10:

amazon.co.uk/Int…1_1
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OOS now.
Refurbished Mac Mini 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5.  £339 @ Apple Store. Apple Certified Refurbished
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2014 Apple Mac Mini refurbished back in stock on Apple Store £339 so £60 off new price. Apple refurbs are always in my experience indistinguishable from new- although in plain pa… Read more
I really don't know why Apple didn't put an SSD in these. Still, you can install and run the OS from an external SSD in a USB3 enclosure and it speeds it up dramatically. I just received a refurbished 2012 Mac Mini from the Apple store and plan to put in 8GB or 16GB but was surprised how well it runs on just 4GB (plus the SSD).

The unit was indeed indistinguishable from new - the only sign being the brown box.
Argos brand new £399
Want the ipod classics to come back in!!
Mac Mini - 1.4ghz i5, 4gb ram, 500gb HD, refurb grade A1 - £263.98 @ Laptops Direct
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Anyway back to the deal - for anyone that had a cancellation - I queried it and got the following reply.

"All orders are processed and shipped as quickly as possible. In instances where our stock is fully allocated we may ship direct from the manufacturers to you. If for any reason the product or promotion you've ordered is no longer available, or there's been a price change, we will notify you within 5 days and offer a full refund, the option to pay the difference or choose an alternative. Order acceptance takes place upon despatch of your products.
Kind Regards"

meh...
cicobuff

Try giving information instead of vague crap about things (until you … Try giving information instead of vague crap about things (until you google futher on the subject)



I gave plenty of relevant information to put your misinformation right. What you suggested, won't work. Is that clear enough? Thank you.

If anyone is still dreaming that it will, just search 'NUC5I5RYH hackintosh' and make your own mind up.
Edited by: "topss" 29th May 2015
topss

Yes and? Having a keyboard/mouse that stops working when you reboot or … Yes and? Having a keyboard/mouse that stops working when you reboot or wake from sleep means it doesn't work. Please stop trying to mix words. You gave incorrect advice. Live with it. These NUC's are not suited to a hackintosh build and suggesting to some that they might, is plain misinformation. It's not just the graphics card. It's the WiFi, bluetooth and the Keyboard/mouse. Pretty much everything you need to run a computer.



Try giving information instead of vague crap about things (until you google futher on the subject)


cicobuff

You said the keyboard and mouse would have problems 'after a short time' … You said the keyboard and mouse would have problems 'after a short time' I would expect a working OS for that to begin happening, now you are saying that it does not work at all.10.10.3 works with Broadwell, if anything there may be a problem with HD6000 graphics currently until Apple pull their finger out and release their new Macs..as in bring themselves up to date a year later than the PC market.



Yes and? Having a keyboard/mouse that stops working when you reboot or wake from sleep means it doesn't work. Please stop trying to mix words. You gave incorrect advice. Live with it. These NUC's are not suited to a hackintosh build and suggesting to some that they might, is plain misinformation.

It's not just the graphics card. It's the WiFi, bluetooth and the Keyboard/mouse. Pretty much everything you need to run a computer.
Edited by: "topss" 29th May 2015
topss

Who said it's a 'working system'? I never did. OSX does not work on this … Who said it's a 'working system'? I never did. OSX does not work on this NUC. If you want to be pedantic, then yes the keyboard/mouse may work whilst trying to set it up (outside of the actual OSX install) and there are reports that some K/M will work in safe mode, and works until reboots in normal mode. Some K/M combinations DO work, but it's pot luck and nothing like as easy as you originally suggested. All reports suggest waiting for the new i7 NUCs and give this version a miss.



You said the keyboard and mouse would have problems 'after a short time' I would expect a working OS for that to begin happening, now you are saying that it does not work at all.

10.10.3 works with Broadwell, if anything there may be a problem with HD6000 graphics currently until Apple pull their finger out and release their new Macs..as in bring themselves up to date a year later than the PC market.
Edited by: "cicobuff" 29th May 2015
Crucial ram memory 16GB kit (2 x 8GB) DDR3 PC3-12800,1600MHz for 2012 Apple Macbook Pro's, 2012 iMac's, and 2011 / 2012 Mac mini's £86.97 Take a Bite Fulfilled by Amazon.
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Module Size: 16GB kit ( 8GB x 2 ) Package: 204-pin SODIMM Feature: DDR3 PC3-12800 Specs: DDR3 PC3-12800 , CL=11 , Unbuffered , NON-ECC , DDR3-1600MHz , 1.35V Free Delivery. Time … Read more
Is it working for macpro mid2009
its £76.50!

cheap as hell - on eBay cheapest £105!
Good Price for this, just ordered mine!! Thanks OP
Buy this better I've bought two of it for iMac 27 late 2013 Corsair CMXS8GX3M1A1600C10 8GB Vengeance Performance So-Dimm 1600MHz CL10 DDR3 Memory Module
Being voted cold by the Apple haters but this is a fair bit cheaper then when i bought it a month ago so hot from me!
Apple Mac Mini MGEM2BA Desktop, i5 1.4GHz, 500GB £399 at Argos
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is there a guide in installing the operating system on an external usb... which is linked to the main macmini
wakkaday

You run the system from usb!?


