New Mac Mini – No Superdrive

Today’s big Mac product line announcement includes one surprise for me.

The new Mac mini packs an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, Thunderbolt, AMD Radeon HD graphics, and Mac OS X Lion. Notably absent, however, is that familiar front-facing SuperDrive slot.

Well, that’s put to a pause to my MacMini running my TV setup. Well, at least for now. Strange they don’t see the Mini’s market in this area. Otherwise, why remove the ability to watch a DVD?

Maybe they knew I would cancel my NetFlix account because of the price increase?

UPDATE 20110725 – engadget reviews also condemns the new mini as a HTPC because of lack of optical drive.

UPDATE 20110810 – ars technica’s more in-depth review as a HTPC