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Thread: Maybe a new Mac Mini user
05-19-2011, 03:35 PM #1
Maybe a new Mac Mini user
I'm Very interested in buying a Mac mini but I have a couple of questions I would like to get answered before I go buy one.
Do I have to use a monitor or can I use my HDTV as the monitor?
The base model seems good but my only concern is the ram. Is 2gb enough or should I upgrade it to 4GB.
Will a wireless apple keyboard and mouse work with it?
Can I use iChat with a webcam?
Would this be a good purchase for a 1st time Mac user?
05-19-2011, 03:44 PM #2
It will work with any HDMI input be it a TV or monitor. It has a mini display port to DVI adapter also.
I would upgrade to 4GB RAM.
It will work with wireless apple accessories.
Any compatible webcam should work with iChat.
Any Mac is a good purchase for a first time user
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05-19-2011, 04:21 PM #3
Thank you for answering those questions. I will wait for apple to release their back to school specials before making a purchase.
I do have a couple of more questions.
Do I need a anti virus program for a Mac?
Can I use my 2007 Microsoft office on Mac or will I have to buy a new office products? I need word and power point for school.
05-19-2011, 04:26 PM #4
There are very very few malware issues with OS X at this time. The only reported ones are users installing pirate versions of Office and pirate anti-virus software (ironic lol). OS X works in such a way that you have to give any program expressed permission to install on your root partition by entering in your password so it's nearly impossible for a virus to just "sneak in". I have had Macs for years and never had a need for anti-virus.
You will need to purchase Office for Mac in order to run it.
05-20-2011, 09:19 AM #5
I have a mini now for about 9-10 months and I love it. I have a MBP, but I gave it to my wife to use. I plan on upgrading my RAM as well and you helped me to decide to do it this weekend."Once is an accident, Twice is a trend, Three times is evidence."
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05-20-2011, 04:33 PM #6
Thank you for answering my questions. I will now wait for apple to release their back to school specials before making my purchase.
05-20-2011, 06:49 PM #7
No need for Anti-virus. If you feel the need to use one I suggest ClamxAV because it is lightwieght and all you need to have it watch is downloads. Most other places require admin password to change.
Also by default OSX has built in firewall off. Be sure to go into preferences>seurity and turn it on.