I've turned into the resident "mac-man" at work it seems. We had to replace the dieing 400mhz G4 and were up in the air between the cheap Mini or a new G5 iMac. Mini won out because it seems to do just what is needed since the computer is only used for ripping jobs done on our Power Mac G5 downstairs to printable format. We ordered the 1.25 base model and got one of the "surprise" upgraded 1.3ghz models. Loaded Adobe's CS, Quark 6 & a slew of fonts and removed all the fluff software we wouldn't touch. After all said & done it runs pretty good for it's specs. You can definetly feel the hurt of the laptop drive when booting & accessing seldom used areas of the drive. I know you can toss an exernal FW drive & boot from that, we will do that later when one is freed up. How easy is it to just copy to the FW drive & continue to boot from that? The 400mhz G4 is now the scanner bitch computer and a backup for quarterly image files. The G5 is for Reebok & any customer supplied Mac jobs. Overall I'm impressed with how well it works tho. I expected it to be painfully slow at a lot of things except web/word stuff.