Understand the Smallest Computer Apple Makes and if it’s a Right Fit for You
What is a Mac Mini?
If you aren’t a total computer nerd like us, you’ve probably heard of a Mac mini and assumed it’s just a tiny computer. You’d be right … sort of. It is just a tiny computer. However, it won’t look the way you expect.
A Mac mini is the guts of a computer in a sleek 7.7 inch rectangular box. What won’t you initially find with a Mac mini? A computer screen, a keyboard, a mouse, an external disk drive, or many of the other items you consider to be part of a traditional computer.
There are many individuals (maybe you?) who have specific professional needs or personal preferences for your computer.
Maybe you need an extremely large monitor or a specialized numeric keypad. Perhaps you have multiple offices and you want to take your computer with you between offices (just not the whole thing)? Maybe you’re a geek like us and you like picking each component individually?
Should You Buy a Mac Mini?
Whatever the reason, there are a lot of reasons to like the Mac mini idea. If this machine intrigues you—maybe even makes you think of buying one—great!
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- The entry price tag is low (awesome!), but all those extras cost extra. A really fantastic monitor, for example, can cost hundreds of dollars.
- If you use power-hungry programs, such as video editing software, consider upgrading to the 8GB memory model. They entry model likely won’t cut it for you.
- You cannot add extra storage to a Mac mini model so you’re stuck with the amount you purchase.