|Refurbished Mac Mini|
The Refurbished Mac Mini Story Part 3: The Ending?
Before you read this, make sure you read the following first:
The Refurbished Mac Mini Story Part 1: The Hardware
The Refurbished Mac Mini Story Part 2: The Software
Now that I had the hardware and software set up the way I wanted, I have used the refurbished Mac Mini for years. In fact, I'm still using it now. Since it is a pint sized computer, it was able to grow with my needs.
In the beginning, I only needed it to function as a media center/media player. I was streaming media from my Windows tower to the Mac Mini. Later, it replaced the Windows tower altogether when I added an external hard drive. So today, it does most of the heavy lifting for my computing needs. I use my Macbook for every day use such as web browsing, checking emails, and creating documents. Anything beyond that, I turn to the Mac Mini. I just remotely connect to it from my Macbook and then work with it.
Sadly, the refurbished Mac Mini has been with me for a long time, but there are only so many upgrades you can make. It has a Solid State Drive and 4 GB of memory (only recognizes 3 GB). It is fine for normal computing but too much for the tasks I ask of it: Media center, storage server, iTunes server, watching web based video on big screen, creating virtual networks, and running virtual computers.
I have been looking at the new Mac Minis and their specs seem to be inline with what I require. As usual, the price is a little more than I would like to spend. Based on my experience with my Mac Mini, I think I will probably purchase another refurbished Mac Mini in the near future. I will try to find a role for my current Mac Mini. Maybe something like this:
|Refurbished Mac Mini in Car|
In, conclusion, consider buying a refurbished Mac Mini if you are looking for a Mac Mini. From my experience, it looks brand new, will save you money, and you can upgrade it with your savings. This is the least expensive, smallest footprint, computer Apple offers. This is a great computer to learn about Macs. This little computer is powerful and always ready to work!