Naturally, being someone who works at Microsoft, I do all my main productivity work in Windows. But being a digital photography buff, my machines of choice for photo and video editing are my two Mac Minis -- a 2011-era system and a 2013-era system, both of the dual-core type, but have had third party memory and SSD upgrades done to them by the great folks at Other World Computing.
One has been maxxed out to 8GB with a 256GB SSD and the other 16GB with a 512GB SSD. For the purposes of being used with Aperture and iMovie as well as keeping up with Apple's OS releases for my own educational merits, they are really nice little systems.
While the Mac Minis were not easily serviceable machines -- I preferred to send them out to OWC to do the upgrades rather than perform the work myself -- they still were great little systems.
They took up almost no desk space, so if you had to share a monitor and keyboard with a Windows PC using an inexpensive KVM switch it was no problem. They also made great living room PCs for the same reason. And for someone on a budget who didn't need one of the more expensive Macs, they were good values.
I probably would have replaced the older of the Minis in about a year or so with a quad core model, but this is not to be. Why? Apple has forsaken us Mac Mini users.
The new Mac Minis that were announced back in October are no longer upgradeable, and there are currently no other processor choices other than a dual-cores. The RAM is soldered onto the the mainboard (4GB or 8GB) and while you can replace the hard disks, doing so can void the warranty.
I don't want an all-in-one like the new iMacs, as I like to be able to replace my monitors and use them interchangeably with the different systems I own, and I don't need another laptop, so we can forget Macbooks.
I'm not a high-end content creation professional, so I don't need a Mac Pro.
What does that leave me with? Well it leaves me with my current Mac Minis until they eventually become completely unsupported and can no longer run a modern version of Mac OS X.
And for those of you dweebs screaming "Hackintosh", forget it. I'm a law abiding citizen and Apple has the right to enforce its EULAs and conditions as it sees fit. As pissed off as I am at them right now, software piracy is never the answer.