If you saw my other posts in the last day or so, my external monitor died out on me, and my Macbook Pro has a swollen battery. I talked to Apple, the earliest appointment is this Saturday, and then 3-5 business of fixing.
All this caused me to rethink my setup, I am considering switching to a Mac Mini, based on how my computer habits have changed. For example, I haven’t touched the Macbook Pro from clamshell mode (long enough that I didn’t notice the swollen battery). It’s always powered on and connected to the monitor. If I purchase the 16in Macbook Pro (or one of the newer macs) would I encounter this same problem again in the future?
This led to me to the Mac Mini scenario. I have been reading lots of skepticism surrounding the new ones and figured it would be safer to just buy the Intel one but get it with all the specs maxed out. ($2899).
So…good idea or bad idea???
caveat - in case someone suggests iMac / iMac Pro - I ruled it out because I would need to purchase an additional screen (or TV) for my PS4 / PS5 / Switch. I haven’t found anything that would allow me to run them to the iMac.
I don’t think the battery issue is the determining factor here.
The question is - are you likely to need a portable/laptop computer over the lifetime of this new device?
Sure your computer habits have changed, probably over the last year; I doubt any of us kept the same habits for work or home life in 2020. The question is- what are your needs for a mobile computer likely to be for the next 5 years or so? If this is your only computer, do you plan to ever go on vacation or otherwise travel and will you want access to your computer then?
Unless you need to run Windows, I would suggest the M1 mini. Or wait for version 2 of the Apple silicon mini. As one who has lived through a few “transitions” in over 25 years, now is NOT the time to buy the “old” tech - I never found it to work out. Your mileage may vary.
Good points to put. I don’t believe I would, because I have a 12.9 iPad Pro for my needs when I travel or go on vacation. Anything critical that I need (speaking engagements) are on the iPad Pro after I finish all my research.
Side note - it’s been in a clamshell mode since 2017
If you’re looking at doing a RAM upgrade yourself, as suggested above, I would suggest Googling for the procedure and making sure you’re comfortable with it. The RAM upgrade procedure on the current model is much more than “unscrew the lid, swap the sticks”. Still definitely do-able, but gauge your comfort zone.
IMO yes, you will eventually have the same problem. Battery powered devices are designed to run on battery. I’ve had to replace/repair numerous laptops for executives who only used them as desktops. YMMV
I’m in the camp of not buying the old hardware at the end of life. But then I also tend to keep computers and other gear in daily use much longer than most folks here seem to.
So my take on it is it’s a bad idea. I’d go ahead and go with the M1 Mini. Apple has a vested interest in making sure their silicon is funcitonal. Sure, I am also not an early adopter but at this time, when you need something now I’d say get the latest youc and max out the specs on it so it will last.
Picked up a base model Mac Mini M1 last week. I took whatever was in stock (8GB, 512HD) just so I can get back on track with my work and assignments quickly. It’s been running since November 18…experiencing a few random things. I am not sure if its because its only 8GB of RAM, or if Big Sur is glitchy.
My first noticeable glitch-up, I only had these apps open (that I remember being open)
Logos is one of the least efficient and most CPU hungry apps I’ve ever owned. It has always struck me as being over-developed and due to its cross-platform nature, I think the end result is something hugely inefficient.