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fyyrest0rm's picture
Written on Thursday, November 7, 2013
Pros: powerful, small form factor, upgradeable
Cons: ships with inadequate memory

As a longtime Windows user, I was a little skeptical when I was first offered a chance to get a new Mac Mini. I had never used a Macintosh before, but I figured it couldn't be too hard to figure out. The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was the size. I wasn't sure how something purported to be so powerful could actually be contained in such a small case, but nevertheless I wasted no time plugging it in and firing it up.

I was very pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to set up. It took literally minutes from hitting the power button before I was actually up and running. Granted it did take some time to get used to a new OS, but I quickly found it very easy to use.

The Mac Mini itself is very sleek and great-looking, but the shape makes it a little bit awkward sitting on my desk. I ended up mounting it on the wall behind the monitor, where it purrs along nicely out of sight. The Mini does a great job at pretty much everything I throw at it, including watching movies (streaming across the network, of course, as there is no optical drive on this computer).

After running for a while the Mac Mini tends to become a little bit sluggish, but that is most likely due to the fact that it only ships with 4GB of RAM. It is upgradeable to 16GB, which I plan to do soon. Other than this, it's a great little computer, with lots of power, and surprisingly not overly expensive.

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  • vitalaeon's picture

    vitalaeon Sun, November 10, 2013
    Do you think it is better than a windows computer?
  • fyyrest0rm's picture

    fyyrest0rm Sun, November 10, 2013
    I wouldn't necessarily say it's better than a Windows computer. It's like comparing apples and oranges. The Mac is better at some things (graphics related, overall stability, etc), but Windows is still better for gaming, really. It all depends on your needs.
  • vitalaeon's picture

    vitalaeon Mon, November 11, 2013
    You answered my next question. I'm a gamer, so I wanted to know which one would be better. Thanks Smile
  • fyyrest0rm's picture

    fyyrest0rm Mon, November 11, 2013
    No problem. It's not that the Mac is necessarily "bad" at gaming. But if you're a gamer, I'm sure you've noticed that the biggest majority of games are designed for Windows. I've played a few games on the Mac (like World of Warcraft) and it does a good job. But many games just aren't available for Mac, unfortunately.

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