Apple's new Mac Pro workstation has gotten a lot of ribbing for its cylindrical design, which makes it look like it could be a trash can in Darth Vader's office. The machine is designed for heavy-lifting computing tasks like video editing, so it's not meant for the kind of person who just wants to check Facebook and play Candy Crush.
The basic configuration comes with a 3.7GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor for $3,000, but that's just the starting point. If you upgrade the processors, SSD, and graphics performance enough, you can bump the price tag up to $9,600.
In a world where budget-priced desktops lurk at every corner, that may seem like an awful lot to spend on a computer. There's no denying the Mac Pro is a powerful device, but at a premium price.… Read more