AMITIAE - Wednesday 29 April 2015
Ordering a new Mac mini for my Office: Options for Installation and Payment (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
The 20" iMac in my office is less satisfactory. It is a mid-2007 model with 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor, but only 2 GB RAM. I tried to buy memory at Phantip Plaza to bring it to the maximum of 4 GB, but could only find second-hand modules. I declined, but with Yosemite the iMac is slow: time for a rethink; and as the Apple Watch is not coming for a few months, I can adjust my budget.
Mac mini - Image from Apple
Mac mini (older model) - Compact Design
I work full time in teaching here and ordered from the Apple Education site. To bring it closer to the specifications of the MacBook Pro, I added two options: available when the "Select" button is pressed.
What makes the MacBook Pro suit my working style are the increase in memory and the SSD (solid state disk). I increased the Mac mini RAM from the standard 8 GB to 16 GB for 5,904 baht. Apple memory is not cheap, but like the MacBook Pro, this is not upgradable: if I want a faster Mac, I have to do this when ordering; but benefits are clear.
The other major speed boost came from the much faster solid state drive in the MacBook Pro. There are two upgrade choices here for the Mac mini: the 256 GB SSD; or the 1 TB Fusion Drive, a combination disk and SSD that puts the data and software most often accessed onto the faster flash component. Both of these were priced at 5,904 baht. This was a hard decision, but I ended up selecting the SSD solution. I have some spare USB 3 hard disks and a Thunderbolt disk (twice as fast as the USB). I will juggle these around to see which is the better option for storage of content and for backups.
The options brought the price to 35,08 baht (including VAT of a little over 2,000 baht) and I was warned that extra time is needed for configuration. The revised information in the summary told me that this would be shipped in 1-3 business days. I was offered options to pay by installments using the credit card. Shipping is free and this will be delivered to my office out at Salaya sometime this week (fingers crossed).
Apple Payment Options
Almost at the end I had to check a Terms & Conditions box to declare I really am eligible for the education discount. When I did this and confirmed one more time, the order was complete.
Additional InformationEarly Monday evening, a message (SMS) from Apple told me that the Mac mini had shipped and "Delivers 29/04/2015 by Standard Shipping". An email also arrived with the same information. I later confirmed on the linked DHL page that things were beginning to move at Shenzhen, ROC, and the device was on its way just after 20:00 local time. There was, however, no change by the morning, but later on I saw that it had arrived in Bangkok. Apple promised me a Wednesday delivery (DHL willing).
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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