Which is the cheapest feasible Apple computer?

Posted on 2011-10-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I'm thinking of buying Apple because many music applications are only availabel on OS X.

Would it be cheaper to buy a mini mac, or a macbook pro? I'm not sure a macbook air would work for me, perhaps it would. mini mac is $699, do I need to get an expensive monitor or will it work with normal DVI input?
Question by:harmono
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    The Mini will work with a normal DVI monitor using the included HDMI to DVI Adapter .
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    by:Aaron Tomosky
    A mini is definitely the least expensive or the power Mac. It's also non upgradable but neither are laptops. The other option is to find a used something. Lots of MacBook pros on eBay as people upgrade. Probably want to stay away from the core 2 duos but the first gen i7 is still pretty powerful.

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    A Mac Mini is a great machine. For music production, the only negatives I see is the included RAM, and the fact that there is no disk drive to burn audio disks (on the latest model). If you get a Mac Mini, I would suggest upgrading the ram to 8gb for $65 ( ), and getting an inexpensive disk burner if you need one.
    Good price on a Mac MinI:

    Mac mini ~600
    Monitor ~$150
    Keyboard/mouse ~&0-50
    DVD burner ~$60

    For ~$1100 new or less used you can get an iMac which is faster, built-in great monitor, dvd burner, keyboard/mouse.
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    Yes it looks like the mac mini is what i'm looking for. This is not my main computer, I will not need to burn CDs so that's not a problem. Not sure if I'm going to go for it. Really difficult decision, but thanks for helping. And because it's not my main computer (I have a quad core Gateway with SSD) I don't want to spend too much.

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