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Old 08-10-2016, 11:45 AM
 
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Looking at buying a mac mini 2014 edition. Will be used for daily driver for family (web browsing, excel/word, web based children's games/ apps e.g. Disney apps). No video editing/heavy gaming...


Would I be best getting version with 2.6Ghz haswell I5 processor and 256GB SSD or the one with 1.4GHz Haswell I5 processor and 1TB Fusion drive....256GB SSD would require q WD 1TB external HDD USB 3.0 as well.


Not sure if the better chip make much of a difference for my type of use- both have 8GB RAM. The SSD of the Fusion drive is 128GB from what I understand so it should be plenty fast enough for my usage I would assume....Just comes down to the processor I guess...hoping people who know more than I do can chime in....


Looking to jump from Windows, tired of the crashes, reboots, and viruses...and all the newer version seem to be worse each time.
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Old 08-10-2016, 12:37 PM
 
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A Mac mini is not a portable unit to use for trips. One either uses a Macbook or a Ipad.
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Old 08-10-2016, 04:19 PM
 
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thanks- meant daily driver in terms of it would be the computer we use daily...not actually mobile...
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Old 08-12-2016, 09:52 AM
 
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anyone?
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Old 08-12-2016, 10:56 AM
 
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I don't use macs, but I would go with the 2.6Ghz.
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Old 08-12-2016, 11:15 AM
 
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Same price on either one (2.6 vs 1.4 cpu) and same 8 GB ram?

Let's see:
1.) 2.6Ghz haswell I5 processor and 256GB SSD - will need additional WD 1TB external HDD USB 3.0.

2.) 1.4GHz Haswell I5 processor and 1TB Fusion drive - that's it. Nothing needed. Until you need more external space that is.

"The Late 2014 Mac mini uses Intel’s Haswell CPUs, and Turbo Boost makes the entry-level 1.4 GHz Core i5 model a lot more powerful than you’d expect. Thanks to Turbo Boost, it can run at up to 2.7 GHz, nearly twice its rated speed."

And with Apple custom software, the 1TB Fusion drive is "managed" - it prioritizes what data should reside in the SSD portion and what goes to the HD portion. You don't need to optimize it or mess with it.

I would take #2 - the 1.4 GHz and 1TB Fusion drive.

Just my 2-cents.
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Old 08-12-2016, 11:18 AM
 
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Same price on either one (2.6 vs 1.4 cpu) and same 8 GB ram?

Let's see:
1.) 2.6Ghz haswell I5 processor and 256GB SSD - will need additional WD 1TB external HDD USB 3.0.

2.) 1.4GHz Haswell I5 processor and 1TB Fusion drive - that's it. Nothing needed. Until you need more external space that is.

"The Late 2014 Mac mini uses Intel’s Haswell CPUs, and Turbo Boost makes the entry-level 1.4 GHz Core i5 model a lot more powerful than you’d expect. Thanks to Turbo Boost, it can run at up to 2.7 GHz, nearly twice its rated speed."

And with Apple custom software, the 1TB Fusion drive is "managed" - it prioritizes what data should reside in the SSD portion and what goes to the HD portion. You don't need to optimize it or mess with it.

I would take #2 - the 1.4 GHz and 1TB Fusion drive.

Just my 2-cents.


awesome -thank you...low Ghz on the second one worries me- but based on your info puts me @ ease...thanks....


should mention- yes both same price and 8GB RAM....
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:10 PM
 
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The Mac Mini does not come with a monitor, a mouse, or a keyboard.
After you buy those separately, you have spent about as much as an iMac, which comes as a complete package, and is a much more capable machine.
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:42 PM
 
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Looking at buying a mac mini 2014 edition. Will be used for daily driver for family (web browsing, excel/word, web based children's games/ apps e.g. Disney apps). No video editing/heavy gaming...


Would I be best getting version with 2.6Ghz haswell I5 processor and 256GB SSD or the one with 1.4GHz Haswell I5 processor and 1TB Fusion drive....256GB SSD would require q WD 1TB external HDD USB 3.0 as well.


Not sure if the better chip make much of a difference for my type of use- both have 8GB RAM. The SSD of the Fusion drive is 128GB from what I understand so it should be plenty fast enough for my usage I would assume....Just comes down to the processor I guess...hoping people who know more than I do can chime in....


Looking to jump from Windows, tired of the crashes, reboots, and viruses...and all the newer version seem to be worse each time.
Per your list, web browsing, excel/word, web based children's games/ apps e.g. Disney apps, this is all overkill. You're flushing money down the drain. I use both Mac and PC and per your needs I would stay with a PC.

As a side note. IMHO 1969 would have been a better number than 53.
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:53 PM
 
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awesome -thank you...low Ghz on the second one worries me- but based on your info puts me @ ease...thanks....


should mention- yes both same price and 8GB RAM....
Don't thank me yet. I'm about to confuse you a bit more.

See, you only asked about comparing the two 2014 Mac Minis. My assumption is that you're buying used/refurb models. And that you already have the monitor, keyboard and mouse from your Windows machine.

Personally, I chose the 2012 Man Mini in our family room, for various reasons (upgradeability, cpu, etc). Here's why:

2014 Mac mini v 2012 Mac mini comparison review - Review - Macworld UK

As Fat Freddy pointed out, you should consider an iMac as well. If you go with an iMac, make sure you get the model that's easier to upgrade (RAM, SSD or HD, etc... I think that's the 27 inch model. The smaller 21 was known to be more difficult to upgrade.

In the link above, there's another link comparing a mac mini to an imac.

Bottom line - research the specific model you plan on buying, specifically, the CPU in it, the upgradeability, early vs late 2014 model, etc...

Confused? Now you want to just stay in the Windows world? Just kidding ....
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