For the first time I am truly excited about a computer. Let me begin by saying I have never purchased an apple product other than the iPod and some other iPod stuff (dock, etc.) a while back - 3G iPod (yes, rather new but whatever). I live right near an Apple store so I have used a lot of their computers - I have used iPhoto, GarageBand, Safari - but I have never owned one and I really want to. I'm 13, so all money decisions are made by my parents (mom doesnt know computers so its all up to my dad.) My dad has not experienced the effect from using an apple and thus thinks its a waste of money. But when he sees what I saw tonight, he will change. This is the first time I went to the Apple store since the Mac mini was released on the 22nd. I've passed by the store, which is how I knew that it used to be connected to a 30" Cinema Display and iPod photo (I think I posted that here. Well, they changed it). I walked in and saw a pretty big cardboard picture of the Mac mini by the enterance. There was a LINE to use the 3 mac minis set up. I waited online to use them but quickly got off of it (it was an hour before closing and people were leaving) I checked out the other Apple products as I normally do, and asked questions and impressed the people that worked there because I knew more than them. I used a Dual 2.5 GHz PowerMac with 512 RAM and it was very fast - hooked up to powerful speakers and a 30" display, I decided to try the new GarageBand - much better than the last version IMO. Within minutes I had a pretty good song made... well, actually, it sucked, but whatever. Finally - a Mac mini was free. HOLY CRAP its SMALL! It was so small compared to the 20" screen it was hooked into. But MAN was it powerful and quiet. First thing to do, check its stats: Well, it was a BTO model - it had everything except for a full gig of ram - the super drive, everything. (It was the $599 model which would be like 1000 bucks to buy) Opened up Safari - very quick, and really impressive video effects. I exited it and it swooped down to the Dock. Let the tests begin. I opened up iPhoto and iTunes at the same time (A bit dissapointed that there was no speakers attatched and the internal sound had been turned off by default - they didnt want any computers with sound except for the ones with the amazing Altec-Lansing speakers (Its a mall outlet of the Apple store). iPhoto was as fast as ever - FASTER than the Dual 2.5 GHz PM!!!! Then I opened up some more programs - Word, Pages, Keynote, Photoshop, GarageBand, iDVD and iChat. Computer slowed down, but was still quick and responsive. I used iTunes even though no sound was playing, was toying with iPhoto and broadcasting on iChat using the iSight camera at the same time and it didnt crash and was very nice. Impressive. I am so excited that the Mac mini is AMAZING. I can't wait to buy one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!