First Hands-On Impressions of the New Mac Pro [Video]

First Hands-On Impressions of the New Mac Pro [Video]

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Early reviews and hands-on impressions of the new Mac Pro have begun to surface online. Here's a summary of the first ones.

The new Mac Pro is a professional workhorse dressed up in a very appealing high-design package. It's a stretch to say this is a computer for casual consumers, but the starting price isn't more than you'd pay for a similarly configured Windows PC and the radically different design is cool enough to appeal to any design enthusiast who wants nothing but the best-looking, best-performing products.

The depth of its abilities as a video editing and professional-grade creation tool are both too vast to fully explore in an initial day or two, and also somewhat outside our normal consumer-focussed scope, therefore, this page will be updated with new impressions and performance results in the coming days.

Aesthetically, the anondized aluminum is more reflective than any of Apple's other products, which also means it's more fingerprint-prone. (Not necessarily an issue if you plan on having it tucked away, though you'll definitely notice it if you engage in some of that aforementioned schlepping.) It also looks less black than it does on Apple's site -- more like the "Space Gray" that it actually is. As it happens, that case is easy to unlock and slip off, on the rare occasion that you want to replace the RAM, storage or one of the GPUs.

The Verge:
It's astonishingly reflective — I can see the screen clearly, and anyone who walks by is immediately recognizable — and it picks up fingerprints really easily. But it's beautiful, understated, and looks great on a desk next to the 4K Sharp monitor we've paired it with. It's particularly good-looking with its case off, exposing the Mac Pro's machinery, but the case is required to dissipate heat. You can't even use the Mac Pro with it off.

The top of the Mac Pro serves double duty as a vent for the (surprisingly quiet) fan system and as a handle for carrying the computer. At just 11 pounds, it’s easy to tote when needed. On the back of the Mac Pro are all of its many ports and connections, conveniently backlit whenever the computer senses motion nearby. You'll find six Thunderbolt 2 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, two independent Gigabit-ethernet ports, an HDMI-video port, and audio jacks.

An amazing day for FCPX fans with the 10.1 update, but let us not forget there is new hardware out too. The release of the update happened less than 24 hours after the announcement of the facility to order the new Mac Pros. We have been very lucky to receive a model, so here is the unboxing that happened in the office this afternoon.

antoniou alex - December 29, 2013 at 6:06pm
Is it a Mac? NO Does it even look like a Mac? NO Does it look like a trash can? YES What the heck did Apple had in mind when they were "designing" this "thing"??
Tetrism - December 29, 2013 at 6:10pm
Is it a Mac? YES Does it even look like a Mac? YES Does it look like a trash can? YES and why? Because apple can fit all the power in something that doesn't take up space or makes us struggle to carry the new Mac Pro like it used to and it looks like this because it's a better way to enjoy something built for editing photos, make movies, or edit videos. Period.
asdfasdf - December 23, 2013 at 1:22am
I don't understand why so many people buy desktops... its like everyone in their right minds think that are movie producers and video editors lol. frankly guys... leave the avatar movie making to the professionals and finish up writing your papers and get a real education as a doctor or a lawyer or something. Arts and crafts are probably the stupidest profession in this day and age.
Not So Smart Nick - December 23, 2013 at 1:29am
Because this one changed the way it makes movies, video editing, photography. Was it like this before with performance?
Samsuck Galaxy S-hit - December 20, 2013 at 7:52pm
Apple advance the innovation on desktop computing. Let's see how long it will take for Samsuck will copy this one...
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