"For HTPC useres, stick with the prev. generation"2.5 starson by cublynx
Pros: Sound via HDMI, improved graphics, better CPU/Chipset, SD Slot
Cons: For HTPC users, the missing DVD drive is a deal breaker. Sure you can get an external one, but that kind of ruins the simplicity of a small unit meant for theater use. SD Slot in rear, should be in the front for ease of use, regardless of your Mini's pu
Summary:I currently have the late 2009 model, and my neighbor just got the new Summer 2011. Helped him setup up Boxee, VLC, Chrome, and etc. It works great for his needs, but he is extremely disappointed that it has no optical drive. I had a spare Asus USB DVD drive, and it works, but more peripherals that take USB, the less there is for later. Overall, we were both impressed, but honestly, we both like the previous generations.
Updated on Jul 22, 2011
I understand the world is turning towards Cloud computing, and its services, but its still a bit to early for Apple to abandon the optical drive.