T3 Mac Pro review: Unboxing, hands-on, and first impressions

“After months of seductive but release-vague pre-hype, Apple’s new top-of-the-line Mac Pro desktop computer has been unleashed on the unsuspecting Christmas-rush public without warning,” Matt Hill writes for T3. “While the masses hunt down those still-warm new iPad Airs for last-minute pressies, those in search of a power upgrade have something of their own to investigate.”

“Available to order now, this hugely ambitious overhaul of Apple’s high-end professional workstation comes armed with not just the expected seriously impressive specs but with an all-new exterior aesthetic that’s hard to ignore,” Hill writes. “Only 25cm in height, the new cylindrical Mac Pro is short but deceptively weighty, revealing in its 5kg heft what it’s packing in processing punch under the hood.”

“To the touch, it feels premium, its metal outer reassuringly pristine, but visually it’s a product built to be divisive,” Hill writes. “Our early images on our social networks lead to a variety of comparisons, from biscuit jars to coffee machines, but we’d argue it’s Apple’s most iconic design in years, part Harman Kardon Soundtsticks, part Darth Vader.”

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14 Comments

  1. Using the new Mac Pro as an analogy, Apple’s space ship headquarters will be housing some serious industrial grade industry inside and that is not including the type of personnel who will be working there! I shan’t be surprised if the spaceship rises like cream since it will house the cream of the crop inside it!!! 🙂

    1. peterblood71, don’t look forward to someone else stealing your thunder. Look back and smile at the accolades of being the first to post an image of your Mac Pro looking like R2D2 complete with a colour make over!

    2. I have a notion of cutting out yellow, orange and red tissue paper flames and taping them inside the rim of the: Burning Reactor Tower! The flames will rise into the air as the Mac Pro starts up, shocking your friends.

  2. Why did the reviewer sound so meh, about the new Mac Pro? Is he disappointed it didn’t come with Windows 8.1? Annnnnd, who cares about the glossy finish? I mean, you set it up, polish it with a soft cloth and leave it alone. Do people complain about the finish of a nice roadster?

  3. I can almost hear all the criticism that will be coming from everywhere. They will talk about how overpriced it is, how it looks like a garbage can, a can of pop, etc………….and then all the competitors will suddenly discover a new cylindrical shape for their desktops. And they did that without any help or vision from Apple as usual.

  4. Does it look like a Mac? NO!!!

    What the heck did Apple had in mind when they were “designing” this “thing”?

    Have they ever heard what the terms “Brand” and “branding” truly stands for?

    Pity Mr. Eve. Pity for being a graduate from one of the most famous design schools and giving us now a “new” Mac Pro that looks like a garbage can!!!

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