I’m trying to decide between the Mac Mini M2, upgraded to 500gb SSD and 16gb RAM. And the Mini M2 Pro. The price difference is £350, so while not massive, enough to make me pause for thought.
This is the setup I want to replace.
At the moment there are two machines sitting on my desk. A 2017 27in iMac, hooked up to a 27in 5k monitor (so dual screen). And a Mac Mini M1 (base model) hooked up to another 27in 5k monitor. So making two machines and three monitors (2x 5k and the iMac screen).
The iMac is the workhorse. Typically running all the time on this is Safari, Spark email, RWC, Affinity Photo & Designer, Nuleo (icons), Transit FTP, Apple Notes and Reminders, Macdown, BB Edit, Numbers, Pages, Whatsapp Desktop, Dropbox, Bit Warden, plus a few other small apps. These are more or less always running, as they get used consistently throughout a typical working day.
On the Mini M1 runs Apple Mail (it works as an email archive plus a SPAM filter), Security Spy (for my home CCTV system), Syncovery (a backup app which constantly backs up several external drives and my servers), Spotify, And occasionally Chrome for testing.
Essentially, the iMac is my work machine and is allowed to sleep when I’m not working. The Mini M1 is the backup machine, used for on-the-fly archiving and playing music. It runs 24/7, never sleeps.
I’d like to look at using just the one machine for all this, with only two screens (my desk is one of those sit/stand jobbies, and it’s starting to creak when being raised due to the weight!).
I know the M1 Mini is a powerhouse, for it’s size/cost. So maybe the M2 with bigger SSD and RAM will suffice. But I also realise there is a lot going on for one machine, so perhaps I should opt for the M2 Pro.
In the UK prices are about £1050 for the upgraded M2, or £1400 for the M2 Pro. It’s not a huge difference, but enough to mean if I can get away with the M2, I will!
I’m curious to hear from others who use either of these machines and how they perform. And from those who know more about Macs in general than me (I only use them!), and which you feel would be best suited.
I’ve no interest in going for an iMac, or studio, or any other Mac. Macs, in general, are far too overpriced and locked down nowadays to consider anything above the Mini.