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Which professional Mac desktop: iMac and Mac Pro compared

Martyn Casserly | April 8, 2016
Sometimes you need the power of a Mac desktop.

The fact that it's so easily upgraded by the user is also a huge benefit when considering your purchase. It's not cheap though, as you might expect, and when you cost in a display (or three) that's worthy of the device you're easily heading towards £3000 or £4000. This makes the Pro a very considered purchase, albeit an excellent one for the right user.

Those looking for a powerful, elegant, all-in-one solution could choose any of the iMac range, but we'd definitely push at least into the 27-inch territory if you're going to use it for professional level tasks. Upgrading the standard hard drives to a 1TB Fusion drive is also a necessity if you want to get the most out of these excellent computers.

Once you've encountered the iMac with 5K display, we're confident that it will prove very difficult to resist. The display is photographic in terms of quality, and we were impressed at how well the machine performed in the vast majority of our tests. It's not as powerful or expandable as the Mac Pro, so keep that very much in mind, but it still remains our favourite Mac of all.

 

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