With many of their products, Apple seems to be on a constant journey of discovery, with upgrades, updates and new designs coming out yearly. When it comes to desktops though, they go as big as they can, and they wait. The Mac Pro is a couple of years old now, but it’s still one of the finest desktop computers around. We’ve gone over why the Mac Pro is still the ultimate Apple desktop.
The Mac Pro is still, hands down, the best-looking desktop box around. A shiny black casing that looks uniquely sculpted out of a single block of aluminium. The size of the thing is most impressive, as it manages to cram incredible hardware into a tower just 9.9 inches tall and 6.5 inches wide.
You might think that such a compact casing would mean sacrificing on ports, but Apple has done excellently here. You’ll find space for four USB 3.0, six Thunderbolt ports, two Gigabit Ethernet sockets and an HDMI port. There’s no optical drive, but with iTunes, the glut of streaming services for music and TV and digital download options when was the last time you needed to run a CD?
On the inside the 3.0GHz octa-core Intel Xeon E5 processor pumps out vast amounts of power; the Mac Pro is called the pro for a reason and even now it stands as one of the most powerful desktop computers on the market. 16GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage round out the main hardware players but for graphical performance, there are dual AMD FirePro D700 graphics cards running the show.
It’s a brilliant machine that despite its years performs at the highest level, but the Mac Pro was always designed to last and that’s what’s at the core of its ‘expandable design’. All those ports we mentioned? They’re there to make adding to the Mac Pro simple. Need an optical drive or more storage space? Just plug them in, while on the inside the easy to open case will let you pull out and replace many of the Pro’s core components with ease thanks to Apple’s plug-in-and-play mentality with hardware.
Of course, this magnificent beast isn’t your only option when it comes to Mac Desktops, the iMac range is perhaps not quite as powerful, but the all-in-one set up makes it easy to get going, and you won’t have to purchase a monitor separately. At Techscheme, we can save you up to £269 on the iMac. On the Mac Pro though, we could knock off a whopping £467.
|Mac Pro Octa-Core||£3,899.00||£467.88||£3,431.12|
So, is the Mac Pro still the ultimate Apple Desktop? Yes, of course, in fact, it could well remain so until an updated version rolls around. If you fancy picking up anything at Techscheme we’ll save you up to 12% off the RRP, and spread the cost over up to three years. If you want to take advantage of these great employee benefits, your employer will need to sign up to the scheme. There are benefits for them too, so if they haven’t already, ask them to check us out today.