I currently own a 2012 Mini and things I like about this little machine are: - Easy to setup, with only power cord (no brick!!!) & HDMI cable and you're good to go - OSX with Bluetooth peripherals are very easy to pair and connect to, no cables are needed - The small speaker inside is really really important if you do not happen to have any speakers around Recently I was tempted to buy a notebook because of its portability (13" MBA or rMBP), but their price seems expensive compared to a Mac Mini. One special thing about Mini is that you can choose to use your own keyboard, mouse, and monitor. To me this is a plus as if one of them is broken, you can just easily buy another one. However if something is broken with your notebook, you probably will have to send them back to Apple. Not to mention that you can upgrade its RAM and HDD pretty easily. So I was wondering, do people actually carry their Mac Mini between places (like from home to office)? Or is it actually better to just own a macbook because it is also can be easily docked into a monitor but you also get the portability of a notebook?