@Inkling, why is it that you are always whining about Apple products? The only posts I see of yours are ones where you are dissing Apple.
There is a reason why there is a Mac Pro and a MacBook Pro. If it is really that important to you, you'd opt for it, irrespective of whether you can get your work done on a MacMini.
But I guess, if you think the MacMini is a rip-off now, then you must hate that the new Mac Pro is so expandable but at a cost.