I have very light computing needs and haven't even owned a computer in a couple years. I get by on my iPad and iPhone and occasionally use my PC at work for personal tasks. I decided to get a desktop because I hated my last few budget Windows laptops and wanted a keyboard & mouse experience at home. I DID research my options but got overwhelmed and thought the newest Mini ought to be sufficient, and I knew it wasn't upgradeable but the 2012 models were more expensive and with a 0% financing offer I caved and bought the newest base model Mini from Amazon. Because I knew I didn't need much and should be future-proofed, I thought! (Aside from upgrade ability but I was naive and trusting.) I opened the new Mini for setup, plug it into my TV temporarily since my new 24" Sceptre monitor hadn't arrived yet. OS was delightful compared to PC, it made me feel like I was in the driver's seat instead of coercing a Windows machine to do my bidding. I can't recall if it prompted me to install El Capitan or if I was just excited and did that almost immediately. I played with it maybe an hour that day and then set it aside until my monitor arrived. Four days it was powered off and sitting. Hook everything up on my desk finally, and it is so incredibly slow it's nearly unusable. Mail, Safari, and even Settings take 15-30 seconds to open and Mail and Safari are always 'not responding' when I right-click them. I've been trying to gently work with it for 3 days. I've restarted numerous times. I'm not familiar with Macs at all. I did look into restoring Yosemite but Time Machine has never backed up. I'd honestly feel bad returning it to Amazon but I'm thinking I could get an older Mac laptop to hook up to peripherals, that might have better specs and performance and portability to boot. Help! I feel like the biggest sucker ever. I strongly considered a refurbed iMac and have now possibly invested more than that ~$750 (for 2012 models) in the Mini and various peripherals. Thanks for reading, and please share any non-judgmental advice!