New small form factor

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  1. skaertus

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    I am thinking of a small form factor desktop and the first choice would be of course the Mac Mini.

    As it cannot be upgraded later, I thought of the intermediate model, with a Core i5-4278U 2.6 GHz, 8 GB RAM, and a 1 TB HDD. However, I can see Apple has not updated it in the last three years, and it is seriously outdated.

    An alternative would be the HP Prodesk 400 Desktop Mini, which ships with a Core i5-7500T 2.7 GHz, 4 GB RAM, and a 500 GB HDD, and Windows 10 Pro. This one would be about 25%-30% cheaper than the Mac mini (please note that I am not buying the laptop in the U.S., so it would be worthless any recommendations of stores with a better price). However, it comes with less RAM and storage (which can of course be upgraded).

    Which would be more worth it? Thanks for the help.
     
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  3. ElFenix

    ElFenix Super Moderator and Elite Member
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    since the processor is unupgradeable and since neither comes with an SSD, the HP is my choice. swap in an SSD and a second stick of ram and that thing is golden.
     
  4. you2

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    Are you bound to mac-os? If not and you like that sort of interface I would go with a nuc which is 1/4 the size and can run linux.
     
  5. Spartak

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    If you value design, built quality, and the Mac Mini form-factor I'd definately go for the HP Slice
     
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    The problem with the Mac Mini is Apple has gone too many years without updating it. Maybe they'll finally make a new Coffee Lake mini next year.

    For Windows, I'm waiting for MSI to release the Cubi 3 Silent models they announced recently, though just to use for a music jukebox if they are good.
     
  8. you2

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    I would wait for the new processor at this point since the low power units are 4 cores instead of 2 (like wise for laptops).