Originally posted by Relic
Agreed, that's why I bought one. Absolutely love that form factor, however the Mini Mac has a lot of faults that keeps it from being perfect. Lack of upgradeability is one; I own the Hoojum cubit 3 as shown in my previous post. It is the same footprint but taller, the reason is it has a full 3.5 HD Seagate 200GB 7200 rpm drive. Calling the Mini better then any ITX out there is a bit over stated, you might be comparing the speed but as of recently there are Centrino and P4 models available which makes it much faster, with 4 USB, Firewire, wireless, hardware encryption, ect.
Is the mini really any less upgradable than a similarly sized ITX computer? We have a MiniBox in the office. It costs about the same as mini, but it doesn't have a CD/DVD, and the processor is a pathetic 800MHz C3. The 2.5" drive barely squeezes into the unit. Taking apart a mini is no more difficult than doing the same for slightly larger, yet less well equipped ITX computers.
So in my eyes the mini is much better. It's smaller than anything out there, and the onboard equipment is all-around better. I'll be surprised if you ever see a well equipped P-M or a P4 in an enclosure as small as the mini's. The P-M is a hot processor when it's not running in low power modes.
I'm not defending Intel, I was just stating something I knew. I've been playing with Embedded boards, let it be PowerPC, VIA, Nec, AMD, ARM for years. My friends and I have built machines half ths size of the Mini.
You can get a high-end ARM9 (203Mhz) computer (that includes tons of peripheral support, ram, and flash) in a single, 17x17mm package these days. It's just that the ARM9 isn't exactly a g4.
When the Freescale G4's come out, they will allow the mini to get very small.