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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 2:38 pm    Post subject: Re: New Cube Reply with quote

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The Mac mini is a desktop computer.


Actually mine is hanging under my desk. Razz

It's a desk under computer! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 2:45 pm    Post subject: Re: New Cube Reply with quote

Tuishimi wrote:
Weee wrote:
The Mac mini is a desktop computer.


Actually mine is hanging under my desk. Razz

It's a desk under computer! Very Happy


Wouldn't that be a deskbottom computer? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 2:47 pm    Post subject: Re: New Cube Reply with quote

MiniMoe wrote:
Tuishimi wrote:
Weee wrote:
The Mac mini is a desktop computer.


Actually mine is hanging under my desk. Razz

It's a desk under computer! Very Happy


Wouldn't that be a deskbottom computer? Very Happy


Ha! Yes, much better!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 2:53 pm    Post subject: Re: New Cube Reply with quote

Tuishimi wrote:

It's a desk under computer! Very Happy


Is that the same thing as an under the desk computer? Wink

orig_club_soda wrote:
Heh - I have a Cube and I like the M'mini much better. If only Apple would go back to a regular videocard. I haven't really stared at my to M'minis to see the physical difference inside, but I think Apple can do it in the same form factor. Maybe the issue is the sata drive.


I think everyone can agree that the video card is the key. - Dr. Seuss Laughing

I agree with you other comments about what the mini was originally designed for. If it weren't for the Mac mini's price and nice list of features, I would still be a PC User.

resuna wrote:
And you want to make it *worse*?

My mini's power connection is solid compared to the MagSafe. I've had the power connector fall out of my Macbook Pro half a dozen times and I've had it less than a month. The whole point to MagSafe is to make it *easier* to pull loose, because Apple doesn't seem to be able to make a decent barrel connector.


Then scratch that one off my list. I still think they need to change the shape or something.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

agreed!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:47 pm    Post subject: Re: New Cube Reply with quote

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There are only two kinds of personal computers in the world. Laptop, and desktop. The Mac mini is not a laptop. There is no third option.


Only because Steve Jobs hasn't thought of the third option yet.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I want what a lot of other people have alreay mentioned:

1. 3.5" hard drive (i.e., faster + lower cost + higher capacity)
2. Dedicated video (x1600?)
3. Fast external interface like FW800 or eSATA

I wouldn't mind if it was an inch or two taller to accomodate these goodies.

Apple's desktop-class offerings suck for those who want a nice external display like 23- or 30-inch Cinema. We're either stuck with a clumsy two-display iMac solution, an expensive laptop with mobility we don't need, or a 55-gallon tower. The mini is tolerable, but it could be so much better.

The PC world has a lot of small form factor (SFF) solutions that are in the middle (like the Shuttle X100). Mind you I don't want any of them, which is probably why Apple hasn't stepped up to the plate -- they know we'll keep buying whatever they put out. :-/
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dang... am I the only one on this forum who's happy with their Mini the way it is?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd call the mini a desktop computer that is made primarily/unnecessarily out of notebook components.

Apple was just trying to prove a point and shock the world when the mini debuted (and they did). Let's move on. Please... make a mini with desktop components or extend the product line with a non pro Mac.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like the overall design of the Mac mini, but I always thought the power button should be up front. Here's a crude little Photoshop mockup I made of the power button up front. It would also be cool if the power button somehow doubled as the IR receiver eye for the remote. I'm not crazy about where the eye is now. The button would also be backlit in white.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
I'd call the mini a desktop computer that is made primarily/unnecessarily out of notebook components.


Primarily? The only part that could be considered a true notebook component would be the hard drive. What other parts are you thinking about?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 7:38 pm    Post subject: Re: New Cube Reply with quote

picaman wrote:
resuna wrote:
There are only two kinds of personal computers in the world. Laptop, and desktop. The Mac mini is not a laptop. There is no third option.


Only because Steve Jobs hasn't thought of the third option yet.

Razz

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I bet he has! Mac tablet.

MiniMoe wrote:
Dang... am I the only one on this forum who's happy with their Mini the way it is?


Nope! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

idave wrote:
Bandit Bill wrote:
I'd call the mini a desktop computer that is made primarily/unnecessarily out of notebook components.


Primarily? The only part that could be considered a true notebook component would be the hard drive. What other parts are you thinking about?


What about the DVD drive?
I was also thinking about the RAM, but it's full sized.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
What about the DVD drive?
I was also thinking about the RAM, but it's full sized.


I guess, but the iMac uses a slot-loader too. As for the RAM, all the Intel Macs use the same sticks. It'll be interesting to see what they put in the Mac Pro though. The Core Duo chip could be considered another link to the notebook. Dell and HP seem to be using the Pentium D chip in most of their desktops. I think that would be reaching though.

Does anyone like my front power button? Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

idave wrote:
Does anyone like my front power button? Laughing


I thought "bellybutton" Smile

I'd like to see something touch sensitive and very discrete. If a mechanical switch is needed the one one the back could remain.

I don't have to turn my machine off often. If I do it's to disconnect a cable so I'm at the back anyhow. I also have no issue reaching around to the back while sitting at my desk.

I'd personally like to see a power button on the keyboard.
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