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    An Affordable Mac Mini Mounting Syste

    Anyone seen this? http://www.macessity.com/index.php?t...oduct_id=29783

    Don't know if it is a 'dock' exactly, but it does have 4 USB ports on the front and goes for $50, which is a pretty good price for a bracket plus a hub.



    You can also buy a power brick holder for an extra $10.

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    It looks like there's a little too much space at the top. I'd be afraid that the mini wouldn't stay in place in a car environment. I guess you could add a sheet of plexiglass or wood to fill the gap.

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    It doesn't have a hub, but I've got one of these holding my mini:

    http://h-sq.com/products/minimount/index.html



    The mini can really only be taken out by sliding it forward, unless you bend the two bits at the top that hold it in place. There's also a little part that sticks up in back to hold it form going backwards. The bottom leaves enough room around the edges for the vents to be uncovered.

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    That one looks like a much snugger fit that the one Bugbyte posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammer32 View Post
    It doesn't have a hub, but I've got one of these holding my mini:

    http://h-sq.com/products/minimount/index.html



    The mini can really only be taken out by sliding it forward, unless you bend the two bits at the top that hold it in place. There's also a little part that sticks up in back to hold it form going backwards. The bottom leaves enough room around the edges for the vents to be uncovered.
    Good find!

    The one I posted does have that gap at the top. I'd just put some foam tape on the underside of the rails at the top and get a good friction fit to fix that. Or, if it wasn't where you could see it, one of those super-wide rubber bands all the way around would hold it in.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
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    Yes, I used this to mount my Mini in my Mazda. I have pictures up on my worklog here. It works quite well for me, but I don't have the 5V card for the P1900, so my hub is not powered. Works OK for thumb drives, but my GPS antenna won't work plugged into it.

    The nice thing about the Macessity unit is that it has holes on the bottom to allow airflow from the vent holes on the Mini, which along with the holes I drilled in the A/C duct inside my dash, make my Mini run nice and cool here in Texas where it's been over 90 every day for the last month.

    As far as the fit, it has silicone-like pads on the sides to keep the Mini from sliding around. You can see them clearly in one of the pictures in my worklog. Along with the machine's rubber bottom, and I haven't had any problems with the computer moving.
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    I used the mini-shelf. It is designed to have the mini inserted from the back. I ground off the retaining bar on the front to allow the mini to load from the front. I then used the security bar on the back to secure the dock I fabricated.

    http://h-sq.com/products/minishelf/index.html
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