The iMac Man, on January 11th 2005, 08:04 PM, said:
I love how everyone is saying, "People will want this... not me, but someone will." Who? Who are these people that will want it? I honestly don't see a target audience for this computer....
And, they CAN'T try their hand at DVD authoring, because the Mini only comes with a Combo drive...
People like me...
I'm a PC user, but I'm no Windows fanboy. Frankly, its the hardware--its cheap. My current setup is an IBM ThinkPad T41 (XP), a home-brew Athlon 1Ghz(XP), and an older Dell Opti-plex P2-400 (Redhat 8).
I've been wanting to give OSX a try for a long while, but I'm not about to pay for a G5 Tower--for that price I'd rather buy plane tickets to Loreto. The iBook is out--I don't need another laptop. That just leaves the eMac and iMac. Either of those would do as far as performance, but I'm not about to trade in my beast of a monitor (19" AG Samsung 900NF).
Now, the Athlon has been giving me trouble recently. The XP install is from '02, and its starting to decay. I've replaced the power supply twice in the past six months (from spare parts), and looking in the case, I see four HDs, but only two work--dunno which--probably not the Deathstars.
Anyway, for the most part, its a reliable machine, but its time for a major overhaul. I don't need a super powerful system--its mostly used for internet, word processing, and a little bit of photo editing (6MP). So, recently I've been weighing my options. Until the $500 headless Mac rumor hit the streets, I'd been plotting on a Shuttle XPC (Greg can confirm this).
After seeing Apple's new system, I've pretty much abandoned my XPC plans. My plan right now is to wait to see some reviews on the Mini. If they're positive, its likely in a month or two I'll have a Mini sitting on my desk next to my ThinkPad. It'll be my first Apple product since the IIGS.
I think the big issue will be whether or not average joe consumers are comfortable pairing the Mini with a non-Apple display. I know I am, but certainly you lose style points.