1. 07GD SFD's Avatar
    I have a mid-2011 Mini with a 2.3GHz i5 processor, 2 gigs of RAM and a 500GB HD. It's been sitting for about a year, completely disconnected. Since I have a MBPr, I don't have much need for the Mini at the moment.

    I pondered selling it but then my fianc said she hopes I don't regret getting rid of it down the road. My question is, what exactly could I do with this thing now? It's been a bit slow for my liking as of late.

    My other thought was to sell it. What's a fair price to ask for the Mini with an Apple Bluetooth keyboard and track pad?
    07-21-2015 07:35 AM
  2. Algus's Avatar
    They make for pretty good HTPCs and media servers. You'd probably want to upgrade the RAM if you were to continue using it as a desktop computer.
    07-21-2015 08:04 AM
  3. Trees's Avatar
    It might be worth keeping it around as a secondary system. RAM can be upgraded, think to 8GB or possibly more, and that should make a difference in performance.

    Mac mini "Core i5" 2.3 (Mid-2011) Specs (Mid-2011, MC815LL/A, Macmini5,1, A1347, 2442) @ EveryMac.com
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202283
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3859325
    07-21-2015 08:06 AM
  4. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    They make for pretty good HTPCs and media servers. You'd probably want to upgrade the RAM if you were to continue using it as a desktop computer.
    Yep. I use one of about the same vintage as a HTPC and it works great. I just leave iTunes running on it at all times and then the content is accessible via Home Sharing on any of our iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs and my rMBP.
    07-21-2015 09:44 AM
  5. 07GD SFD's Avatar
    Yeah I figured a healthy RAM upgrade would go a long way with usability. Maybe I'll look into using it as a media server. I suppose that's a relatively easy setup process? I remember seeing an iMore article somewhere but it simply referenced the hardware needed, and I think I'm good there.
    07-21-2015 10:19 AM
  6. Algus's Avatar
    Plex is a popular app for HTPCs that aggragates your content into nice menus very appropriate for using with a media remote on a television. At its most basic, an HTPC is no more difficult than setting the computer up to the TV and opening up an app like Plex or iTunes.

    There's some integrated keyboard/touchpad devices out there like the Logitech K400. For Macs, you can get something like Magic Wand to link your keyboard and magic trackpad. Great for when you need to quit out of your media app and need full control of your PC.

    If you want to become even more technically proficient, you can start using OS X Server and turn your Mini into a data hub for all the files you might want access to on your other devices.
    07-21-2015 12:04 PM
  7. randally's Avatar
    You can also integrate it into your car. Check out Macvroom.com (not real active, but good for ideas)
    07-21-2015 01:22 PM
  8. 07GD SFD's Avatar
    Thanks for the info! I'll have to look into that a bit further.
    07-21-2015 01:58 PM
  9. Diveo Media's Avatar
    Well, I am sure you should sell it much less than the original price. You can find customers if you reduce the price for 30%.
    09-04-2015 05:45 AM
  10. HankAZ's Avatar
    Yep. I use one of about the same vintage as a HTPC and it works great. I just leave iTunes running on it at all times and then the content is accessible via Home Sharing on any of our iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs and my rMBP.
    THIS ^^^^. Exactly how I do it...
    09-04-2015 10:38 AM

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