04-16-2011, 02:25 PM
A lot of my friends have disagreed with me on this, but I am a 'less is more' kind of person. For the average, non-gaming, non-professional video editing person, I think the Mini is a GREAT platform, especially with the newer model's HDMI output. I'm still using a couple of iMacs simply b/c they haven't quit on me yet, but I don't see ever going back to an iMac.
The Mini has plenty enough power to carry the average user for years. Though I'm not a gamer, I would think it has plenty of power for most games. The fact that it is not tethered to a monitor is a benefit in two ways: First, if the monitor goes bad, it doesn't impact the use of the Mini. Secondly, monitors are constantly being upgraded, so if what you have now isn't what you want a year or two from now, simply buy another monitor that suits you better.
Also (and this has quickly become one of my FAVORITE things about my mini), if you travel much (vacations and the like), it is so absolutely easy to pack up your mini, throw it in a box/bag and take it with you along with the power cord and an HDMI cable and hook it up to virtually any newer television/monitor at your destination.
I have a 2010 Mini that I use as a HTPC. The last two vacations, I simply packed it up and took it to the hotel, plugged it into my TV and VOILA! I've got a computer for the family to surf on (without having to lend out my MBP to everyone!), and we have all of our movies, itunes, etc., ready to go from the start.
As long as I've got the option, I don't think I'll ever give up my mini.