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Re: Scrivener and Devonthink - 03-06-2009, 04:30 AM
Both the ram and the SSD are easily upgraded by the user, there's an easy access door on the bottom of the unit. 2GB ram is like $15 at NewEgg, definitely worth having.
The SSD can be replaced with a higher performance aftermarket RunCore brand drive, up to 64gb. I find the 64gb drive to be very roomy for my needs.
Join Date: Nov 2008
Re: Scrivener and Devonthink - 03-07-2009, 04:20 AM
I purchased the Apple BT keyboard for this exact reason. While I love everything about the mini, the one thing it lacks compared to some of the other available options on the market is a larger keyboard. The Apple Keyboard extends about a 1/4inch on each side of the mini and can sit flat right on top of it. Only downside is a little extra baggage when carrying it around.
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Join Date: Feb 2009
Re: Scrivener and Devonthink - 03-07-2009, 03:02 PM
I swapped out my stock 8GB for the 32 GB Runcore before I installed Leopard, so I have no hands-on experience of how the Mini performed before the change.
However, the site where I bought the Runcore -
http://www.memoryc.com/storage/solidsta ... mini9.html
(great customer service, by the way - they're in Ireland, I'm in the USA and it took just a few days)
As I was saying, this retailer claims a 4x - 6x increase in performance over the stock SSDs. Mine sure feels peppy to me, and I'm running last year's 8-core MacPro at home.
If literally all you're doing is word processing, you might have no trouble with a stock SSD. If you do anything that has much SSD IO - say, shuffling photos, web browsing, video chat (IO? not sure), streaming movies - it's hard to imagine you won't be very glad you made the upgrade. It's just not that expensive when compared to an Apple laptop, and given the amount of time you'll wind up using the Mini, it's really a gift to yourself you'll appreciate every single time you open that clamshell.
The swap is really very, very simple, and the only downside is perhaps having to wait a few days for the SSDs to come back into stock. If you just pre-order (a damn good idea, BTW - they go reeeal fast when they get them in) you can just sit back and wait for it.
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