Mini uses same general PC parts. Doesn't mean quality. "Get it?"
Originally Posted by birdistheword
I doubt if Apple wants to take marketing advice from someone who can't even write simple English sentences.Not valid or a nice thing to say...
You can get a hamburger at my local 4 star steak house and at McDonald's. How does the steak house get away with charging so much more?The steak house burger is better.
QUALITY COSTS. Get it?
I completely agree with you. The MAC Mini uses generic parts that are redaily available in the market. If you even consider the fact that the low end specs of the parts, it is using parts from the spectrum where they are considered to be at their lowest costing. The MAC Mini does not ship with any cutting edge technology.
The design is good but I strongly beg to differ that if it is an Apple, it means "good quality". Look at the Imacs, firmware upgrades and then finally admitting there is somethign wrong with the nvidia chipset. Look, Apple does not build anything at all. It is made by the cheapest labour in China designed by Apple, made with parts from third party. Take away the OS and none of the mac mini except the casing belongs to Apple. Opps, also the power supply.
First and foremost, we have to wait one year for a re-fresh of the mac mini to its current specs which again falls way behind current hardware specs of other makes and models. This is the life story of the mini. Specifications are always lower than what is available. However, each refresh have been met with some price reduction.
However, this time round, the base price has been increased. I do not think the specs revision justify the old pricing let alone an increase in the pricing. Apple wants to turn the mac mini into a "Boutique" computer.
We will always tend to compare the mini to the HPs , Dells and other manufacturers. This is because we only need one desktop at home. We can only use one computer at a time. A computer is a very personal thing. We use it on a daily basis. We will rarely share computers with another person. That is why when we want to buy a computer, the mac mini will fall into the category of a desktop.
I have personally bought three imacs and two mac minis over the years. I was willing to trade specifications for design. I wanted a small footprint and I wanted to do only basic stuff so I thought, What the heck buy a mini and space the floor space. I never regretted my decision.
However, this arguement also stops me from upgrading. I no longer require any more processing power for simple tasks. I have another PC at home with win 7 doing video editing and other what nots. The mini is not powerful enough to do all my stuff. i.e. play games, photoshop. I will need an imac or a HP, Dell equivalent. Thus, if the mini is meant to be a powerful machine with a very small footprint, it has failed. If it is meant to do simple tasks with a very sleek design, I think the cost is too high.
If Apple is trying to gauge the "upper limits" of the pricing for mac mini I think they have hit the jackpot.
The problem with the mini is that both the pricing and specifications are too similar to the imac. Either they keep the specifications very low with affordable pricing to differentiate with the imac or make it very powerful similar to the imac at a higher costing to justify the design factor. Now the mac mini falls through the crack and sits neither here nor there in terms of specifications or costing.
I hope Apple could define their product line much clearer.