5 Things We’d Change About the New Mac mini

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JB-Vette

I generally agree with the missing features list in this article. As for Front SDHC and USB ports, I'd be fine if they were on the side. The built-in Apple TV would be key, and an optional optical drive would be good as part of a media center. Otherwise, I need a separate drive, separate cables and a mess in my media cabinet in my family room. If it had all those features, I'd pay the higher price.

I also agree with DanielSW relative to having a shelf load of DVDs that are never watched. That's why I'm trying to rip them to disk so that my Apple TV can play them.

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JB-Vette

I generally agree with the missing features list in this article. As for Front SDHC and USB ports, I'd be fine if they were on the side. The built-in Apple TV would be key, and an optional optical drive would be good as part of a media center. Otherwise, I need a separate drive, separate cables and a mess in my media cabinet in my family room. If it had all those features, I'd pay the higher price.

I also agree with DanielSW relative to having a shelf load of DVDs that are never watched. That's why I'm trying to rip them to disk so that my Apple TV can play them.

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Syrn1k

Happy to see they throw the optical drive out of their Mac minis.
Hope this trend will be followed in case of MBP and we'll see larger battery instead.

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brandonwalkermedia

YES!!! Apple take heed we want the AppStore mandatory for installing apps(at least i do)! i hate prowling the web for apps for my MBA, it would make it fun/ easy to find an app!

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joshfriedman

Regarding the lack of ports on the front.... Since there's no optical drive slot, there's no reason not to turn the Mini around, and presto! All the ports are on the "front". (So is the power cord, admittedly.)

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Theo

I'd planned on purchasing a Mac mini for a while, so I grabbed one the first day it came out. To be honest, not having a disk drive was almost a deal breaker. Maybe it's minimalism kicking in, but I hate having more products that do separate things, if I could get one that covered all the bases. I'm just planning on borrowing a dvd player until I can convert my collection to a hard drive. I needed to do it anyways, but now I have a serious reason too.

Still, if a friend brings over a Redbox to watch, I'm screwed.

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Keith E Whisman

This might actually be useful with Windows 7 dual booted with the latest Ubuntu build.

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DanielSw

Need a "we" to sound more credible?

I think your listed features are bogus. I like the new mini JUST the way it is.

I personally can't remember using ANY optical disk of ANY sort. They've gone the way of the floppy, replaced by broadband file transfers, flash drives, and Apple TV.

We have a Netflix subscription and didn't opt for the DVDs. We have a shelf full of DVD movies and rarely watch them. We're happy watching Netflix on our 2nd gen Apple TV. And no, I don't want an Apple TV built into a Mini.

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brandonwalkermedia

i agree! if anything Thunderbolt will take the place of the diskdrive

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