Pros This is great for a compact system to plug into you home entertainment system.
Cons Limited by expandability.
Summary Great small system for media streaming, home use and price is just right. Will have to upgrade to bigger HDD and memory if you wish to video stream to home entertainment system.
People get a grip, it's just a review. When anyone says anything remotely bad about Mac or Mac products, users get all bent out of shape. I personally love my Mac and have a laptop with Windows, as well. They both have their strengths and weaknesses.
Pros Small form factor very quiet
Cons Higher price than average
Summary I originally purchase Mac Mini as 1.5 Intel core solo 512 rams 60GB HD.
Brand New at discount price $C300.00, I was very hesitant at first consider no core duo CPU only offer 32 bit processing power.
After much research online reviews , I was planning to upgrade as much as possible.
Used it for about 6month without any problems, now was time to upgrade my little mini.
First I removed the original CPU which I sold on Ebay for $50.00
Installed Intel Core Duo T7200 4meg cache 667FSB support 64Bit processing purchase locally used for $C100.00
Next upgrade maximum ram 2 X 1GB ram apple original removed from MacBook Pro again used $C40.00
And last upgrade 60 GB Seagate to 320gb HD 8meg buffer 5400rpm final price includes taxes $C124.00
Total $C300.00 Mac mini and upgrades $214.00= $C514.00
I feel I was well within budget compare with new Mac Mini 2.0 sell retails for $C849.00 plus taxes (13%)
Now I have a superior machine used as a PVR lots of storage 5yr warranty on HD
Very happy with my purchase
Any one would consider going this route would
invest in base model only
Pros All features included and shipped for Mac Mini.
Cons No Cons.................
Summary If you have the monitor, keyboard, and mouse and do not need to buy a new computer with everything shipped, this computer is for you. Apple Computer design a compact desktop computer in which it is bulk-free and most of all, runs in full speed with no fan while the computer is on. The uniqueness of the computer is the philosophy of BYODKM (Bring your Own Display, Keyboard and Mouse), a way to use any monitor, keyboard or mouse with your choices. The possibility are endless!
Pros A powerful machine. 2 GHZ dual core, 2 gigs of ram, and OSX leopard. How can it get any better?
Cons A relativly small 120 gig drive, and a GMA 950 video card. Phooey
Summary Overall, if you are an artistic person, and you want to buy things on your budget, the mac mini is perfect for you. First of all, the mac mini has pure power. A 2ghz dual core with 2 gigs of ram is pretty killer compared to today's computing standards. Heck, all my windows computers only have 1 gig, or 512 megs of ram with a single core. 2 gigs of ram with dual cores is a good upgrade. I bought it when it came out with leopard, and I have to admit that the stuff that comes with the OS is pretty nice. I can now say goodbye to my crappy windows movie maker, and I can finally upgrade to something that actually has some real moviemaking capability.
There are a few cons that come with the mac mini, and I have had a particularly bad time with the graphics card. Even my WindowsXP with a 1.5 Ghz single core, 512 meg, and radeon 9600XT gets at least 30 more FPS on halo than the mini can. Halo isn't even playable on the mac mini just considering it. Gamers will not be enthusiastic about the mac mini at all.
However, if you are looking for a fast, small, powerful, intuitive, and simple computer, then I recommend the mac mini. Just make sure you get a large external hard-drive for time machine before you buy one.
Pros Sleek, quite, uses very little space, all the computer you should need.
Cons Limited expansion, but do you really need it?
Summary My wife uses a MacMini and our experience with it has tempted me to get one as well. It is just overall a great little machine and powerful to boot! It runs games and graphics software with no issues and looks good doing it. We added a miniStack to it for the extra drive and expansion ports and it is a more capable computer than my old G4 tower system.
Running OSX, this thing is a tiny powerhouse. I really can't say enough good things about it.