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on December 28, 2011
Purchased this to replace my old G5 tower. Already had a new monitor, keyboard and mouse. Upgraded the RAM to 8 GB from Crucial, which was trivial to do and a lot cheaper than buying the thing from Apple with 8 GB installed.
After a couple of weeks, I have to say that I love this little bugger. Not as quick as the new iMacs, but I really don't like all-in-one designs for much of anything. The lack of an optical drive has proven to be a total non-issue, though if needed there are plenty of options to add an external including one from Apple. Without a doubt, this is the quietest computer I have ever owned.
My only complaint is that I used Apple's included Migration Assistant to move from the G5 to the Mini. That was an error. Migration from the PPC architecture is smoother if you just reinstall apps and copy data via file sharing. I have done this both ways and a lot of trouble can be avoided by just biting the bullet and starting from scratch.
Once I got the transition issues resolved, this thing turned into a marvelous tool. It's plenty quick enough with Photoshop CS 5.1, even with large images stored on an external Firewire 800 drive. Aside from the problems with the transition, everything just works. No hassle, no thinking. It just does what it is supposed to do, and I don't have to think about the machine at all. That's what I bought it for, and that's what it does. The tiny footprint on my desk is nice too.