"Great machine...well used to be"1.5 starson by MarqBland
Pros: Slim design, powerhouse
Cons: No optical drive, $700 and no keyboard or mouse
Summary: I loved the Mac Mini and was attempting to talk my father into getting one. He currently has a windows PC and I'm sick of having to constantly repair his computer because he's clicked on the wrong thing or something. As a current MBP user, I saw the benefit of being able to lock him out of things on the computer much easier than I could on his PC. We were talking about getting the Mac Mini, however there is NO WAY I will be able to sell him on this without at least a DVD drive. For me, I could easily carry on without one, however, for him, he will see it as value taken away that there is no DVD drive and the computer is expensive. It may be a cheaper Mac, but it's still an expensive computer. I know you can spend $80 on their optical drive (or buy a cheaper one), however, after spending $800 on a computer with no keyboard or mouse, why would I want to buy something additional. I was ok with the keyboard and mouse extra and had talked him through that...now one more critical thing. Apple should at least give an option for an optical drive. On their website they say they removed it to use the space for faster processors and all that jazz, however, there is 1/8 of an inch internal for a second hard drive...which means the space an optical drive could fit in has nothing to do with what they have improved on. Huge mistake on Mac's part. This computer isn't for power users, the aim is at simple users who will be alienated by the lack of an optical drive. Argh!