First of all, let me mention that I've never owned a mac hardware or used mac OS and, truthfully, I was always against them. That somewhat changed recently… After looking at all the alternatives to replace my HTPC, Mac Mini 2010 came on top of the list. Yes, the price was a bit hard to swallow, but the form factor and possibility of moving away from aging Windows OS was really enticing. So, I pulled a trigger and got myself a base model. Ram and possibly hard drive I plan to upgrade at a later time, but that’s not what I was going to write about. I wanted to share my experience using OSX as Windows 7 MC replacement and to make the short story long it was not everything I expected. Initial boot to OSX was impressive. The UI is great looking and I did not have trouble to navigate and figure out how to use operating system. As a matter of fact it was a smooth transition and I was almost sold on its usability, but things got a bit more complex when I was setting it up as media center. I was aware before I got a Mac mini that there was no All-in-One solution for OTA recording and media playback, so I was prepared to use EyeTV and Plex/XBMC. After some basic configuration I started with Plex experience. I’ve read so many praises about Plex, but it didn't do it for me. The UI was nice, but performance was a bit sluggish and it required a lot of setup. My next test was with XBMC which I liked a better, but my main disappointment came later after I finished setting up EyeTv with my HDHomeRun tuner. Is this really the best option for TV recording for OSX? Another issue I had when I attempted to switch between movie playback in XBMC and TV shows recording in EyeTV with a mouse I realized that it will not work long term. So after two days of messing with it and listening to criticism from my wife I gave up on OSX HTPC idea, at least for now... Bootcamp experience was painless, installed Windows 7, then run Driver CD and had everything setup and configured within couple of hours. Paired with my favorite gyration remote (which btw also worked in OSX with limited functionality) and HDHomRun I was ready to enjoy my experience without having to switch between two different UI with a mouse. Btw, the only two other things that I installed were Haali Splitter and AC3 filter. Surprisingly, the experience of setting up Windows 7 Media Center on a mac mini was less painless then on a Zino. Also base Mac Mini performance is way better than a maxed out Zino. I may revisit OSX when I give up on OTA recording, but until then Windows 7 is the best option.