“Apple’s 2013 Mac Pro is the replacement for the venerable line of desktop Macs recognizable by their hulking aluminum cases and oversized handles with razor-sharp edges. That design, which dates back to 2006, was getting long in the tooth when Apple unveiled this radically different computer last year,” Dwight Silverman writes for The Houston Chronicle. “Where its predecessor weighed in at around 40 lbs., the new Mac Pro is just 11 lbs. The previous version stood 20 inches high, while the new one is just under 10 inches. It’s round, with a case made of polished, anodized aluminum that’s an alluring gun metal gray. While it’s diminutive – certainly compared to the model it replaces – it feels dense and solid when you pick it up.”

“If you try recreating a system with similar specs in the Windows world, it’s almost impossible to do at this price,” Silverman writes. “Futurelooks tried to assemble a do-it-yourself Windows PC for less than the cost of a high-end Mac Pro and came in at $2,000 more. It’s safe to say that, given the components and the design, the pricey Mac Pro is actually something of a bargain.”

Apple's all-new Mac Pro

Apple’s all-new Mac Pro

“As usual, Apple has made a leap of design and technology that goes beyond the mainstream. The company is clearly hoping that past Mac Pro owners who valued that platform’s self-service nature will buy into this new design that, while allowing some upgrading, clearly is more limited,” Silverman writes. “If they do, they’ll end up with a system that’s remarkably muscular and attractive to boot – and while not affordable, is impossible to beat on the Windows side of the aisle.”

Read more in the full review here.

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