For the money, esp with the edu discount, I don't think that Apple has ever produced a machine that offers better value (unless you've got a KVM package to pair with the Mini but even then you could quibble - rightly - about the Mini's slow HD).
I've picked up two family machines when the 1.25 models were released and have been very happy with them (one did have a logic board failure though). They're great for the times when you've got to run it 24 hours a day for a few days to pick up those big freeware apps on BT that are just really slow to come down .
I wonder if they have gotten their screen issues worked out or not ... the last several eMacs we've purchased at work had some big problems ... the rasters seemed twisted or somehow warped, no amount of adjustments made straight lines on the screen actually _straight_ (which sucks when you're trying to setup them up for juniour designers).
Funnily enough, Apple didn't see this as a big enough problem to repair them (in one case again as the first screen was DOA and this is the replacement screen that is not so hot). So I have 1 eMac where horizontal lines have this funny twist/sway to them (higher in some spots, lower in others), and another one where the left side of the screen is nice and straight vertically, but the right side has a big bow in it (and of course all the lines are bowed too on that side of the screen) :/
quik it's okay. I am still moody that I spent 2,500 Cdn on a Dual 1.8 with a 80 GB HD, 64 MB video card, Panther, and 256 MB of RAM. Two months later, for the same price you get a Dual 2.0 with 160 GB HD, 128 MB video card, Tiger, and 512 MB of RAM. Oh and a better DVD writer.
Stupid salesman lied to me! Said a new machine wouldn't come out for atleast half a year!