Pros Small, easy to set up. great for a second computer.
Cons slow as hell! difficult to upgrade. subpar game performance
Summary I think that the mac mini is pretty cool idea. A really small form factor mac at a reasonable price. Unfortunately it uses the 3 year old ATI 9200 graphics card with an underwhelming 32MB of RAM. Give the me a an ATI X300 or nvidia 6200 with 128MB of RAM. That way I can have some light gaming and use this to work and play. Apple needs to cater more to the gamer and the entertainment user. It's meant for the home afterall.
Pros It's Apple!
Cons Bluetooth only works on apple wireless keyboard/mouse
Summary Some tips for who ever want to get this little gem -- Try to avoid using the build-in optical drive since this little machine is VERY quiet, does not hav noisy/powerful fan to cool it down.
I know Motorola chip can run with little heat, but you do not want to use the build-in drive to add extra heat in there. I got combo drive model and built an external ( 1394 works way better then USB2.0) DVD double layer burner ( + & -). 802.11G is great that the unit does not have big fan to create interference.
80G hard drive is OK if you only put operational stuffs there. Again, 1394 external hard drive did the trick when I did a lot of home DV editing.. Apple just works well on the media and audio stuffs. iLife comes with it and I did not need to buy extra software for simple home video stuffs. It also recognize my DAT recorder via USB connection that NEVER happened on my high end PC, plus $$$ sound card!!
Been PC user all my life but this little apple did rock..
A bit frustrated that bluetooth only works on Apple's wireless keyboard and mouse.. I have to connect the receiver to the USB port to make it work..
Pros Great concept in principle. Great functionality
Cons Pathetic performance
Summary Great concept. Purchased due to limited home office space.
1GB upgrades, Airport Extreme, wireless mouse & keyboard, broadband access.
Expected performance to be average at best...but god forbid you need to run multiple apps at one time or send any attachments. Might just be a glitch with my unit? Not sure. Wouldn't recommend for anything other than recreational use.
Pros fast, sleek, stable, reliable, economical
Cons can be slow at times, needs more memory
Summary although a better videocard could be available on some of the lower end apple models,i find this a lovely machine. i use this for all of my art and photography needs, as well as all of my personal and school needs. its a highly versatile machine, and it doesnt run on the devils OS, or in other words, its not a mindless instrument of bill gates's evil plot to overthrow all goodness in the world. the only things i can say that are not totally positive is that for my needs, the videocard and memory, are barely sufficient, but i do a lot of photography and photo manipulations, so for the average everyday user, this is nothing less than a computer of the gods... thats why it glows white like the clouds of heaven...
Pros Quiet, compact, fast, easy to move to from Windows
Cons Region locked DVD player, rather unstable
Summary I recently bought the Core Duo version with 1 GByte.
Setup was a breeze, and it's taken about 4 hours spread over a week to get used to the differences from Windows.
Wireless network connection was easy, and it was also easy to share files on a Windows PC, but only after I'd clicked the Help button...
The software is still a bit flaky - Firefox crashes at least daily, and iPhoto weekly. No harm done, but irritating.
The original plan was to use it do feed my home theater system - for which its low noise and compactness make it perfect.
Unfortunately, I have 100s of DVDs from 3 different regions (collected while working around the world over the past 6 years), and, unlike those on most PCs, the Mac Mini SuperDrive can't be persuaded to accept multiple regions. In particular, the VLC program used to enable multi-region on previous Macs does not work.
So my media player will have to be a PC, but at least I have an elegant machine for other uses.
If all your DVDs have (and future purchases will have) the same region code, the Mac Mini is a great choice to drive your home theater.