I switched to Mac several years ago with a 27" iMac. Since then, my wife and I have added many Apple products to our lifestyle, including Macbooks, iPads, and an Apple TV. The latter has been using primarily as an Airplay streaming device from our iPads and iMac computer (via the Air Video app). I had a growing desire to have a "Home Theater PC" experience in my living room. The Apple TV solved a few problems, but never really went the whole way. With that in mind, I decided to get a 2012 Mac Mini (base model) for our living room. Here's my setup: 2012 Mac Mini (base model, but upgraded to 16GB of Ram) Samsung 50" LCD HDTV Yamaha AV Receiver with HDMI Wireless keyboard/trackpad with Magicwand 3GB Toshiba Canvio USB 3.0 external hard drive Gigabit Ethernet networking to my iMac in another room with attached hard drives. So it is a real revelation having the Mac hooked up to my HDTV. After making some initial adjustments to screen resolution and audio setup, I can now say that this has become my main computer. It is so much nicer and more convenient sitting on my couch with the wireless keyboard/trackpad. Things I'm really enjoying on my Mac Mini: - Using Plex to stream movies and tv shows from local and networked storage. The interface is so nice and clean, and it has been playing all of my content without issue. I love how I can pass digital audio to my receiver via HDMI and have it decode the audio in 5.1. - Using Spotify and iTunes to play music on my home theater speakers. - Playing games like Minecraft, The Walking Dead, and Plants vs Zombies. I know the Intel HD graphics are not going to play the most demanding games, but it does a fine job for simpler games at medium resolution. - Installed Windows 7 via Virtualbox and have it permanently assigned to its own Space with 2GB of dedicated RAM. Having 16GB of RAM makes a HUGE difference on this machine, as it was getting bogged down with only 4GB. I do not use the Windows 7 install for games, but for some apps that don't have Mac counterparts. I'm using it more than anything for media viewing, but with either HIDPI mode or screen zooming, I have no problem reading webpages or text even from my couch. All in all, my iMac has now taken second seat and the Mini has become my main computer. It's still nice having most of my storage and peripherals attached to my iMac. And with the Gigabit Ethernet network, I can easily stream media from the iMac to the Mini. I can even use the iMac's optical drive if I need to using Remote Disk. The Toshiba 3GB Canvio external drive is attached locally and is actually faster than the internal drive via USB 3.0. My wife is interested in using iMovie to make our home movies using the Mini, but I'm not sure if the onboard graphics will be up to the task. I've also attached one of our older Wiimote controllers to control Plex, which is pretty nifty. In summary, the Mac Mini is a fine machine. The USB 3.0 ports are great for attached storage. And the HDMI output is perfect for video and audio to my receiver and HDTV. I've encountered a few glitches here and there, but for the most part, I have everything working the way I want. For some, I know I'm preaching to the choir. For others, my unashamed praise will seem like Apple fanboyism. Hopefully, there are those that find my anecdote interesting and helpful in some way. Thank you for your time.