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    Default Apple Mac Mini. Anyone using one.

    Currently using a Dell for my production work with Maschine but i want to get into Logic.

    I have 2 25" Monitors hooked up to the Dell so im considering a Mac Mini rather than an imac as i dont have the room for another screen and im also flat-broke after moving house.

    The Mac Mini 2009 and above supports dual screen so i could get one for half the price of an imac.

    On the face of it it seems like a good way to go. I can use the monitors i already have.

    Anything over 2.0ghz with 2gb should be ok...??? Thinking of picking one up second hand.

    What do you think? Anyone using one? Good/Bad.

    Thank you in advance of you being awesome

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    i got the original dual core when they came out. i think it was 1.66 ghz. pretty good, machine. quite fast once i maxed out the ram.

    there were two issues for me though. the dvd drive crapped out after a few years, this seems to be a not uncommon problem with macs as i know people who've had the same problem on different models.
    the second and much larger problem is that a few months ago the motherboard just died. it erased the hard drive too, luckily most of my info was on an external drive. this was after about 4 years of use.
    i'm really not sure if this is a common problem as after it happened i was too pissed to research it. pretty suspect because even though i used the computer a lot, it's not like i was carrying it around like a laptop.

    just a word of caution.

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    Hmm yeah ive had 2 Logic Boards crap out on me in the passed and one SuperDrive go tits up so these issues are known to me. WTF is it about Mac Logic Boards???

    They redesigned in '10 so maybe they improved stuff.

    Dunno jury is still out.

    Been trying to find a way to have Dual Screen on a Macbook Pro as well but its not a cheap solution.

    Anyone got any advice on that as well???

    Thanks for the answer mate, much appreciated.

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    I would just go for it.

    I am considering the same option once my PC dies on me. So far Mac is seems to make me more and more creative.
    (Could be a psychological factor, but somehow it just does that for me.)
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    I run dual screen on a Macbook. You just need a displayport adaptor.
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    I meant dual screens as well as the Mac screen, wasnt clear...

    As theres only one display port i cant just connect 2 more monitors.
    There are switch boxes and some USB to DVI adapters but they arent cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karlos Santos View Post
    I meant dual screens as well as the Mac screen, wasnt clear...
    Either of these should get you sorted.

    http://www.gefen.com/kvm/dproduct.jsp?prod_id=3571
    http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/dh2go/

    This guy had to put in a new graphics card though.
    http://www.tnpham.ca/blog/304/macboo...nema-displays/
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    I know a couple of guys that use the mac mini, it's more than enough, instead of processor upgrades go for faster hard drive and more RAM if you're just using it for logic. If you went the macbook route (which I did) you could use the Macbook's screen as the second monitor? Then you can take your productions with you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by photojojo View Post
    Ooh these are the expensive solutions i mentioned.
    I can buy a Mini Mac for the same price soooooo.....

    This looked promising but on researching it seems that the MBP can output both Analogue and Digital but not both at the same time.
    Damn it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rumblejazz View Post
    I know a couple of guys that use the mac mini, it's more than enough, instead of processor upgrades go for faster hard drive and more RAM if you're just using it for logic. If you went the macbook route (which I did) you could use the Macbook's screen as the second monitor? Then you can take your productions with you!
    Yeah, i could but i really want to use both my widescreen monitors at the same time. be a shame to have them and not use em but i guess it means that i can still have my Dell on the other screen.

    ill probably do this in the meantime before i get a Mini Mac or fathom a solution for 2 external screens.

    Gotta get Logic before i spend on this i suppose.

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