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What are the "pros and cons" of the Intel Mac mini? Is one right for my needs?
Like any other purchase, only you can make the decision whether or not the Intel Mac mini is the right Mac for you, but you can evaluate the pros and cons of the series to see if your needs are met. This "run down" may be helpful in making a decision:
Basically, if you are looking for the cheapest new Apple computer you can buy, have no need for internal expansion, have no MacOS 9/"Classic" applications, and no "mission critical" MacOS X applications that are incompatible or run too slowly using "Rosetta", then an Intel-based Mac mini would be a good choice particularly if its compact size is important to you.
If performance is a higher priority, but cost and compatibility with older applications are less important, an Intel-based iMac might be a better choice. If compatibility with older applications is critical and physical size is important, but cost is a factor, a Mac mini G4 might be ideal.