I know there any plenty more choices and combinations out there, but for a balance of power and portability, I'm trying to assess which of these two specific choices is better. Usage: Email, web browing, MS Office, light iPhoto and iMovie, minimal gaming, light engineering CAD work I already connect my laptop to my 24" LCD monitor when at my desk so swapping it for a Mac Mini would be very easy. Also, per below, I would be installing a Samsung 830 SSD drive that I already bought last week for $70 and the price is reflected in it. I do not want a 2011 MBA or Mac Mini because I like the USB 3.0 feature on the newer models. Here are the choices and Apple Retail or Refurb store costs: A.) 2012 11" Mac Mini i5 1.7 GHz/4GB RAM/128GB SSD ($929 Refurb) B.) 2012 Mac Mini i5 2.5 GHz/4GB RAM/128GB SSD + iPad Mini 16GB WiFi ($998 New) Thanks for your feedback!