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Considering new Mac Mini

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Considering new Mac Mini

Post by Jay Cline » Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:23 am

I'm considering the new Mac Mini to replace my aging iMac. RAM appears to be upgradeable after purchase which is a huge selling point to me. I see that Costco offers the Dell 27" Ultrasharp Infinity Edge monitor for $299, appears a perfect fit for Apple's newly announced Mini.

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Re: Considering new Mac Mini

Post by Bob Wiswell » Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:37 am

Sounds like a good approach Jay. Keep us updated on the system you put together. I have received other folks suggestions of using other brands of keyboards and monitors in order to keep costs down.

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Re: Considering new Mac Mini

Post by Ray Bentsen » Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:52 pm

Looks like it has all the ports you may need. ;)
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Re: Considering new Mac Mini

Post by Stephen Hart » Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:06 pm

So what’s the cost breakdown vs. an iMac with comparable specs? We could also be in the market to replace a 2010 iMac that can’t use Mojave.
Also, how about comparing a smaller monitor and a Macmini vs a MacBook, assuming you don’t need to travel with it?
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Re: Considering new Mac Mini

Post by Stephen Hart » Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:00 am

If you buy this setup, or try it out, Jay, I'd be interested in your impressions of the monitor, especially how sharp and clear text looks.
Another alternative for us would be to buy one of the new MacBooks and use the monitor + MacBook as a desktop.
Here's one review:
https://www.pcmag.com/review/348465/del ... tor-u2717d
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Re: Considering new Mac Mini

Post by Jay Cline » Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:59 pm

I bought the LG 32UK50T-W 32" Class 4K UHD FreeSync Monitor instead, $350 on sale at Costco. A few more inches. Mini arrives on the 7th. I'll purchase a couple of USB-C drives, one for applications and files and one for Time Machine. I'll give it a couple of weeks before upgrading the RAM to 32 Megs. I will need a external FaceTime camera... suggestions?

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Re: Considering new Mac Mini

Post by Stephen Hart » Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:55 pm

When your mini comes, the Getting Started guide will feature this stand-alone Apple display:

https://9to5mac.com/2018/11/03/apple-display-poll/
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Re: Considering new Mac Mini

Post by Stephen Hart » Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:58 pm

Jay Cline wrote:
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:59 pm
I will need a external FaceTime camera... suggestions?
You could buy an iPhone XS and duct tape it to the top of the display! (Or, for a more Halloweeny effect, to the stand.)

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But seriously, folks, there must be very small external cameras available these days. I wonder why LG decided not to build one in.
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Re: Considering new Mac Mini

Post by Stephen Hart » Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:25 pm

Or maybe you could build your own enclosure and buy the parts:

https://www.powerbookmedic.com/MacBook- ... 18045.html
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Re: Considering new Mac Mini

Post by Jay Cline » Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:50 pm

Stephen Hart wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:25 pm
Or maybe you could build your own enclosure and buy the parts:

https://www.powerbookmedic.com/MacBook- ... 18045.html
I do have an original Firewire iSight camera around here somewhere. I'm thinking the cost of adapter cables along with the low resolution would make it not worthwhile.
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