Looking for the group knowledge on switching from a PC to a Mac Mini for my consulting practice.
I am 2/3rds of the way into the Apple Universe. I have been an IPhone user since the 3g. I am on my 3rd IPad, and have a MacBook Retina Pro 2013 updated with a TB SSD. My main machine; however, has always been a PC starting from the days of the 8087 and being upgraded over the years into its current configuration (I-7, 32 gb ram, 1 TB SSD).
The main machine is experiencing stability issues, powering off at random. Since I am dependent on a computer for my environmental consulting practice, I think it is time to do a replacement - I can’t afford to have a major crash and lose the drive/access to the data.
I think it to finish the jump into the AppleVerse and go with a new MacMini. I see the advantage of having a one source system with component/driver compatibility and stability. I am looking at a similar configuration I-7, 32 gig ram, 2 TB SSD, with the gigabyte Ethernet (to take full advantage of the broadband).
I have the Motorola Surfboard 3.0 modem/wireless router, an Orbi Mesh - System, two x 26” Samsung HD LED monitors, color laser printer, scan snap scanner, and a 2 bay 2 x 4 TB synology backup system. Other odds & ends include the web camera, the mechanical keyboard, mouse, speakers w subwoofer.
I am looking at the ports and cabling options - I am thinking:
TB Port #1 - Monitor 1
TB Port #2 - Monitor 2 - or should I get a splitter
TB Port #3 - Printer
TB Port# 4 - Synology
USB 1 - ScanSnap
USB 2 - USB Hub for accessories - keyboard, mouse, camera.
Modem to Mac Mini
Modem to Orbi
Modem to Ethernet/Lighting Cable Dongle - maximizing downloads to the Idevices
Modem to Sonos
Orbi to Printer
Orbi to scanner if possible,
Any thoughts on Amazon Cables?
I see Thunderbolt to HDMIs but should I use a display splitter to the two displays instead of two ports?
I will use Thunderbolt to USB B for printer & synology for speed.
Ok - time for slings and arrows.