Well I just purchased my second Mac mini. Got the base model. This mini is replacing my old 2007 mini which really has worked great until about a month ago when I started getting kernel panics. I tried everything I could to keep the old mini working, even installing Lion from scratch twice and even went back and reinstalled Snow Leopard. It looks to me that the problem is memory related. I even took the mini apart and reseated the memory cards. I thought about just buying some new memory but decided no, I'd just go ahead and buy a new mini because I know ML won't run on my old mini. I was a little disappointed that my old mini only lasted five years, but then I guess that is pretty good as far as computers go. I went with the base system figuring that I can add on more memory if need be, but so far my performance is great, much better of course than my old mini. Now I'm just looking forward to ML being released. I wonder how many people even know about the mini. It really is a great way to get into the Mac family of computers. Every time I hear a friend talk about buying a new computer I recommend the mini. They always think that Mac's are so expensive and when I tell them they can get a Mac for $599 they are amazed. Anyway, just thought I'd share my satisfaction with my new mini. Oh one final thing, I purchased my mini at Best Buy and the price was $30 cheaper than at the Apple Store. Just something to keep in mind.