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TOPIC: M1 Mini v. 13” M1 Macbook Pro: Equal in performance?

M1 Mini v. 13” M1 Macbook Pro: Equal in performance? 12 Nov 2020 22:24 #110806

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Read about these new machines and went to Apple’s website and did a ‘compare’ on the two of them.

The compare seemed to describe them as identical in respect to their performance,with possible exception of their support for monitors.

Is there a difference there? Are they otherwise equally capable, for example at handling pixelmator’s super resolution feature?

And the additional ports on the Mini - do they allow functions beyond the Macbook Pro?

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M1 Mini v. 13” M1 Macbook Pro: Equal in performance? 13 Nov 2020 14:49 #110818

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If you look through the Tech Spec pages for each you'll see there are significant differences, they're not equal. The MPB is brighter, better quality built-in mics, touch bar, touch ID sensor, etc.

But if you compare the upper-end Air with the standard M1 12" MBP, yes, they both are based on the same M1 chip, which is the low end of the Apple Silicon chips you'll be seeing coming out. There will be more advanced "M" chips coming to the 16" MBP and desktop models over the next year.

So very similar, but not 100% the same. And we're comparing the lowest end of the Mac lineup.

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M1 Mini v. 13” M1 Macbook Pro: Equal in performance? 13 Nov 2020 18:48 #110826

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Hi Guru! Thanks for replying - but I was not asking about two laptops, rather the M1 Mini versus the M1 MBP.

The chip upgrade next year with the 16” MBP, do you expect that’ll only be faster, or more than that?

I’ve held out with my old MBP about as long as I can manage, lol, and either the new Mini or the new MBP are tempting, tempting, tempting!

Which is why I’m curious about any difference in their capabilities.

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M1 Mini v. 13” M1 Macbook Pro: Equal in performance? 13 Nov 2020 22:56 #110835

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I believe it's the same clock speed for the M1 on both the MacMini and 13" MacBookPro. So should be the same performance wise.

The MacMini beats the MBP on ports though. 2TB, 2USB, HDMI, & 1Gbps Ethernet VS only 2TB on the MBP.

Still there is only support for two monitors currently and the screen on the MBP does count as one. So you can only add one more monitor to it.

That's about it for now!

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M1 Mini v. 13” M1 Macbook Pro: Equal in performance? 22 Nov 2020 14:38 #110988

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I am seriously thinking to get the Mac Mini.
I plan to use it strickly with FC and AE / Motion.
I use all external drives.
I am assuming that 512 Go should be good. 16Go RAM.

I also have a mid-2017 iMac. Will be used with my Affinity apps.
I think I can use one keyboard for both from what I have read.
Has anyone worked with one keyboard with two computers? Is it fairly straightforward,
I believe Sidecar will also work.

Thanks.

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M1 Mini v. 13” M1 Macbook Pro: Equal in performance? 23 Nov 2020 04:47 #110997

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You will need a KVM switch to use one wired keyboard with two computers. It can be done with a Bluetooth keyboard but would need to disable Bluetooth on one computer and enable it on the other before use. Bluetooth devices can only be used on one device at a time.

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M1 Mini v. 13” M1 Macbook Pro: Equal in performance? 23 Nov 2020 13:10 #111002

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I use a single KVM switch between 4 computers and another two more between two computers each and things work well.

One thing also to consider is screen sharing. I use a tiny app called ScreenSharingMenulet between all computers on the network when I don't wan't to go to the other computers or when pulling up the screen from a different remote computer to display on the wall mount TV when dealing with a client at the fromt.

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M1 Mini v. 13” M1 Macbook Pro: Equal in performance? 23 Nov 2020 13:50 #111003

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Thanks for the info.
At this point it is simpler to get another keyboard for the mac Mini.
I can still share files between computers if needed.

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M1 Mini v. 13” M1 Macbook Pro: Equal in performance? 23 Nov 2020 18:32 #111006

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For sharing files between computers you could use: iCloud, Dropbox, or if sending individual files, use AirDrop.

But if you just want to use the MacMini, the Affinity apps were updated for M1 and should be screaming on it.

If you're going to get a new keyboard, might as well get something like this Logitech one: bit.ly/3kS8TZW

You can use if for multiple devices.

Food for thought!

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M1 Mini v. 13” M1 Macbook Pro: Equal in performance? 24 Nov 2020 00:43 #111009

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Nice suggestion.
I have to check if they have a french keyboard.

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