So you don't need an iPad or a 5K resolution iMac, but are in the market for a reasonably priced desktop computer. You can thank your lucky stars as Apple introduced a new Mac mini today and their portable desktop is more affordable than ever with a price that starts at just under $500.
That gets you a 1.4GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, 4GBs of RAM, 500GBs of storage, and Intel's HD Graphics 5000 chip. Throw in a couple hundred more dollars and you get a 2.6Ghz Core i5, a 1TB hard drive, 8GBs of RAM, and Intel's Iris graphics chip. There's also a top of the line 2.8GHz model and all models feature dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Gigabit ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and a SDXC slot.