As a longtime Windows user, I was a little skeptical when I was first offered a chance to get a new Mac Mini. I had never used a Macintosh before, but I figured it couldn't be too hard to figure out. The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was the size. I wasn't sure how something purported to be so powerful could actually be contained in such a small case, but nevertheless I wasted no time plugging it in and firing it up.
I was very pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to set up. It took literally minutes from hitting the power button before I was actually up and running. Granted it did take some time to get used to a new OS, but I quickly found it very easy to use.
The Mac Mini itself is very sleek and great-looking, but the shape makes it a little bit awkward sitting on my desk. I ended up mounting it on the wall behind the monitor, where it purrs along nicely out of sight. The Mini does a great job at pretty much everything I throw at it, including watching movies (streaming across the network, of course, as there is no optical drive on this computer).
After running for a while the Mac Mini tends to become a little bit sluggish, but that is most likely due to the fact that it only ships with 4GB of RAM. It is upgradeable to 16GB, which I plan to do soon. Other than this, it's a great little computer, with lots of power, and surprisingly not overly expensive.