Re: What is the Mac Mini for?
- From: dempson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx (David Empson)
- Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2010 14:21:04 +1200
Colin Harper <colinharper@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Mon, 27 Sep 2010 20:54:48 +0100, Tim Streater wrote
(in article <timstreater-208C83.20544827092010@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>):
A Mini with 4Gbytes is £729 at the Apple Store. Why are you burbling
about the Server version?
Burbling? There were only two prices on display in the Apple store. One for a
2GB machine, and one for a 4GB machine. It's been suggested that the 4GB was
the server version of the Mini, and it may well be. But I wanted a Mini with
4GB in it, and that was the price on display for the only Mini with 4GB in
it. In the Apple Store. On display. Where I could look at them and compare.
Apple doesn't sell a non-server Mac Mini with 4 GB RAM preinstalled as a
Therefore the "4 GB Mac Mini" you saw must have been the Mac Mini
Server. It may look expensive compared to an iMac, but considering that
the Mac OS X Server operating system costs £408 if purchased separately,
the Mac Mini Server a bargain if you want a small computer to run as a
server (as I did when I bought the previous model). The Mac Mini Server
also a second hard drive instead of an optical drive.
If you don't want a server, but do want 4 GB of RAM, then buy the 2 GB
Mac Mini model and replace the RAM yourself, or do a custom build order
via the Apple Store (retail or online) to get one with 4 GB
If you don't need the physically small size of the Mac Mini and are
happy with a built-in display, then buy an iMac instead.
The Mac Mini's main advantage is its small size, with an external
display being an advantage for some situations.
The compromises you make (compared to an iMac) are worse
price/performance ratio, lower performance overall, and smaller storage
The Mac Mini is architecturally the same as a MacBook, but without the
built-in screen, keyboard, trackpad and battery.
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