Mac Mini Intel Core Duo Reviews

Product: Mac Mini

Model: 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo Superdrive

Manufacturer: Apple Computer

Request: Will this computer handle the things I like to do like, record Music, Graphic Design, Video Editing etc? Or should I spend the big bucks on a G5 and not waist my time with a Mini?


Silas from Spokane, WA

August 4, 20060 found this helpful

Hi Si!

The new Mac Mini's are pretty fast compared to the g4 models but with video, music and graphic design you are going to be a lot happier with a pro model unless you are just dabbling as a hobby. It's a nice office and home computer. Since you happen to be my cousin and I know you are a professional musician I think you would be a lot happier with a tower, especially a year from now. I wouldn't buy G5 Power Mac, though. They are going to release intel towers soon which will be much faster than the g5 towers currently available. I think they may even release them next week. Which means there should be a price drop on new g5's in the near future if you want a bargain on a tower and a lot of used g5's should hit the market, too. If money was no object I would wait and get an intel pro computer. It might be wise to wait a month after the release, sometimes they release an improved revision that corrects problems the first round of buyers had.

The real advantage of the pro computers over the mini/ibook/macbook is that they have better video cards and the video is upgradable. Also, you can put much more RAM in them. You can only put 2 GB in an intel mini. Also, you can put more than one hard drive in the pro towers which is usually necessary for video projects.

At the current prices the mini is $799.00 but only has an 80GB hard drive and 512MB ram (which is just enough RAM for email and web browsing). When you add a 2GB upgrade and a bigger hard drive it easily gets over $1,000, so you wouldn't want to get one and be disappointed with it in a few months.


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August 11, 20060 found this helpful

Thanks for the info Lew, I will definatly get the tower if I go Mac then. Hope all is well say hi to the Fam. Got a message on My Space from Stella today from Nam.


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