I've been thinking about replacing my laptop PC (Toshiba Qosmio) with a base model mac mini, but was hoping to get an opinion before making a decision.
The specifications to my Qosmio are roughly:
1.86GHz Centrino, 1GB RAM, 120GB HDD, 128MB dedicated video card
The reason I want to replace my Qosmio with a mac mini is because ever since I got my MacBook (see signature), I haven't really touch my PC at all. Its sole purpose now is to act as a host computer for my external hard drives so I can access them through my network. I know that by replacing my Qosmio with a mac mini my biggest loss will perhaps be the loss of a dedicated video card. However, I don't really game much, the only need I have for a video card is when I boot up windows to use AutoCAD (I'm a engineering student). So I'm wondering what you guys think, should I replace my Qosmio with a mac mini, or should I just leave it be?
The specs of the Mac mini are pretty similar to those of the MacBook so if you're happy with the performance of your MacBook, you should be happy with a mini. The two things of consequence that you would be giving by going with the mini are portability and a display. If you have an old display or don't need one to use it as a server, and you don't plan to move it around, the mini should work fine, and it will should be faster than your Toshiba.
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I recently had to bring my Mac Mini into work because my MBP was in the shop. I use an Ex monitor, and BT keyboard and mouse. It fit into a (lunch bag sized) paper bag, and probably had a similar footprint to my MBP in terms of volume. I love my mini.
the only need I have for a video card is when I boot up windows to use AutoCAD (I'm a engineering student). So I'm wondering what you guys think, should I replace my Qosmio with a mac mini, or should I just leave it be?
Well, have you tried AutoCAD on your MacBook? Might be worth it to do so before you make the leap. Parallels, Boot Camp, your choice.
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I have tried AutoCAD on my MacBook and it works great, and since i still the the 2 512MB sticks that were originally in my MacBook, I could probably swap them for the 2 256MB sticks in the mac mini if I get one.