Originally Posted by jpellino
So if we have miniDP to hdmi, vga and dvi, why bother with the miniDVI?
Mini DVI is more flexible that Mini DP. If large part of the Mac mini's "mission" is to lure switchers into the light.
A big part o the sales pitch for the mini is to be able to use ALL your current peripherals, that includes the monitor.
Unless Apple suddenly gets religion and gives away the Mini DP adaptors (DVI and VGA), having to spend ANOTHER $30 on a display adaptor sours the taste.
And a minor detail... Currently, how many monitors actually USE Mini Display Port connectors? How many have been announced that will INCLUDE them?
Oh, yeah, right. ONE. Yes, ONE monitor supports Mini DP. That means the great majority of mini buyers will be forced to buy an adaptor to be able to use it with current hardware.
Originally Posted by guinness
The Mini is overpriced, because it's hardware sucks - 80 and 120 GB HDs are pathetically small in this day and age, 1 GB standard is pretty bad too, it's C2D is a couple generations old, not to mention the graphics chip, lack of full 4 GB RAM support, 802.11n, included Superdrive on all models.
The OS is great, iLife is just so so, but the HW is really, really bad at this point. For what it is, it shouldn't be more than $500 at the very most for the $800 model, the HW just is not up to par anymore.
Why complain about the old specs? I'd guess that most people here agree on that point.
From what appears to be included on the mystery mini, it may be answering a lot of nagging shortcomings of the mini, especially, one would HOPE, the woeful integrated graphics.
One suspects that Apple would try and bring the mini's architecture up to the same standard as the MacBook line. Why do you think the MacBook and MacBook Pro and iMac share so many of the same components? It's a way to economize and maximize profits. So 4GB RAM capability, 'N' wireless and gigabit Ethernet should be in the new box. I pray that while they're at it, Apple redesigns the box make it easier for users to install RAM and swap hard drives!
200GB hard drives are pretty much the norm these days. Besides, there's a FireWire 800 port on the thing. That's what FireWire is for (NOT USB): adding external storage devices! Connect a honking big 7200 rpm external FireWire drive to it and boot from it. Problem solved.
This is why Apple adds ports to their machines and doesn't add bullshit stuff like card readers and superfluous buttons and lights, like cheap asian audio gear. Figure out your own solution. Buy the stuff you need and do it. Not everyone has the same computing and peripheral needs.