My PC laptop gave up the ghost and I started looking at new machines. I decided that I didn't travel with my laptop enough to consider getting another one, and I have a 26" LCD screen that works as a monitor. I don't game, so I was looking at some of the mini/slim PC machines that were in the $500-$600 range. Tigerdirect.com had some great deals on machines with a ton of RAM and hard drive space, and some speedy processors. As an outside contender, I had an eyeball on the Mac Mini. The specs on paper made it look like a lesser machine for more money. However, after a test drive in the Apple Store, I found myself liking the Mac software. I gave it some thought and realized that for my needs, most of the PCs I was looking at were overkill. Primarily, I needed a machine to run Pro Tools, and store some photos. I do some work in Word/Excel/Access from time to time. I'm not a big web surfer and don't have a connection at home, other than my smartphone. I also thought that 500GB - 1TB of storage space was kind of dumb, since I'd likely want to keep anything over 500GB on a secondary drive, and after two years of use, my laptop had 70GB of space used up. After a few days of toying around with the system, I'm stoked on it. It is fast enough for my needs. I really like the operating system interface. iPhoto has organized my pics better than anything I had on my PC, and the stock editing software saved some pictures that I thought were too poorly exposed to save, which I wouldn't have been able to salvage on the PC software I had. As much as I resisted it for so long, I'm stoked on the conversion.