Before: G4 // After: Mac Mini vs. iMac

December 31, 2009


This past weekend I spent time with geeks who, on their resumés, sport former and current employers such as Apple, Yahoo!, Topix, and Activision. When I proudly added my iPhone to the collection on the table and it was observed to be a first-gen among all the 3GSs, I was asked if I still liked my 128k Mac, too. Well, touché. I still use a G4.

I have the mirrored drive doors dual 867MHz, just the lowest model. I’ve had it since 2002 and it has been a tank for me (like most Macs, except maybe G5 desktops). The thing still works just fine. But the software I use as a graphic designer is at the point of superceding the hardware. Therefore, when I get my next income tax refund, a new Mac is in the cards.

I don’t need much; I have maintained for a while that it wouldn’t be that much longer until my puny human brain would be unable to discern performance increases. Sure, maybe for heavy duty video and animation you can tell, but for what I do, not so much. So I only have my sights set on a Mac Mini or an iMac.

There is no reason why a Mini wouldn’t be just fine. I have a monitor and display. But after working on a 30-inch Cinema Display at the office for the last few years, I think it would be nice to have that quality at home, too, hence the consideration of an iMac.

But the one huge advantage the Mini has is that if I up and go to London like you all know I want to, I can pack it in my suitcase. There is at least one of you out there who reads this who could tell me if it’s as simple as getting a different power cord to take a Mini international. Because I plan on my next Mac lasting seven years like my G4 has.

If it isn’t possible to just plug in a different power cord in another country, then the iMac would inch up in the standings. I suppose there are laws about taking software over national borders. I’m probably hosed.

In that case, the Mini would still be the front-runner. If I were going to have to discard my fine Mac after a two or three years, then I wouldn’t want to spend more money than necessary.

Hmm. Looks like the Mini wins either way.

One Response to “Before: G4 // After: Mac Mini vs. iMac”

  1. someToast Says:

    Both the mini and the iMac power supplies do 110-220, so it would just be a cable swap for either.I got a mini a few years ago to have an Intel-based machine for testing and over time, most of my sit-at-a-desk work has migrated to it (the pattern is repeating with the 17" Macbook Pro from work). My dual-GHz G4 is nearing its 8th birthday this month. It’s primarily the music machine at this point. I need to bucket brigade all tasks up one machine so I can finally shut that leaf blower off for good.

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