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Review: Macessity Hang With Mi

 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 3:49 am    Post subject: Review: Macessity Hang With Mi Reply with quote

Review: Macessity Hang With Mi
Tuesday, October 24, 2006

If you're looking for a functional and sturdy mount for the Mac mini that offers access to your USB ports, look no further than the Macessity Hang With Mi. It's one of the most unique accessories for the Mac mini we have seen introduced this year.

Our Hang With Mi came packaged neatly in plain old brown box from Macessity. Included in the box was the mount itself, power adapter, 9" Type A to mini B USB cable, and four 1/2" screws for mounting. The kit also includes an instruction sheet and template for mounting. Installing the mount is a pretty simple task. The only requirement is that your mounting surface needs to be at least 3/4" thick. You will also need a longer Phillips head screwdriver for reaching up through the mount and screwing in the screws.

The mount itself is constructed from a solid piece of 0.065" steel and measures 6.8" wide x 6.5" deep x 3.4" tall. The thickness of the steel and its unique bends make it very sturdy. The mount also features a raised lip on the back that prevents your Mac mini from sliding out of its back. On the inside walls (sides) of the mount, you'll find two rubber pads that protect the sides of your Mac mini from becoming scratched.

One of the problems with some of the other Mac mini mounts we've reviewed is the ability to access your USB ports after the mount is installed. It can be a pain in the neck feeling around underneath your desk to plug things in. This is where the Hang With Mi shines and separates itself from the crowd. The mount features a built-in front 4-port powered USB 2.0 hub. We tested out the hub with a wide range of devices including an iPod, digital camera, and bus-powered 2.5" SATA external hard drive. They all connected to our Mac mini without a hitch and performed well.

We also appreciated the Hang With Mi's small power supply. If you're using the mount in an entertainment center or have a lot of devices connected to a power strip, the last thing you want is another large power brick. We would also like to applaud Macessity for including a proper length USB cable for connecting the hub to your Mac mini. We always appreciate having less cable clutter.

Our only disappointment with the Hang With Mi was its coloration. It's hard to see in the pictures, but the silver coloring is slightly darker than the Mac mini. That being said, it wasn't enough to lower our score. And while we are on the subject of color, we would love to see Macessity offer the Hang With Mi in black too.

Overall, we can recommend this product to our readers and give it an enthusiastic score of 4 out of 4 stars. The Macessity Hang With Mi is shipping now, and has a suggested retail price of $39.99.

Pros:
- Built-in 4-port USB 2.0 hub
- Sturdy steel design
- Rear lip prevents Mac mini from sliding out of the mount
- Side rubber pads protect Mac mini's finish
- Bottom vents allow maximum airflow to the Mac mini
- Small power adapter

Cons:
- Color match with Mac mini could've been better



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I won't comment on the mount (for obvious reasons) but it's nice to see that power adapter. This is exactly the type of power adapter more companies should use. It takes only one spot on a power bar, like a cable would.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The review was corrected. Macessity does in fact include an instruction sheet and template for mounting.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

admin wrote:
And while we are on the subject of color, we would love to see Macessity offer the Hang With Mi in black too.
Oh yeah, I agree with that. Very Happy

This thing is not bad. Though, personally, I like a more flush fit.
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but it's nice to see that power adapter. This is exactly the type of power adapter more companies should use. It takes only one spot on a power bar, like a cable would.
That power adapter is nice.
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I won't comment on the mount (for obvious reasons)
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got one and my only complaint is that the USB cable is too short. In my setup, I can't reach the back of the unit easily, so I pulled all the cables through the mount and then plugged them in and slid the unit into place. The USB cable is too short to pull through the unit and must be plugged in when the unit is in place in the mount. Otherwise, nice unit.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brendan wrote:
I've got one and my only complaint is that the USB cable is too short. In my setup, I can't reach the back of the unit easily, so I pulled all the cables through the mount and then plugged them in and slid the unit into place. The USB cable is too short to pull through the unit and must be plugged in when the unit is in place in the mount. Otherwise, nice unit.

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A 9 inch cable looks like it would be long enough to reach. I figure it's around 4-5 inches from the back of that Hub to the back of the unit. That would leave you with another 4 or so inches to get up to the Mac mini. That seems like it would be enough when you figure the Mac mini only stands 2 inches tall.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 9:33 am    Post subject: So, where does the external hard drive go? Reply with quote

I love this idea, but if you've got an external hard drive, as each of my Minis does, this just doesn't cut it. It would be ideal if there was a version to accommodate the NewerTech miniStack. But otherwise this does look like a winner.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:45 pm    Post subject: Re: So, where does the external hard drive go? Reply with quote

Pale Rider wrote:
I love this idea, but if you've got an external hard drive, as each of my Minis does, this just doesn't cut it. It would be ideal if there was a version to accommodate the NewerTech miniStack. But otherwise this does look like a winner.


You can buy two Hang With Mis and mount them side by side .... just an idea.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 1:26 pm    Post subject: Re: So, where does the external hard drive go? Reply with quote

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Pale Rider wrote:
I love this idea, but if you've got an external hard drive, as each of my Minis does, this just doesn't cut it. It would be ideal if there was a version to accommodate the NewerTech miniStack. But otherwise this does look like a winner.


You can buy two Hang With Mis and mount them side by side .... just an idea.


Yeah, I thought about that, but that sacrifices horizontal space unnecessarily, and it means I am paying for hubs and power adapters I do not need.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can get two of these (when released)..... CinnaMount ..... and you can stack the mounts vertically.
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You can get two of these (when released)..... CinnaMount ..... and you can stack the mounts vertically.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 29, 2006 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

devo wrote:


A 9 inch cable looks like it would be long enough to reach. I figure it's around 4-5 inches from the back of that Hub to the back of the unit. That would leave you with another 4 or so inches to get up to the Mac mini. That seems like it would be enough when you figure the Mac mini only stands 2 inches tall.


It barely makes it to the front of the mount. Not enough to get your hands in there and connect it before sliding it in.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The mount is awesome. The footprint of the Mini is ridiculously small compared to my old PC tower, but my old PC tower had a rack on the side of my desk, which I removed when I switched. The mount frees up my desk again.

Unfortunately, the USB ports don't work on my mount. I've written to the company and I'll post about their response. So far my experience with the company has been perfect.
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I received a prompt response from the company suggesting a course of action in replacing the non-functioning USB ports and the next day received a e-mail notice of shipment of the replacement part. Four stars for customer service.
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