Hey, folks. I hope this isn't too "on topic" for community discussion. I wasn't sure where else to throw it. This is something I've been thinking about for quite a while. My parents are still using a G4 Quicksilver Mac that I bought new 10 years ago. In that time I have replaced the hard drive and SuperDrive and upgraded the OS a handful of times. The SuperDrive is dead again, the hard drive is tired, and rather than throw money at this aging system, I would really like to get them a brand new computer. Some of my thoughts: Mac Mini: Can't remember what kind of display connector is on their 19" tube monitor, but aside from that, they have everything needed to make this work. They would be familiar enough with the OS and I can transfer everything they have with Migration Assistant. The biggest downside I see is the integrated graphics on the low end. Probably not even an issue for them. Would hate to see a spec refresh come a month after I bought them one. The new iPad: Tempting, but I'm not sure how they would take to it. I've never used one, so I wouldn't be able to answer questions like "How to do I get this document from the old computer to the iPad." I'm sure I can figure it out, but I don't live with them and don't want to be on the phone troubleshooting these kinds of things when I won't know every answer. This would be kind of nice because they could keep the old computer going and someone else could use the iPad when the computer is in use. Still, I'd like to just get rid of the G4 before it dies. Not sure how quick they would be to adopt the new interface/OS. iMac: Big concern is cost. That's not to say they aren't worth it, but I have modest means here and I'm tentatively looking at buying a house this summer. Same with the iPad, in this situation they are likely to keep the old one around as a second backup compupter for a 2011 model from the refurbished store, I'd still hate to see a spec refresh soon after when most signs point to this happening soon. Windows Laptop/Desktop: Ugh. I'm pretty proud to have converted my parents and my sister to Mac users. It wasn't easy and I hate to take a step back just because it's more affordable. I'm a fairly tech savvy individual, but haven't used Windows regularly in about a decade. Again, don't want to be doing tech support on the phone or making regular house calls. Yeah, after typing this out, I think I'm leaning towards the Mini. I wish my crystal ball could tell me if a refresh were right around the corner, but it may not matter if I'm shopping the refurbished ones.