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Poll: If you've never owned a Mac will the mini make you switch?

If you've never owned a Mac will the mini make you switch?

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#1 OFFLINE   Peachy

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 08:01 PM

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 08:08 PM

I voted that I would be tempted... but after looking at the page.... why in the world can't they put a headphone/speaker out jack somewhere on that thing?
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Posted 13 January 2005 - 08:25 PM

ross549:Check the Tech Specs... ( http://www.apple.com...mini/specs.html )... here is audio out.I added a photo of the ports to Peachy's post above...

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 08:32 PM

I must be completely blind. :"> Whoops.
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Posted 13 January 2005 - 08:35 PM

Well I voted to switch but it will not be a switch for me just an additional system.
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Posted 13 January 2005 - 08:45 PM

nlinecomputers, on Jan 13 2005, 06:33 PM, said:

Well I voted to switch but it will not be a switch for me just an additional system.
Yeah, I think for most of the members here it would more of a second computer than a complete switch... after all, I'm sure most of us have extra components to connect to it (monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc).

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 08:50 PM

A lot of people wonder what the power supply looks like... If you view the QuickTime VR page you can see its maybe a tad bigger than a Laptop brick:  http://www.apple.com...an2005_480.html*Quicktime required.

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 08:50 PM

Nope. I can get a complete system from Dell for under $400 so why would I spend $500 on that.

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 09:26 PM

SgtShultz.....It is very, very small.... that is most likely why people will buy it.
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Posted 13 January 2005 - 09:35 PM

ross549, on Jan 13 2005, 07:24 PM, said:

SgtShultz.....It is very, very small.... that is most likely why people will buy it.
It's a reason,  but I wouldn't say that is the only reason by any means...
  • Most inexpensive Mac ever
  • Geared mostly towards non-Mac users looking to enjoy the Mac experience (the OS, and the tight integration between the OS and it's hardware, the include Apps, etc.) or existing Mac users who want to add another system
  • The OS is based on a Unix core
  • You can use your existing or extra VGA or DVI monitor and USB keyboard and USB mouse
  • With optional accessory, it can connect to your TV (S-video, or thru DVI if you have a HD-TV that includes such a connection)
  • It is small
  • It doesn't run Windows
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Posted 13 January 2005 - 09:47 PM

Very true, and for those reasons, I am considering it. :">
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Posted 13 January 2005 - 10:05 PM

Hey, Peachy, you forgot the option "I wouldn't get a Mac if my life depended on it" :">

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 11:06 PM

Ah.. excuse me, but that isn't fair to modify a poll like that... The no answer would suffice.

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 11:40 PM

Sounds like a....Mac Attack!!! :">

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 03:30 AM

With only 32Megs of Video RAM... it will definately not be at the center of my audio video entertainment hub. I'll let a windows machine do that with a dual TV tuner card, an HDTV (OTA) tuner, and video that uses 256Megs of RAM to the fullest. And run it all with a remote!

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 08:53 AM

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Ah.. excuse me, but that isn't fair to modify a poll like that... The no answer would suffice.
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Posted 14 January 2005 - 11:06 AM

Marsden11, on Jan 14 2005, 01:28 AM, said:

With only 32Megs of Video RAM... it will definately not be at the center of my audio video entertainment hub. I'll let a windows machine do that with a dual TV tuner card, an HDTV (OTA) tuner, and video that uses 256Megs of RAM to the fullest. And run it all with a remote!
True, the Mac mini isn't being marketed as a home entertainment component. I just mentioned that it could be connected to a TV.  There are 3rd party remotes that can control various aspects of the OS and software...

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 12:34 PM

Macnews.de has a good number of photographs of the Mac mini... including the insides of the unit.I was wondering what the power brick looked like, but found a glimpse of it via the QuickTime VR spot at Apple's website.  But I was wondering where the unit was going to get the air intake.  Everyone can see the rear vent, but where does the air come from.  I noticed that the mini doesn't really sit flat and wondered if that had anything to do with it: sure does.  There are air intakes all around the base. Very interesting...

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 01:52 PM

When you take the cover off and it expands like in the picture in the first post, do you need special tools to get all that back into the case? ;)

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 02:24 PM

As the poll creator/editor I apologise for adding the 4th option. In hindsight, that wasn't fair, though at the time I thought it might add a bit of nuance for those who wanted to say no, but not because of the price/performance ratio. ;)

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 02:25 PM

I voted "Hmm. Very tempting. mini-mmmm..." because it is very tempting.It is rather small and the closest thing in PC counterpart is at least twice the size.Mind you it is still pricy but considering it is Mac, I think it's worth it.I have to work with Mac every day and I am pretty confident that any Windows user would gladly switch to Mac if it was the same price like PC.Mac OSX is just incredible and years ahead of anything similar.Someone also would need to show them couple of pointers but it is far easier to use MacOSX than Windows, it is far more secure, far more stable, etc.. do I need to add anything more?I might get it for my wife and secretly use it at night 'cause I am linux geek, remember ;)

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 04:07 PM

I'd never get a Mac.  I'm a gamer and the lag on release dates is (at the VERY best) several months for Mac.  Usually, there is a lot of functionality lost along the way, as well.  No thanks.

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 04:35 PM

Stonegiant, on Jan 14 2005, 02:05 PM, said:

I'd never get a Mac.  I'm a gamer and the lag on release dates is (at the VERY best) several months for Mac.  Usually, there is a lot of functionality lost along the way, as well.  No thanks.
My opinion: Gaming is for counsels and hand held game units, not for computers. Reason: The counsel makers make the hardware and that hardware is specific across the unit base; thus game makers can write their games to work with or maximize that hardware; therefore they know their games will work for that hardware.Gaming on a PC (any brand of personal computer) is for people who want to play games that can capitalize on the most recent hardware, and that means no every computer can play the games for PCs, there is so much variation that its nuts... I don't want to continually upgrade my hardware just to play a game.Buy a Mac for computing, not playing games... I say that for Windows boxes as well.If you want to play games get a PS2, Xbox, GameCube, etc.

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 04:42 PM

I would likely agree with you but I am extremely dissatisfied with console control.  Every game I've seen out there for consoles is designed with the console controller in mind.  Even if you are able to use a keyboard/mouse, it is still jerky.  Games designed for the PC don't have that.  Also, you can't upgrade components (read: video) without having to buy the next version of the entire console.  When they come up with a console that runs normal PC games, is upgradable (all components),  allows web surfing and email, I'll buy one.

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 05:34 PM

If I had the $$, I'd very seriously consider it. If only because my bedroom is 10'x12' w/built-in furniture & located on the south side of the house. Heat issues (not for my pc...for Me!) are at times painful. First order of business however is replacing my 19" CRT with a flat panel.Love & Peace, Clarence
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