Originally Posted by Mr. Jeff
For those of you who want a headless mac, why not just invest in a macbook or macbook pro. You could plug in a display, get a bluetooth mouse and keyboard, and have the option of carrying around your desktop with you. It would probably end up to be close to the same price and specs of your desired xMac, but have the added functionality of a laptop. Of course, I could be missing something, so if there's a reason against this, then tell me.
One of the reasons for the xMac is expandability. Replacing the CPU, adding PCI Express cards, replacing the GPU, etc You can't do that with a laptop.
Plus an xMac would be cheaper and CPU/GPU faster than a MacBook Pro given the way component pricing works. And you would be able to keep using the same screen whereas with an iMac you lose the screen when you toss the computer.
I'm not one that argues for it, particularly, but I can see why people want it. Apple really doesn't offer a desktop like every other computer makes on the planet:
They have a laptop in screenless formMac mini
They have an all-in-one form factoriMac
have a desktopxMac (my version=screenless iMac, GPU/CPU replaceable/1 or 2 left over PCI Express slots)
They have a powerful workstationMac Pro
It's an obvious gap. Which is why the xMac spurs hundred page discussions here and at places like Ars. It is however really really hard to get everyone to agree on what a xMac should be which is one of the reasons for the ongoing arguments.