Well first of all it's a Mac! So it's of very high quality. It uses the wonderfully designed Mac OSX Snow Leopard OS - Do not underestimate the OS on a computer, it's what binds it all together. OK, so you pay a bit more for a Mac but you don't get a load of bloatware like you do on on most windows pc's. You do however get the wonderful iLife suite which consists of iMovie (video editing etc), iPhoto (Great photo library and editing) iWeb (Create great looking websites) and the amazing Garageband (Music creation/editing). The Mac mini is small, very quiet and one of the most energy efficient computers out there! It can multi-task with the best of them and is powerful enough for most people's needs. You can add external Hard Drives to expand your storage and to use Apples beautiful 'Time Machine' software that backs up all of data every hour! So if you've accidentally deleted something then you go into Time Machines wonderfully designed interface and fly back through time to restore your missing file(s) it's so simple to use - backing up becomes effortless thanks to this great piece of software - and it's all included. Plus don't forget that with Apples Bootcamp included, you can also run Windows on the Mac - so you essentially can get the best of both worlds - 2 Computers for the price of 1.