Eh, who cares if it is slower if a refurb / fleabay 2018 Intel Mini is a better deal with better compatibility?Doesn't seem all that informed to me.
899 gets you an M1 Mini with 16GB RAM (but only 256GB SSD), so 1099 gets you to 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSD.
1099 gets you a 6 core Intel Mini with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD. But you can upgrade RAM yourself. If your goal is 16GB, it's actually more expensive to do this.
That and from what I have seen the M1 will smoke the base 6 core Intel Mini at everything.
Only get the the Intel one if you MUST have More than 16GB RAM, because you aren't saving anything, and the Intel machine is slower.
I bought an open box 2018 Mini in 2019 and still cannot find a compelling reason to buy an M1 Mini, even at a refurbished discount from Apple at $589.
M1 is neat, but still a gimmick with bells n whistles and "look, better numbers" with a now bifurcated software ecosystem.
Just Apple doing Apple things really.