My last Mac Mini was the original intel one and it is still running. This is a comparison of the two 2014 models, $699 and $999. The difference in the models 2.6 versus 2.8 for the CPU and the drives, 5400 RPM versus Fusion at 1 TB. This comparison was particular to my needs. Run Final Cut Pro "Rendering" undisturbed, in other words free up my laptop Use it with Parallels for work Photo Editing Light Room Web Browsing Basic Documents I went with the $699 Model. What I found Slow and laggy using Parallels and other basic functions. Running IStats found that the CPU was taking some hit, but memory was running higher than my 2013 MBP. I felt the memory was running high due a bottleneck with the slower hard drive. Boot time was slow. Remember I have been strictly using Flash drives for the past two years Needless to say I returned the $699 model and forked over for the $999 model at the store. All my annoyances went away and the new machine is running as I would expect. Bottom line this is the first time I have used a fusion drive and I love it. The performance is good and comparable to my 13" MBP. I would recommend the Mac Mini with the fusion drive. Without the fusion drive I would not even consider the Mac Mini from my experiences. I will leave the core debate on the 2014 models alone.