Despite my grumblings about the sad CPU and pricing I am still considering to purchase (not 100% yet though). During my pondering, I have found that the Mini Server may be a better option: Mac Mini (Spring 2010) CPU: 2.66 Ghz (option) RAM: 4GB (option) HDD: 500GB (5,400 rpm) Super Drive (default) TOTAL: 104,080 yen (1,137 USD) Mac Mini Server (Spring 2010) CPU: 2.66Ghz (default) RAM: 4GB (default) HDD: 500GB (7,200 rpm) x 2 (default) MacBook Air SuperDrive (option) TOTAL: 110,600 yen (1,208 USD) For an additional 6,520 yen (~71 USD) I see the following... Pros: * an additional 500GB HDD. * both HDD's are 7,200 rpm instead of 5,400 rpm. * I can then use the second internal drive for Time Machine over SATA instead of USB 2.0 (less desk clutter). I don't use my optical drive very often aside from the odd DVD burning and OS install so it can sit on the shelf. * no SuperDrive slot on the front of the case for dust to enter! Cons: * OSX Server instead of the client OS (not a deal breaker). * The addition of a second HDD and the increased rotational speed of both has me wondering about noise and heat. * Having the second HDD on all the time purely for Time Machine seems like a waste of electricity and potentially reducing the longevity of the spare HDD. Perhaps I will use it in a RAID 1 configuration but then I would need an external HDD for Time Machine and I want to avoid that. Just curious if anyone else is contemplating similar to the above? Or have any of you done this with the previous generation Mini server that can offer some feedback/advice? One final thing I am wondering about is how easily removable the HDD's will be. I assume just removing the grill held in place by the torx screws will allow easy access to them but I'm sure the Ifixit guys will let us know soon enough.