After viewing Chris' lastest video featuring Parallels Desktop I've started considering making the switch to Apple for my next computer. Right now I'm using a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop that I've had for a few years and the screen has completly gone out on me so I'm having to relay on my Wacom Cintiq 15X LCD tablet as a main monitor til I can do better. In a few months I will be getting a new computer and the Mac Mini has caught my eye for it's price and size.
Processor: Intel Core i7 2.3 GHz quad-core (Boost to 3.3 GHz) / Hard Drive: 1TB 2.3 GHz / RAM: 4 GB (Will upgrade overtime) ($799)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.40 GHz / Hard Drive: 288 GB / RAM 4GB (Maximum)
As to what I would be using it for I do digital art using Photoshop CS5 & Paint Tool Sai (Windows Only) and I would use Parallels to place my copy of Windows on the Mac Mini so I can keep using Sai and Microsoft Word and other Windows applications that may not be on Macs. I don't do much video editing but I may occasionally do some small videos here and there for YouTube. I'm also not a PC gamer; that's what my PS3 is for. I just need it for digital art, word processing, and Internet surfing.
For a few more hundred bucks I could go to the iMac 21.5" but it means not getting an iPad along with the Mac mini. And of course I could stick with Windows, however, I'm really not too thrilled about Windows 8 after trying it out in stores.
Anyways, should I try the Mac mini or one of the other two options?
If you build a PC you will be able to tailor the hardware to your needs. You will also get much faster hardware for less money.
If you do not want to build, then you will have to decide on which software you want to use. Windows has a wider selection of applications for your needs (though you can just install windows on the mac)
For the price of the mac mini, you can build a system that will be around twice as fast or buy a desktop PC that will be significantly faster.
PS running windows in a VM and using a program like photoshop or other demanding program, will make for a very bad experience as you will not get proper hardware acceleration and just get overall less performance.
for those specs and prices, the mac mini is a horrible deal
Macs are very simple to use and are meant for what you are looking for in a computer.
Office applications are available on a Mac, so you don't need Parallels for that.
If you feel the Mac OS X environment is easy to use, and don't mind paying extra, then you would definitely love using a Mac.
Go for the Mini. It's the best bang for your buck. The iMac is very thin and would be hard to upgrade components such as the memory. You'll also have the extra money, your wallet will thank you. :-)
answered Jan 04 '13 at 17:34
I think the mini sounds perfect for you. It has just the right power and items to get the most for your buck. Do know you have to buy accessories along with the mini such as monitor, keyboard, and mouse. But with the mini as a stationary and later you have the extra cash for the iPad, now thats a good deal. So yeah mac mini all the way.
answered Jan 04 '13 at 17:58
if you are already looking at os x and iOS i think the mac mini and ipad would be a good pick for you software really isn't the problem with parallels you have already taken out any limitation besides budget in that regards. I think you would be better served with the mini and parallels you really can't beat that
answered Jan 08 '13 at 00:52