First Mac Pro Review Units Out in the Wild

With the new Mac Pro beginning online orders today, review units have begun to arrive at select publications. The Verge is one of the first to show off their unit, posting a short piece with some photos and first impressions.

The Verge Mac Pro
It's astonishingly reflective — I can see the screen clearly, and anyone who walks by is immediately recognizable — and it picks up fingerprints really easily. But it's beautiful, understated, and looks great on a desk next to the 4K Sharp monitor we've paired it with. It's particularly good-looking with its case off, exposing the Mac Pro's machinery, but the case is required to dissipate heat. You can't even use the Mac Pro with it off.

All the device's ports are on the back, bordered by a light that turns on and pulses when you spin the computer toward you. When you first turn it on, the fan kicks in, smelling a little like a new car at first. But we've been using it for a few minutes and it's quiet and cool, with little indication that it's even on in the first place. It's so unassuming and unadorned that you almost overlook it — that's a huge improvement from the big, boxy previous models.
The site promises benchmarks and further testing soon.

Orders for the new Mac Pro now have an estimated shipping time of February, after initially showing estimates of "by December 30".

Update: An unboxing video has been posted by, while Engadget and CNET have also posted brief hands-on looks at the new Mac Pro.

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81 months ago
I don't need one.

But my god do I want one!!
Rating: 48 Votes
81 months ago

I like it. It'll be a nice machine for many pros. But can I repeat my request for a headless desktop that uses desktop components, starts at $1000, and is very nicely configured for $1500?

Sounds perfect, I'll just give Tim Cook a call and see what he thin--

Rating: 34 Votes
81 months ago
love how they roll a €10.000 dollar machine across the table :p
Rating: 33 Votes
81 months ago
Okay, so it's very reflective and it rolls. Those specs have to be two firsts for a review of a workstation. For the more in-depth review, I hope they cover whether anything like a ping-pong ball can hover over it in the venting air flow.
Rating: 28 Votes
81 months ago
How difficult is it to paint the thing red?
(thinking about selling one on eBay...)
Rating: 23 Votes
81 months ago

Wait, you can buy a Mac Pro for only 10 euros? :eek:

Europeans are the reverse of the US on the use of commas and periods in numbers.
Rating: 19 Votes
81 months ago

Europeans are the reverse of the US on the use of commas and periods in numbers.

No they're not, I'm European and nobody does that.
Rating: 17 Votes
81 months ago

You wouldn't do the same in maths, no matter what country you're from. It's completely off-the-wall.

Actually, in countries like Germany, that's exactly what you'd do. To them, your system probably makes no sense. (
Rating: 14 Votes
81 months ago
*thick Australian accent*

"Here we see the Mac Pro sitting in it's natural habitat.... with an Apple emplyee standing next to it."

Nice article title! xD
Rating: 11 Votes
81 months ago
"All the device's ports are on the back"

How do they know that's not the front? Or one of the sides?
Rating: 9 Votes

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