Originally Posted by starrius
This would truly be a sweet machine. I just wonder how it would fit into Apple's price structure. Making it even within, say $100 of an iMac would probably have someone thinking that for just a bit more they could buy a machine that comes with a monitor. Including the keyboard and mouse would be a leg up on the mini.
Hmmm...very good point. I liked an idea that an earlier poster had...making it sort of Shuttle XPC sized, only with Apple styling rather than the cheap tin can look that most of those XPC's have. Making the following changes, I wonder if it could be closer to mini pricing than iMac pricing?
"Shuttle" like XPC size/style motherboard with matching MacMini style casing to cut cost...or something cool looking while low cost!
Core 2 Duo processors (2.0GHz standard, upgrade options available)
Keeping 1GB RAM standard, 4 slots, 4GB RAM Max
Keeping 250GB SATA drive standard, 320GB or 500GB drive options
1 PCI slot, and one 16x PCI Express slot, both unoccupied
Intel GMA950 64MB Graphics onboard standard, PCI Xpress video upgrade cards optional
Three USB 2.0 ports (ind.), One Firewire 800 (ind.), One Firewire 400 (ind.) and one eSATA port (bootable)
*No* Keyboard or mouse included
This would give you: even smaller form factor than a mini-tower; ability to upgrade many components if desired later (video, DVD-RW drive, standard sized hard drive, memory, etc.); and a lower cost??? I think that's what people want...something that works fine for now, but the comfort of knowing that they *could* upgrade later should they choose to do so. Not that it's gonna ever happen, but making the possible above amendments might get the cost down a little bit to make a bigger gap between this and an iMac.