"Great Little Mac"on by ZdenoChara
-Powerful for it's size.
-Very stable, fast.
-Windows 7 64-bit runs great.
Cons -Expensive, can build quad-core PC for same price.
-Only 5400 RPM hard drive.
Summary Great for someone looking for a Mac, who already has all the accessories. (monitor, keyboard, mouse)
Perfect for people switching from Windows and wanting to learn the Mac software. Windows 7 also runs flawlessly on it.
Runs fast and is very stable. Not really meant to be for gaming, but older games (Halo, Half-Life) should work without a problem.
Overall a great buy.
Pros Comes with OS X server software
Cons No cons, the hardware is FREE when you consider the OS server sofware is $3000 for Windows equivalent.
Summary The $999 version comes with OS X server software, which outperforms Windows Server (38 minutes downtime vs 2.5 hours - http://*******.com/yjeujmf). Based on this alone, it is like getting the hardware for free, as the Windows equivalent software alone is $3000 for 5 users only. This allows unlimited users.
Pros amazing media editing software included, a macbook pro in a box
Cons none so far
Summary Rich Brown continues to review PCs without rating what software comes with it, I think the reason why he could only test the gateway on two benchmarks is because he spent the better part of the time uninstalling the bloatware on that windows os. All macs come with iLife, a media suite that contains a movie, music, and web editing program along with a nice photo management tool called iphoto, windows tried to match this with windows essentials, and failed, which is why they did not include them in any of the windows 7 releases, and believe me, there isn't a line building around the corner to download them... more points: 1) the lack of a blu-ray drive does not limit the Mini from playing back HD-content, with itunes offering HD movies on their store, its easy for ANY computer to access HD content, 2) iCore 2 duo vs AMD neo/x2/II, the core 2 WILL come out on top... 3) the analog ports RICH was talking about? actually one of them is a DIGITAL OPTICAL OUTPUT which you can hook up directly to any HD receiver... 4) RICH forgot to mention the fact the gateway needs anti-virus protection software which can cost up to $70/ year for a internet security suite... 5) APPLE is currently the only manufacturer that offers a service center (Apple Store) that can fix/repair/replace your product on the SPOT, for everyone else you have to send/ship/call in to get service, yeah RICH you can keep the 270 phone support, i would much rather walk into the store and get help one to one, you can go ahead and enjoy talking to the automated phone support line, good luck with that...
Pros I like the small footprint and nearly silent operation, graphics powerful enough for all but hard-core gaming, and plenty of ports for peripherals. Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth. Runs Windows as fast as any PC I've owned.
Cons Ports are all on the back of the machine.
Apple price premium seems larger than necessary.
Summary Having a good keyboard, mouse, and 22" monitor already, an iMac would have been an unnecessary expense, and the mini let me retain my investment in that equipment. I avoided paying too much by getting the lowest-spec model, and installing memory and a 500 GB drive from OWC. (Mystery to me: who pays hundreds of dollars for a 10% faster processor? Who would ever notice the difference?) Do-it-yourself upgrades aren't as easy as with a tower PC, but neither are they all that difficult: it takes 30 minutes start to finish. I'm running a business where my clients use both Macs and PCs, so I need the ability to work in either environment, and I have one Windows-only program that I can't do without. The Mini runs VMWare's Fusion like a champ, and WinXP in the virtual environment is faster than it was on my old Compaq. OS-X's "Time Machine" provides backup for both the Mac and Windows installations; and using the Mac exclusively for email and internet access makes for more secure operation.
Bottom line: Two fast-enough-for-business computers in one tiny, quiet, reliable package -- what's not to like?
Pros Small,fast as my MacBook Pro,and hooks up with any display.
Cons Not fast as it's price,thick,heavy and my MacBook and iMac is better.
Summary This is the best compact desktop i saw!!It's nice,hooks up with a display and compact.Worse than the other line ups though.