Currently Being ModeratedFeb 1, 2013 7:46 PM (in response to Caarlosriveraa)
The new mac minis are pretty sweet. I use a mini (older model) just as a server where I don't need a monitor or keyboard or any prehiperals other than hard drives. I prefer to do most of what I do on my Macbook Air, though. Its so light and ultra-portable and easy to move about throughout the house.
But, if you prefer to sit down at the same desk in the same room and don't intend to ever leave the house, you should look at the Mac Mini and the iMac as options.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 1, 2013 8:23 PM (in response to davidsignal)
Seems nice, but im not looking for portability since I already have my iPad and it works just fine around the house for emailing and browsing the internet. I was looking at the iMac and Mac mini since thats what I need, a desktop computer, but im not sure which to buy...
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 1, 2013 8:39 PM (in response to Caarlosriveraa)
do you already have any of the software you plan on using with it? if yes then which version and how old are they?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 1, 2013 8:46 PM (in response to britny)
I will buy the softwares when I have the computer..
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 1, 2013 8:49 PM (in response to Caarlosriveraa)
Either one is fine for what you are using it for. It comes down to personal preferece. They will both run photoshop just fine.
Personally, if it was my computer desk, I would get an iMac, because it is a sleek and fully integrated solution. I would get it with a magic trackpad instead of the magic mouse though. You can do more guestures with the trackpad.
I already have a mini, which is a great server. I might upgrade it someday, when the current model with USB3 ports is cheaper to get used.
If you already have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, then maybe the mini is more cost effective, but it isn't quite the same experience with non-apple peripherals.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 1, 2013 9:02 PM (in response to davidsignal)
My first choice was the iMac 21 inch, but money is an issue. I on a bery limited budget since im only working a part time job and studying. The iMac is almost twice as expensive as the Mac Mini, but is it a good choice?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 1, 2013 9:13 PM (in response to Caarlosriveraa)
personally i am not a big fan of the new imac. limited ports in an inconvenient location and pretty much non repairable. the mac mini is better in my opinion although i'm really unfamiliar with models later than 2009.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 1, 2013 9:19 PM (in response to Caarlosriveraa)
I think the iMac is far better choice as opposed to piecing a mac together with a mini and some spare pc parts. Part of the experience is the way the system is designed and works together as a whole system.
One of my favorite parts about my macs is the trackpad and how sensitive and integrated it is with osx. If you go with the mini, you should at least get that much with it.
You might want to check if you are able to get accepted for financing.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 1, 2013 9:39 PM (in response to davidsignal)
I will buy the trackpad and bluetooth keyboard... Part of the experience :)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 1, 2013 10:59 PM (in response to Caarlosriveraa)
if u really want to work with photoshop i suggest u consider imac ...
mini is fine... if u have limited budget ,,, u can buy a mini for 599$ and buy HD tv for 300$ ...
samsung or toshiba for 27' to 32'
but keep doing research buddy,,, especially the mac mini 2012 hdmi issue, i'm not sure its solved
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 12:49 AM (in response to Caarlosriveraa)
+1 for the Mac mini, better than the base iMac for creative apps IMO. Make sure you get the Quad i7 version, and upgrade the RAM yourself. Also, get the wireless trackpad as someone has suggested above.