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Apple Mac Mini 2.6GHz 1TB HDD/8GB Ram, Intel Core i5 MGEN2X/A $548 (Save $250) @ Harvey Norman

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Yes it's an old model , but still not a bad price IMO.

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    I was expecting a 2018 mac mini.
    Now I know I'm a little bit wrong.

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    2015 model?

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    Not a bad price, it's a late-2014 model with 8GB RAM. Can be upgraded to the forthcoming Catalina, but its RAM is soldered in/on and can't be upgraded. HDD can be upgraded.
    https://everymac.com/systems/apple/mac_mini/specs/mac-mini-c...

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    Unless the case is made of pure silver….

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    If you want a good laugh, Apple is selling these used for $1269:

    https://www.apple.com/au/shop/product/FGEQ2X/A/Refurbished-M...

    And the i7 model for A$2,289.00 - that is 5 years old tech, and used!!

    Still a decent computer for running latest OSX, and looking at ebay second hand prices, $548 is good.
    A pity no RAM upgrade possible, but 8 will do.

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    Still come with full warranty?

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    Why would you want it?

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    I can’t think of a good usage scenario. Anyone?

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      Not bad for home theater maybe.

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      Arch user here. I hate Appleverse, but I need something better than Windows to run Photoshop/Lightroom.

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      I'm considering. I have a 2011 iMac that can be used as a display for this.

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      I can’t think of a good usage scenario. Anyone?

      It is a plain old desktop box. Web browser, office suite, …
      Perfectly capable.

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      We use them at work for our conference room TVs running Zoom

      Even our older 2012 i5 model is fine running multiple displays once we upgraded to an SSD and to 8gb ram - think the 2012 was the last model where ram was upgradeable - and we are running Mojave on it

      Or pair with any monitor and still makes a good general purpose computer

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    Most schools are using Macs. Therefore perfect home set up for your kids. IF you want Fusion drive and faster CPU, pay extra: https://www.harveynorman.com.au/apple-mac-mini-2-8ghz-1tb.ht...

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    Could use this as a Headless Music Player instead of the new iPod Touch and have access to all my music by using the iPhone as a remote.
    A few things I am wondering about:
    - If it’s dead silent when running
    - How much longer it will receive MacOS updates for.

    Comparing it to the $499 Officeworks Mac Mini deal (for 1.4Ghz 4GB RAM 500GB HDD), this is quite tempting.

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      it's not dead silent - it has a fan -and- a hard disk drive (although with some effort the drive can be replaced with a silent SSD).

      If you are only playing music though the fan should never turn on.

      It was last sold as new in 2nd half of 2018 - I'd expect a good 4 - 5 years more of updates from then.

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        Thanks for the info.
        Using it in a medium sized room I need it to be dead silent (or the equivalent of silent from a 1.5m distance).
        I read somewhere that the processor used (i3 / i5 / i7) has an impact on how early the fan kicks in & how loud it is (i7 generating more heat & being the loudest).
        4-5 years sounds ok (I always calculate costs in years of ownership) so $100 a year is fair. I could probably sell it as well to make a bit back.

        HDD noise is a bit of a concern (opening it up to put a SSD in and voiding warranty instantly is a bad idea).
        I could put it in the corner, and put something in-front of it to mask the sound. I tend to listen to music at low-to-medium volume-levels so minor sounds can still be heard (had to remove a power-adapter which developed a quiet high-pitch whine).

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          I don't think you'd hear anything from a couple of meters away, esp. if you are playing music.

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            @SirDale: Tempting. My current Windows 10 ‘music organising’ computer is very old and on its way out.
            The specs are actually similar to the Mac Mini in this deal, but the Mac Mini would be brand-new components.

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          I always calculate costs in years of ownership

          Cool, I've started doing this as well, years and days.

          how much do you pay for your phone per year using this system (excluding the funds recovered when selling if it's still in good condition at the end)?

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            @idonotknowwhy: I prefer to keep it simple at years.
            Regarding my phone I only paid $250 for it (after trading in old phones) back in 2016 soon after it came out.
            It is a 16GB iPhone SE and it’s worth $60 on used market now so I’m going to use it until it falls dead.
            So currently at 3 years+ it’s cost me around $70-80 a year for ownership, still getting iOS updates and 98% battery health so it’s still got more in it, but I’ll likely get very little for it when it’s done.
            I’ll think about the high costs of new iPhones when the time comes (by then there should be an SE equivalent priced at the bottom of the barrel).

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    PITA to change the internal drive, but at least you could!

    https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac+mini+Late+2014+Hard+Drive+R...

    Limited by Thunderbolt 2 and no Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), so it's a toss up. But for $550, not bad if you wanted to run a Mac app server, like MYOB AccountEdge Network Edition.

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