So I haven't really kept up with all that intel is doing in the last two years or so. Here's the deal, I have a Mid-2012 MacBook Pro with 2 SSD's and 16GB of RAM. No plans on upgrading. I do some video editing (light), some photo editing, and other productivity related stuff in addition to all of the other junk one does with their laptop. (From gaming, especially now that Steam in-home streaming is here! Streaming from my gaming PC. Suh-weet!; to just plain old web browsing). I also lug this thing to my office every day. Not that it's a huge burden, but, you know. At my desk I have a monitor and a nice mechanical keyboard, good setup! But I've got some expense account money for technology and I'd like a desktop. Just so that I don't HAVE to lug my laptop all the time. At the office we're talking about basic productivity. Word processing, web browsing, etc. Nothing insane at all. I'm not a developer or artist or designer or anything (the photo/video editing is my own personal stuff.) So the new $499 Mac Mini is tempting. My question is, and I know it's a dumb question but before I pull the trigger I need to ask; am I going to have a noticeable performance hit going from my 2.5GHz MacBook Pro to the new Mac Mini? Considering the light duty usage, should I go with 8GB of RAM? I may pop an SSD in there. Looks like a few fancy screws and liberal use of the spudger but it can be done. Suppose I COULD opt for the $184 PCI-e drive option (It's $184 bought through discounts available to my employer. Buying through an account.) What are your thoughts? Is it really worth the extra $200 to spring for the 2.5GHz/8GB version? For a basic office PC / basic productivity? I know a cheap PC is an option; heck that's what my secretary uses. But I really don't like Windows, and I want to keep the platform the same. In other words, I want to use iCloud and syncing features with my apps so that I can come to either machine and be ready to go. (Though, Windows 8 does this exceptionally well as well.) Thanks guys!