iMAC or the New Mighty Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Devilgodspeed, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. paolo.

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    Go for the iMac. Power + Speed + One Package! :)

    In My Opinion. :)
     
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    +1 on the iMac. Just got myself one and it's been great so far.
     
  3. mjjm

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    i opted for the mac mini. suits my needs (web browsing, media player for movies and music, photo storage). upgrade the ram to 4gb and installed parallels for windows os. flawless for me so far.

    plus i am worried with the lcd dust/smudge problems of the iMac.

    my 2 cents
     
  4. alfa

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    If your getting a new monitor with the mini just get an iMac. There's price difference but there will be less clutter and if you add the mouse and keyboard it evens out
     
  5. mikelantunez

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    I think ill go the same way... just had a quick question guys.. is the iMac (lowest end 21") capable of running games like l4d2 at native settings?
     
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    the new Mac Mini 2011!!!

    with an iMac - you get free iSmoke!!! - the smudging on screen.

    get a MacMini and a Good IPS monitor! or a big LED TV.
     
  7. rsync

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    The warranty should cover the smudge thingy, right? I am more keen to getting the iMac than Mac Mini but now the screen smudge seems like a big deal. :slanted:
     
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    yes - but having to know that my Mac "HAS ALREADY BEEN OPENED / REPAIRED" ??? - I cannot take that. :) - and they cannot guarantee that it would be as SPOTLESS as when it came out of the box. (dust, debris, fingerprints etc)
     
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    I'm planning to buy the Mac Mini too. But when I tried to configure the setup to boost it up a little, I realized something:

    Mac Mini w/ 6630M GPU = 40,999
    i7 upgrade = 4,900
    External Superdrive = 3,690
    750Gb 7200rpm Disk = 7,340
    HDMI to HDMI cable = 969
    Apple Mouse = 2,490
    Apple Keyboard = 2,490
    Total = 62,869 | 57,889 (w/o mouse and keyboard)

    It already reached the iMac price bracket!

    Does anyone know the cause of the smudges on the screen/iSmoke on the iMac?

    And where can I find a good deal? Switch offers the iMac at 70K (0% interest for up to 24 months - HSBC) while the Apple Store sells it for only 60K (straight payment).
     
  10. sonn15

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    ^ would you take the Mini if it were also sold at 0% for 24 months?
     
  11. rsync

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    Yup, they almost have the same price, but you're going to add about Php12k more for the monitor. And Mac Mini does not come with an optical drive. Sadly, a deal breaker for me.

    Has this smudge issue been escalated to Apple? Looks like a design flaw to me.
     
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    it is indeed a design flaw.

    Im sure they're aware... they ALWAYS have design flaws...

    ex:

    MacBook White - a.k.a CRACKBOOK
    iMac - iSmoke
    MBP Unibody - putting the 2 USB ports beside each other (there are some USB devices you wouldnt be able to use if the other port is already occupied)

    Apple aint perfect.. nothing is.
    TipidPC.com - the entry level 2011 iMac costs only 50K.
     
  13. legato

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    Mac mini. Lowest end model. Will probably just upgrade memory to 8G myself.
     
  14. datsmyboy

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    0% for 24 months???!!!! woohoo
     
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    the smudge / smoke issue is really driving me off the imac and I'd rather just get the mac mini and save a bit as well to buy the MBA.

    Anyone planning to buy the Apple Thunderbolt Display? Is it too expensive? Are there better alternatives currently in the market? Cheaper and great displays from LG or Samsung?
     
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    Thunderbolt is 51k - 59k + Mac Mini 30k or 40k is almost the price of an iMac. If you're planning to buy a monitor, any 22" 1080p LED TV will be fine.

    Apple teamed up with Samsung to develop the retina display, so my pick would be Samsung.

    Yep. HSBC's promo is until December.
     
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    From personal experience, upgrading the iMac is not exactly a walk in the park, especially if you want to put an SSD in it. The new Mac Mini on the other hand is a piece of cake. :)
     
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    I currently have a 23 inch Samsung LCD. I think I'll just go for the mini and buy an MBA with the spare money instead of buying an imac.
     
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    Do you mean you can pop it open and place the SSD in?
     
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    Mac Mini Why? I am not a big fan of Macs/Pc's with monitor built-in desktop whatever you call them. But the iMacs are great but I am a portable kind of person and my advice for you if you can wait another year for the mini to have a 3.0 or higher Processors it would be my next buy

    ang aking 2 cents :) Cheers Mats
     

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