Sure do. Read and write speeds are both 500MB/s +.
You run the system from usb!?
wakkaday

Can you update memory and hd


Unfortunately no, the 2014 Mac Minis are not easy to upgrade. If you're intrepid you can get at the internals but it's not advisable and will void warranty. I have the 2.6GHz 8GB ram version which is plenty fast as I run the system from an external USB3.0 enclosure with a Samsung 850 Evo SSD inside - gets over 500MB/s in Blackmagic Disk Speed tests. I'd advise going down that route rather than getting this version as the 4GB of ram will be a limiting factor.
JL 3 year Warranty swings it for me!
Apple Mac Mini (Intel Core i5 1.4GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD) - £347.46 - Amazon
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joedredd

This is a Late 2014 mac mini model. As such you cannot upgrade the RAM … This is a Late 2014 mac mini model. As such you cannot upgrade the RAM and are stuck with the 4Gb onboard.https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Mac+Mini+Late+2014+Teardown/30410



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caped_crustation999

http://www.eglobalcentral.co.uk/apple-mac-mini-1.4ghz-dual-core-intel-core-i5-500gb-mgem2-2014-new-version.html?gclid=CMf714ymsMQCFQIYwwodaXwACA £329.99



You do realise they are based in China?
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This is a Late 2014 mac mini model. As such you cannot upgrade the RAM and are stuck with the 4Gb onboard.
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redduck

what does the 16Gb refer to?



Apologies, I was a bit crap at posting the marketing specs

Maximum internal memory: 16 GB
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obennett01

1.4GHz? For this money on a windows PC you'll get 4GHz and actually be … 1.4GHz? For this money on a windows PC you'll get 4GHz and actually be able to run some programs



Your understanding of computers is hilarious
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Update: It's 9p cheaper now. YEEAAAAHHHHH
1.4GHz? For this money on a windows PC you'll get 4GHz and actually be able to run some programs
I'm not convinced about these latest MacMini's. I have a 2012 one with 8GB RAM and it still permanently swaps out to VM and thrashes the disk. These latest come with 4GB max. That is only just enough to carry the OS itself.
Apple MGEM2B/A Mac Mini (Intel Core i5 1.4GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD) from Amazon for £373.99
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Liverpool_Bear

I've ordered the 2012 version from Jigsaw24 … I've ordered the 2012 version from Jigsaw24 (http://www.jigsaw24.com/pws/ProductDetails.ice?ProductID=12170) with a view to upgrading the memory and putting an SSD in it.I believe the RAM upgrade is an easy fix, but the SSD is a lot more difficult. I've built PC's before and I've upgraded hard drives to SSD's without any problem. Is it as simple as taking the old hard drive out and swapping in an SSD?Do you need to clone the hard drive to the SSD or can you simply download the OS from the Internet (which is what I have read)?Any help.


You are right RAM is very easy to upgrade, SSD is also easy, with the right tool, iFixit sells the Second HD kit with the tools work for 2011 and 2012. Since 2011, you can run the Internet Recovery, with a blank HD/SSD, it takes longer, since it downloads the entire OS dmg. On the other hand you can clone before you switch over, or install a clean OS on the new HD/SSD before switch over.
stu385

Torn between a 2012 model from Jigsaw or the 2014 2.6Ghz i5 myself, as I … Torn between a 2012 model from Jigsaw or the 2014 2.6Ghz i5 myself, as I think they'd be more future-proof. Would be interested to know how you get on with upgrades.Cheers


FYI. the 2014 model is non-upgradable, the RAM soldered and propitiatory SSD, so for these upgrade you need 2011 or 2012.
Now 369.09 found by AdamC31415.
stu385

Torn between a 2012 model from Jigsaw or the 2014 2.6Ghz i5 myself, as I … Torn between a 2012 model from Jigsaw or the 2014 2.6Ghz i5 myself, as I think they'd be more future-proof. Would be interested to know how you get on with upgrades.Cheers



RAM was dead easy. I haven't done the SSD as the machine is fast enough in my opinion.
Mac Mini 2014 1.4ghz Dual Core 4gb RAM £341.98 @ Insight
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bbbazman

There, right there, that's a script for an award winning 'feel good' … There, right there, that's a script for an award winning 'feel good' movie with a twist end.


Less of a twist and more of a "well that was obvious" kind of ending.
david_robinson94

Well, that's my grandparents sorted. I bought them a Mac Mini in 2006 as … 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.



