The Apple Mac mini is definitely the least expensive method to possess a Mac. Ever since its launch in January 2005, the tiny form aspect desktop Mac has provided a low-cost option to the all-in-one iMac or the high-end Mac Pro.
The 2012 boost is not a radical change. It keeps the exact same basic form factor as being the last generation of Mac mini, and will not make any main changes to its functionality. But it is greater than a mere incremental update.
The step-up in cpus, from your second generation Sandy Bridge chips to the new third-gen Ivy Bridge CPUs, provide a pleasant boost in power. Their incorporated Intel HD Graphics 4000 chipset is about 60% better than the Intel HD Graphics 3000 utilized in second-generation Core-i cpus.