My mind’s made up: I’m buying a Mac mini. Apple has a serious problem with their lineup: their middle of the road computers, the iMacs, only come with monitors built in. I already own a monitor, so I’m forced to choose between the underpowered minis and the outrageously expensive Pros. (I’ve never felt the need to own a laptop.) Well, it’s settled; with the next update, I’m going to get a mini.

Posted: Wednesday April 6, 2011 by Alesh Houdek · Categories: Technology · Comment feed: RSS, atom



  1. Carlos D    Apr 6, 11:37 AM #  

    When answering a similar question last year I went with the iMac instead and just used my existing monitor for a dual monitor setup. If you have the desk real estate for two monitors, I’d highly recommend it.

  2. alesh    Apr 6, 05:09 PM #  

    I’ve had that suggested to me, and honestly, the 27” imac screen is insanely great. It’s not so much that I don’t have the room for it, but I don’t do enough design at work anymore to need it. For web surfing, movie watching, etc, the 27” is more than enough (and a dell 24 ultrasharp next to it is going to look less than good. maybe if it was a 17” it’d make sense as a place for photoshop palettes to live once in awhile.”

    Too, the affordability of the mini is part of the equation. Justifying the upper-range imac is harder when i have a quad-core dell with win7 and tons of hard drives sitting around.

    On the other hand, i could ebay the ultrasharp, and dual-boot the iMac as either a Mac or as a monitor for the dell, right?

  3. Miguel Marcos    Apr 29, 10:19 AM #  

    I agree with your complaint about the middle of Apple’s lineup. That aside, the Mini is a great Mac anyway. I’ve had the first Intel version for years now and it’s still pumping like a champ. I have a 13” MBP as well which is top notch and an iPad. When I’m up for replacing the MBP, though, I won’t get another MBP, I’ll just get a Mini.

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