There, right there, that's a script for an award winning 'feel good' movie with a twist end.
fairytooth

Only if you don't need to. Be honest, you wouldn't keep 'upgrading' … Only if you don't need to. Be honest, you wouldn't keep 'upgrading' things if you didn't need to.


I think you’ve missed the point, it’s just about future proofing. People buying low end computers are unlikely to want to change them that often so being able to upgrade the RAM from 4GB in say 3 to 5 years would be useful. If you don’t need to then no problem but I see no downside to having that flexibility.
With what I can only speculate is quite an underpowered and underwhelming processor and the talk of non user upgrade able memory I have no regrets having bought a second hand 2012 model Mac Mini about 9 months ago. It got beefed up to 16gb and a 240gb SSD and is impressively rapid.

I'd advise anyone looking for an i5 version to consider second hand over new. They're actually not that difficult to open up and upgrade and there are some good bargains to be had.

Now a Mac mini with an i7 and iris pro graphics....that'd be a tempting upgrade at the right money
Macs do run better than PCs but the difference is vastly exaggerated because people rarely compare like for like systems. 4GB RAM is not enough if you want; 2 screens, more than 3 tabs open per screen, any kind of media editing.

Unless all you do is basic internet browsing and document editing, you will need a machine that can have RAM upgraded. And if you are in that position, you should probably get a chromebook.
Apple Mac Mini 2014 1.4 GHz Refurbished - £339 @ Apple
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Just noticed this, I think it's the newest model. I bought the 2012 version posted here a few weeks ago, very pleased with it, my first real Mac. Hope this helps someone
Gmtaylor

better to get a 2012 mac if your into speed as they can have 16gb ram … better to get a 2012 mac if your into speed as they can have 16gb ram installed, also you can chamge the processor chip on the 2012 mac to that of an iphone processor which means theres less of a risk of a virus and they are really fast

haha
Blanco

But will it blend... I mean, does it have AirPlay?



Not for video (there's ways around that though I think, but I don't need to look into it so I haven't bothered), but it does for audio through Kodi.

I don't use Airplay though. Stopped using Apple phones/ tablets a couple years ago, and even when I did I never used airplay apart from for my MacBook Pro and it wasn't very useful for what I wanted to do (screen mirroring) it made all of the audio etc lag behind by a second or 2.
Synthesthesia

I sold my Apple TV. Next to useless IMO, mine just collected dust. A Mac … I sold my Apple TV. Next to useless IMO, mine just collected dust. A Mac Mini (2012) now sits under my TV stand, and is used FAR more often. I use it as a Plex Server/ Player, Kodi occasionally and it handles all my downloads. Frees up my MacBook Pro so it's not boiling hot all the time too!



But will it blend... I mean, does it have AirPlay?
Blanco

Already have an Apple TV, no thanks.



I sold my Apple TV. Next to useless IMO, mine just collected dust. A Mac Mini (2012) now sits under my TV stand, and is used FAR more often. I use it as a Plex Server/ Player, Kodi occasionally and it handles all my downloads. Frees up my MacBook Pro so it's not boiling hot all the time too!
Already have an Apple TV, no thanks.
Refurbished Mac Mini (October 2012) 2.5Ghz dual core i5 4GB Ram 500GB Hard drive @ Apple Store
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They have various 2012 i7's and 2014 models too. I got one of these last week. Absolutely mint condition - as all Apple refurbs are. This is the late 2012 edition, so it is easy t… Read more
These are back in stock. Just ordered one. Thanks for the original post.
HipposRule

Monitor - you may need a thunderbolt/mini displayport to VGA/DVI adapter. … Monitor - you may need a thunderbolt/mini displayport to VGA/DVI adapter. Keyboard - in reality get an Apple one, shortcuts a PITA with a PC one.



Cherry do a very affordable Mac layout USB keyboard: dabs.com/pro…ice
cantonbean

I have a displayport to HDMI cable I only use one monitor...it was more a … I have a displayport to HDMI cable I only use one monitor...it was more a theoretical question as to if this would work to link back to displayport?!


Okay, in theory you should be able to use a single monitor that way I think (though it's not something I've ever tested).

DisplayPort to HDMI can be done through a simple cable, but converting back to DisplayPort from HDMI would have to be done through an active converter (which are expensive) like this one.

Things like DisplayPort 1.2 MST etc. definitely wouldn't carry through even if your Mac and Monitor supported them, because the initial switch from DisplayPort to HDMI would remove that functionality.
Edited by: "btc-uk" 23rd Jan 2015
btc-uk

What are you trying to achieve (how many monitors are you trying to hook … What are you trying to achieve (how many monitors are you trying to hook up using what inputs)? Then hopefully I can advise



I have a displayport to HDMI cable I only use one monitor...it was more a theoretical question as to if this would work to link back to displayport?!
cantonbean

Would a displayport to HDMI to displayport work in this situation?


What are you trying to achieve (how many monitors are you trying to hook up using what inputs)? Then hopefully I can advise
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