Apple laptops and desktops (and also tablets and phones) haven’t been this good, not in a long time. However, as technology changes so quickly, so do laptop prices. The best laptops start at three hundred dollars and go all the way up to six hundred. For many, that’s a lot of money – but when you’re looking for a laptop computer, the price can make or break your budget. So when it comes time to buy a brand new Apple machine, you really have a hard decision to make: Should it be an iMac or MacBook Pro, especially if you’re looking for a high-performance machine?
Apple’s Mac mini has a reputation as a powerful desktop replacement. It’s not a bad idea at all; the standard Mac mini offers solid performance for just over three hundred dollars. Plus, you can easily upgrade to a MacBook Pro later on if you need to take advantage of all the advanced technology in your business and personal lives. But if you’re looking for a desktop replacement that can serve as both a workhorse and a gaming device, then an iMac makes more sense. Why? Here are some reasons why the Mac mini is a better choice.
The Apple Mac mini offers basic minimum system requirements – a fast CPU (GHz) and an adequate amount of memory (RAM). Beyond that, though, the spec list is fairly empty. There’s no drive space, so apps and games will likely not run as well as they would on a PC. For those who have plenty of storage, this isn’t a problem, but if you don’t, you might see less-than-optimal performance from your favorite apps. Otherwise, those apps might run slower than they would on a normal laptop or desktop. And if you don’t want to buy an expensive upgrade later on, you’ll end up parting with some money.
The Apple Mac mini comes standard with a one gigabyte of RAM. This is adequate for casual web browsing and simple photo and video editing, but if you need more, you’ll be happy to know that you can buy an additional two gigabytes of RAM to put towards your allotment. This gives you plenty of room to add more apps and increase your storage needs. That’s not to say that you’ll never need more, because the addition of a second gen, eight gigabytes, Intel ‘Genius’ processor in the ’13 MacBook Pro puts it right back in the game.
Graphics cards can be costly, too, especially if you need high-quality graphics for your Macbook. For most people, though, the graphics in the Apple MacBook are good enough. They’re fast and clean, and easy to update and manage. Plus, the upgraded processors inside the MacBook make it so that even the older, lower-end iMac can run some apps faster. That’s because they’re optimized for the newer capabilities of the latest apps. However, this isn’t always true with all macbook apps, and so you may find that you’ll get better performance from new apps than from older versions of them.
Battery life is another question that people frequently ask when comparing the Mac mini versus the Macbook pro. On the surface, both machines perform at roughly the same level. However, the latter has a much longer battery life, which helps it last for a longer time between charges. The overall battery life of the Mac mini is about ten hours, while that of the Macbook pro is closer to five hours. So, if you’re a long-distance traveler, or someone who needs to work off the beaten path, the shorter battery life of the MacBook might be worth considering.
One other thing to keep in mind is that the new 2021 Mac mini has a much smaller keyboard compared to the Macbook pro. That’s because the newer models have narrower bezels, and the old MacBook had wide, full keyboards with full-size keys. This means that it’s easier to hit the keys with a smaller keyboard. However, it’s also harder to type without making mistakes, so it will come down to personal preference. Sometimes, hitting the keys too firmly will cause a delay in the input, but most people aren’t bothered by that.
Overall, the differences between the new MacBook Air and the iMovie Player are minor. Both are great options for anyone looking for an all-in-one solution to take advantage of all the functions of their computer. In terms of portability, the Mac mini is only slightly more durable and sturdier than the iMovie Player. However, both are easy to travel with and work perfectly fine for the casual traveler.