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iMac Pro review

Good
Most powerful Mac ever
Excellent design
Keeps cool
New Space Gray color is ace

Bad
Very expensive
Non user-upgradable
Magic Mouse 2 still frustrating

The iMac Pro is Apple’s attempt to take back the workplace, and it’s come out swinging. Not only is it the most powerful Mac ever made, it’s managed to fit in all that power without sacrificing any of Apple’s world-class design aesthetic. If you can afford it, you won’t regret it.

One of the things that Apple consistently leads the market on is the design of its entire range of devices. The iMac design has evolved a lot over the last two decades and many have tried to copy its sleek aesthetic, but no one has really managed to hit the same level of class.

Apple’s hardware is famous for its image quality, and the display quality of its latest iMac range is absolutely stunning. Unsurprisingly, the iMac Pro is every bit as capable as its stablemate in this regard, and the 27in screen is an absolute joy to behold.

In many ways, the iMac Pro is the pinnacle of Apple’s computing division – it’s easily the most powerful machine the company has ever made, and yet it still retains that irresistible slimline design and build quality that iMacs are known for.

Now, obviously, thanks to the high power (and price) displayed here, the iMac Pro isn’t aimed at the general consumer. For day-to-day tasks, and even casual photo or video editing, the immense power of this machine is overkill.

If you are in need of a workstation machine that packs loads of power, but you’re not too fussed on looks – and being able to open up, tinker and upgrade the machine is essential to you – then look elsewhere.

Similarly, the lack of Adobe RGB support might make some professional artists think twice. But, the P3 color space should be more than good enough for most users.

But, if you’re part of an industry that uses extremely complex and power-consuming software, then a brilliant workstation-grade device like the iMac Pro is a no-brainer especially one this attractive. For many professionals, that means the iMac Pro is a dream come true, and even the high price is easy to justify.

Specification

Here is the Apple iMac Pro configuration reviewed:

CPU: 3.0GHz Intel Xeon W (deca-core, 14MB cache, up to 4.5GHz)
Graphics: AMD Vega 64 (16GB HBM2 RAM)
RAM: 128GB DDR4 (2,666MHz)
Screen: 27-inch 5K (5,120 x 2,880) Retina display (P3 wide color)
Storage: 2TB SSD
Ports: 4 x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), 4 x USB 3.0, SDXC card reader, 10Gb Ethernet, 3.5mm audio jack
Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
Operating system: macOS 10.13 High Sierra
Camera: FaceTime HD (1080p) webcam
Weight: 21.5 pounds (9.7kg)
Size: 25.6 x 8 x 20.3 inches (65 x 20.3 x 51.6cm; W x D x H)

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