"Best Mac Mini yet"4.5 starson by bub9001
Pros: Super Small form Factor, Best OS to date, Resale value A+, DDR3 1067 Mhz, Upgraded Graphics 9400M, and low Wattage usage even at full load.
Cons: No HDMI port - Not really a con, but for Media Center usage it is. Only comes with 1GB or Ram, and 120GB drive. Ease of upgrading to novice's is really bad.
Summary: Let me start off by saying I am a Windows user switching to Mac. I have become very comfortable with Mac within a week of using the Mini off and on. I really enjoy the switch, plus the availability of running Windows on the Mini through many options. I upgraded the MIni through Apple to 2GB of Ram for $50, only because I didn't know I could upgrade it without voiding the Warranty. If you upgrade the $599 model from 1GB of Ram to 2GB's then you up the Shared Video memory from 128MB to 256MB at full load. It also makes apps seem a bit snapper, and loading big videos become faster tasks. I wouldn't say go to 4GB unless you plan on running VMware or Parallels.It is funny how Windows users thing that Mac users are mindless, LOL. I just can't understand why anyone would want to give their Money to Micro$oft, then let them kick you in the Balls. The last time I bought something I had to fix was a 10 year old Car. Most people would say a PC, but that's may be a matter of if it was used of new.
All that tech stuff aside now, and back to my pros and cons. I love the small form factor the mini give you. It almost hides on my desk, minus the Power brick I believe its a transformer. OSX 10.5 Leopard is stunning, the fonts are crystal clear. And if you look at the last 3 models over the years, they still sell for something close to what you pay for them new. Graphics run just as good as I have seen on iMac's, and Macbooks. And 13 watts while not being used, not to mention it's very, very quiet. But not all is good, minus the HDMI it isn't the Media center unless you buy a dongle (PC lingo for Add-on adapter). Does apple really think 1GB of ram is enough for Mini users? Do yourself a Favor and upgrade to 2GB before you even boot it up. And the 120GB drive is very small. If you intend on doing anything Video oriented 120GB will fill up really, really fast. So buy a External drive or slap your old PC Hard drive into a External drive for extra storage. The biggest problem I have with the Mini also plays into its strongest selling point. Upgrading is a bear, compared to PC's. But I will take it over having to deal with Micro$oft for Vista.
Almost forgot this Mini also comes with iLife '09 that is a A++ in my opinion. Try getting Windows equivalent, It may cost you hundreds of dollars.
Over all I can't stop smiling when I see people buying anything but a Mac. I almost feel like I have been invited to a club that all the secrets are out and everyone just wants to help you enjoy your Mac. If you are looking at this review and feel confused about switching, don't be there are thousands of Video's on youtube that explain every little detail about every app that OSX has pre-installed. Yep no booting the PC and having to install a OS, it's already there. Just type in the info that it asks for and your off and running.
Updated on Mar 23, 2009
Updated on Mar 23, 2009A good rule of thumb if you compare a PC that's three times bigger then the Mini that's not really a comparison, now is it? Also if you don't own this Mac Mini please refrain from commenting on how Good or Bad you think it preforms. I love when people haven't owned the product and then make crazy accusations about value about products they haven't even experienced. Also if you want to take pop shots at Apple in general, there are blogs that most intelligent people don't read that you can post on.