An awful product that should simply be avoided. You'll be sorry.
A poor product with more faults than redeeming qualities.
Below average. May be passable in a pinch, but you should probably stay away.
A bit below average, with some serious issues to watch out for.
An average product, with issues that keep it from being genuinely exciting.
Slightly better than most similar products, but you can likely still do better.
Better than average, but some issues still hold it back from being truly excellent.
Among the top products in its category, and a solid choice for most people.
A category-leading product and an overall pretty safe bet.
An industry-leading product, definitely worth owning. An instant classic.
Completely flawless. You'd be crazy not to have it.
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Today is the day when Apple begins selling the Mac Pro (shipping by Dec. 30th though) and the starting prices are $2,999 and $3,999. You can easily ramp these up close to $10,000 before you even include a monitor. These are obviously not intended for the average consumer, but I was still curious to see how much of a premium they were commanding. I'm going to work with the lowest spec model to see what I could find. For reference the lowest spec has the following: Xeon E5 3.7GHz quad-core with...
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As those that have read my review of the now old Mac Pro already know, I was not pleased that Apple failed to keep the Mac Pro competitive with other workstations (i.e. systems with one to two socket Xeons). Tuesday's announcement did clarify things a bit. The winners:
those in media production whose applications will take advantage of those GPUs
power users that want/need to drive a lot of displays and prefer OS X
users that were using the Mac Pro as a technical workstation - there are...
Our pals over at Engadget have already made some of their own predictions (http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/21/apple-october-... for today's Apple Event, but we'd love to hear what you're thinking (or wanting) to be announced. Some of the stuff that has been hinted at and rumored leading up to today includes:
new iPad mini
Availability dates for OS X Mavericks and the unique-looking Mac Pro
Perhaps some new Macbook Pro or Mac mini refreshes?
This looks like an intern's vulgar design project. Gimmicks do not really help a power pro user. So lights turn on when you turn the thing around to get to the myriad ports. The thing is, once I have a machine all setup and wired, I am not going to be messing around behind it - I am going to be using it. That light thing? A gimmick. And round? Seriously? And a move to what appears to be a plastic shell? Might as well be a round HP. Zero points for functional style. What I had hoped for would...
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http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2013/06/apple-wwdc-2013-liveblog8046.jpg Apple has redesigned its venerable Mac Pro workstation, reducing its footprint substantially, while adding major performance upgrades, including dual GPUs, 4K support, and dual Thunderbolt 2 ports. But the most interesting thing about the new Mac Pro may be Apple's plan to assemble them in the US. Apple and other technology companies have been criticized for moving most of their manufacturing offshore, and...
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