Originally Posted by Nightcrawler
I must say, from all the macs I had, and I had a handful of them, starting with the all-in-one-performa, this mac-mini I like the most (it's the one with a superdrive and nvidia-graphiccard):
Which year is that Mini?
It's small, quiet and simply works like a charm every day. Mac-OS-X-Snow-Leopard on one partition, Windows XP on the other thanks to Bootcamp.
Small and quiet are good qualities. As to other OS support I use virtual box to run Linux. I find VMs are a good productivity boost as in effect the guest operating systems become apps that you can start and stop at will. The bit disappointment here is the need for RAM, lots of it.
If there was something that I wished were different it would be these things:
1. It should be easier to open the machine for changing RAM and HDD, cause these are with 2 GB and 160 GB a bit limited.
I'm assuming you have a rather older model, the newer model is just slightly easier to work on. One of the reasons I'm a big promoter of XMac is that it would hopefully be much easier to get into! Frankly you hit on two issues right away with RAM and especially hard disk access.
One good thing is that current models do have 500 GB hard drives, but beleive it or not they still ship the base model with 2GB of RAM. Frankly that is terrible in a $600 machine.
2. A real HDMI-port would be nice.
I'm not sure I follow, they have been shipping with an HDMI port for some time.
3. A bit more power for the graphiccard so that it doesn't choke on 1080p-video-material.
This is a big concern especially with Mountain Lion accelerating even more things with the GPU. The other thing I've expressed concern about is the pathetic descrete GPU implemented in these machines. If I'm going to pay extra for a descrete GPU it had better be worth the money.
I know that the newer minis already offer that but they also got rid of the internal superdrive which is imho a mistake.
For some it can only be seen as a mistake, for me I don't really care one way or the other. Ripping the CD drive out did impact the machines usefulness as a home theater PC. On the other hand I hardly use my drive anymore prefering the net mostly.
The optical issue is a bit of an example of why I think Apples approach to the desktop is screwed. It makes lots of sense for portable to delete the optical but it does seemed rush to do so on the desktop. It is almost as if they wanted to look progressive so they did this to the machine without thought as to how it is used buy buyers. Enought of those Minis where going to the home theater PC crowd that Apple should have said hey is this right for this platform.