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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:41 am    Post subject: Mac Mini Reply with quote

Hey, im planning on buying a Mac mini as soon as i get the money. I am currently running windows vista, and im sick of it screwing me over lol. so my question is: is the mac mini a good switcher mac? i am good with computers so i wont be a "n00b" on a mac, as i use them pretty frequently in school. I plan on buying the higher end model, with 2 Ghz and 120 GB Hdd and the works. should i just get the mini, or should i go the extra mile and get something more advanced, say, an iMac? Im 16 so I already calculated (geeky i know lol) that it would tale about 2 and a half months to save up for the iMac. so would the mini be a good switching mac, or should i go right for the iMac? thanks guys Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll be just as happy with either, I think. If you've already got a compatible mouse, KB and a monitor that suits you, you'll be stepping up to a better computer experience with the mere investment in a Mini.

BUT, you need to check out the refurbished iMacs at Apple's site. They give you the same warranty protection as a brand new one, and at a good savings over the cost of the new units. Right now, Apple is selling the 20" C2D aluminum version for $999, so, for the extra $200, you get the monitor, KB and mouse all thrown in. Add that to the better graphics ability of the iMac (with the same processor) and the deal gets even better.

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=MTE3NjY&nclm=CertifiedMac
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow awesome! thanks a lot Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Before settling on the iMac I would check out the screen. The reflections on the glossy screen can be quite bad. So its worth seeing one first to see if your happy with it. In store they don't look as bad as at home on a sunny day though. Sad

Whilst I do love the iMac, I think if I was in a position to buy again I would buy a mini and a seperate Matte display. Hopefully Apple will start to release the iMac with a choice of Matte or Glossy displays as they do with the Macbook Pros. With a matte screen choice I would have no hesitation in recommending the iMac.

I am currently awaiting delivery of my Macbook Pro and I went with the antiglare matte finish.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unlike cypher, I have no problem with the glossy screen, save for the few minutes before sunset while the sun shines at a glance directly on the computer.

I, too, have both the iMac and the Mini, each with well-defined uses. The Mini's small size (with no monitor connected) makes it unobtrusive as a member of my audio system component assemblage; an iPod Touch controls its iTunes duty.

The Mini is also more of a tweaker's computer since it is easier to take apart.

But the iMac is so much more speedy, even though the higher priced Mini will have the same processor as the cheapest iMac. That's because the internal bus on the iMac is 800 MHz versus the Mini's 667. The iMac can also make full use of a pair of 2GB DIMMs while the Mini will use only 3 of the 4GB RAM.

Considering the price differential between the two models, the iMac is a better buy considering the cost of a quality 20" widescreen monitor; don't forget that a mouse and KB come with the iMac whereas they do not with the Mini.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sgb wrote:
Unlike cypher, I have no problem with the glossy screen


Thankfully it hasn't been a problem for me as I have the iMac in a fairly dull room which up to now has not suffered with direct sun light. I'm nervously awaiting the summer months when I may be sat with the curtains closed all day, but generally up to now it has been ok except as you mentioned the occasional flare of sun which I can usually minimise by slight turning the display.

I just think the reflect issue is worth pointing out to potential buyers. I'm in the UK close to Manchester so its mainly cloudy and rainy here, where as in places like California I would think the sun on a glossy screen would be a much bigger deal.
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