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Apple Mac Pro

Apple radically re-imagines the professional desktop with the new Mac Pro, featuring a design that looks fantastic and offers genuine breakthrough advantages. But, consumer-level Apple enthusiasts should note that this product isn't specifically targeted at them and DIY upgraders will lament the loss of traditional desktop tower flexibility.

By Dec. 20, 2013

4 stars Editor's rating Dec. 20, 2013
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Apple Mac Mini Core Duo (1.83GHz)

The Apple Mac Mini is an unquestioned winner among budget desktops, but HP has a small-form-factor PC whose feature set will woo many would-be Mac Mini buyers.

By Oct. 11, 2006

3.5 stars Editor's rating Oct. 11, 2006

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Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

As it's a free upgrade that gives you more apps, improved features across the board, and better performance, there is really no reason not to get Mavericks on your Mac.

By Oct. 24, 2013

4.5 stars Editor's rating Oct. 24, 2013

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Apple Mac Mini with Fusion Drive

With or without its new Fusion hybrid drive, Apple finally has a Mac Mini that competes well against mainstream Windows PCs in the same price range.

By Nov. 9, 2012

4 stars Editor's rating Nov. 9, 2012
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Pages for iOS

With more templates and a streamlined interface, the latest version of Pages is an improvement on iOS, but the Mac version is going to need time to catch up.

By Nov. 5, 2013

3.5 stars Editor's rating Nov. 5, 2013

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Parallels Desktop 8

Any Mac user who needs to use Windows or Linux software or needs to test software in different environments will appreciate Parallel Desktop's seamless integration, with plenty of little features that make the switching experience as smooth as possible.

By Sep. 5, 2012

4.5 stars Editor's rating Sep. 5, 2012
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Desktop buying guide

Desktops no longer make up the bulk of new PC purchases, but many people still like the idea of a fixed system. Here's some advice on finding the right system.

By Oct. 4, 2012

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Parallels Access

Parallels Access is a must-have for iPad owners who need to control apps on their desktop PC.

By Aug. 27, 2013

4 stars Editor's rating Aug. 27, 2013

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Apple Mac Mini Summer 2011

Apple's new $799 Mac Mini demands that you abandon disc-based media, and that you surround it with potentially expensive extra hardware to realize its full benefits. It makes most sense for committed Mac users, those who need it for a specific niche-case, or for those who value design over functionality for the dollar.

By Jul. 21, 2011

3 stars Editor's rating Jul. 21, 2011
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Hands-on with Apple's new Mac Pro desktop

The radically re-imagined pro-level desktop is built for 4K video.

By Dec. 22, 2013