I'm planning on getting a mini for an HTPC in the near future. Before I make the investment in yet another MAC system I wanted to do a "proof of concept" dry run to test out the functionality of the Eye TV hybrid, Plex, netflix, hulu etc. I just purchased the Eye TV, apple bluetooth keyboard, magic mouse, and a minidisplayport to HDMI converter. I plan on pairing all of this to my Macbook Pro (unibody, 2.4 C2D) My questions are these - how close will the performance with this setup be to a Mac Mini? Will I run into issues with overheating? How long can I run this setup (assuming my wife doesn't demand her computer back) without damaging the MBP? Can I run the MBP with the lid closed? Has anyone else tried this? I'm tired of waiting for an ATV that does what I want it to so have taken the HTPC Plunge. I'll still use my ATV on my second TV but I'm moving on. Thanks for the help.