I wanted to give a very slight review as I'm typing this on my phone. I recently purchased the base model Mac mini for $399 at microcenter in Houston, Tx. My goal was to use the machine as a complete HTPC. It's the dual core 1.4ghz, 4GB ram, and 500GB 5400rpm drive. When purchasing the unit I also picked up a set of TR tools so when I got home I'd replace the hdd with a solid state drive. One home I set the unit up and started my install. The first thing I installed was apptui which is an incredible program that makes your phone the best remote control you could ever imagine including for searching the web. Next I then downloaded and installed Kodi (xbmc) and popcorntime. For xbmc I then used YouTube to help me install PULSAR, popcorntime(trying it out), and Genesis. For reference I have a MacBook Pro SSD and 8GB. Comparing the two I'm 100% firm in saying anything above the base model Mac mini is a complete waste of money for htpc reasons. People keep saying 8GB is better or buy the SSD but having used it very extensively I can say it's all a waste. The base Mac mini is flawless as a htpc and running the same programs side by side on my 8GB SSD MacBook Pro I cannot tell a difference. For those wondering about the performance I too was very cautious and had my receipt in hand if it didn't pan out it I can promise you it's incredible and at $399 from Microcenter a real steal if you're looking for a great htpc. I almost bought a used Mac but for the price and using my Amex I get two years of warranty as well as the AC wifi which matches the range of wireless N but doubles the output. I just "cut the cable" and running this setup with the program's above as well as www.sling.com I'll never go back if I don't have to. For those that are worried and debating I hope his gives some piece of mind. The base model works flawlessly.