I've been looking forward to the next Mini, as I'm planning on setting up a small server with a DAS to serve up web pages for a website my wife is thinking of building.** With a server performing this duty, I also likely will use the DAS for Time Machine backups and consolidated media storage. In the process of thinking this through, I realized that my semi-retired, but still in very good condition, late '08 MBP (the first Unibody) might be an alternative. It has a C2D CPU, 8GB RAM and an SSD boot drive. Ports are limited, however, to USB2, Firewire400 and Ethernet (gigE, IIRC). $20 for OSX 10.9 Server and the '08 MBP would be functional -- but I have no idea whether it would be "adequate" or better yet, "satisfactory." I'd really appreciate the Collective's thoughts on whether to go with the '08 MBP or a Mini for these duties. Thanks! Mark ** I recognize there are limitations associated with attempting to serve web pages via my home Cox cable internet (e.g., DynDNS, cable service contract issues, etc.). I am separately researching how I will deal with these matters (home or remote hosting, etc.), so you don't need to comment -- I'll be asking more refined questions on that subject in the future! Right now, my focus is on: if I choose the home-based server route, what hardware combination makes the most sense.