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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 7:43 am    Post subject: Question - MacMini or iBook? Reply with quote

If you had to choose, would you buy a macmini or an ibook? I heard that burning isn't great on the mini? is this true? can you do video on the mini?
I'll appreciate it if you give me your opinion!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would choose the Mac mini but if money isn't an issue and you want portability get the iBook. Burning on the Mac mini is acceptable and on par with the iBook. Sure you can do video on the Mac mini but you need to get all the memory you can afford and Superdrive if you want to burn DVD's.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 10:36 am    Post subject: Thanks Reply with quote

Thanks - see i was wondering, in terms of performance, which is better? and with a SD are both the iBook and Mini the same? Plus, wireless networking is a big deal - is the mini the same as the iBook in this as well?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have wireless on my mini, but I bet the reception is better with the ibook. If price isn't an issue, I'd get the ibook.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The mini "1.42ghz" is probably a tad faster than the iBook. There were some benchmarks that had it tied with the Powerbook before it was just updated.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For what it's worth, I'm very pleased with my Mini as a DV editing station. I bought the advanced model with 512MB RAM. If you already have a decent monitor, it's still a whole lot less than an iBook. I used the savings to buy Final Cut Express and several other tools to support producing multimedia projects on DVD.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 4:29 am    Post subject: Burning and ports Reply with quote

Thanks for the good advice - however I still have some more question:
1) There are very few orts (USB, Firewire...) and although the iBook has the same amount, it dosent have a keyboard and mouse connected. Once both the keyboard and mouse are connected, you have very few ports to connect with, only two in fact; 1 USB 2.0 and 1 Firewire. Do you find this hard to deal with, when connecting iPod, iShight, digital camera's, camcorders, ect.?

2) Again on the CD/DVD burning issue; I read in this Forum that to burn a music CD with iTunes took 1/2 and hour!?? And some one suggested that it might be because the bottom of the CD is blue/purple. However, when burning DVD's the bottoms of the DVD CD's are purple! So even if I have a SD it would take about an hour to burn a DVD?!

3) How long do you think that the mini will stay "current". Meaning that it won't be to slow to run new applications. For instance, PC's are good for about 2 years - how long will it be if before I have to get a new mac if I buy the mini and how long will it be if I buy the iBook?

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll try to answer your questions as best I can.
1. Ports. iBook or Mini, if you want to have more than two USB devices attached, you'll need a hub. I have a seven port D-Link hub. Plugged into it are my printer, scanner, Contour Shuttle Express (jog control for video editing) and two digital cameras. My single Firewire port is conected to an external disk drive, but like most such devices, it has an additional port for daisy-changing Firewire devices. My iPod cable is usually plugged into it. My Apple keyboard is plugged into the other USB port. The keyboard has two USB ports, one is vacant, the other provides connection for my mouse. As you can see, that's a lot of stuff hooked to a Mini!

2. Burning. I don't burn CDs, but I can tell tell you the Mini burns DVDs quite well. Buy 4x media and you'll get close to 4x burning. 15-20 minutes for a one hour DVD. A full DVD should burn in 30 - 40 minutes, but I've yet to put two hours of video/data on a DVD.

3. Longevity. If you have to have the latest & greatest, I suspect you'll need to replace your Apple as often as a Wintel PC. But shop for used Mac's on eBay & you'll discover they hold their value much better than Wintel PCs. It's like shopping for a used BWM vice shopping for a used Chevy. Note that both the Mini and the iBook are currently G4 computers, so they are starting off even in that regard. But here's the kicker: equip Mini and iBooks as follows and the Mini is $800 bucks cheaper:
512MB RAM
80GB hard drive
SuperDrive
Apple Mouse/Keyboard for Mini
If you already have a monitor, that's money in your pocket. If you need to, you can get a 19 inch CRT for $200 & still have $600 left over. If you do not need the portability of a notebook, the Mini is the way to go.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. I think you have to have a usb hub. I have my kvm (with hub) plugged into one slot and a belkin 4 port hub in the other (stay away from the belkin one FSU234, it has problems when the mini powers up and I constantly have to reset the thing). This give me enough ports to plug in mouse, keyboard, kvm, card reader, printer, ups, dvd burner and another mouse I'm trying out.

2. I don't have a super drive. My external LaCie seems to be about the same length of time as my Windows dvd burner. CD's seem to burn in the right amount of time.

3. No idea. I'd expect it to be about the same as other kinds of computers.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What more could you want get the Mac mini! Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My 2 cents. Pick the 1.42GHz Mac mini but wait until Tiger comes out.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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2) Again on the CD/DVD burning issue; I read in this Forum that to burn a music CD with iTunes took 1/2 and hour!?? And some one suggested that it might be because the bottom of the CD is blue/purple. However, when burning DVD's the bottoms of the DVD CD's are purple! So even if I have a SD it would take about an hour to burn a DVD?!


I have the 1.25 mini with 1GB of memory and just burned a CD in iTunes and timed it. Coldplay "A Rush of Blood to the Head" 10 MP3's at 192kbs took 4 Minutes 25 seconds.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blazer wrote:
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2) Again on the CD/DVD burning issue; I read in this Forum that to burn a music CD with iTunes took 1/2 and hour!?? And some one suggested that it might be because the bottom of the CD is blue/purple. However, when burning DVD's the bottoms of the DVD CD's are purple! So even if I have a SD it would take about an hour to burn a DVD?!


I have the 1.25 mini with 1GB of memory and just burned a CD in iTunes and timed it. Coldplay "A Rush of Blood to the Head" 10 MP3's at 192kbs. It took 4 Minutes 25 seconds.


Thanks so much - all of your advice is great. You have definantly helped alot. If you have any aditional comments, then, of-course I'd really apreciate to read them. Thanks again!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2005 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your Welcome!!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2005 5:41 am    Post subject: Yet Another Question.... lol Reply with quote

Another questions about burning: I read somewhere in this forum that since the mini does not have an anti-buffer or somthing you can't work/play/edit video on the mini while burning. Is this true?
And if someone has any comments about wireless networking, burning, video and anything else about the mini [pros and cons] I would greatly appreciate to know about it!
Thanks!
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