Originally Posted by str1f3
1. The Mini is priced under a thousand but the price of the Mini has only gone up since its debut. The Macbook is $999 and tax will take you over that threshold.
Well, you didn't say "including tax", but you can actually get the MacBook for $969 at Amazon, free shipping and no tax (collected by them). But, it's still, contrary to the title of the article, a $100 price cut.
2. The Mini may favor comparably with the Dell but we are reaching the point where there is no low-level Mac. The Mini was originally intended to be a computer that lured potential switchers. I can't honestly recommend this to anyone and would tell them to get an iMac or Macbook instead.
It's still a good system at a good price for switchers, if they have a decent monitor, keyboard, mouse. But, yeah, obviously, if not, the iMac or Mac Book is probably a better way to go. You can't just keep slashing, or even maintaining prices, and maintain quality, somethings got to give, and although I'm sure everyone thinks it should be Apple's margins, that's the money that keeps them able to make this stuff, and other, new stuff, like iPads.