"Entry level Mac still has plenty of punch"4.0 starson by talmy
Pros: Lowest cost way to OS X, easy setup, low power consumption, quiet, built-in "N" WiFi Bluetooth and IR. Great as a server.
Cons: As always with Apple, cost. Internal sound is lacking, unlike the new iMacs. Not so great as ones desktop computer.
Summary: I was using an old iMac for an entertainment system in front of a treadmill. It died and repair cost was greater than buying a Mac Mini so the choice was obvious. I run it from my old Apple remote and connected an old monitor and keyboard+display I had.A month has passed and I've just ordered the Mac Mini Server. Once I get it and have it up and running I'll review that as well.
I've been playing with remote desktop on this system and it runs fast. I'm considering buying the server version of the Mini ($1000 for Mini with 1TB on 2 HDs, 4GB RAM, and Snow Leopard Server) to replace my existing big box Windows server machine and also replacing my long-in-the-tooth Windows XP box running as an entertainment server in the living room. I can actually see myself buying three more of these in the next year or two.
The only thing I don't see using a Mini for is a desktop computer! By the time you add the monitor, keyboard, and mouse you might as well buy an iMac and get the extra performance. But for little server systems, I don't think the Minis can be beat!
Updated on Mar 2, 2010