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Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: davemchine
Date: June 21, 2022 02:15PM
I think I’m ready to bite the bullet and order a mini tonight. Usually get a refurbished. Is there a particular model that I should consider? Upgrade is motivated by computer speed and by getting the latest and greatest operating system.



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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: TheCaber
Date: June 21, 2022 02:38PM
Late 2020 M1 Mac Mini will be fastest. 8GB/256GB will be cheapest of those. I would recommend 16GB RAM.

Bumping SSD is your choice as externals can be acquired/configured more cheaply than the price charged for an internal bump.

On M1 Mac Mini, internal RAM and SSD cannot be upgraded, ever. They are part of the M1 chip implementation.

My opinion, YMMV, yada yada. AppleInsider best Mac Mini deals



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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: John B.
Date: June 21, 2022 02:40PM
Echoing TheCaber.

M1 is the future for processors, Intel is previous generation. (I should say Mx, assuming that a M2 is right around the corner.)

There are no user-upgradeable parts (RAM or storage) in a M1 mini.

(There are no refurb M1 minis on Apple's store site as of 5 minutes ago.)



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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: June 21, 2022 02:50PM
I've done very well on eBay.

And second the others--if money is tight, go for a smaller internal SSD, and add a Thunderbolt enclosure with an aftermarket SSD, now or later.
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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: June 21, 2022 02:55PM
Macrumors says hold off buying an M1 mini, M2 is on the horizon.



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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: rgG
Date: June 21, 2022 03:13PM
Costco has this one for $100 off right now.

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Edited to correct adding off. Lol
That would have been a GREAT deal.





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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: June 21, 2022 03:23PM
It's $570...a $100 off. Worth considering.
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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: June 21, 2022 03:28PM
I'd bet that there will be no announcement until Sept, no availability at Oct, at the earliest.

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Macrumors says hold off buying an M1 mini, M2 is on the horizon.
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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: mattkime
Date: June 21, 2022 03:40PM
Yeah, you might consider waiting for the M2 if you can, but the M1 is a hell of a machine.



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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: June 21, 2022 04:12PM
The latest and greatest in mini hardware would be the M2 mini, TBA.

With the M2 chip, there will be incremental increases is CPU and GPU capability.

Maybe the base storage will be increased as well.

Maybe new port configurations.

Apple has played with those with the last three or for mini variants.

I went with 16/512 when a good deal popped up.

Yes, the M1 makes how we look at memory different.

With it, 8G is the new 16.

If you use is very light, the 8/256 will probably be fine, and you can add an external SSD for storage.

But– if you tend to hang on to your hardware for a goodly time, I'd say get 16G of memory.

You should have memory headroom for a long time, even as apps and OSs get fatter and fatter down the road.

We'll see new minis later this year, so if you can hold out, maybe you should.

You might be wild about the M2, or it will lower the price of M1s.

We should see those drop and the supply dry up as we approach the M2 announcement/release.

Otherwise, build a hide and pick off one of the many M1 deals we see/will be seeing.






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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: June 21, 2022 04:28PM
My advice? No matter what else you do, spring for 16GB RAM.



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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: jonny
Date: June 21, 2022 05:13PM
M1 8 256 owner here. Considering the 16 GB is $300 more (at least on Amazon) I would have no qualms about getting the same machine again.
I have zero slowdowns in 99.7 % of the things I do.
If it becomes an issue, I'll put that $300 towards an M3, or M4 down the road.
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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: davemchine
Date: June 21, 2022 07:06PM
Ok, I sprung for the M1, 16GB, 1TB box. It would have been nice to go to 2TB but that was expensive. Now to find a monitor...



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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: wurm
Date: June 21, 2022 07:18PM
So you're saying my 2012 Mini is defunct? ;)
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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: davemchine
Date: June 21, 2022 07:33PM
Ok, i went with the Dell UltraSharp U2723QE 27" which can have multiple computers attached which I'm hoping works.



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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: davemchine
Date: June 21, 2022 07:34PM
wurm, I'm still using a 2009 mac mini for some jobs that can't be moved forward so you are good.



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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: Buzz
Date: June 21, 2022 07:37PM
If ya coulda waited I'da made you a heckuva deal on a NIB 2009 Snow Leopard Server Mac Mini...

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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: June 21, 2022 08:09PM
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jonny
M1 8 256 owner here. Considering the 16 GB is $300 more (at least on Amazon) I would have no qualms about getting the same machine again.

Apple’s site has 16GB as a $200 upgrade over 8GB.



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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: Fritz
Date: June 21, 2022 09:12PM
doubt you'll have an issue with the Dell.
I have 2 way old ones. each have had 2 Macs attached at one time or another. never an issue.



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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: davemchine
Date: June 21, 2022 09:20PM
Thanks for all the good advice. I'm not a hardware guy at all. Moving from a 2013 iMac to the new Mini with M1 processor is going to be a radical change for me.



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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: wurm
Date: June 21, 2022 09:43PM
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davemchine
wurm, I'm still using a 2009 mac mini for some jobs that can't be moved forward so you are good.

I like that answer. It ain't broke, so I'm not planning to fix it.
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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: June 21, 2022 09:50PM
I am using mu M1 Mini with 8GB of RAM and it is working Pshop Elements 2022 and some heavy duty filters pretty well. I have not tried to edit any 4K video though. Maybe that is where I would like 16GB RAM.



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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: June 21, 2022 11:24PM
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davemchine
Thanks for all the good advice. I'm not a hardware guy at all. Moving from a 2013 iMac to the new Mini with M1 processor is going to be a radical change for me.

You have no idea.



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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: June 22, 2022 06:37AM
I’m looking at replacing my mini as well.



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Re: Mac Mini purchase advice
Posted by: heap1
Date: June 23, 2022 12:59PM
Micro Center has the base model for $549.00, $150 off. My advice is to buy the model with 8GB of RAM unless you are doing intensive graphics or video work. I have the 8GB model and have had absolutely no problems at all. You are wasting your money if you feel that it is absolutely necessary to upgrade the RAM in an M1 model.

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