Pros Super fast, extremely upgradable, super quiet, It's also a kill Windows machine
Cons You pay a slight premium for Apple brand, but not as much as it used to be.
Summary I've never had a machine this fast and this flexible. Photoshop and Final Cut have never been this sublime to use. What used to take 45 minutes on my tired P4 3.2ghz now takes 5 minutes. I have a separate Windows partition that I use with Boot Camp and I can report that this is a killer Windows computer too.
Pros Runs Mac OSX, Windows XP, and Windows Vista! (32 or 64 bit)!
Cons When placed next to comparable PC's, I can't really think of any...
Summary We own 4 Dell workstations that run vista 64, and so far the Mac Pro running the same version of Vista outperforms all of the Dells. I am an old school Windows guy, but today I have decided to replace all of our future Dells with MacPro's. Why not buy a PC that runs multiple OSes and cost less than the Dell workstations which cost up to 8k a piece and only run one popular OS.(Iknow the Dell can run linux, but the majority of the world uses some flavor of Windows.)
This machine is a true work of art, it is quiet, powerful, and simple to service. Adding Hard drives is so easy it literally takes less than a munite per drive. Adding Ram is also very simple, definitely no screw driver or small hands necessary. The MacPro also has a nice assortment of ports including DUAL lans and optical audio ports. It also comes with dual Firewire 800 ports and the standard usb 2 and firewire 400. Bluetooth 2.0 works on both OSes very reliably.
We run Solidworks for CAD/CAM modeling which is a very processor intensive program. On average we have found that our render times have been cut in half.
This is the low end MacPro we're talking about here. We took it home for $3194.00, and it is outperforming a Dell workstation we purchased 2 months ago and cost $5,000 more! $8,236.00 to be exact.
For 5k more I can put a RAID card and some extra hard drives and still not be up to the price of the Dell.
The dirver set included with Leopard (BOOTCAMP) is amazingly smooth. This is no emulation program. This is a full featured driver set wich lets windows wether it be XP or Vista 32 or 64 run natively and use the full power of the hardware.
I am thoroughly impressed.
As for cons people usually mention price, but as you've read previously, there is no comparison for the product that Apple delivers.
Great Job Apple.
Pros I liked it when i bought it, looks great.
Extended support worthless
Only call in support, no email, only for people with time
Slower then my 2003 cheap PC
Does not shut down, without pulling the powercord
Not every USB port works
Summary I assume i have a bad product, however my 2003 cheap PC is faster then this $3000,-- plus machine.
I want to like Apple and bought this machine to replace my PC for dreamweaver, editing and bought final cut pro with it. Wow, what a nightmare.
From the moment i bought it, it hangs, when turning on the power a blank screen shows up. Does not shut down, have to unplug the cable. One memory bank does not work.
VERY slow, hanging, Faulty RAM, extremely bad support (you only can call, they will not pick up the machine, the most arrogant ever, will not email)
I assume that this is a faulty product, however Apple does not do anything about it. I purchased extended warranty, but no luck.
We where about to replace all corporate PC's with Mac's and all phones with Iphones. However, after the non-existing support (Including an arrogant prick) i guess not. And yes, try to carry a 30+ pound machine back and forth to a retail store, with no technical guys available.
"Awesome Machine!"on by lukewind
Pros Super Fast, Very Quiet,
Cons Could use more USB Ports. Small HD...need to add additional storage
Summary This is an awesome system for all types of media. Just today I was editing a video in Premiere, while at the same time I had Bridge, Photoshop, and After Effects running projects as well. There was barely a noticeable slowdown. It has been really hard to find many cons about this system. This is my first full blown Mac and after using this machine I am glad it was my first. This thing screams at doing everything. When they start really using those 8 cores to there full ability with future software this system will only get better.
Pros Insane performance, quiet, knocked work that used to take 10 minutes down to 40 seconds. Can't say enough good things about this box, and I don't think I'll be buying anything else anytime soon for desktops.
This is what a Macbook Pro WANTS to be.
Cons The thing is sharp: I cut my finger to the bone replacing a hard drive. Slot loading drives which don't always line up with the drives. I put a 15k primary sata drive in, but it required me unscreweing the backplane and manually plugging it in.