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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2005 4:20 pm    Post subject: MacWay unveils Minipartner for Mac mini Reply with quote

MacWay unveils Minipartner for Mac mini
Thurdays May 26, 2005

MacWay announced today the immediate availability of its minipartner an external hard disk and port extender with backup button designed to provide Apples Mac mini with up to 400 GB extra fast storage, 4 USB 2.0 ports and 3 FireWire ports Hub. The minipartner perfectly matches the elegant design of the Mac mini. "Now, Mac mini owners benefit from an ultra-fast and secure backup solution" said Vincent Lugnier, MacWays Product Manager. "Our innovative backup button offers peace of mind with Dantz Retrospect Express (Mac & PC). The minipartner expands Mac mini connectivity as an attractive workstation."


Miniparnter models:
- minipartner 80GB, 7200 RPM, 3 FireWire 400 ports, 4 USB 2.0 ports, EUR 108.00
- minipartner 160GB, 7200 RPM, 3 FireWire 400 ports, 4 USB 2.0 ports, EUR 133.00
- minipartner 200GB, 7200 RPM, 3 FireWire 400 ports, 4 USB 2.0 ports, EUR 150.00
- minipartner 250GB, 7200 RPM, 3 FireWire 400 ports, 4 USB 2.0 ports, EUR 183.00
- minipartner 400GB, 7200 RPM, 3 FireWire 400 ports, 4 USB 2.0 ports, EUR 344.00



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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2005 4:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to see these type of mini accessories make it to this side of the pond!
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2005 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have to wonder what the back of the unit looks like ... no pictures. Rolling Eyes

I'm still leaning towards the MacPower M9-DX.
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2005 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

aaron.c wrote:


I'm still leaning towards the MacPower M9-DX.


Me too! The big blue button/light and miniparnter logo on the front look really bad. Who cares how the back looks because the front looks horrible. Sad
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2005 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its nice to have options but one of the reasons I bought the mini was the form factor and its quiet operation. It seems that once you start buying all of these "partners" to the mini it becomes a building-block version of a tower. And will it remain cool/quiet? I think I would be more satisfied with internal upgrades such as a bigger/faster internal HD, faster DVD burner. As for the ports, a simple hub or maybe something like the Belkin firewire/USB hub for the mini would be sufficient without unnecessarily expanding the mini's diminuitive form factor. As I said, options are nice and some will have real good reasons for the expansion boxes but I think personally I'm going to resist and try to keep my mini, well, you know...mini-mized. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2005 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There would be no need for these if the mini had two more USB ports, one more Firewire port, and 100+GB 7200RPM hard drive. I kind of agree with greg to keep the mini...mini!
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2005 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

andp wrote:
aaron.c wrote:


I'm still leaning towards the MacPower M9-DX.


Me too! The big blue button/light and miniparnter logo on the front look really bad. Who cares how the back looks because the front looks horrible. Sad


It sure does. But the one push button for backups is kind of a handy feature.
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

xmen65 wrote:
But the one push button for backups is kind of a handy feature.


Doesn't do me any good, I do backups over the LAN, and I don't use Retrospect. Plus, I don't WANT to let someone randomly kick off a backup just by walking up and pushing a button. If the button can be reprogrammed to do anything I want (like the Powermate can) that'd be more interesting. I'd make it the eject button for the combo drive, I think.
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

idave wrote:
There would be no need for these if the mini had two more USB ports, one more Firewire port, and 100+GB 7200RPM hard drive. I kind of agree with greg to keep the mini...mini!


Yeah, it would be nice. Maybe a future revision?

I have to work with what I have now. These enclosures are only adding vertical height to the mini ... something I personally can live with.
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 6:07 pm    Post subject: Mini enhancements? Reply with quote

I'd be happy with a motherboard upgrade that included a Radeon 9600 or better... so I could use QE2d. Disk drives I can always add on externally.
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apple might have room if they dump the modem and mount the USB ports horizontally.
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 9:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Mini enhancements? Reply with quote

resuna wrote:
I'd be happy with a motherboard upgrade that included a Radeon 9600 or better... so I could use QE2d. Disk drives I can always add on externally.


Yeah, that would be nice.
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Apple might have room if they dump the modem and mount the USB ports horizontally.


I wouldn't mind if they got rid of the modem - I'm not using it anyway! Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm working on the concept tonight with photoshop. I'll post it when I'm done!
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My concept...

http://www.123macmini.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=729
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