Amadeu writes “Hi Erica. One thing I have not yet seen in your series: how does the AppleTV compare with the MacMini, as for output quality? The AppleTV has a better graphics card but does this result in noticeable differences when displaying pictures or movies on the TV?”
I honestly don’t see a quality difference between the two. Both produce crisp watchable pictures. But then again, I’m neither an audio nor video perfectionist so take my opinion with the skepticism it probably deserves.
Also remember that Apple TV works out of the box and is pretty bullet-proof but isn’t meant for general computing. The Mini offers Front Row, but it’s pretty easy to leave that mode. Apple TV is $299 and the Mini costs significantly more.