Home Computer Setup – Apple Mac Mini and 23" Cinema Display


The hard drive in our iMac (lampshade version) seems like it's dying. We're going into our fifth year with the old iMac so it's about time for a new one. Plus, I'm in the "industry" so I should have a more up-to-date machine. A 2-3 year hardware cycle for a software company or someone in the business is about right.

Our next machine is going to be a Mac Mini with a 23" Apple Display.

I wish I wrote down all the systems I've ever used, it would be pretty neat to be able to reference it all. From memory I've had an IBM PS/2 desktop thingie, a PowerBook 240, a Compaq notebook, an HP notebook, a SGI desktop, a Dell notebook, an IBM Thinkpad X31 and an X40, and an iMac.

Specs for the new computer:

  • 1GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM – 2×512
  • 100GB Serial ATA drive
  • SuperDrive 8x (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Set – U.S. English
  • Apple Cinema HD Display (23" flat panel)
  • Mac OS X – U.S. English
  • AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac mini (w/or w/o Display) – Auto-enroll
  • 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo
  • Intel GMA950 graphics

2 Replies to “Home Computer Setup – Apple Mac Mini and 23" Cinema Display”

  1. This January marked my first year as a Mac user and I absolutely love my ibook. I can't believe that all these years, I've been a PC user. I've been assigned a new Dell laptop at work and it's horrible to use. It is slow, poorly-designed (CD/DVD that eject, compared to the smooth ease of loading a CD/DVD into the ibook), archaic, mechanical, cold, clumsy, clunky, chunky.

  2. I'm sure you'll love your new Mac Mini. I've been a powerbook user since last october and I still can't believe how much better it is to be using Mac OS X. I kept my old PC because I thought there would be a bunch of stuff I'd need Windows for, but how wrong I was.

    OS X handles everything perfectly, and with iLife thrown in free, there's no reason to keep a windows PC knocking about either.

    I too am purchasing a 23" display to hook up to my 12" Powerbook. Keep us posted how you get on with your new setup.

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