Originally Posted by BobtheTomato
So lets back this up. Someone posts a price comparison between a Mini and a PC. In response you state that since Apple uses laptop parts to make the mini we should expect higher price and lower performance. Q.E.D. I point out that I'd rather have the lower cost and higher performance. You then claim this criticism is misguided and unfair.
This is why fanboys are infuriating. I don't think this is that hard. For better or worse, the Mini is the one product Apple has to offer in the budget desktop market. So then, many potential mini buyers shop the mini against budget desktop PCs instead of against Small Form Factor (SFF) PCs. Insisting this comparison is perforce invalid because Apple decided to use higher cost and lower performance components is a non-sequitur.
To be certain, against other SFF PCs, the mini is less overpriced and underpowered. However I have not seen any data that the budget and switcher markets desire a SFF over a minitower form factor. Apple is still run by mortals. In this case I think they are making a mistake.
Evidently it is hard because folks still don't seem to grok the concept that Apple doesn't want to compete in the budget desktop market. In fact, Apple has zero traditional desktop computers in it's lineup and certainly nothing in the budget market.
Mini - Small Form Factor, iMac - AIO, Mac Pro - Workstation.
Even if a mythical xMac were to appear it would be horridly overpriced in comparison to a typical budget tower because it would be yet another small form factor computer, much like the cube. Which failed pretty miserably.
The mini is an entry level machine for Apple, not a budget machine. Which is like saying this TV is the entry level TV for the Sony Bravia line. It's still $300 more expensive than the Vizio or Sceptre or whatever budget brand you can get from Costco or Best Buy.
Low end offerings in premium lines are typically so-so bang for the buck items. Cars, TVs, computers, food, clothes, whatever. You pay a brand penalty without much of the corresponding performance/style benefits. Which usually are not good bang for the buck improvements anyway even when you DO get them.
In this case, the mini isn't so bad for what you get. The only real weakness in the intell Mini was graphics. Which the update should address.
Anyone in the market for bang for the buck shouldn't be looking at Apple's line up even if the least expensive machine is in their price range.