New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

Start a Discussion

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Apple Desktops Discussion of Apple's desktop machines including Mac Pro, iMac, Power Mac, and mini

Mac Mini - Is it for me?

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

Thread Tools

Member Since: Jan 31, 2010
Posts: 1
bmwqg is on a distinguished road

bmwqg is offline
I am thinking about getting a Mac Mini, one because I have a PC and would like to use my mouse and screen setup for my mac. Two, because I don't really have any more room for a Mac Pro, and also can't fork over a whole bunch more money.

I prefer a desktop, but can the Mac Mini handle well under a pretty tough load?
QUOTE Thanks
Collin Bl

Collin Bl's Avatar
Member Since: Apr 07, 2009
Location: Napier NZ
Posts: 3,291
Collin Bl is a jewel in the roughCollin Bl is a jewel in the roughCollin Bl is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: 27 iMac i5, MBP 13 & iMac 20, 2TB dual TC, AppleTV, iPh4S

Collin Bl is offline
Welcome to the Forum. Guess that really depends on your definition of a tough load. Getting helpful answers here starts from being a bit more giving with info - what is the PC you are replacing and what do you want to do with the Mac.
QUOTE Thanks

scathe's Avatar
Member Since: Jan 12, 2009
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Posts: 1,096
scathe is a jewel in the roughscathe is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: 2,4Ghz 15" unibody

scathe is offline
you can't compare the Mac Mini withe the Mac Pro just by how much space it takes up, they're on the two completely different ends of the Mac computer range

if you need the Mac Pro performance, then the Mini will hardly struggle, so please do as Collin suggested and provide more info
QUOTE Thanks

Member Since: Jan 07, 2010
Posts: 24
Spike88 is on a distinguished road

Spike88 is offline

For the "average" home user who does surfing, email, music downloads / video downloads, does "average" word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and electronic photo editing and printing, I hear the Mac mini is a good tool. Under the average home user loads, it doesn't struggle at all. Especially when it contains 2+ megs of memory. For the average home user who has their own existing 22+" decent monitor, external USB keyboard and USB mouse and has their own exernal speakers, the Mini is a great machine. I hear its a simple "plug and play" ability. For me (and my general home user needs), the Mac mini would be a good choice.

But if one is looking for "all in one box" and much better screen and perhaps that "extra power" under the hood, then the iMac platform is better. Especailly the 27" screen and its more powerful i5 or i7 chips. And, it ability hold large size HDs and increase in memory. Which can make it last longer before being out-dated.

For my wife, she wants a future iMac 27" (mostly for its "all in one box" design). Since she is the bank, she makes the rules. We'll continue to save and get one in 11 months. They say that good things come to those who wait.... But if it came down to having a good tool for the average home user, the Mac mini is a good machine as well...

Hope this helps in your decision process....

QUOTE Thanks

Member Since: Jan 07, 2010
Posts: 24
Spike88 is on a distinguished road

Spike88 is offline

As another suggestion, surf YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. and search for existing Mac mini and iMac movies. Search from first time setup, to usage, to reviews, to extra add-ons to advanced stuff. While watching their free videos (that is often created from the average user's perspective), listen for key words that apply to your computer needs situation as well. For example, "great for photo editing" or "great for email and surfing" Or, "great for watching downloaded videos". If you do these same functions and that person seems to be pleased with their Mac model (in the video), then you'll be pleased with that model as well.

Hope this idea helps as well...

QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

« Bad times :-( | Parallels 4.0 to 5.0? 2GB RAM good enough? »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Starter
Last Post
Mac Mini won't work on Back to my Mac markwco OS X - Operating System 0 03-15-2009 04:00 AM
Help getting mac mini and canon printer set up on network davidmigl Internet, Networking, and Wireless 7 09-22-2007 01:17 AM
PC Mini or Mac Mini mh10190 Apple Desktops 16 12-05-2005 05:11 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:32 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Welcome to

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!

(4 digit year)

Already a member?