I know this has been discussed to death, but I just had my first chance to play about with a Mac Mini today, at CompUSA. I opened Safari (no internet connection, so it was just an empty window), iTunes (no songs in the library, so I couldn't play anything) and iPhoto. iPhoto had some photos, so I went through them. It took about 3-5 seconds to open each one, and I got a beachball each time. I then went to an iMac (17", 1.6GHz, 256 MB RAM), and did the same. The photos displayed instantly. They had the Mini locked down so I couldn't view the System Profile, so I'm not sure which one it was. I'm guessing it had some problems that should be sorted out, so I'm taking a trip to my nearest Apple store soon to check. But, surely this isn't what I could expect if I switched to a Mac Mini? Everything I've heard and read here suggested that there's not that big a difference between the two. Currently, on my laptop, I have Yahoo IM with four conversations open, one Firefox window with seven tabs, Thunderbird, cygwin, 11 gvim windows, three folders, a vnc client to my Solaris machine at work, iTunes, a phone simulator, and the Resin J2EE web container running. This probably qualifies me as a power user. (Admittedly, I have 1.5 GB RAM) By the way, I don't know what they're smoking, but they have a "special offer", $499 for the stock 1.25 GHz Mini, $599 for the stock 1.42GHz mini, valid to 9th April ????????