After owning nearly every Mac Apple has made in the last decade, I knew no other model would do. As a poor-sighted person, a small-screened laptop is out of the question. Paying too much on portability, when my posture would be much better served by a larger display. Out of Apple’s desktop choices only the Mac mini makes the most sense for me.
With the exception of the soon to be retired Mid 2012 Mac Pro, the Mac mini and not the new Mac Pro Tube is now Apple’s most upgradable Mac with up to 16 GBs of user accessible RAM, and two internal hard drives2.
With the Late 2012 Mac mini I still have access to my favorite Firewire devices without resorting to a dongle. Giving me a neat and clean connection to my legacy drives without occupying a precious Thunderbolt port.
Unlike with the iMac, the Mac mini gives me a choice of primary display. Even more importantly it supports up to three separate displays just as long as one of those monitors is a Thunderbolt Display. This is a important feature for Mac users now that Mavericks supports multiple displays better than any other desktop operating system3.
Although the Mac mini is not a portable computer, it is a portable repair. If trouble strikes it is a lot easier to bring a Mac mini to the Apple Store under my coat using public transportation than it is to carry a 27 inch iMac across town on the train4.
The Late 2012 Mac mini is a good choice for anyone who needs quad-core performance, ample internal storage, legacy connectivity, and multiple display support in a tiny package that although not portable is easy to carry around town. Only a hardcore Mac gamer could wish for more in a Macintosh desktop, and we all know that short of the introduction of the xMac those people will never be happy.
I chose to buy my Mac mini now because I needed it now. But even if Apple decides to unveil an redesigned Mac mini for the release of Mavericks I will be happy with my choice because it meets my needs today. Future Mac minis may be faster, have better graphics, or come in a smaller enclosure, but unless they are capable of doing everything my Mac mini can do today, and include a Flux Capacitor to travel back in time, the future is too long to wait.
Due to my limited vision I have never been a fan of multiple monitors, but I hope Mavericks is able to change that. ↩
As an Ex Mac Genius I may be able to do most repairs at home, but nobody gets a replacement logic board faster than Apple, and unfortunately they won’t sell it to you to take home. ↩