My Mac Pro: 10 Reasons It Was a Smart Purchase Decision

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2014-03-17 Print this article Print

REVIEW: I've been a longtime Mac user, who's owned several Apple computers for most of the past decade. Although I also own PCs, I've found myself spending more time on OS X than Windows or Linux. Several years ago, I bought a Mac Pro and enjoyed using it for my multiscreen setup. But over the past year, the device started to lose its speed, and its sheer size was getting in the way of my efforts to make my office cleaner and less cluttered. So, when Apple announced last year that it was relaunching the Mac Pro with a new design and smaller footprint, I was ecstatic. The trouble, however, was that the Mac Pro is extremely expensive, forcing me to save up for several months just to get my hands on it. Still, I was determined that if I could scrape up the money, I would buy one. At long last, I got my Mac Pro last week. And over the past several days, I've spent an inordinate amount of time with my new computer, getting it just right to maximize my productivity. I can say unequivocally right now that it's one of the best PC-hardware decisions I've ever made. Read on to find out what I love so much about my new and improved Mac Pro.

  • My Mac Pro: 10 Reasons It Was a Smart Purchase Decision

    by Don Reisinger
    1 - My Mac Pro: 10 Reasons It Was a Smart Purchase Decision
  • The Design Is Gorgeous

    The first thing that hits you when you open the Mac Pro box is just how gorgeous the desktop's design is. The Mac Pro is short and stocky and might look a little like a garbage can, but its piano black finish makes it an attractive desk accessory. I can't help but look over and admire just how far Apple's desktop product design has come.
    2 - The Design Is Gorgeous
  • For Once, a True Desktop

    Desktop computers are big, bulky and ugly, and they're not designed for space savings. The new Mac Pro, however, is actually designed to sit atop a desk and looks quite nice on it. My Mac Pro is sitting on my desk, and it actually looks like it belongs. It's a little heavy, but it's nice to know that I own a desktop that actually lives up to its name.
    3 - For Once, a True Desktop
  • Its Speed Is Jarring

    Although the Mac Pro is designed to be the fastest computer Apple offers, it's still quite shocking to see how quickly it handles tasks. I attempted to run video processing while editing photos and both downloading and uploading files, and the Mac Pro handled those tasks without any slowdown whatsoever. Everything with the Mac Pro is just faster. And I couldn't be happier about that.
    4 - Its Speed Is Jarring
  • Far Better Productivity

    Listen up, enterprise: If you're looking for a product that will improve employee productivity, the Mac Pro might just do the trick. As mentioned, the computer is fast, and since it has so many ports—six Thunderbolt, four USB and an HDMI—it allows for support for tons of displays and accessories. My productivity was maximized with the Mac Pro.
    5 - Far Better Productivity
  • An Ample Number of Thunderbolt Ports

    I love the flexibility that the six Thunderbolt ports give me. Sure, I can set up several displays, but I can also daisy-chain devices and set up all kinds of ultrafast storage solutions. I've found Thunderbolt to be both fast and agile and should only become more appealing as time goes on and more devices support it.
    6 - An Ample Number of Thunderbolt Ports
  • I Feel Future-Proofed

    I'm future-proofed with the Mac Pro. My old Mac Pro lasted several years before it started to slow down, and I own other Macs that have been with me even longer that didn't take the same, day-in, day-out abuse my old Mac Pro did. Considering this computer has better components and I learned some lessons along the way with my last Mac Pro on how to treat Apple's hardware and software, I'm convinced this computer will last me a very long time.
    7 - I Feel Future-Proofed
  • I Can Grow With the Mac Pro

    As mentioned, I'm looking forward to more Thunderbolt-ready devices to ship over time. With the Mac Pro, you can daisy-chain up to 36 devices and experience no slowdown in their functionality. What that means is that as my computing needs grow, I know that I'll have everything I need in my Mac Pro to get the job done. Long gone are the days of buying third-party USB or FireWire accessories to accommodate all the devices I want hooked up to my computer.
    8 - I Can Grow With the Mac Pro
  • It's Shockingly Quiet

    While the old Mac Pro wasn't necessarily loud, it wasn't quiet, either. The new Mac Pro is shockingly quiet. In fact, as I sit here writing this on the new device, I hear no sound emitted by the computer. Even when I pushed the computer to its limits, the Mac Pro was surprisingly quiet. Apple did a fantastic job dampening the sound in the Mac Pro.
    9 - It's Shockingly Quiet
  • The Reliable OS X Experience

    No commentary on the Mac Pro would be complete without talking about the way it handles OS X Mavericks. And in my experience so far, it does so without any issue. I've found that Mavericks is a bit more responsive on the Mac Pro than in the Retina MacBook Pro and generally handles tasks a bit more quickly. OS X is an all-around solid operating system that makes using the Mac Pro all the better.
    10 - The Reliable OS X Experience
  • The Mac Pro Justifies the Price Tag

    While the Mac Pro is expensive, starting at $3,000, the device actually justifies its price tag. The computer is absolutely gorgeous, has the specs to last a long time and comes with enough components to make it a standout in the desktop market. Amortized over the many years I'll own the Mac Pro, it might actually turn out to be a smart investment.
    11 - The Mac Pro Justifies the Price Tag

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