Mac Mini

Is there a small computer that I can connect to a monitor?

Mac Mini

Episode 1564

Fiona from Calabasas, CA

Fiona's computer died and she wants to know if she can buy a computer without a monitor or keyboard. Leo says yes. The Mac Mini is a great option for that. There's also Chromeboxes and NUCs. All three do all the work as a regular computer, but could save her a lot of money. But with a Chromebox, she'll need internet access to use it. She can get an Asus ChromeBox 3 for around $460.

Is there an advantage to using an Apple TV instead of a Mac Mini as a set top box?

Apple TV 4K

Episode 1555

Bruce from Las Vegas, NV

Bruce upgraded to an LG C7 TV, and it's been the best TV he's ever owned. He has an older generation Apple TV, not the new 4K version that's out now. He's wondering if it would be better for him to get a Mac Mini instead. He wants to know what the difference would be between Apple's tvOS and macOS. Leo says the new Apple TVs support UHD and high dynamic range (HDR). One of nice things about using an Apple TV is that it's automatic, Bruce would just have to plug in the HDMI cable and everything would work. The other thing it does is Dolby Atmos sound.

Why is the GPU on the Mac Mini so underpowered?

Mac Mini

Episode 1544

Mike from Spokane, WA

Mike was thrilled that Apple came out with a new Mac Mini, but he thinks that the graphic processor is a bit underpowered. Leo says that may be by design, so that users will buy their eGPU, which was built by Blackmagic. Leo says it's nice, but it's not upgradeable.

There are other options out there that are upgradeable. Leo recommends the Razor Core X. He can swap out video cards whenever he wants.

How can I use one monitor with two computers?

KVM Switch

Episode 1544

Charisse from Lancaster, CA

Charisse wants to know if she can connect a new Mac Mini to her Samsung TV. Leo says it will if she has the same connectors on that TV, but it won't really be that crisp.

Can she use one keyboard and mouse for both the Mac Mini and her Surface? Leo says she can, if she gets a KVM switch. She'll plug them both into the output plug, then plug everything else into it. Then she can use a button to move back and forth between the two computers.

New MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and iPad Pro Announced This week

Apple iPad Pro

Episode 1538

Apple announced an updated MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and a far more powerful iPad Pro with an 11" screen, that is faster than not only most MacBook Pros but just about every laptop on the market. This is thanks to the A12x Bionic designed by Apple. Leo says that Apple is signaling that desktops and laptops are on the way out, and iPads are here to stay. Apple is also planning to dump Intel in favor of their own chips in the future.

What computer do I need for video editing?

Dell Precision Workstation

Episode 1537

Gary from Walla Walla, WA

Gary wants to buy a PC for video editing. How much should he spend? Leo says that just about any PC can do video editing. The money comes from how much performance he'll want. Leo uses a Dell Precision Workstation with Xeon processors that scream. So they are very powerful and expensive. An iMac would be more than adequate, though, to capture and edit home movies. A MacBook Pro would also work.

Apple to Announce New Hardware on Tuesday at NY Event

Episode 1536

The scuttlebutt is, that on Oct. 30th, Apple will be announcing two new iPadPros, one 11", both bezeless, with FaceID. They will essentially be large versions of the iPhone X. But there's also a belief that Apple will make a slightly smaller 12" model, with a larger screen. There may also be no lightning port, but instead, a TypeC charger port. Leo also hopes that Apple introduces a new MacBook Air with a hi resolution screen. The rumor that Leo finds hard to believe is a new Mac Mini. He hopes so, it hasn't been updated in forever.

Should I buy a MacBook Air or Mac Mini?

Apple MacBook Air

Episode 1531

Matt from Florida

Matt is thinking of getting a MacBook Air with an i7 or a Mac Mini. But he's been holding off because he keeps hearing rumors of new models. Leo says that the problem with those two devices is that they haven't been updated since 2015, so buying one will get him an antiquated processor. The screen is also low resolution by comparison to today's standards. Leo also says that the rumor of a Mac Mini is extremely unlikely. There's no real data to support it. In fact, since Apple is more focused on mobile devices, it's more likely that Apple will discontinue it entirely sooner or later.