Originally Posted by Arman
U could go the mini route but what are going to use for a display? If u get rid of ur iMac (assuming u sell it) what are u gonna do for mouse/keyboard. What about audio? Also are u ok with a 25% hit in performance compared to an equivalent iMac? Your display plus inputs plus speakers would put u over $1000 on top of the the mini price. U wouldn't come out very far ahead in my view.
Well I already have quite a nice 24" IPS Sammy monitor gathering dust in my attic which used to be attached to my Windows PC. I also have a number of pretty decent keyboards along with the Logitech Laser which I currently use for my iMac (hate the MM). Audio is covered by using the same 5.1 that I use for the iMac. As for performance, I was reading on the news front page of Mac Rumours only last week that the higher end Mini competes quite favourably with the new mid-range iMac.
For me the base 21.5" has been crippled, the higher model is far to expensive for what it is and the 27" models are way to big and again expensive for my situation.
If by 2014 Apple have come up with something a lot better than the current iMac then of course I may reconsider. However, given the direction they appear to be taking I'm not holding my breath.