Originally Posted by allenbf
Can someone explain to me why a Mac Mini is better than an iMac? I'm genuinely curious.
Hope it's true, though. I see that many, many people have been waiting on this.
EDIT: The analyst has been wrong on 3 out of 4, so far. Why's he worth quoting?
While the iMac is a great machine and a great value, for some purposes the Mac Mini is better. There are three purposes that I can think of: pro graphic design, headless servers, and media servers.
A) Professional graphic design. iMac displays aren't good enough for this for a few reasons:
1) they are too glossy and reflective. If your desk is in a position such that you have a window at your back, the iMac screens show too many reflections that make it hard to read the screen. You can buy third party displays that have a matte surface which eliminate the reflections.
2) iMac displays are very good for consumer screens, but they aren't the best for a designer. Mainly it is because they supersaturated the colors to make them "pop" more, but a pro designer needs accuracy, not "pop". NEC monitors, for example, have much more accurate color reproduction.
3) Also, iMac monitors cannot be color calibrated to the same degree that a pro monitor, with internally programmable color LUTs can be calibrated.
B) headless servers
The Mac Mini can run in an office or a home as a headless server. You can use it to share files, run calendar and contact servers, monitor home security, etc. For this use, usually it is preferable to have a machine that is small and unobtrusive and can be tucked away on a shelf somewhere.
C) home theater/media server
If you want to use a Mac as a DVR, you don't want a screen because you want to put it in your media center with other home theater components.