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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 4:58 pm    Post subject: Value for money: Mini vs. 3 PCs Reply with quote

Just found this article which compares the Mini's value-for-money with the 'bang-for-buck' ratio of 3 Windows machines.

http://technologizer.com/2008/08/25/are-macs-more-expensive-round-four-the-skinny-on-the-mini/
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great article JB.

Although I wish they could squeeze all three pages into one.

It pulls no punches. Mini tops out in some areas and loses in some others..

Still, its three years olde and well overdue for an overhaul...

I wonder what todays' Apple convention will bring...?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It pulls no punches. Mini tops out in some areas and loses in some others..

Yeah, I noticed that - but I think that some objectivity is a good thing.

I can't decide whether Apple feel the pressure to improve the Mini after seeing the spec of the Dell Studio Hybrid, or whether Jobso just says "well, if they want to run OS X, they've gotta buy what we dish out". Which is pretty much the truth... Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Aquafire wrote:
It pulls no punches. Mini tops out in some areas and loses in some others..

Yeah, I noticed that - but I think that some objectivity is a good thing.

I can't decide whether Apple feel the pressure to improve the Mini after seeing the spec of the Dell Studio Hybrid, or whether Jobso just says "well, if they want to run OS X, they've gotta buy what we dish out". Which is pretty much the truth... Rolling Eyes


It's probably a mixture of both..JB...

From my perspective, it's not just the Dell Green Banana / Bamboo wrapped mini, that Jobs should be watching.

The Aopen MP965 range is quite simply the fastest mini around...which is all the more astonishing, since it hasn't been updated for 18 months.

http://minipc.aopen.com/Global/spec.htm

It's high time for Jobs to knuckle down, and get serious about upgrading the Mini. Either that, or surrender and watch others develop the Mini's market niche, in ways he just can't see...Crying or Very sad

Or is too stupid, to realize.. Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it's as quiet as a Mini, then that aOpen machine looks like a good alternative. I'm sure that it would run some variety of Linux would happily run on it.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnnyBoy wrote:
If it's as quiet as a Mini, then that aOpen machine looks like a good alternative. I'm sure that it would run some variety of Linux would happily run on it.


I have actually got one JB..

Its the slightly earlier version, but it is whisper quite..

I am currently using it to run Vista, XP & Linux...

I can't recommend one, highly enough...Cool

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aqua, if these Linux wizards ever got around to making the apps that I use, I'd be very, very tempted - especially as Apple seem pretty determined not to release a netbook.

Here's an example of what US$600 can buy from HP - and it's a hell of a lot more than Apple are offering... Shocked
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13845_3-10037575-58.html
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JB, that is a pretty nice HP for the base setup. I just bought a C2D CPU & Biostart motherboard for $150 and put inside a case I already had. It seems you do get more bang for your bucks with PCs. And IMO, put linux on it and you've got one hellava system.

Maybe this will make Apple rethink its plans.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnnyBoy wrote:
Aqua, if these Linux wizards ever got around to making the apps that I use, I'd be very, very tempted - especially as Apple seem pretty determined not to release a netbook.


JB,

What apps are you using....?

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