Pros Tiny, silent, fast, cheap
Cons 1 GB memory not enough
Summary The reviewer totally misses the point of this tiny computer. You won't believe how SMALL and SILENT this little baby is when you get it home - perfect for an overcrowded desk or small apartment. The PC systems it is compared to in the reviews are at least 4x the size if not more. And when I say silent I mean silent, even at max CPU usage.
I think its the best value and most underrated of Apple's systems especially now that it has the Core 2 Duo.
Pros smallest desktop by far, with full OS, not watered down Windows
Cons combo optical drive, laptop hard drive speeds
Summary The reviewer fairly states that the low-end Mini doesn't have a DVD burner (the drive does burn CDs and plays DVDs), and that the machine seems less perky than other smallish form factors. What makes the Mini 'slow' is that Apple made such a small device (less than a third of the volume of any other model cited in the CNET review), they had to use laptop hard drives and not the larger, more energy-hungry and heat-generating 3.5" hard drives.
Using an external 1394 (firewire) hard drive with the 7200 rpm drives, this Mini is totally up to speed for video editing, photo work and more. And while the internal hard drive isn't as snappy for the high-end work, it's plenty fast with the Mac OS for daily operations -- using NeoOffice (a free alternative to MS Office), web and internet applications, databases and such.
Another metric (conveniently avoided in the CNET reviews) is that the full-blown Apple OS runs just fine on this system. As does Windows Vista Business, XP Pro, Win2k, Win 98 and even Ubuntu 7 if one so desired, along with Parallels or other software tools. But note: this machine comes with the full OS, not some watered down, limited release of Windows Vista as does the machines to which it is compared in the CNET piece. The Mac OS is Vista Premium -- full featured and not crippled. Pricing an eMachines or HP of similar specs needs to also price at the Vista Premium cost -- and this is where the Mini shines.
Pros Easy to setup and use.
Cons No, you can't do heavy gaming or video editing.
Summary A mini to a Power Mac is like a Humvee to a tank. It doesn't come with a lot of firepower, horsepower, or armor but if you need to get over rough terrain, you'll be more successful then driving a cheaper Jeep.
The mini is an entry-level Apple at minimal expense. The mini allows people to surf the net and download mail without all the risks that comes with XP or Vista. Users are not exposed to the typical system lockups and blue screens of death of Windows.
Entry-level computer buyers are not likely wanting a high-level gaming or video editing machine. They want a computer for basic functions like word processing, photo-storage banking, interneting, etc.
Processor speed is a relative thing. A computer beginner won't know the difference between 1.8 and 2 ghz. So it's not a real issue.
If you want a reliagle, state-of-the-art Apple computer without spending a lot of money, try the mini.
Pros Simple, fast, clean, and small.
Cons Its not a Power Mac
Summary If you are not a gamer, and if you want a solid, fast, reliable all around work horse, and you can not afford a faster machine; if you are not a computer guru, yet require a machine with great capability while still being point and click user friendly, then this is the machine for you.
Yeah you can buy faster PC's for the same money, but you can't buy more stable PC's for any amount of money. The only stability option to Mac is Linux, and while Linux has gotten easy to use for the mainstream, those who find themselves out of touch with computing while still needing a computer in their day to day lives would do well to put the mac mini on the top of their consideration list.
I currently do not support Apple/Mac or Microsoft/Windows based on each of their latest market practices. But if I had to choose between 2 evils I'd go Mac.
"Always works"on by ChuckBartowski
Pros - Reliable
- Still Fast
- Small desktop footprint
Cons - Bought it new in February 2008, so now there are faster options out their
- Not much else
Summary I would definitely buy another MacMini again. Just an amazingly fast computer for less. I plug it into my bedroom TV which has a PC input. I use it with a wireless Mouse/Keyboard. Oh, and when I installed Snow Leopard it made the Bluetooth issues go away, and freed up 7 Gig's on my HDD. Turned this Windows college boy into a Mac Fan.