I've had lots of Macs: classic box SE, pizza box 66AV, bigger pizza box 7300, iMac gumdrop Rev B, tower G4 dual 450, and a couple of laptops too.
I've taken my dual 450MHz, with 128MB RAM, 16MB ATI graphics, 30 GB hard drive, DVD-ROM drive, 2 USB 1.0 ports and updraded to dual 1.6GHz, 64MB ATI 8500 graphics card, Added 120 GB Hard drive, replaced DVD-ROM with, DVD-RW (Pioneer 105), added a four port USB 2.0 PCI card, and Alchemy TV PCI card. I also have a Dell 20" wide screen LCD, Apple BT keyboard, and MS wireless laser mouse.
Yeah I've spent a lot of money upgrading, but all on my own terms bit by bit. I don't make my living using my Mac, but I live to use my Mac.
For me the Mac Mini is under powered and not expandable enough, same with the iMac, and the Mac Pro is too much of a good thing.
This is what I'd like to see:
In the Box
- Apple Remote
- Power cord
- Install/restore DVDs
- Printed and electronic documentation
- 2.4GHz or 2.67GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 or E6700 series processors
(not two Dual-Core Intel Xeon 5100 series processors like MacPro)
- Intel Core microarchitecture
- 4 MB [email protected]
- 1066 MHz Front Side Bus (not 1.33GHz like MacPro)
Memory: 4 slots, up to 4 GB RAM (not 8 slots and 16GB like MacPro)
Graphics: Double-wide PCi Express graphics slot
- Graphics card not sure
- support for up to two displays (not eight)
- S-video and coMacProosite video output to connect directly to a TV or projector
(using Apple DVI to Video Adapter, sold separately)
Storage: Two Serial ATA hard drive bays, One bay occupied by 200 GB Serial ATA hard drive
(not 4 and not necessarily cable-freelike MacPro)
One 5.25" optical drive bay with 16x Superdrive (not two like MacPro)
- One Ethernet port (not two like MacPro)
- Optional AirPort Extreme wireless networking
- Optional Bluetooth 2.0
- Optional external Apple USB Modem
Peripherals and Audio
- Two FireWire 400 ports (one on front, and one on back)
- Four USB 2.0 ports (one on front and three on back)
- Front-panel headphone minijack and speaker
- Built in speaker
- Combined optical digital audio input/audio line in (minijack) (like Mac Mini)
- Combined optical digital audio output/headphone out (minijack) (like Mac Mini)
Size and weight
- Height:12 inches (not 20.1 like MacPro)
- Width: 6.5 inches (like Mac Mini)
- Depth: 12 (not 18.7 like MacPro)
- Weight (standard configuration): 15 lbs (not 42.4lbs like MacPro)
Design: Black like Mac book or Cheese grater like Mac Pro
Price $1350 or $1550
I put this together by looking at the Intel site, and spec pages for the Mini, iMac, and Mac Pro. I didn't specify a graphics card cause I'm not sure of which one it should be. I don't think Mr Jobs will be my fairy-godmother and grant me this wish but I can dream.
Please add your thoughts, comments, and flames. And artists can suggest looks and designs.
Steve in Mississauga