As Levina said, lets keep this Civil, and objective.
There is no need to swear about it, and using emotive language is never a good way to get your point across.
Rezolution wrote in post #12846546
1.Will I lose, performance-wise, with the switch if my primary uses are personal photo editing, web surfing, and occassional video edits?
2.Should I go the cheaper route and opt for the i5 2.3Ghz, 4GB model considering my primary uses for it?
3.Is there any reason to instead opt for a higher end MBP i7 and use it clamshell with the monitor or is using a MBP this way either problematic or inconvenient?
It sounds like how the computer looks is more important to you than how it performs, and there for how functional it is.
However, to answer your questions:
1, YES. Your taking a huge hit in performance.
How much it will effect you will depend on how many, and how large the files are you work with, and how much you work with them.
2, If performance is important then yes.
When buying any computer for any kind of photo or video editing always get the most powerful one you can afford.
3, What looks better?
A MBP will give you the same, or better performance than the Mac Mini, while also being portable.
Also consider this:
Your current desktop is the performance equivalent of a Super Car and the Storage equivalent of a Large Truck, with lots of room for potential upgrades in the future.
It's WIFI problems are likely related to it's position in the house and the problems you get when operating a large power supply near a radio source.
Fixed hardware should always be connected via a fixed network. We have our computers and TV connected by a wired network, while the wireless is used for the iPad and cell phones.
A Mac Mini is the performance and storage equivalent of a Scion XB. i.e slow and small, but it looks pretty.
Levina de Ruijter wrote in post #12891969
As for having apps full screen, that's something I have never quite understood and now, with the big screens even less so. ..
I've never understood how people can work on big things in a minimized window.
I used to work on very large spreadsheets on OSX, and the inability to make full use of all the screens real-estate really annoyed me. So much so I used to take the spreadsheets home to work on them.
However, I did enjoy the ease at which OS-X worked with multiple apps in minimized screens.
It's interesting that the ability to work so easily in multiple Apps made it's way into Windows 7, while full screen ability made it's way into OS-X.
Next time you edit a photo, try using the app in Full Screen.
You will find that the bigger the photo is, the more detail you have to work with.