Holy moley! The Apple Mac mini with M1 processor is cheaper, faster, and keeps everything we loved about the Mac mini while changing up both the internals and where Apple sits in the larger industry. That's a lot to live up to, but the M1 Mac mini does it with grace and style.
I just bought a refurbished Mac Mini from the Apple Store and love it. I did have a late 2009 Mac Mini years ago and loved it as well. I already had the other peripherals so all I had to do was pair them and hook up the monitor and I was good to go