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Intel's NUC is the tiniest Windows PC ever
Man, this thing is tiny. It makes the Mac Mini look gargantuan in comparison, and it comes in at half the price.
Inside, it has an i3 processor, uses standard notebook-class memory, and saves the most space by using mSATA storage instead of an SSD. All told, I think I paid less than $350 for this full PC that fits in my hand and is more powerful than most desktops from five years ago.
In fact, if the NUC had arrived five years ago with this sort of performance, I would have loved to put it in the living room and use it as a Media Center. Today, it's more a curiosity than anything. Still, it works great with the Windows 7 and Windows 8 flavors of Media Center, and if you're pressed for space it's an interesting option.
Yes, Windows 8.1 runs on a Mac
As I've pointed out elsewhere, there's a big difference between PCs designed for Windows 7 and those made for Windows 8 and 8.1. Nothing shows off those differences like Mac hardware. Apple released a Boot Camp update a few months ago that allows Windows 8 to be properly installed on a Mac. I did that on a Mac Mini just to see for myself.
The more common scenario, of course, is to run Windows on Apple's MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Still, I can't imagine myself doing that. The keyboard differences alone drive me nuts, and I can't go back to a portable PC (even a beautiful one like a MacBook) without a touchscreen.