Apple Mac Pro

The Good The Mac Pro's hardware is incredibly powerful, especially if you're using it for pro-level graphics and video tasks. It can output to up to three 4K displays simultaneously, thanks to six Thunderbolt 2 ports plus HDMI. The system is whisper-quiet, with a clever three-sided motherboard for efficient cooling and space savings.

The Bad Internal expandability is limited, and even the starting price is a hefty $3,000. While it's a very high-design product, the components inside are intended for professional use, and not especially suitable for Apple-loving home consumers.

The Bottom Line 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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 9.0
8.5 Overall

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Review

Apple's radically reimagined Mac Pro is a powerhouse performer

Editors' note (April 7, 2017): This review refers to the 2013 version of the Mac Pro. Apple has since revealed its roadmap for the product's future, as well as some other info on Mac desktops and accessories. Specifically, we now know:

  • The Mac Pro reviewed here got a slight spec bump on April 4, 2016.
  • Apple is working on a completely redesigned version of the Mac Pro, but that new model won't debut until sometime after 2017.
  • New iMacs, including at least one version that may appeal to pro-level customers, will be released before the end of 2017.
  • Apple is also working on new pro-level displays.

Read our first take of the 2017 update of the Mac Pro for more information.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $2,999
  • Brand Apple
  • Type Xeon
  • Installed Size 12 GB
  • Edition OS X 10.12 Sierra
  • Capacity 256 GB
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