The real deal on the Mac mini

The real deal on the Mac mini

Summary: News.com dissects the value proposition of the Mac mini, and opinion vary on whether it will be a blockbuster: According to Steve Baker, an analyst with The NPD Group, "A lot of whether (the Mini) is a good value or not depends on who it's targeted at and who is really going to buy it.

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News.com dissects the value proposition of the Mac mini, and opinion vary on whether it will be a blockbuster: According to Steve Baker, an analyst with The NPD Group, "A lot of whether (the Mini) is a good value or not depends on who it's targeted at and who is really going to buy it. Is it a good value compared to the entry-level PC that you can find at Best Buy or Wal-Mart? The answer, I think, is clearly no." But that's not the whole story...

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  • What else could it be?

    I look at the form factor of the mini and can't help wonder if
    Apple has some future plans for this thing. It could be used as a
    game console. Perhaps you could put it on top of your television
    and use it as some sort of tivo device. I'm thinking along the
    lines as the hub to a home entertainment system. Get one with
    the bluetooth enabled, set it up to work with your new 60" High
    Definition TV, get a wireless keyboard and mouse, and you have
    yourself one hell of a cool hybrid entertainment and computing
    system. Something tells me Apple has some big plans for this
    little gem. Time will tell where Apple takes it.

    One only has to look where the iPod began and where it's at
    today. Who predicted the iPod Photo? Plus look at all the add-
    ons for the iPod. Will we see something simular with the Mac
    mini? I think the mini has legs, and in a big way.
    gtdworak
  • RE: The real deal on the Mac mini

    I love my Mac Mini, but....

    .... and the but has to do with ease of expansion. I do have
    the external Hard Drive case from OWC with an extra
    160Gb, but I have decided that I want 1Tb to build a
    library of videos photos, and my iTunes music.

    Having said that, the Mini contains most of what I need.
    Speed is always nice, but the 2Gb Intel Duo is adequate.

    Give me a case that opens easily, and an easy way to
    upgrade Ram and HD (and maybe even the DVD drive) and
    I can grow with my Mini for awhile.

    I see myself buying a newer faster computer about every
    five years. But I see myself keeping the 'old' one for
    another five, and using it in different ways. I want ten
    years out of my computers - that is why I don't buy PCs.
    GFW_z