I just, finally, talked my parents into getting a Mac. As I'll be around for a couple weeks, I'm helping them set it up and learn all the "nice-ities" it has to offer. Gotta say, I'm a bit surprised and fairly bummed at the performance. I'm coming from a 1.5Ghz G4 powerbook, and the mini feels noticeably slower! And that's just running bare basic stuff - dashboard with stock widgets, iTunes, Safari, etc. All universal Apps, and it really feels considerably slower than I was used to with my old powerbook, and I ran all sorts of nonsense on my powerbook! It's the 1.66 Ghz CoreDuo model with 512mb of RAM, and although I know it could use more ram, (and my powerbook had more) surely that's not the problem for it running so slowly when it's not working hard on anything. For instance, the widgets rarely fly in smoothly, or make a nice ripple effect when opening. (Maybe that's just the integrated graphics???) But it's not just them. Even just opening safari can take quite a few seconds, same with mail.app. Several beachballs around, and a few times I've had it give up the ghost and just plain refuse to open apps until after a restart. (They'd just bounce in the dock indefinitely until I force-quitted them and restarted, although that's only happened a few times, and I've attributed it to fast user switching.) I've repaired permissions, and tried the maintenance stuff, and the disk verifies fine, so I'm not real sure what to do. I guess nothing is really wrong, but I sure was expecting better performance, based on what I've heard from people and their macbooks. Sometimes the computer feels better than others, so I'd feel silly bringing it to the genius bar. Are there any processor tests or benchmarks I could run for free to see if this thing is performing as it should?