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MiniMoe
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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


No offense intended, but no. Button on the back is easy to reach on my setup but it seldom gets used.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
I thought "bellybutton"


Hey an outie. Laughing

I was going more for the innie look but failed.

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


No offense intended, but no. Button on the back is easy to reach on my setup but it seldom gets used.


None taken! I just thought it would be cool if Apple could somehow combine the power button, LED and IR receiver eye into one area. I was thinking about the mini being used a media center. It would be more convenient to have the power button on the front if you were keeping it inside a stereo rack or TV stand.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

idave wrote:
I was thinking about the mini being used a media center. It would be more convenient to have the power button on the front if you were keeping it inside a stereo rack or TV stand.


In addition to sleep, I think it would be cool if you could power up and shutdown with the Apple Remote. I would rather have that functionalty than a front power button. Plus, I really like minimalist look up front.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1.) Make only Core Duo minis

2.) I would like to see the Mac mini go back to having a true GPU or at least have Apple uncap the 64MB video limit. The Intel graphics could be little better than Apple has limited them to. That goes for the MacBook as well.

3.) Standard 80GB and 100GB hard drives. Preferably 7200-rpm
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1) Include enable/disable mouse pointer acceleration checkbox.
- Pointer acceleration, especially the one hardcoded in OSX, is really irritating!!! I prefer a linear pointer movement.

2) Discrete graphics chip.
3) Merom CPU.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:06 pm    Post subject: An intermediate "Mac" model Reply with quote

Those of you who are interested in an intermediate headless model, above a Mac Mini, but below a Mac Pro, perhaps called simply the Mac, may wish to comment on my ideas listed in this thread.

http://www.123macmini.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=6896&start=15

Some selections:
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Lower Model:
Conroe E6300 - 1.86 GHz – FSB1066 – 2 MB cache
512MB RAM
160GB Serial ATA hard drive
No keyboard/mouse/display........................................ $800
Pretty nicely equipped (kbd/mouse/superdrive/1gb ram)... $960

Higher Model:
Conroe E6600 - 2.40 GHz – FSB1066 – 4 MB cache
1GB RAM
No keyboard/mouse/display........................................$1000
Very nicely equipped (kbd/mouse/2nd DVD drive/
250GB drive/2GB RAM/Much Better Graphics).............. $1485
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:12 pm    Post subject: Re: New Cube Reply with quote

orig_club_soda wrote:
Yvan256 wrote:

Indeed. The return of the Cube


Anyway, I think a larger form factor defeats the purpose and most of these "power" improvements defeat the purpose of the low cost Mac. What you guys ar really asking for is a modified desktop model. Besides making the RAM more accessable and adding more multimedia features, anything else is not a Mac mini.

I think several commenters are right when they suggest keeping the under $500 model.


Indeed. Push to get a 500$ Mac mini again and also introduce a "Mac mini Pro" at the same time. The Mac mini pro could be twice as tall, have a 3.5" drive, a real GPU with dedicated RAM and easily accessible RAM slots.

Basically, iMac specs (minus LCD) in a Mac mini case.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HDMI output for LCD TV screens
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

amlara wrote:
HDMI output for LCD TV screens

There is no need for a HDMI output. As most people use LCD monitors and that connection is either VGA or DVI. You can also get a DVI-to-HDMI cable, which negates the need for HDMI.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't be surprised to see HDMI overtake DVI in a few years, but I think it's too early for computers. Sapphire just released the first video card with HDMI last month, but it also includes a VGA connector. I guess Apple could include a HDMI to DVI adaptor, but can you go HDMI to VGA with an adapter?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the primary difference between DVI and HDMI is that HDMI can carry audio as well as video. What is the real benefit of HDMI in a computer application?

Monitors only deliver stereo. That's "if" they have speakers.

Now to get 5.1+ you will have to go into a 5.1+receiver with HDMI input. It would also have to have HDMI output to carry the signal on to the monitor. Not very mini like.

If the mini was a home theatre device then this may be practical. However it is not. Apple would be better off making the media center Mac and incorporating HDMI into it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bring back a cheap model. $399 preferred, $499 acceptable.

And a 3.5" HDD would be nice.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Read again:
HDMI output for LCD TV screens (I know it's got DVI for computer screens).

And if you think we don't use for HTPC, have a look here:
http://www.123macmini.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=64

Right now the Mini is quite good for HTPC and with a faster Core Duo, a decent graphic card and HDMI, could be just perfect.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 3:06 pm    Post subject: include a second graphics output & S video Reply with quote

fix airport, network, ftp, cookies, and bluetooth, ichatAV

all are glitchy'r than their ppc counterparts which i have as well ...
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

amlara wrote:
Read again:
HDMI output for LCD TV screens (I know it's got DVI for computer screens).

And if you think we don't use for HTPC, have a look here:
http://www.123macmini.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=64

Right now the Mini is quite good for HTPC and with a faster Core Duo, a decent graphic card and HDMI, could be just perfect.


The Mac mini is a computer whether or not people are using it for home theatre. Initially it didn't even have 5.1 output.

Basically for the Mac mini to be a true home theatre device the entire thing should be redesigned.

large 3.5" drive
power button on front
5.1+ audio out
HDMI output
decent video card
video recording capability
video input

The mini was and still is a "computer" designed for switchers. Apple is best to keep the price of the mini as low as possible. Should Apple add components to the mini or work at keeping the price down?

If you're questioning where I am coming from, you may want to go back and watch the Quicktime videos of Steve Jobs Keynote speeches since the mini was released. When Steve Jobs was questioned as to whether Apple would be coming out with a home theatre device. Steve's reply was "We don't talk about future products, be we hear you loud and clear." He didn't say, "we already have the mac mini".


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