Mac mini or i7 Laptop

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asked Aug 11, 2011 by lewisje (0 points)
I have started to design websites, which one would be best, Mac mini base model ill upgrade the ram or an high spec windows laptop, i already have a pretty decent laptop but could do with an upgrade...
commented Aug 12, 2011 by lewisje (0 points)
my current laptop is an acer 5536, amd turion x2 rm-75, 4gb ram, 500gb   hdd, ati radeon hd3200 256mb

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answered Aug 11, 2011 by Yarvaxea (3,996 points)
for webdesign you won't need much performance. I would say go with the laptop you already have if it's decent. It's probably better than the mac mini since mac minis have specs 10 years old. ^-^
Maybe invest in a bigger screen, it's always easier that way~
commented Aug 11, 2011 by lewisje (0 points)
i would be buying the new mac mini, with an core i5,
commented Aug 11, 2011 by Yarvaxea (3,996 points)
why are you asking then? don't be cheated by the core i5, it's the old core i5 only dual core.. I don't get why you would buy a new computer at all for simple webdesign if you already have a decent laptop
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answered Aug 11, 2011 by catchatyou (20,719 points)
You could use a netbook for web development, unless you're developing with Flash (please do the world a favor, and don't even think about using Flash).  Two years ago, used a PowerMac G4 for web development.<br /><br />About Yarvaxea's comment that they have specs that are 10 years old, it's not true.  Ten years ago, we just passed the 1 GHz processor speed.  Mac Minis are extremely fast computers.  I would rather use a Mac Mini than a pretty powerful Windows based PC, because Windows based PCs don't always have the fastest graphics drivers.  With a Mac, you are getting a computer that has advanced drivers.  I wouldn't game on the Mac Mini with the Intel integrated graphics, but I know it can handle Minecraft!
commented Aug 11, 2011 by catchatyou (20,719 points)
And the application that I like to use for web development is TextWrangler on Mac, and Notepad++ on Windows...both free!
commented Aug 11, 2011 by Yarvaxea (3,996 points)
didn't you see the ^-^ ? That means ironic..
The core i5 and i7 in the mac mini are downtuned and only dual core, it's a joke. Windows has the newest drivers if people update their drivers, same with macs. Although because the hardware has to be made specifically for the mac, all the features from a graphics card are not included on the mac.
commented Aug 11, 2011 by Billy Aoki (3,656 points)
"With a Mac, you are getting a computer that has advanced drivers."

Seriously? If that's so, why are games getting noticeably much less FPS on OSX, when compared to Windows?

In case you didn't know, a lot of developers tend to sway to Windows since that's where most of the market share for their products are. One good example of this is peripherals, especially webcams. Every single webcam I've used on Windows 7 did not require any extra driver installations, while the only c910 I tried on my friend's MBP didn't work until 3 hours of tinkering later.
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