Apple’s Mac mini is an attractive option to Windows-based PCs

“The home and business PC soon may have to move over to accommodate an unwelcome guest: a new Macintosh. With its inexpensive, compact Mac mini, Apple aims to lure more users to the Mac platform and snare a bigger share of the home and office desktop–and maybe even space in the living room, bedroom, den or kitchen, industry observers say,” Russell Redman reports for Digital Connect. 

“Price, along with a relative dearth of Mac-compatible software vs. the Microsoft Windows platform, has historically hampered Apple’s computer market share. But the Mac mini starts at just $499, putting it squarely in the budget PC market and well within reach of users who previously didn’t want to fork over $1,000-plus for a Macintosh,” Redman reports. “The Mac mini’s price, portability, wireless networking capabilities and bundled iLife ’05 multimedia software make it an attractive option to Windows-based PCs for consumers.”

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Redman reports, “‘The base model of the Mac mini could make a fine second computer, possibly dedicated to music, movies and video, as its USB and FireWire ports enable storage, audio and video expansion,’ Gartner analyst Martin Reynolds said in a recent report. ‘Watch for the emergence of USB peripheral boxes that fully integrate the Mac [mini] into a home theater system, which will signal that the Mac mini has become a model for what a media PC could be,’ Reynolds added.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The Mac mini would make a fine computer for 95% of the world (most people surf the ‘Net, type a letter, do their budget, send email; they’re not power users, they just want something that works) and the first thing anyone stuck with Windows should think about dedicating a Mac mini to do would be to use it to connect to the Internet for Web and email use. Have you used a consumer’s Windows machine on the ‘Net lately? Littered with malware, prone to viruses and worms; it’s a joke. Today they add a Mac, in a bit of time, they realize they haven’t booted up their Windows machine for weeks.

19 Comments

  1. I was surprise MDN hadnt linked to THE MOST moronic “article” (if you can call it that) on the mac mini to date.

    http://www.divisiontwo.com/articles/MacMini2.html

    Let us all please give him the proper welcome to the world have online mac-bashing. I already sent him my e-mail response and told him to learn how to do research. He actually confused the mini and the iPod shuffle, LOL. There is a link at the bottom of the article.

  2. There are fewer Mac OS X programs (Games excluded, we loose big time there) but the good Mac programs that use the OS X GUI all work the same way. Learn one, you know them all.

    Lousy Windows ports are not good Mac programs.

  3. Pete:

    OCR is Optical Character Recognition. OCR “reads” a scanned document and converts it into text a program like a word processor can use.

    What RM’s example highlights is problems with industry or task specific software.

    The only way to get around this is for software developers to work on making cross platform versions of their products – with really strong feature parity across platforms. This is a big challenge.

    For example. I’m working on a scheduling product called QView for the transportation industry. I made the choice to write this product using RealBasic because it’s a fine product AND it compiles cross-platform.

    Recently I’ve been working on adding image scanning, MySQL database support for workgroups, and adding an order management module. Scanning is proving to be much more of a challenge on OS X than it is in Windows. This is because many scanners for the Mac don’t support the Image Capture Architecture, but instead use their own proprietary driver/software. Why?

    The problem is kind of an ugly cycle:

    A. Hardware and software manufacturers don’t take the Mac seriously as a business platform.
    B. Business look for industry specific software for the Mac.
    C. The business decides it has to by Wintel.
    D. Sales figures show most businesses purchase Wintel
    E. GoTo A

    Again. I think it really comes down to small-to-mid-sized software developers. They have to make enough noise and enough products to force large hardware and software companies to take the Mac seriously as a business platform.

    This is what I and many others are working hard to do.

    Anthony Dellos
    Inforge Systems, LLC
    Milwaukee WI

  4. OCR – Optical Character Recognition – reads the file produced when a printed page is scanned into a computer and recognizes the text characters and turns them into ASCII or other text file formats that can be manipulated, just as if you typed them into the computer.

    Sadly, RM is right. OmniPage currently sucks. I’m using ReadIris, but it is not perfect. Seems to be the best available right now though; needs support for database files and additional output formats.

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