View Full Version : Selling my Mac Mini

2005-11-25, 18:47
I got a Mini (1.2 GHz 1 GB Ram) three months ago (first mac) and I am loving it and it's working great, but it's also the slowest Mac out there. I really just got it to see if I really like the plattform and spending money on a Powerbook just seemed a little too risky for this test.

So I am loving it and I am thinking of selling it. :)

I would hate to be macless, but if we really get new iBooks and maybe Minis in January I guess I should really get rid of it as soon as possible, put the money in my bank account save up a little and get one of those iBooks in Jan.

Of course we don't know for sure if we'll see iBooks and Minis in January, but if they are announced than I am sure the value of my Mini would drop alot compared from what I could get for it now (especially considering it's fairly new and got 1GB).

I really don't want to be macless for two months, but I am also a student and therefor every financial endeavour has to be planned thoroughly.

Not the most stupidest thing to do right? Especially considering that my mini won't get any faster.

2005-11-25, 21:15
Well, how much could your mini drop in price? $50? Macs have historically held their values very well. I don't think that the market would be affected all that much by a new mini. Especially since they are so cheap already.

Dorian Gray
2005-11-25, 21:35
I doubt the value of your mini will drop noticeably even if an Intel mini comes out. And like torifile said, even if it drops 20% that's not going to be a lot in real terms.

I'm curious as to why you want a faster machine. I find people's fascination with having really fast computers inexplicable considering that most people do sweet FA that requires power. I mean, my little iBook probably sees more work than most dual-G5s, and I'm still fairly happy with its speed! Why do people find it so important to reduce the time for a Photoshop filter by a massive 50%, when that massive 50% results in saving a mere ten seconds? Just wondering! Perhaps you're modelling in Alias Maya eight hours a day. ;)

In all seriousness, if you feel like selling it to get a faster computer, just do it. It's only a computer after all and you don't need our permission to do what you like with it!

2005-11-26, 03:50
this is of course true, but it would be nice to able to work on songs without constantly freezing every track and working on Photoshop files that are suited for print ;)

2005-11-26, 10:39
For the average user,which is prolly like 90% of all computer users, the only thing that matters is how fast their download speed is. Joe average is basically downloading porn vids, checking e-mail, and shopping. For that a P2 100Mhz computer would work.

Dorian Gray
2005-11-26, 10:46
Of course on an online computer forum the average user will make somewhat more sophisticated use of his or her computer than that. Your point still stands though, with a Mac mini replacing the old Pentium.

I guess Roland is doing one of the few things that do require decent speed: a task that relies on real-time speed to be effective. So go ahead Roland, you have my permission to flog your mini! ;)

2005-11-26, 12:15
P2 100Mhz
Pentium 2 100mhz? Ahem, learn your peecee history, son. :D

Oh, and most of us that crave faster machines want it to improve snappiness in everyday use, not to shave 10 seconds off of a Photoshop filter test. To us, lag=frag, even if we aren't playing a shooter.

2005-11-26, 23:24

You know a new iBook in January, Intel or not is not going to be significantly faster than your mini. Both will use mobile hard drives, single processors and similar clock speed. I'd recommend holding tight to see what happens.

2005-11-27, 02:46
For the average user,which is prolly like 90% of all computer users, the only thing that matters is how fast their download speed is. Joe average is basically downloading porn vids, checking e-mail, and shopping. For that a P2 100Mhz computer would work.
Not sure P2 100 Mhz would be THAT fast.... Windows and OSX do take up alot of CPU for basic user operations. But if you are around the 1 GHZ area, then you really don't need any more speed unless you are doing some really intensive tasks like editing HD video or trying to play Doom 3D.

I have the mini with 512MB and I don't notice ANY problems with speed with the exception of running Office. For some reason Office apps are noticeably slow but useable. I think MSFT might be doing some kinda hokey emulation layer so they could port their code easier to OSX... That would explain it..

Other than office, I have pushed my mini to the limit with no major problems. Wow multiple Safari tabs, terminals, text editors and other stuff ALL running (or at least in memory) and no problems.


2005-11-27, 02:58
Pentium 2 100mhz? Ahem, learn your peecee history, son.
Hear, hear!

For the eternally clueless here: The original Pentium II was introduced at 233 MHz.

That said, my fiancée was using a 166MHz Pentium up until this past summer. I wouldn't wish that computer on my enemies. You do not want to use a system like that even for "light" tasks like surfing the web. It struggled just to keep Firefox, Outlook, and AIM open at the same time. Application switching (and tab switching in Firefox) was unbearable at times.

Dorian Gray
2005-11-27, 13:07
Being more polite than the some here ;) I discreetly referred to the "P2 100MHz" as simply "the old Pentium" in my first post.

There are a remarkable number of truly ancient computers in daily use out there. For example last week I was asked by a middle-aged friend to set up a new computer for him. When I arrived I was surprised to find that the "new computer" was an ex-National Health Service Pentium 3 800 MHz with 128 MB RAM and 20 GB hard disk! :-) I was therefore expecting to see something truly prehistoric on his desk, but even I was astonished to find that he had a 486 (for which Windows 95 couldn't even report a clock speed) with 10 MB of RAM and a 250 MB hard disk. Unbelievable. Of course he was only using it as a glorified typewriter, and guess what? Word 97 on that machine looks and runs exactly the same as the latest version on a brand new computer! So much for progress.

That said, even after he got his "new" computer, the gentleman in question politely declined my offer to connect him to the 'net. Perhaps he'll be ready for dial-up by the time I set up a Pentium 4 system for him in about 2012. :)