1. scgf's Avatar
    Before Christmas I ordered and took delivery of a 21.5" 4K iMac. I was very disappointed with the screen - it had a slightly blue cast near the top and a yellow cast towards the bottom. I'm sure most users wouldn't have noticed or been bothered by it, but given the display is what that machine is all about it had to go back. I took a refund.

    I decided to buy a Dell Intel i7 all-in-one instead, given I do like Windows 10 and see Windows 10 and OS X as pretty well matched. Oh dear, the Dell was nice but had a fan which drove me to distraction - it was like a high-pitched wasp, the frequency was perfect for getting into your head and creating nasty resonances. Then, under slight load the pitch would increase and decrease in waves. The Dell had to go back too.

    Then I thought about the Mac Mini, given that the choice of monitor was in my hands. I decided to go second user and bought a refurbished 2012 Mac Mini 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 from eBay. I upgraded the memory to 8GB and installed a Samsung EVO 850 250GB SSD drive and El Capitan. I bought a Dell U2414H 24" monitor and the last generation Apple Wireless keyboard and mouse. All my media files live on a Synology NAS and I run a Plex server on the Mac. The whole lot was just over half what the the iMac cost me.

    I am loving my setup! The little beast flies, it's rock solid, fast and silent. Don't overlook older generation Macs guys, pop in an SSD and you have an amazing machine. I'm not convinced an older i5, for example, is really that different in day to day usage than a newer version.
    musailem likes this.
    01-16-2016 09:35 AM
  2. Algus's Avatar
    It isn't. Modest like 200 mhz gain in clock speed, a couple other marginal improvements in other aspects. The only real notable improvement since Ivy Bridge has been energy consumption. Haswell+ CPUs have much better battery life. Since the Mac mini is plugged in though, that gain is largely irrelevant (unless you're trying to go green or something)

    I still use the machine you bought, which I've had since they were new. I've upped to 16 GB RAM and 960 GB SSD and it is by far a better computer than my 2014 rMBP. The only major complaint I have about it is the HD 4000, which is fairly old and outdated compared to newer graphics chips. I suspect the majority of people who are interested in the Mac mini don't have need for sophisticated graphics though.

    Power users really underestimate what the dual core i5 is capable of. It is an excellent CPU.
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    01-16-2016 01:25 PM
  3. scgf's Avatar
    Indeed. I'm not a gamer and have little use for high-powered graphics so the Intel 4000 graphics chipset in the 2012 Mac Mini is more than good enough for me. I so recommend anyone to upgrade to an SSD before they think about upgrading the Mac itself. An SSD absolutely transforms any computer and has a huge discernable effect.

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    01-16-2016 01:34 PM
  4. robertk328's Avatar
    I have a 2011 Mini (mid-level) and it was slowing down to where I considered a new machine. Popped in an SSD and it's like new.

    No wonder Apple locks them down now
    Algus likes this.
    01-16-2016 03:02 PM
  5. Narrator Jack's Avatar
    The only reason I haven't picked up one of the newer ones with the soldered RAM is the extra complexity in changing the SSD myself. More time, more risk.
    02-16-2016 03:25 PM
  6. Steve Adams's Avatar
    When did they stop making them upgradeable? I had one in 2011, and I upgraded it to a 500gb hd and 8 gb ram. I might want to go back to one.
    06-05-2016 06:53 AM
  7. robertk328's Avatar
    When did they stop making them upgradeable? I had one in 2011, and I upgraded it to a 500gb hd and 8 gb ram. I might want to go back to one.
    2012 was the last Mini to be user upgradeable.
    06-05-2016 11:14 AM
  8. Steve Adams's Avatar
    Thanks Robert. I will probably grab one of those and a cinema monitor, so I can connect my surface to it as well!
    06-05-2016 12:56 PM
  9. robertk328's Avatar
    Thanks Robert. I will probably grab one of those and a cinema monitor, so I can connect my surface to it as well!
    They used to show up now and then on the refurb store. Not sure if they do anymore.
    06-05-2016 03:08 PM
  10. Steve Adams's Avatar
    Cool. I can probably find one locally....As long as its in good condition...we can pull it apart
    06-05-2016 03:29 PM
  11. robertk328's Avatar
    Yeah ... Only refurb right now is a 2014
    06-05-2016 07:32 PM
  12. JimStef's Avatar
    Got my used 2012 i7 Max Mini last year off eBay. Upgraded the RAM to 16G, added 500G SSD and a 1T rust spinner for bulk storage. It's a screamer. Spent a total of $700. Apple new hardware announcement today again passed over the Mini.

    HP's new mini is a direct challenger to the current Mac Mini. It's upgradable, including the processor. Apple again dropped the ball.

    Apple should revisited the 2012 model and have done a reset going forward...future options should include a touch screen with an update to MacOS to support iPad like functionality.

    That's just my opinion, from someone who started with a LISA and an original Macintosh.
    scgf likes this.
    10-27-2016 09:34 PM
  13. hari4u's Avatar
    I dont own a mac but I'm desperately in need for one. If I invest in Mac mini, will I be able to connect it to my laptop screen?
    10-30-2016 10:55 AM

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