The surface and surface pro are nice products
The surface and surface pro are nice products
It's Windows 8 that let's the side down TBH as with the Surface tablets Microsoft's had hardware that was on a par with Apple IMO. Ironic really given that Microsoft's main focus should be software! I've just installed Windows 8.1 upgrade one and it's filled me with disappointment at how little has changed I guess we'll have to hold out for Windows 9 until Microsoft get round to fixing the issues introduced by Windows8.
Last edited by flyinghaggis; 12th April 2014 at 06:22 PM.
Windows 8 has definitely improved a lot (I've been using it since dev previews became available) and the core OS really is a step up but the polarizing UI is what it will be remembered for and I'm with the majority on that one; it's a cumbersome mish-mash that's not really a good fit for mouse or touch screen users.
Here's hoping Windows 9 follows the good/bad trend!
EDIT: so much for me being out of the thread eh?
I've started to use it again just by pushing the windows key and typing the name of whatever I want. Actually makes me work quicker than in 7 but it is still cumbersome navigating through menus to find things. Confusing for everyone I think, unfortunately!
I sometimes wonder if MS actually used Windows 8 themselves before they released it!
Last edited by flyinghaggis; 12th April 2014 at 08:09 PM.
Lol love it
I'll give you my alternative list of reasons why a rational person would buy Apple products:
1) High build quality combined with great industrial style.
2) OS X is a Unix-based OS with a very good GUI and excellent software (iLife, iWork, FCPX, Logic Pro, etc.)
3) Ease of visiting a local Apple Store (or Apple Care centre) for purchasing and support
4) Apple makes their product line easy to understand for the non-technical person making purchasing decisions less confusing
5) Full vertical integration of Apple products
For quite a few people any or all of the first four are enough reason for them. For me, it is the the 5th reason that seals the deal.
Good build quality and industrial styling can be found from some other manufacturers or product lines besides Apple. Microsoft and Samsung both have stores you can visit now for support, and many Linux distros have great GUIs and some great software (not as wide a selection as OSX of course). But, most manufacturers fail in comparison to Apple for number four, although there are a few smaller companies that do get it.
However, none of them provide the level of vertical integration that Apple do, and this does make a difference. Microsoft are starting to get this, and Samsung are now doing their best to copy Apple in this regard too. If you can't beat them, join them...
Crucial 16 gb ram kit is about £114 and a reasonable ssd such as a 256 gb samsung 840 pro is aprox £170
Taking into consideration I paid about £600 for it at the time and on top of that just before the first year ran out paid £140 for apple care which touch wood I don't have to use
All I am saying is they could have used a 7,200 rpm hdd ie 750gb wd black and the crucial 16gb ram kit
I will soon upgrade it but want to wait until apple care expires which I believe is around August this year and will then follow the ifixit guide to a T and can then use the mac mini more effectively
The reason for 5,400rpm drives has more to do with the physics of minimising heat in a very small internal space. If 7,200rpm drives are used they generate more heat that must be dealt with. This would require larger fans or increasing the rpm of the fans, which would either increase the size of the computer or make it noisier. SSDs solve that problem, but large SSDs are expensive and replacing a 1TB HDD with a 128GB SSD in the base model wouldn't suit a lot of people. As the price comes down, I expect that's what you'll see.
As for RAM, that's the cheapest and easiest upgrade, I wish I could order one without any RAM and reduce the cost rather than Apple putting 16GB as the default.
Last edited by seawolf; 13th April 2014 at 01:46 PM.
Optical drives make very little sense in modern PCs anyway since most things are downloadable now.
stopped selling 7,200rpm HDDs due to lack of demand and Western Digital don't make many 7,200 rpm HDDs either.
Switching to hybrid hard drives (SSHDs) wouldn't make sense for Apple, because they would rather sell you a Mac with a significantly faster 'Fusion Drive' instead (128GB SSD + 1TB or 2TB HDD).
20%-30% this year, I expect we'll see the next Mac mini (or perhaps the one that follows that) with PCIe SSDs - like the MBA or rMBP - and soldered on RAM. Once that happens, Apple can make the Mac mini a bit smaller since it's still the same size as when it came with an optical drive.
There's also the additional heat to deal with as @seawolf mentioned.
The only Mac with a 7,200rpm HDD is the 27" iMac.
Prettiness comes at a price. (re crap hard drives). SSD's are a blessing for Apple.
SSDs are a blessing for anyone who uses them, not solely Apple.
mac_shinobi (14th April 2014)
Obviously, but the point was it saved Apple having to continue to nerf performance by using crap hard drives.
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