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Old Feb 16th, 2005, 09:53 PM   #21
 
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The Mac mini is a great upgrading Mac...
EXACTLY!

One thing I haven't heard much is that the mini allows people who want a Mac but don't want to buy another all-in-one machine to do so without breaking the bank on a Power Mac. To me, this is the really big appeal of the mini.

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Old Feb 16th, 2005, 10:59 PM   #22
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WILDLY positive Mac Mini review: TOM'S HARDWARE!

Have you actually read any of Tom's other reviews?
Where was the WILDLY?
Oh COME ON, man. That "look", "review", "overview" whatever semantic you want to fixate upon -- reads like it came out of MacAddict Magazine. It's downright gushy.

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I did not see the word review in Tom's hardware when it came to the mini.
You know what? You're being a jerk. If you want to get hung up on semantics, go ahead. But REALLY, if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, farts like a duck and strips the item down to its rivets -- it's a duck. And it's an analysis and critical conclusion -- i.e.: a review.

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And since you like to quote the conclusion:
"Not quite a bargain, but that's not what the Mac mini is trying to be in any case. Buyers can save money when upgrading memory, which can be found much cheaper at the computer store around the corner."
followed by:
What does THAT have to do with whether or not this is "a review" or not. You're losing your focus OF COURSE RAM is more expensive at Apple than buying 3rd party. Tell us something we DON'T know. And guess what? ALL THREE of Dell's cheapest PCs ship with 256Mb RAM. And yes; Apple's upgrade to 512Mb is $25.00 more than Dell's upgrade. BAD Apple. We've all discussed how BAD Apple is for their additional RAM prices, but -- thanks to you -- I have dug up the fact that Dell ships theirs with no more RAM than Apple does. Wow! Things that make ya go "hmmmm....". But the Mac Mini as per MY desired configuration -- including the exact display I wanted -- cost less than an equitable Dell system. Go figure!

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"The only downside is that there are many fewer applications for the Mac than there are in the Windows world." and "Although a few worthwhile games are available for the Mac platform, playability will likely be limited to some extent by the Radeon 9200 graphics chip. Again, this isn't the Mac mini's target audience."
(I don't necessarily agree with some of the statements but if Macaholic like to pick and choose..."
"The only downside"..." OUCH! Gee. Maybe you're right. Maybye Mac Mini -- and all Macs as they share this downside, for that matter -- SUCK? Why dilute the thread about game availability. This thread is about the Mac Mini; NOT the Mac platform. Once again, everybody here knows that the PC is the gaming king. I tell a hardcore gamers to stay the hell away from the Mac platform. AND the Mac Mini isn't meant for gaming. Any moron who buys ANY $500.00 personal computer who thinks they'll ROCK in gaming needs their head read. I know it and we all know it and you should know it, too. Well, you do know it; you're just a **** disturber, that's all.

And you know what? YOU are the one that started quoting. Not me. But that's cool. I can quote with the best of 'em (gosh, this feels like my old days battling the PC bigots @ PC Mag's forums. WOO-HOOooooo!).

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The point is that these are NOT WILDLY POSITIVE as you yourself go on defending and making excuses for all the shortcomings that are pointed out in the articles.
A "switcher" will not know that he has to put in a minimum of 512mb of RAM
Will you try to STRAIN yourself for a little perspective? Hmm..? Dells's cheapo PCs ship with 256Mb as well. AND no Firewire. Some schlep looks at that cheap Dell and thinks, "I'm gonna edit my home movies!" Pity they don't ship with Firewire by default and OFF he goes to Circuit City for a Firewire card that he has to PAY someone to install because he doesn't know how and is too scared to. And, he better get more RAM so XP runs smoothly while he's at it, because it too shipped with only 256Mb RAM. NEXT POINT, please -- and try making it a valid one this time. M'kay?

Of course there are negative points brought up in the review. I have eyes, read them and agree with many of them. The REVIEWER's (tee-hee) objectivity would be questionable if he didn't voice any single concern. I suppose the fact that the positives in his opinion outweigh the negatives -- especially coming from such a pro-PC site -- is what's most surprising. But, if it'll make you feel more comfortable, here's an ARS Technica review (uh-oh! This one is actually called A REVIEW ) that absolutely CRAPS all over the Mac Mini. More your cuppa tea, I suppose... But even Macworld's review criticizes the RAM, as does PC Magazine's. They STILL gave it a strong recommendation, however.
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Right on, Pelao! OS X is the only reason I held on to AAPL when it crashed a few years back because I realized that it is the crown jewel of Apple. I could care less about iTunes and iLife and iWhateverElse that Apple puts out.
For sure! I'd be happy running OS X on the beigiest hunka plastic around because it's OS X. Meanwhile, despite the hottest Alienware PC being absolutely monsterous (and I have never ripped into the x86 HARDWARE platform anyways), it's WINDOWS that is the huge detractor in that equation.
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That is it exactly! I use Salling Clicker as well with my 12" PB G4 that and the Mac mini are a perfect combo... now to choose the TV.
You use Salling Clicker with your 12" PB? Curious, what palm model do you have and how much range do you get? Oh wait, you're syncing the PB and the mini??
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