Granted the 2012 mini i5 isn't quad core but I have a chance to score one on the cheap and I feel even if it lacks the quad core, I can always install more memory and a better hard drive to give it a nice speed bump. I watch lots of Netflix, Hulu download torrents and the like for shows and movies, occasionally use hand break but not for any sort of professional use, occasionally game but I'm really utilizing the iPad Air for that these days and web surfing. I realize the new mini is faster but I just can't get past the lack of expansion and paying more for it. The speeds don't seem to be that much faster for basic use. The 2014 entry level mini looks gruesome and the midrange is nice but not compelling at first glance. I'm running an early 2008 iMac so anything is likely to feel like a speed demon but for around 400 bucks I have to give the 2012 i5 mini a good look.