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If you’re looking forward to switching from a Windows PC to Mac or simply upgrading your old Mac, Apple has multiple options. Now, how would you know which desktop is the one for you? Sit back and relax! Here’s what you need to know.

Confused about which Mac desktop to get? Here’s a guide that will answer all your questions and provide you details for better understanding. So, let’s get started!

The Mac Mini

The Mac Mini revived with Apple’s M1 system-on-chip (SoC) recently. The new M1 SoC features an eight-core CPU, four cores committed for power efficiency, and four cores for performance. Furthermore, the M1 SoC also comes with an eight-core GPU, Apple’s T2 security chip, and 8GB of RAM that is expandable to 16GB. Additionally, it offers a storage space of 256GB, which can be configured up to 2TB.

The M1 chip has made it possible for a Mac to work three times faster than the old Intel-based Mac mini. Graphics performance has improved a lot as well. Not only this, but Machine Learning and the new Neural Engine can perform fifteen times faster than the old Mac mini models.

Though the Mac mini is the best Mac desktop currently, you’ll need to have all the peripherals you need, including keyboard, mouse, etc. One advantage of using the Mac mini desktop is its working as a server. Many people prefer using the desktop because multiple minis can be connected and used as a server.

Furthermore, the Mac mini consists of various ports, including two USB-A ports, two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports, an Ethernet, an HDMI 20 port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Interestingly, the price has also been reduced by $100, which makes it for $699. Notably, it’s the only desktop that includes the M1 chip; therefore, it’s the best and the cheapest way to experience it. Although, you’ll have to get the display and necessary peripherals separately.

The iMac

If you want to get an all-in-one computer, the iMac is the one for you. The desktop features a very thin appearance, even though the processor, GPU, and other internals are hidden behind the display. It also comes with a magic keyboard and mouse, connected via Bluetooth.

Notably, you can choose between three models and two sizes. Millions of colors are supported by all the sizes and resolutions, while the 4K and 5K support a billion colors.

The base model of an iMac is available for $1,099 and is fit for people who want to use it for regular tasks, like editing and gaming. However, if you’re looking forward to more than that, it is advised to get a fully-loaded 27-inch 5K model. The 5K iMac is likely to be available for $8,800. You need to know that if you’re someone who works in an industry that demands heavy-duty rendering power, 5K won’t be enough. In such a case, aim for iMac Pro or Mac Pro.

iMac Pro

iMac Pro is the perfect choice for performing activities like video editing, VFX, software development, gaming, etc. It is a hardware packed program that comes in three processor configurations.

Notably, the machine enables you to connect multiple external GPUs to increase graphics processing power. Its memory also ranges from 32GB to 256GB, and you can upgrade its 1TB hard drive by paying an additional $1000.

It is advised not to invest in the iMac Pro until or unless your job requires extreme processing. Additionally, if you don’t want to get an all-in-one system, it’s another reason not to invest.

Mac Pro

The Mac Pro was introduced in 2019 by Apple and primarily focused on 3D animation, music, graphic design, VR development, etc. Therefore, it is a system built for high-end production and not regular tasks like photo editing.

The Mac Pro is using Intel’s Xeon processors. Additionally, the system can support up to 1.5TB of DDR4 error-correcting code RAM. The system also features eight PCIe expansion slots, a few of them holding Apple’s custom Mac Pro Expansion. Furthermore, the slots can be used to hold conventional graphics cards.

Talking about the storage space, initially, the Mac Pro was to include 4TB. However, you can get up to 8TB storage space onboard. Additionally, you can expand the same using Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Those mentioned above are the top four Mac desktops you might want to consider. Now that you’re familiar with the functioning and information about all four devices, it is expected that you might have a decision by now.

Source: The Best Apple Desktops You Should Get

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