Originally Posted by solipsism
What do you mean by "great idea"? It's bijou size requires it to use more expensive components for the performance and capacity compared to PC desktops. This means it will never be competitive with most desktops.
I don't expect it to be cheaper than most PC desktops (as it isn't one) but it isn't even close, nor does it even make sense against iMacs which are in effect even more compact being merely oversize screens without
a box or brick.
The consumer seems perfectly aware of this as they jump at the iMac and give the Mac mini a pass.
Apple however sells the unbelievable story that combined with existing monitor, keyboard and mouse it is cheap. Comparing like with like, a PC without all those as well is way cheaper. In practice there are also necessary compromises or adaptors to make the whole thing work so it all ends up being ugly, clumsy and therefore unattractive.
What Apple needs to be comparable to the majority of other headless desktops out there is the mid-range tower that peopleespecially on this forumhave been asking for for years. The Mini in it's current form can never be that.
I, like many others, totally agree with you on the need for a headless desktop. Being Apple, maybe an ultra thin pizza box.
I have long called for a DVD sized Mac that fits consumer's entertainment components and does what the mini does. It becomes the stealth Mac that sneaks into a household's entertainment system using their flat panel TV for email, internet and multimedia replacing the PC they would normally buy.
Market it as the ePod or something similar and come at Mac-averse consumers from a completely different direction.