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Wed, Mar. 1st, 2006, 05:36 pm
Apple's new Intel Mac mini

Apple have released their new Intel Mac minis. I'm not ready to buy a new computer yet and I won't be until at least late this year and obviously I'll look at what's available at the time, but I'm seriously considering buying a Mac Mini instead of a tower this time around. I bought a G4 tower (a mirror shade G4, for those who keep track) last time because I wanted the expandability but then I'm paying for a lot of power I don't need. A Mac mini would be a lot cheaper, small and quiet. I have taken advantage of the tower's expandability (two extra internal ATA hard drives, a DVD ROM drive, an extra firewire card and more RAM) but if I'm willing to make a few compromises (I store most of my material on an external firewire drive anyway) I might have something that better suits my present "digital lifestyle" (God, I hate that phrase!). The Mac mini only has one firewire port, but I'm already daisy chaining.

Am I missing something? Comments are welcome, but please don't tell me to buy a PC. I've been down that road before. :P

Wed, Mar. 1st, 2006 08:02 am (UTC)

Would you be looking to sell the old Mac? I want to get a mac (actually want a Mac Mini as well, but I'd be better off with secondhand prices for a while).

Wed, Mar. 1st, 2006 08:33 am (UTC)

Maybe. It won't be for several months yet. I'll be sure to point out its flaws first. I wouldn't want you mad at me. ;)

Wed, Mar. 1st, 2006 08:33 am (UTC)

Heh, no worries. =P I wont even pretend to have the money anytime soon.


Wed, Mar. 1st, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)

Of course, if you don't need the speed, you could go for one of the original models - after all, even the original Mac mini's around a 1.5GHz G4, which is no slouch! And they're bound to be going fairly cheaply now, just as the 17" PBG4 (list $2500) can now be found around $1800, thanks to pressure from the MacBook Pro. Indeed, I've seen the 1GHz version going for a bit over $1000.

Really depends what your budget is, of course, and whether you might enjoy the freedom of a PowerBook/iBook. You could be anywhere in (or around!) the house and on the net, with a WiFi connection.. and there's a lot to be said for the computer being where you are, rather than vice versa. ^_^