I am finally about to kick off the first unit in my Masters degree in Cyber Security, as result I needed to get an additional machine for virtualising operating systems, especially given my MacBook Pro just didn’t have sufficient space. It made good sense to look towards a Mac Mini, it could attach to existing hardware and not take up a whole lot of space.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to go the M1 route as virtualisation options just aren’t mature enough as yet, they’re really just beginning to find their feet so to speak. Plus, the operating system I’m required to run doesn’t yet offer support for running on M1 where some other Linux variants do.
The burn, were I able to purchase an M1 Mac mini the cost was $1,099, but because I had to buy a slower Intel machine I got ripped a new one at $1,717. I was lucky that the vendor did me a deal and gave me a discount on the machine as I added Apple Care. That aside, I just don’t get how Apple justifies such a massive price difference for what is essentially older tech.
It was disappointing to need to upgrade it to Big Sur straight away too, I would have hoped they might come with by now, clearly not. I’m not sure if it is a bug associated with hdmi connection, however, upon boot tonight I couldn’t get my screen to detect the Mac Mini until I typed my password and hit enter blindly. If I’d have needed to select a person I’d have been in trouble here. I hope is a glitch fixed by the next minor point release. Otherwise, it’s a good computer for so small a form factor.