Mac mini setup as an alternative to an iMac

I recently replaced my iMac at home with a new Mac Mini coupled with a 27" monitor (and NO, I didn't buy the really expensive Apple Thunderbolt Display...even though I really wanted to). The Mac Mini is an often overlooked powerful little machine that has some advantages worth considering over just getting an all-in-one iMac. Here are some of the reasons I chose to go with Mac Mini:

  • Easier to upgrade just the computer when the CPU and the monitor are separate units
  • Monitors can last through 1 or 2 CPU upgrade cycles (5+ years)
  • Apple displays are really nice but really expensive, there are more cost effective alternatives (like the one I went with)
  • Mac Mini gives you the option to buy a laptop and leave the Mac Mini running all the time (email and printer server...lots of options here)

My Setup

  • Monoprice 27" IPS Zero-G Slim Monitor
  • Mac Mini (Late 2012)

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