Also Mac Mini doesn't have HDMI on it, you'd have to go to AppleTV..
from the blog:
The afterthought in this equation is the Mac mini, which doesn’t line up with better performance and seems priced out of its niche. The specs for the Mac mini are certainly better than before, but Adrian Kingsley-Hughes notes:
The Mac mini update really is little more than the bare minimum Apple could have done.
- Netbooks are much cheaper and have screens.
- Non-Apple laptops will cost about the same as the Mac mini.
- You still have to account for a monitor (Apple’s store suggests the $899 24-inch Apple LED Cinema Display.
- And it’s unclear what niche the Mac mini fills. It’s not quite a living room PC–think Apple TV and Sony Playstation–and it’s not an iMac.
Add it up and it’s quite possible that a Mac mini buyer could eye the $799 version and go either two ways: A person spend another $400 and get an iMac or walk away for more value somewhere else. Apple obviously bets on the former, but you have to wonder why the company needs the Mac mini in its lineup at all. It’s a tweener that just doesn’t make a lot of sense these days.
Update: There are a lot of folks giving me Mac mini use cases now. A few use cases via email and the Talkbacks below:
- Mini clusters as a cheap server set-up;
- Rack them as computing power for audiophiles;
- Cheap Mac desktops for those loaded with monitors and accessories.