"What all should know"on by Konq
Pros Fast, expandable, great value, OS X, iLife, no virus worries, cross platform capable at native speeds
Cons No hardware raid, few graphics card options, no Raptor 10K drive config
I read your review, and for a basic review you did fairly well. I like the video's CNET has with reviews - a very nice touch!
However some thoughts here:
1) When you test the speed of the machine, it would be nice to mention the PC speed was 2.9 Ghz while the Mac was 2.66, but could be upgraded to 3Ghz (for a large premium). This makes the photoshop in Rosetta test even more amazing. Hard disk speed also comes to play here and the Raptor is great on the PC side. Mentioning you can add one yourself in those slick sleds would have been nice.
2) In features, you missed some minor things and one huge one: this is the only performance system on the planet that will run Mac OS X, Windows XP and Linux at native speeds! Cross platform developer? Want to use Mac and Windows programs? Want access to 10s of thousands of free opensource programs? (Fink/Xcode) With Bootcamp for reboots and Parallels for simultaneous use of them makes this a computer enthusiast dream. Why do you think this system is so popular on your site? Maybe you should look into why users like it so much and you might learn something interesting.
I totally agree with you that Apple should carry a larger array of graphics card options, even though they do hit the major ones. How hard can it be to have the driver accept differnet clock speed and memory on the same generation GPU cards? I would dock them a point for this, no hardware RAID and the fact they don't offer a Raptor config option as well. Buying a 150 GB Raptor and XP Pro OEM to add to it is an option for a dual boot system.
3) As far as games go, if the ones you like are available (World of Warcraft, Quake 4, etc.), it would make a great gaming machine with the ATI card. If you like to play lots of games or just one that isn't there - time for Bootcamp! It won't be the fastest or cheapest game machine - but it will work just fine.
4) You gave a score of 4 for support, yet Apple for years has had the highest support service rating of any computer manufacturer. Why is this? You didn't even mention it, which is really where your bias shows (besides the snicker )
Compared to Dell, I can decide to pay the $249 for 3 years parts/phone support, and the Mac is still significantly less then the Dell equivalent. Yet not only do I get hardware support, I get SOFTWARE support for OS X and all that ships with OS X - iLife, Mail, Safari, etc. With Dell/Windows you get one OS support call free from MS.
Also, even if I didn't pay for anything, I can take it to a local Apple store, and the Genius bar guy will look at your system for free and fix anything that does not require new parts for free. He will even answer "how-to" questions face-to-face. You do not have this option with Dell. Laptops of course are much easier then lugging this heavy cpu, but you can do it.
While I had onsite service support with my original G5, I am not sure they do that anymore if an Apple store is close to you.
Overall it should really be a 9. =)Updated
I have the quadro card with a massive heat sink fan and it runs near silent on normal use. It is far quieter than my G5 machine with 7800 GT card.
Pros Apple allows you to configure a $2500.00 system or a $15,000.00 system . . .without disappointing the novice nor the professional
Cons It doesn't have a slot for an 8-track player or offer a record-player slot above the DVD
Summary I think Apple has designed a machine that will delight a broad audience of computer users. The base system components are built on solid technology which should carry the user well into the future without that concern for becoming obsolete before it can be gotten from the box ... a fear which so often occompanies a new computer and confounds the buyer. At the same time, Apple has built an elegant computer around a fantastic 64bit Quad CPU, offering modular components which can be eaisly replaced or upgraded by the user as needs or new technology might dictate, easing the pangs of obsolesence. And Apple has done all this without creating a computer built with so many useless bells and whistles as to require a PhD in Computer Science in order to know which ones to include and which should be left out. CNET's review was correct, that should be left to the PC and Dell perhaps.
Pros Superb engineering, beautiful industrial design, magnificent performance
Cons Early adopters beware: there are some issues that will take time to sort out.
Summary This should be the IT Product of the Year for 2006. What a fabulous machine, like the Ferrari F430 of the IT world!
The interior of the case is most innovative and the exterior is gorgeous (as in the Power Mac). The Quad-core Xeon rocks!
It's not perfect but I'm giving it a perfect score because of the idiot who criticized the Mac Pro for not bundling a Wi-Fi card, giving it a score of 2. C'mon, the Wi-Fi option is only 60 bucks! Stop being so anal.
Pros Quad 3Ghz Xeon Processors, 4 HDD available,4 GPU's available, 2 disc trays, more usbs & fire wire
Cons available but not wid MAC OS 10.5 leopard till spring next yr lol
Summary This is what i've been waitin 4 finally apple has done & it can only get better with the introduction of Blu Ray Drives hopefully apple will include one in the package by spring when leopard comes out. I bought a Power Mac G5 the last generation because i really needed it 2 do graphics but until spring i'm gonna trade it in or sell it to get my 3Ghz Mac Pro, cant wait till spring.
Pros Fast, Looking Good, Easy to upgrade
Cons Slow Ram, not many hardware options.
Summary Let me sum up.
+++Great Workstation System after 1.5 years use I am really satisfied and impressed by preformence and a gorgeous looking computer.
+Easy To Upgrade
-No Normal Mic Input (must be powered)
-Not many hardware options
-Awful Gamer and Graphics Mouse (not being able to click both right and left mouse button at same time is a major disadvantage.)
-only 5 USB ports
-Powerbutton flashing while in standby.