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    mac-mini Vs screenless laptop base

    Hi all, Ive been set on a mac-mini to run my carputer, but am now debating whether that OR a screenless laptop might be the way to go.

    I can basically get a laptop off of ebay, with a broken screen, for cheap. It may also be a better spec than the mac-mini.

    what would you do and why? anyone with experience of this?

    my main reasons for the mac-mini is are that it is so convenient, and will probably provide the neatest, more stock looking install. I would just mount it to the top of the underside of glove box or something, with the cd slot facing outward. super minimal.
    A laptop would of course have a keyboard, illiminating the need for one elsewhere in the car. and if got a black one it wouldnt look too bad in the car. but hmmm, mac-mini, so discreet and neat! what to do?

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    bumpety bump, pro's and con's here? the mac-mini with macpack connector seems ultra simple to hook up and get running. is it pretty much the same case for a laptop?

    [ 330ci sport - 19" M3 reps, mtech-2, clubsport splitters, angel eyes, xenons, full black leather, harman kardon, LED's. ]

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    Quote Originally Posted by lumus View Post
    bumpety bump, pro's and con's here? the mac-mini with macpack connector seems ultra simple to hook up and get running. is it pretty much the same case for a laptop?
    Probably not, if only for the fact that you'd have to hack the power connector in the laptop.

    You know there are other mini-systems that are a similar form factor to the Mac right? Like the AOpens? Just a suggestion if you're price shopping..

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    thanks for the suggestion Jahn, I am very open to suggestions. The Aopen mini-pc which i came accross while browsing just now seems PERFECT. first up, it is black, so will tie in with my car (in the glove box), next it has USB ports and the power button on the front, which will really make life easier.
    it seems far more preferable to the mac-mini upon first glance. what are your thoughts? Will it hook up to the touchscreen and power supply easily, or will it need hacking?

    thanks
    Phil

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    Quote Originally Posted by lumus View Post
    bumpety bump, pro's and con's here? the mac-mini with macpack connector seems ultra simple to hook up and get running. is it pretty much the same case for a laptop?
    Bumping your thread after 12 hours is uncalled for. Not everyone on these forums operates on your time schedule.

    For simplicity of installation, the Mac Mini would be the better option, IMHO.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    well it wasnt a bump for bumps sake, I added a question. But i was impatient, sorry.

    Simplicity would be good, as i dont have the know how for much more than that. The aopen mini-pc or similar seems better now. Would that work in the same way as the mac-mini, and be as simple?
    Mac-mini's go for cheap on ebay though, and other mini-pc options dont seem to turn up on there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lumus View Post
    well it wasnt a bump for bumps sake, I added a question. But i was impatient, sorry.
    Very impatient.
    And you asked pretty much the same question, but whatever.

    And yes, other miniPCs are about as simple as the MacMini. In fact Carnetix offers a cable kit similar tot he MacPac for the AOpen. Check their website for details.

    Laptops are not simple to get operating smoothly in the car. They have far more hurdles to overcome, and many of those are dependent on specific hardware capabilities.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
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    thanks for the info, very interesting.

    I will avoid the laptop route altogether methinks. The problem with the Aopen pandora machine seems to be its availability. I cant find it in any uk online stores, and certainly not on ebay. I can find reviews that state it has a pretty hefty price, and that is just for the bare bones system with no ram, HD, cpu etc.
    mac-mini's are all over the place for cheap on ebay so i'm feeling pretty resigned to one of those.
    I could always build my own with a cheap shell, but the bother of researching adequate components, ordering them then building it really puts me off big-style. Especially since mac-mini's are ready to go out of the box, with wifi+bluetooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lumus View Post
    The problem with the Aopen pandora machine seems to be its availability. I cant find it in any uk online stores, and certainly not on ebay.
    Aopen doesn't sell it there. But you'll find there's a Fujitsu-Siemens model that's REMARKABLY similar. Go to WSTORE - The IT Partner for Business Products - 70,000 products, 220m stock - Next Working Day Delivery and do a search for 418707. It should come up with the Fujitsu-Siemens Esprimo Q5000 series.

    Here's a link to the Fujitsu Direct store as well: Fujitsu Siemens Shop

    They both get sold through WStore though, so either is fine. (And they come with all their parts, and XP Pro as well) They're pretty quick with shipping too. (I live in the US, but I had a friend in the UK I found these for)

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