Hi all, Weirdwolf here.
Sorry I haven’t been around much lately due to life occurances that have prevented me from keeping up my duties here on the forums. That being said, I have went through and cleaned up much of the Bot Spam that was clogging up the forums here and non-real registrations that were also populating the member’s list. These users have been banned/removed.
I have currently set the forum registrations to Admin Approval only, so any forum Admin has to physically approve a new registration. It can be a pain, but to make for a cleaner, more pleasant posting environment, it is all that is known to work right now within our constraints we have to work with currently at GX. If you, or someone you know has erroneously been banned/deleted in this mass prune/purge please notify us on our GeexExistence Facebook page or DM us on Twitter (these typically will allow for a quicker response). Furthermore, if you wish to register and post right away, this will also help speed up your registration approval. Again, sorry for the inconvenience, but until a better way to police spam activity can be put into place, this is the best option available to us.
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I guess to start off, a while back I was looking to get back into the Apple universe. I had switched back to PC for a time, and though I do like Windows 8, I just missed OSX. So I thought to make the switch back, however it just wasn’t in the budget for a nicely upgraded iMac. Since the Mac mini got a refresh at the end of last year I thought I would check them out, being that they are a little less in the price category. After having an iMac once before I was sceptical of a Mac mini being able to perform as well, and after my initial purchase of the Mac mini I thought my concerns were well founded.
The Mac mini was very sluggish and occasionally a pain to even try to use, of course I was using the default RAM so I thought I would try and upgrade the RAM and see if that would make a difference. Oh I guess I should say that I did opt for the higher end Mac mini which has an Intel Core i7 processor so the sluggishness was blowing my mind. I didn’t realize that with that processor and 4 GB (default for Mac mini’s) of RAM would not be sufficient. However, I procured 16 GB of RAM from Crucial, and the difference was night and day. The Mac mini now runs like a dream and I have no issues with it at all, other than that I wish it had a better graphics card, but even with what I do that hasn’t been a hinderance so far. Of course, what I use my Mac mini for is for everything that you can do on a computer except of course Windows gaming. Plus I do my video editing on it, and have had no problems there.
So I guess bottom line is, if you are looking for a moderately priced Mac, which I would consider and entry level computer, then I believe the Mac mini is a definite winner. Just remember to upgrade the RAM, but I would do as I did and get the RAM from Crucial, and not Apple because Apple does charge a little more for the RAM. The RAM is very easy to upgrade which I demonstrate in this video. So in conclusion I would give the Mac mini a 4.5 out of 5 stars.