At the end of 2007 I was fortunate enough to be able to purchase a new computer. My main computer I had been using was actually owned by the church and I felt it was about time to have a computer that was completely my own. Having switched back to the Mac about a year and a half ago, I was eager to stay with the Mac platform. At the same time, I already had a keyboard, mouse, lots of external hard drives, and a monitor. Needless to say, I didn’t need an iMac and the Mac Pro, as great as they are, was out of my price range. The perfect solution: The Mac Mini.
I purchased the Mac Mini with a 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 120 GB hard drive, 1 gig of RAM, and a SuperDrive. I opted up for the higher configuration because I wanted the ability to burn DVDs. Here’s a run down of what I really like and what I don’t especially like:
What I Like:
- The size. They call it the Mac Mini for a reason: mini it is. Yet it’s one thing I really like about it. It sits on my desk and takes up no space
- Because of the size it’s highly portable. I use my living room upstairs to do teaching and I can easily bring my Mac Mini upstairs and hook it to my TV.
- The Speed. As one who used a Mac Book Pro I can notice a huge speed improvement between the the Intel Core Duo in the Mac Book Pro and the Intel Core 2 Duo in the Mini.
- It’s a Mac, with all the Mac features.
What I Don’t Especially Like
- I ‘m not even going to critize the Mac Mini for not being expandable. If expandability is what you want, don’t buy a Mac Mini. However, I will say that Apple could have done a much better job making the Mac Mini easier to upgrade. The only upgrade I’ve had to do is to upgrade the RAM and that was a colossal pain in the butt. Unlike the Mac Book Pro, where there is a little door that you open to upgrade the RAM, the Mac Mini has to be the most difficult machine to upgrade that I have ever worked on. Once you crack the case open (and literally crack) you’ve got to lift out the optical drive, hope you don’t unplug the the AirPort antenna (which I did). It just seems to me that they could have made the Mac Mini a little easier to upgrade the RAM on.
- On Board Graphics – This is a minor complaint, but the on-board graphics for the Mini aren’t very robust and when doing graphics intensive stuff (playback of 1080p HD content) it can sometimes drag the system down)
Overall I think the Mac Mini is an excellent machine, and probably the best value in the whole Apple line-up. Especially if you already have all the accompanying parts you can’t beat it.