Review: New Mac mini offers an attractive bang for the buck
Posted 02 November 2012 - 04:15 AM
The mini is not inexpensive, as you have to bring all your peripherals and now buy an external optical drive if you want the ability to burn backup discs, dvds, ...
Posted 02 November 2012 - 04:17 AM
Posted 02 November 2012 - 04:42 AM
Have you tried Roksbox on the Roku? Extremely easy to get access to a Movie/TV/Music/Picture collection.
Posted 02 November 2012 - 06:13 AM
I find that the 5400 RPM drives are a main cause of Mac Mini slowdowns over time. But after replacing the HDD in a 2009 Mini with an SSD, it operates better than new.
Posted 02 November 2012 - 06:24 AM
I have a 2008 mini as my media server. I upgraded the hard drive and RAM and it runs like a champ. I never upgraded the software past Snow Leopard so I could keep Front Row. You don't need the latest and greatest hardware for having a simple media server, but a DVD drive is essential.
Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:54 AM
Just got the entry level $599 but bumped the ram to 8GB and added a 3TB USB3 WD external drive. ....very fast, very large and has taken everything I throw at it, including 1080p MP4s. It works seamlessly with my Mitsubishi 73" and the playback videos look as good as OTA HDTV.
Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:28 AM
- my 2006 Mac Pro will not run Mountain Lion. I need ML for iOS development.
- so I need a computer that will run Mountain Lion until they release a new Mac Pro (if ever).
- so with the mini, I need a second drive to use with Time Machine.
? Can I use one of the drives in my Mac Pro for this? Connect via ethernet from the mini?
I would get a Time Capsule, but it comes with a router built-in, and I already have an Apple router (Airport Extreme).
Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:34 AM
My old PC, a quad core had three fans, one for the graphics card, one for the CPU and one for the 650 watt power supply. My old PC added a resonant noise lever of 60 DB. My mac mini is quiet and fun to use.
Honestly, if my current mini wasn't so darn good, I'd go for another one in a heartbeat. Oh well, I suppose there is my secret santa (Mastercard) just in case, I have a Mac store across the street from me.