Originally Posted by Kali
I'm about to buy a Mac mini (2.53 GHz), so I need to know if there are any issues with this machine. See my signature below to know why I'm changing my computer...
Any heat/noise/bad component problems with the mini ?
I'm interested to know any positive and negative feedback from mini users here...
The Minis have been the least problematic machines in Apple's entire lineup. No widespread issues at all. It's a shame they ignore the machine the way they do because they are great little computers.
The only issue I really have with them is that they are a bit cumbersome to open and upgrade. You won't upgrade very often but when you do it for the first time and try to jam the putty knives into the bottom, you might let out a few expletives about whoever decided not to use a few screws.
It's a far cry from the towers where you flip a latch down and that's it. Once it's done, it's not an issue though. I always get the base models and then upgrade to what I need. I put 4GB RAM and a 250GB 7200 rpm drive in the one I have now and it's had no problems. I've been using Minis since they launched 5 years ago, I've seen about 10 models between work and home and not a single failure or problem in any of them.
There have been people with fan or HDD failures online but very few.
It will beat a dual G5 in performance and the 9400M is a great value GPU. I wish they'd move to the 320M because I'd upgrade mine in time for Steam next Wednesday but they'll probably hold back the upgrade for later.
Still, even if you have to resell, the Minis hold their value really well because they are fairly cheap (relatively) to begin with.