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Mac Mini on eBay: Computing Power Inexpensively

Updated on July 17, 2011
The Apple Mac Mini
The Apple Mac Mini

Mac Mini vs Normal Mac

Those who are unfamiliar with Mac Minis are likely confused on what they are as opposed to regular Macs.  For one thing, a Mac Mini does not look like any conventional Mac or computer desktop you've seen before.  The main differences between a Mac Mini and a regular Mac are:

  • Smaller in size.
  • No keyboard, mouse, and monitor.
  • Harder to upgrade for more memory or bigger hard drive.
  • Much cheaper in price.

Designed for basic online use and multi-media in mind, the Mac Mini comes with Firewire connection (faster than USB), mini-DVI, mini-display port, and USB ports.  It's a good plug-n-play console.  It readily supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless connection.

Use it to run your home theater system.  Connect then Mac Mini to your TV to watch DVDs or movies and TV shows from iTunes. Hook Mac Mini up to your speakers to play music.

Now, the Mac Mini is not like a conventional desktop computer.  It's not easy to upgrade for more RAM.  For storage, it has enough USB connections that you can dedicate an external hard drive to one of them without running out.  The current model has 5 USB ports.

Retail price for Mac Mini can be as low as $699.

What about the Mac Mini Monitor?

The Mac Mini does not come with its own monitor.  But it readily supports HD monitors and HDTV.  Right out of the box, the Mac Mini will work with any monitor that has a DVI port.  If you want to use the Mac Mini with an HDTV that has an HDMI port, you'll have to buy a DVI-to-HDMI cable.  Many Mac Mini users also recommends brands other than Apple when it comes to monitor.  Apple HD monitors tend to be expensive, while other brands are much cheaper with the same capability.

HP 2009M 20 HD Widescreen Monitor

With a retail price of under $150, the HP 2009M 20 HD Widescreen Monitor is a steal.  It works very well with Macs including Mac Minis.  Crisp and clear images are displayed at a maximum 1600 x 900 screen resolution.  HP has a Brightview technology that reduces glare.  The HP 2009M 20 HD Widescreen Monitor comes with  built-in speakers to complete your multi-media experience.

24 inch monitors are getting more and more popular. Great thing is, they're becoming cheaper. A few years ago, the Acer H243H BMID 24 inch LCD Monitor was in the $500 mark. Nowadays, they can be purchased for much, much less. They first came out in 2004, but they're still great monitors to date. The Acer H243H BMID 24 inch LCD monitors have a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Viewsonic VX2433WM 24 Widescreen LCD Monitor

This is a great sub-$300 24 inch monitor.  It gives a full HD display at 1080p with 1920 x 1080 resolution.  If you want a true 1920 x 1200 resolution, you'll have to spend more.  But for the price, you should be able to deal with the Viewsonic VX2433WM 24 Widescreen LCD Monitor @ 1920 x 1080 resolution.

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