Mac Mini

Should I Buy a Mac Mini?

MacMini

Episode 1583

Jerry from Woodland Hills, CA

Jerry is looking to get a new computer and wants to know if the new Mac Mini is good for occasional video editing and sound recording. Rich says that the Mac Mini was thought dead, but the new version has had a bump in specs. Pretty much any computer will work for editing basic video for the internet. But 4K video is going to require more power. For $800, the basic Mac Mini really isn't up to the task. Rich recommends maxing out the RAM and hard drive if the budget allows. But remember, that the Mac Mini also requires one to buy a monitor. keyboard, and mouse.

Should I Upgrade my iMac?

Mac mini.

Episode 1570

Michael from Huntington Beach, California

Dan has a 2011 iMac and wants to know if he should upgrade to an iMac Pro. Leo says that the 5K iMac is still a great computer, but he doesn't know if he would spend the money to get the Pro version. One thought is to go with the new Mac mini and get a big monitor for it. June will be WWDC, and Apple frequently announces new iMacs in June, or in the fall. So if he can wait a few months, he can find out. If he can't wait, then Leo suggests looking at the Mac mini.

Can I fix my old MacPro kernel panicking?

MacPro

Episode 1567

Fred from Pasadena, CA

Fred has a 2008 MacPro Cheesegrater, and he doesn't want to replace it. But it's having kernel panics. What can he do? Leo says a kernel panic is Apple's version of the blue screen of death. And it usually means it has a driver issue or a hardware issue. And sometimes, the first line of the panic will tell you something useful. Bad memory is a common cause of them. Power supply failing is an indicator. Try swapping out single RAM cards. That can tell Fred which RAM is acting up. He could just get one of the latest MacMini's and get a Thunderbolt 3 connection.

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.