With all of these new Macs I'm tempted to finally upgrade my "Switcher" (core duo) mac mini - I originally bought this as a refurb from Apple. It's my only Mac.
For the past year it has been quite a restriction - no Lion, so I can't upgrade Xcode, not enough disk space so struggling with iOS backups and I've had to offload various bits to network drives such as the iTunes library and photos.
I was thinking of just upgrading to a new mini, but those retina mac book pros are a draw. But wait - what about a thin iMac?!!
I'm ignoring budget to a certain extent. These things are frighteningly expensive when you cost them up. But there's also 10 months of interest free credit available; which helps ease (or hide) the pain.
The options as I would consider are ...
Macmini. processor and memory upgrades and fusion drive
cheapest option. I have a monitor etc already.
Macbook pro. 15" retina. no upgrades.
dual purpose: on the move
iMac. big one. i7 processor upgrade, fusion.
thin. maybe could also be a monitor for a future mbp?
... or macbook air?! Damn you Apple.
I suppose with the macmini we don't need to buy memory from apple now. Need to understand the separate upgrade cost. 2x4GB upgrade from Apple is £80. 2x8GB £240.
If you then need to go on the move or want a second screen a MB Air is without doubt the best computer I have ever owned.
Even a basic one would be able to boot from the cloned backup of your Mac mini if ever you had a problem and needed to send your mini in for repair.
So for me, if money is not a problem.
Main computer Mac Mini (spec as high as I could including fusion drive) Portable (base spec) Macbook Air
•Bloody great desktop •Bloody great portable •Safety net in the case of either device failing. (the mini is almost a portable in a "comes to shove" sittuation) •Second screen (I have not checked if this works but I think it does)
I'm a bit of scrooge, so I think the mac mini is edging it at the moment.
I also realised that I leave the current one on most of the time (just in case, air video - very good if you haven't come across it.) I also have an old PC running as a media server 24/7 that I suspect is a large component of my lecky bill. Thinking that maybe it's time to consolidate. So maybe a 3TB fusion is the order of the day.
Post by millstonebarn on Dec 27, 2012 16:05:49 GMT
Ok, I did it. Went with the "cheap" option. Thanks for the tips.
So Mac mini with various upgrades, and discount through work (employee programme) works out at a manageable tad over £90/month. Only a 1tb fusion is available on the mini so ignore my 3tb comment previously.
The finance element was a bit of a palaver - had to answer various questions about length I had had my current account and other things. So much so that my first attempt failed as my guesses weren't accurate enough for experian!
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