"Redefines the phrase "user-friendly"..."4.5 starson by Manofyo
Pros: Set up was a no-brainer, Intuitive OS, HD video and sound out of the box
Cons: 11 years of Windows has me overlooking some blindingly easy steps
Summary: I have had this computer for two days and I am all ready regretting the years I spent mired in the Microsoft universe. I took this thing out of the box, plugged it in and "bam!" I was up and running. The intro program asked me 4 or 5 simple questions and up came the most beautiful desktop I had ever seen. I thought I would have to find adapters and wrangle with Mac's version of the control panel to make my sytem produce HD...wrong! I have a Westinghouse HDTV which has no DVI port so I was bracing myself for a fight. And as for the sound I just plugged a composite cable into the earphone jack on the Mini and I was up. My stereo has a digital coaxial input to match the Mini's output so I will buy a cable and then I'll have digital 5 point surround sound.
As for the OS, I have found Leopard to be intuitive, fast, and stupefyingly easy. In fact, my years with a PC have caused me to overthink several snags I've encountered. The free seminar my Apple store offers this saturday should prove illuminating.
And I can't say enough about iTunes. The interface is SO cool...flipping through the album covers...and unlike Musicmatch, Media Player, Creative Media Organizer, and every other PC based jukebox I've encountered, iTunes makes sense. The songs play in the order they appear on the album, the info I download in many cases includes lyrics...in a word...wow.
And finally a note about DVD's. The included DVD player is truly awesome. it even allows me to stretch older DVD's that are presented in NTSC (standard aspect ratio) to HD dimensions without making everyone look fat and with negligible loss of resolution.
I am looking forward to discavering all this thing can do for me. Updates as they warrant.