Pros Great OS
Apple Support and Service
BFR-free, PVC-free and Highly recyclable aluminium enclosure
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
now... with HDMI!!!
Cons No Blue Ray!??!?!?! SERIOUSLY!!??!? uh, thanks for that HDMI port
Duo = weak
offensively minuscule (and only 5400rpm) Hard drive - small, yet expensive, upgrade
$200 price increase on base specs with minimal quality
Summary 40% price increase of base model (was$499-now$699) with no substantial functional improvements... VERY VERY disappointing.
Go spec the mini mac on http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MC270LL/A?mco=MTgxNTgzNzk and compare to a base model iMac (also without Blue Ray)... I'm going to get an iMac and dual screen via HDMI with my entertainment center.
I hope this isn't the direction Apple's products are heading.
Pros Tight hardware/software integration.
Cons Should have USB 3.0, could have been $100 less.
Summary "...there's little else the Mac Mini can do that the Gateway can't."
Does this statement really hold up in real life? Let's begin with unboxing and setup: I'll have my Mini out of the box, set up and started within ten minutes--is this also true with the Gateway? Well, the unboxing and the inevitable removing of stickers from these computer companies (except for Apple) alone will take ten minutes. Set up will be more of a hassle, and then I'll spend the next hour removing the junk software from the computer. Configuring Windows takes *much* longer than with a Mac, let's give it another hour. And then there's ridiculously complex security settings for Windows, virus software, and so on. What took ten minutes for the Mac will take about three hours with a Windows machine.
This little setup synopsis will be true for the entire Windows vs Mac experience. Is this what the reviewer meant by "...there's little else the Mac Mini can do that the Gateway can't"?? All I can say is, I'm really glad I don't take these CNET reviews seriously when I buy my computers. And from Apple's success, I'm really glad that many people feel the same way.
CNET has to learn that comparing a Mac with a Gateway computer is a lot more than looking at superficial hardware specs. How much of an advantage is a 320GB hard drive vs. one that is larger? Do I really need that much more storage on my main drive? Isn't that what external drives are for? What Apple has taught us is that computer quality should be judged by the integration of solid, quality hardware with tightly interdeveloped software. CNET has to learn to judge a computer in these terms, and not by how big one's hard drive is, or how many Gigahertz it runs at. These numbers have become increasingly irrelevant in today's computing world.
"absolutely love it"on by nolasmit
Pros excellent machine, size, price, & performance
Cons i need more usb inputs
Summary great thing in a small package
Pros Don't know yet. Not able to turn it on. They don't bother to send along an adapter which will hook up the Mac to an ordinary computer monitor.
Cons Apple, as usual, has its own weird method of hooking up a computer to a monitor. This one is no different, except this time they don't bother to send along an adapter which will work. Instead, they send an adapter to hook it up to a TV set.
Summary Apple continues to be the most user unfriendly company with which I have ever had the misfortune to attempt to work. It is no wonder that while it has the best computer operating system bar none it is also chugging along with 7 to 8 percent of the home computer market. Just for stunts like this. Thirty bucks for an adapter to get a standard computer monitor to attach to it; another 15 bucks for shipping, handling and taxes, and another week to wait for delivery. And for what -- just to gouge another thirty bucks out of their customers? Or to irritate, annoy and infuriate their customers by sending along an adapter to hook it up to a TV set, and not a monitor. I suppose that will work just fine for colleges students in crowded college dorm rooms, but very few others, I started out with an Apple IIc probably 30 years ago. I gave up on Apple when Microsoft copied enough of Apple to get away from having to use DOS commands when they introduced their Windows 95. And for these very reasons. They were shafting their customers from the start; there was some hope when Jobs left, and Apple began licensing other companies to produce computers. Motorola made a dandy -- StarMax -- twice as fast as the then fastest produced by Apple at half its price. Then Jobs came back, and put an end to licensing other companies, and Apple resumed sticking it to their customers. There must be a poster of an average Apple customer in their Board room somewhere, where the various officers and Board members take turns throwing darts at the representation of their customers as the target on their dart board, and laughing as their darts hit more sensitive parts of their customer's anatomy. They have to be the absolutely worst computer company with the most superior operating system that has ever graced the face of this earth. If you can tolerate being gouged, pay considerably more for their products, and an arm and a leg for software to run on their system, and put up with the childish "i" in front of everything like the average 12 year old girl as in (iTunes, iPhone, iPad, Ietc. ad infinitum) go for 'em. I for one have had ienough with iApple.
Pros Really cool design.
Snow Leopard OS.
SD Card Slot.
No power block.
Cons No Blu-Ray.
No keyboard or mouse.
Summary This is my first Mac and my overall experience has been great. I love how it looks and if you have the money to afford it and an HDTV to connect the computer i say go for it. But be warned: the wireless keyboard and mouse (or trackpad, which i advise you buy, it has better functionality) come separate at a combined cost of $140. The total amount plus taxes would be almost $900. Im not much of an expert on the intel core chips and ram capacity but i can easily say that this mac runs faster and smoother than my past pc. The only two things that i can say are real negatives for the average user like me are that it has no blu-ray which is a real let down since it has the HDMI port which means you can hook it up to your LCD HDTV but cant watch your blu ray movies with it (that would complete the computer as an all around living room entertainment system) and the hard drive is relatively small (only 320gb) for a desktop computer. Other than that I cant really ask for much more. You can say its pricy as i already stated in the cons but you have to expect it when your dealing with a Mac. No complains there. Overall great computer, falls a little short as an entertainment center. Cant wait for Lion OS X to see if they upgrade this product as well and give it the tweaks people recommend.