"Quiet, cool, portable, plus optical drive"4.5 starson by who1zep
Pros: Quiet, cool, SFF (small form factor), Windows-capable, good power for office productivity and voice recognition, built-in wireless and Bluetooth, internal power supply, sleek design, HDMI, supports 8GB RAM and hard drive swap.
Cons: Others would like Blu-ray capability, but Apple hopes you will download iTunes movies. Others would also prefer a faster CPU and better built-in video, but this is not a gaming machine, though it's probably faster than your earlier gaming rigs.
Summary: SFF dream: You cannot get a computer with an optical drive that is any quieter, cooler or smaller than the Mac mini (mid-2010). I have been after a computer like this for many years.
Outstanding for normal use: I can run Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit) with all system resources available to in via OS X's Boot Camp, booting directly into Windows. Plenty of CPU power for voice recognition. I also use it for Microsoft Word and web browsing I don't game.
Keeps your desktop clean: Built-in wireless and Bluetooth lets me avoid a gaggle of USB and ethernet connections going into the back of the unit. Internal power supply means that I can just have a spare power cord at my home or office and only have to tote the unit itself. I use the included HDMI to DVI adapter to connect to my 24" non-Apple monitors at home and office.
Upgrades: I bought 8GB RAM from elsewhere to avoid Apple's exorbitant prices. Also got an SSD drive, although the supplied HDD is pretty quiet (I only heard an occasional tick when the HDD was accessing the platters).
Bottom line: I think I'll have another, please, as my home PC.