Yet on Wednesday, even though I was intending to purchase a Mac Pro when the new version was available, as soon as I saw what Apple has done with the Mini, I decided to buy another Mini instead.
Prior to the update I lamented the absence of a discrete graphics card and the fact the only option when buying the machine initially was a slow 5,400 RPM harddrive. I needed more power under the hood all around. I wanted a better way to expand storage.
Apple has delivered on all of those. Yes there is still a penalty caused by having more expensive mobile components but some of that initial cost is offset by a machine that is remarkably energy efficient. It's true the main unit lacks a superdrive but $79 for an external drive has fixed that problem.
I've ordered my new system with 8GB of RAM, the 2.7Ghz processor, the SSD+7,200 RPM drives. In other words, the most performance you can get straight from Apple.
I consider myself to be like a lot of people in that I'm no professional user but I put more demands on my system than the average consumer. Lots of photography, HD video, and so on. What I am wondering is, does the latest update to the Mini elevate it to the point where someone like me is going to get the performance he wants without resorting to the overkill of buying a Mac Pro. Obviously I am gambling that I'm going to get what I want but I'd be curious to get some feedback on the matter.