I've been thinking about my next home Mac and am wondering whether to get a top-spec Mini when they're next updated, and after Leopard is released, just to last a year or two until the 17" MacBook Pros get to a place where I'm happier with their overall spec in relation to their cost. I'm a print designer, and for this shortish time I need a machine that's merely capable and just as importantly, is quiet and takes up little room as I live in a very small flat. Also, now that CS3 and QuarkXpress 7 are universal, it's a better time to make the Intel switch, especially as I'll be installing both of those upgrades within the next couple of months. I also have a relatively new Dell monitor so that's also an incentive to go for the Mini. My home Mac runs Tiger but is not my main production machine. That is in the office, does most of the work, and is a dual 2.5 G5 with 2.5gb RAM and will be replaced next year by a MacPro. The one at home gets used for overtime and the occasional freelance project. It's four years old, is a dual G4 1.42, 2gb RAM, stock superdrive, FW800... the last of the MDDs that still can give good performance in relation to the early G5s. Four drives inside: 2 x 120, 1 x 320 and 1 x 40gb (scratch disk). Auto-startup apps that are always running: QuarkXpress 6, PhotoshopCS, InDesignCS, IllustratorCS, Acrobat Pro, MS Word, Mail, Safari, iTunes, Suitcase and an assorted handful of smaller design-related apps. Do a lot of print design work, some big publications 100page + or so, Photoshopping up to 350-500mb files but don't torrent stuff and rarely rip DVDs. Pros of the G4: Storage space for the drives, FW800 (very occasionally used) Cons: Large, bulky, heavy... very noisy (even with fan mods), USB1, overheats occasionally when the weather gets very hot, starting to feel a little slow. So, when the Minis get updated, does anyone think they'll be a viable option as a machine for my needs for the short-term? If I put at least 1.5gb RAM into one and move the best drives from the G4 into FW enclosures for additional storage? I don't necessarily see the core-duo Mini as an upgrade in terms of power, more in terms of having a quieter and smaller Mac of about the equivalent processing power for about 12-24 months that merely does the job. I can always sell it when I'm done with it... as I can also do with the G4 for a few hundred quid or so. Is there anything I haven't considered? As always, your thoughts are much appreciated. BV p.s. 1-2 years is short-term once you hit your mid-40s.