"Comparing a Mac with a Gateway computer is silly"5.0 starson by spinoza2
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.