The Good Among the fastest systems in its class; superb LCD monitor; standard three-year warranty.
The Bad No media-card reader; spartan software bundle; weak online support.
The Bottom Line Unlike your typical ho-hum business-class system, MPC's pricey but outstanding ClientPro 545 is a good choice for video and graphics pros.
Like the and the before it, the MPC ClientPro 545 is not your average business workhorse. Part of MPC's home-office/small-business line, our $3,745 test system arrived built for the most-demanding business applications: DV editing, animation, &siteid=7&edid=&lop=txt&destcat=ex_1&destUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ewebopedia%2Ecom%2FTERM%2FC%2FCAD%2Ehtml">CAD, and other high-end graphics tasks. Indeed, the 3.2GHz Pentium 4-based ClientPro 545 is a strong performer, and it comes paired with an outstanding monitor, entertainment-friendly hardware, and a near-perfect warranty. For most businesses, this system is overkill, but creative professionals who are looking for a Windows-based machine should keep the ClientPro 545 in mind. The MPC ClientPro 545 isn't the most color-coordinated system we've ever seen, combining a two-tone gray tower with a differently two-toned keyboard and mouse, a silver-framed monitor, and all-black speakers. The tower looks a little dull, and each of the other components is attractive in its own right, but they don't match. Plus, although the exterior of the full-size tower is made entirely of plastic, it feels remarkably solid, and it's easily penetrable, thanks to a quick-release side panel held in place by a single captured thumbscrew.