Join Date: Dec 2009
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I don't know if I would say much better. They have some upgrades such as the cpu (not much of speed upgrade), a newer integrated graphics chip, and, probably the big item, the HDMI port. The HDMI port will send the audio and video which is cool if you equipment for it. Then again, as of this date, no HD audio over the HDMI, which for some is a big problem.
My guess, a lot of people just want the latest and greatest. Apple has done a good with getting people like that.
If you have a mini, or older TVs or AVRs, the 2009 mini refurbs are fine, and you can save a good chunk of money too.