As a budding Musician and Graphic Designer, and getting fed up with Windows, I decided the best option was to go for a Mac.
The deciding factors were the Software available (namely LogicStudio 8), the reliability of Mac, the customer service and longevity (Macs are well known for holding their value).
After weighing up the best possible options, the Mac Mini was the best. I already had a screen, mouse and Keyboard, so saving £300+ over the similarly spec'd iMac seemed like a good idea!
One of the most interesting features was the ability to turn it into a mini hub for my music, videos and general files. This is due to a program called Bonjour, which will let any computer talk to the Mac Mini and access files. It also allows you to grab files from other computers in your network (which i thought was absolutely amazing)
If you still have doubts over performance, take me word for it, it is just as fast as the similarly spec'd iMac. I do very processor heavy work 24/7, and have never had a hiccup or anything. (I would suggest that you upgrade the ram to 2gb for seriously increased performance).
The only slight possible annoyance is that it has an intergrated graphics card. This wasn't a problem for me, but it *could* be for some people.
To conclude, I genuinely think it is one of the better computers around at the moment, considering price, performance and looks.
P.S For anyone who wants to know if the Mac Mini can handle LogicPro, i can 100% guarantee you that it will run absolutely beautifully. At first i found it hard to find out if it did run smoothly, and decided to take the plunge and cross my fingers. I just wanted people to know that it WOULD run fine, with no hiccups or glitches.
I also got caught buy the Mac virus in the beginning of 2006 and I do not regret it. After a Mini G4, 1.5 and a PowerBook G4, 1.33, I now finally bought this 2.0 Intel Core 2 Duo Apple Mac Mini version. The first thing I noticed was that the switch to Leopard went a bit clumsy. I got Euro 8.95 discount at the Apple store, so I could order an upgrade DVD for the total price. The new Mini's are now probably sold with Leopard pre-installed. Despite the new look and the new features that Leopard has, I think that it is not a dramatic new OS. However, it runs a little smoother on Intel processors and has Time Machine! The Mini is a wonderful device. It is a bit noisier that its predecessor G4, this is probably caused by the elements of the brand HD that are installed on it. However, it is faster and it has more USB connections and a sound input.
Moreover, it cooperates very well with VM Ware Fusion. So you can use those few programs that have no good alternatives, and run them on a small Windows installation. My "virtual machine" XP is only 3.5 GB and it runs very smoothly. OSX is obviously much more pleasant to work with: no spyware or viruses, your system does not work slower and slower, because there is no registry that is filling up! They say that a Mac is expensive, but the reason why is that Apple does not offer half computers. So you could say that it isn't that expensive if you see the amount of software that is included. There is also plenty of free and cheap software available on the internet! This Apple Mac mini is perfectly put together!
When Apple introduced the Mac Mini it was a little underpowered, but this has all changed, the latest model has a Core2Duo processor running at 2GHz, so very fast indeed. I personally have an iMac, but bought one of these for my son, who does not need the power (or expense) of the iMac.
The Mac Mini is very very small. It is also worth noting that it comes in a VERY small box. That is because you only get the computer, mains cable and software. You do not get a keyboard, mouse or screen. If you have a USB mouse and keyboard, it'll probably work, if not factor in the cost of buying one. Regarding the screen, a DVI one will work fine, or a VGA one will require that you use the included adapter. The software you get is the latest OS (currently Leopard) and the iLife suite of applications, so really everything you need to get started.
This is a great little machine. It runs really quietly and really fast. In fact it is perfectly capable of being used for professional work. The only thing it will struggle on a little is high-end video work and graphics intensive games. That is due to the integrated graphics rather than a dedicated card. Overall though, I have been very happy with the Mac Mini, it offers superb value.
Powered by the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, the new Mac mini is up to 39 percent faster than the previous generation. From across the room, you can browse through all the music, photos, and movies on both your Mac mini and other computers across your network. Turn special times into photo books and slideshows, Hollywood-style movies, and DVDs. And create stunning web pages, blogs, and podcasts. Mac mini makes it easy to upgrade from an older system or set it up side-by-side with another computer. Just BYODKM - bring your own display, keyboard, and mouse.