The latest praise for Apple's Mac mini comes from the Associated Press.

Described as "elegant and inexpensive, without being cheap" the mini is credited as a "low-cost alternative to Microsoft's Windows that doesn't carry the learning curve of Linux."

The security issues surrounding the Windows platform also put the iMac in favour. "It's not a magnet for the viruses, worms and other malware floating around the Internet," writes AP's Matthew Fordahl.

He adds: "The Mini seems designed more like a consumer electronics device like Apple's iPod than a general-purpose computer," and notes: "It could fit in any room as a first, second or third computer. And it plays well with others on a home network."