These guys are making desktop money. These guys are in business. These guys know how to give desktop buyers what they want. If I could run Mountain Lion on that? That would be my next machine. You can even get a 27 inch option for little more. Seeing as Apple appears to have all but abandoned desktop buyers.
Make some really cool PC Builds.
You have a machine for half the price of a Mac 'pro' that will blow it out the water. You don't need to pay 2k for a beginners video editing machine when any iMac or 'cheap' pc can do it. (The 'pro' is a shadow of it's former glory and the obscene pricing and put it out of reach of mere mortals for almost a decade now. That last 'update' and the marketing LIE apple tried to pull about it being 'new' was an absolute disgrace. More than a bit of hubris there, I think.)
Wizard's desktop frustration is palpable. I waited 10 years for my 'dream Mac' and threw in the towel. And bought the top end iMac (a sale model from the previous year. It's been a sexy and faithful companion. :P A great machine.)
(Servicing.) But when the hard drive failed? You needed a special set of screw drivers to get at some of the internals. Some short hexagonal shallow torque key screws that will thread easy made from soft alu. Seriously, I'm not giving a mac retailer 200 to service a failed hard drive because iMacs are designed to vent cool air properly and fry the hard drive. I'm not giving a mac retailer another £100+ for a hard drive that is small and Pc World would charge pea nuts for or wouldn't stock because it's out of date. That's the kind of crap Apple are pulling and nickle and diming people for. Same with the ram. Obscene prices. Same with the premiums on HDs and SSDs. And paying more for a middle of the road gpu as 'high end' option that is only inc' on high end iMacs. It's that hole upsell crap. What happened to iMacs that you could take the back off and upgrade?
It's true. the more people have, the more they want. Looks at the hole 'sealed unit' approach to nickle and dime. That's ok on pads and phones. But iMacs and 'pros' which have both been historically 50% cheaper, yes, half price cheaper.
I love mac os x. I love my imac.
But I can see why the 'pro' users were screaming blue murder. I'm surprised they didn't keep up their campaign to make Apple blush over a pathetic 'update.' The iMac is wayyyy out of date now. And the mini is a joke.
The price for a crap discrete gpu option is evil. Pure and simple. Just pay the extra hundred or so and get a 'proper' PC above with genuine value for money and performance the mini can't hope to match in its dreams.
Lemon Bon Bon.