Mac mini is big enough to blow a full size PC away
By Radu Motisan Posted on July 8th, 2012 , 2240 Views (Rate 4.33)
Time for me to upgrade my fixed workstation. The previous P4 2.6GHz is still running smooth , thanks to various upgrades it received over time. This time I'm making a bigger step, changing not only the hardware but also the platform, moving to the totally new universe (for me) of the Mac.
The unit I recently acquired, is an entry level Macintosh, namely a Mac Mini, having the following specs:
The Ports cover everything I need:
More details here.
Having just little time to try it so far, I already like it a lot, because it is so silent, so compact and small sized, and brings in some serious computing power that is a huge upgrade over what I've used before. Not my pic, but here is a size comparison:
As my monitor doesn't have a HDMI port, I'm using an adapter, made by RocketFish:
You can see the complete specs here, but you can find it cheaper on Ebay.
For input, I'll be using a Bluetooth keyboard and a Bluetooth mouse, to take advantage of the Bluetooth connectivity, save some USB ports and get rid of cables.
My plan is to have it run a virtual machine , or Boot Camp, for my previous Windows apps. The power consumption is also a lot lower than my midi-tower PC, so all in one, I'm really excited about this change. Will report back later when I learn more on the software, and the usability.