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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2005 10:39 pm    Post subject: Buying Mac mini as gift Reply with quote

Hi,

My daughter wants a Mac mini in the worst way. I'd like to pick her up one as a going away gift before she heads off to USC later this month. I have three questions…

Are there wireless cards other than Apple's internal card that work with the Mac mini?

How can you use a microphone with the Mac mini?

Is the Mac mini powerful enough to work with the iSight camera?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2005 11:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Buying Mac mini as gift Reply with quote

No. Not internal
http://www.123macmini.com/news/story/9.html
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2005 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Order your mini with the Airport Extreme card installed. You'll thank me later. Very Happy

The Giffin iMic is good if you already have a 1/8" mic. Maybe you don't know, but the iSight comes with a built-in mic.

http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/imic/index.php

I don't have an iSight. Sad
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2005 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

slickrick wrote:
Maybe you don't know, but the iSight comes with a built-in mic.(


I did not know that. That's good for iMac users too, being the internal mic on the iMac is supposed to be useless, due to it being located next to an internal fan.

Does anyone know how well the iSight mic works?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know how well the mic on the iSight works, but mics on webcams normally aren't that bad. I have a 2-year old Logitech one with a mic and it works well enough. I would say that you would be fine using that for a VOIP conversation but nothing more than basic speech. Also, considering the price of the whole iSight and the quality of the rest of the iSight, I would guess it's pretty good.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 3:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm wondering if it might be up to podcast quality.

I'd imagine most people doing podcasts are using external mics. Some podcasters hold their mics too close. You can hear them breath and even moisten their lips while doing their podcast. It sounds terrible.

I like the idea of a quality mic that isn't right under your nose. Hopefully the iSight mic is better than average speaker phones.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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"I'm wondering if it might be up to podcast quality."


I think a regular mic would do a better job than the iSight for podcasting. I personally don't own an iSight , but I've used one and found the audio to be average at best. They can sound distant and do a poor job if you move around. The iSight is good enough for day-to-day use, VoIP, and iChat.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it's good enough for and VoIP then wouldn't it be good enough for a podcast?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2005 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the information. I might even get myself a Mac mini after I get her setup.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2005 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Susurrus wrote:
If it's good enough for and VoIP then wouldn't it be good enough for a podcast?


It's probably better than 75% of the microphones other Podcasters use. I guess you could get by with it. I would rather have a mic right in front of me on the desk. Are you thinking about creating a Podcast?
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