Hello everybody! In my first review, I’d like to talk about my brand new computer: my Mac Mini.
I decided to buy a Mac mini after my old HP laptop broken. It was a good laptop, and I was quite happy with it, but lately it had been doing strange things, like rebooting itself or heating up too much as its fan wasn’t working properly.
Anyways, during all my life I’ve only had Windows-based computers, and I thought it was the perfect time for a change… I’d buy a Mac, but the problem was I didn’t have a clue about which one to buy. At first, I thought on buying a Macbook, because I’m studying at university right now and its portability really suited me. The problem came when I started looking at the prizes… I found them to be too expensive. After doing some Internet research, I decided to buy a Mac Mini, as it was the cheaper one and it would serve me equally well.
When I unboxed it, I found it to be particularly nice: little, portable, and quite stylish... very “apple-ish” indeed. I loved it in the same instant I saw it. I took out all the cables and I prepared a place for it in my desk, but the problem came when I discovered that one particular cable was lacking: the HDMI cable. Apparently, this cable is essential to use the Mac Mini, but it isn’t included in the pack.
Well, after I bought the HDMI cable, I connected everything and turned the computer on, and I have to say I really liked what I saw: a very neat interface, running smoothly.
After some months of owning it, I have to say I am still delighted by it. I’ve never had any kind of problem, and it still runs as smoothly as the first day. It is true, though, that I had some troubles at the beginning, because I wasn’t used yet to the Mac system, but after a couple of days, I feel like if I have owned a Mac all my life.
What I like most about it is that never, ever crashes… or at least it never happened to me. For example, I love drawing with my computer (I have a Bamboo tablet), and sometimes I have Photoshop, Illustrator, Chrome and iTunes running at the same time and my Mac doesn’t even slow down!!
Another think I like about it is that you don’t need and antivirus, because there are no such thing as viruses for Macs (or so I’ve heard). That is an important relieve to me, because I’ve had problems with viruses and trojans in all my PC-based computers before and it’s good to know you don’t have to worry about that anymore.
There is one thing I don’t like about my Mac though: gaming. Yeah, if you are a gamer, you’ll know there are very few games for OS. I mean, there ARE games, but not the gorgeous games developed for PC, only some of them are adapted to play on a Mac. Yes, you could use a Windows emulator to play them but what’s the point in owning a Mac then? Well, I’m lucky I’m not the PC-gaming type (I’m a Nintendo-girl, haha), but I can understand why some people will never buy a Mac based on that motive.
Hi! Today, I'd like to tell you about my computer, the last version of Apple's Mac Mini.
WHY DID I CHOOSE MAC MINI?
Well, the election was quite easy. Since I got my first Apple product, an iPod Touch in 2009, I decided that some day I would own a Mac. I loved how usable and elegant my iPod was compared to the other mp3 devices and I definitely wanted this in my computer. I was kind of tired of my old Acer laptop and I wanted something else. But time passed and when my Acer laptop broke I bought an HP laptop instead... but... why did I do that? The decision was hard, but the year I bought I was going to start at university as well, and I needed some programs that didn't even exist for the Mac.
Nevertheless, four years later, my HP laptop broke and this time I was completely sure: I wanted a Mac. I started to search for the one that would suit my necessities better and I found out that it was the Mac Mini. I was kind of tired of laptops and I wanted a desktop computer this time, so the decision as between the Mac Mini and the iMac, and I chose the first one for a simple reason: it was little and it was cheaper.
What I like the most about the Mac Mini is that it's small and elegant. When people see it for the first time, they can't believe this is actually a real computer, because in fact it looks like a little silver box. It isn't like other computers at all.
What I don't really like about it is the fact that it doesn't include an optical drive. It's true that nowadays you can download everything from the Internet and the optical drive it's not necessary anymore, but I have old CDs and DVDs that I'd like to play but I can't. The removal of the optical drive for this late model of the Mac Mini has let ir to be even smaller, but sacrificing something that in my opinion is still important.
This Mac Mini comes with OS X Mountain Lion. I know that now I should compare it with the oldest Apple OS, but as I say, this is the first Mac I ever had, and I don't know the exact differences between the different versions. But there's something I can say, though, and it's that I really, really like it, it's just like I thought it would be. Everything it's so intuitive and easy to use, just like my old iPod Touch. All the programs and applications run smoothly and without any kind of problems.
What impressed me the most is that I've run programs like Photoshop, Chrome and the iMovie at the same time and I the computer didn't suffer at all, it just kept running them as smoothly as ever. That was for me an important difference from my old laptops, who used to crash as soon as I ran Photoshop and Chrome together.
Buying the Mac Mini is the best thing I've done in ages. With it, I can run all the programs I want to run and do it smoothly and quick. It is also pretty small, so I can place it on my desk where it looks nice.
The bad thing, well, first of all the lack of the optical drive, and secondly the prize. As all Apple devices, it's more expensive than a PC with the same technical specifications, but for me is a prize worth paying.
If you want to buy a Mac and you don't know which one, I highly recommend you the Mac Mini.
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|Product Description:||Apple Mac mini - Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz - Monitor : none.|
|Form Factor:||Desktop slimline|
|Localisation:||English / United Kingdom|
|Processor:||1 x Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz ( Dual-Core )|
|Cache Memory:||3 MB L2 Cache|
|Cache Per Processor:||3 MB|
|RAM:||4 GB (installed) / 8 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM - 1066 MHz - PC3-8500|
|Storage Controller:||SATA ( SATA-300 )|
|Hard Drive:||2 x 500 GB - SATA-300|
|Graphics Controller:||NVIDIA GeForce GT 320M Shared Video Memory (UMA)|
|Audio Output:||Integrated - stereo|
|Networking:||Gigabit LAN, 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR|
|Power:||AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )|
|OS Provided:||Apple MacOS X Server 10.6 Unlimited-Client Edition|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||19.7 cm x 19.7 cm x 3.6 cm|
|Environmental Standards:||ENERGY STAR Qualified , EPEAT Gold|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||1 year warranty|