iMac Pro: The Ultimate Digital Media Computer

Whether you’re a UX Designer, Graphic Designer, Videographer, or YouTuber, you’ll know that when you have the best devices at your disposal to do your job, it makes your work that much easier. The brand new iMac Pro by Apple is a beast. It’s got a hefty price tag, but it’s likely one of the best computers on the market, especially for us digital media creatives. But, with all the computer choices on the market, what makes the iMac Pro by Apple so great? Let’s take a closer look at its specs:

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Display and Processor

The new iMac Pro’s display is beautiful. The new iMac Pro is boasting a 5mm thin, 27 inch 5K Retina Display. In other words, it’s a 5120 by 2880 resolution with support for one billion colors. Most of us haven’t even owned our first 4K display. Just imagine how this display could change the way your graphics and video look on the screen.The graphics card for the iMac Pro is Radeon Pro Vega 56 graphics processor with 8GB of HBM2 memory. If this is not enough, you can choose the Vega 64 graphics processor.

The default processor for the new iMac Pro is an 8-Core 3.2GHz Intel Xeon W with turbo boost. However, for those of us who are looking for even more processing speed, you can also choose a 10-Core, 14-Core or 18-Core processor. Finally, the FaceTime camera has (finally) been updated to a 1080p FaceTime HD Camera. The iMac comes with internal stereo speakers, along with four microphones which is great for those who wish to use it for creating YouTube videos, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

iMac Pro Accessories

Straight out of the box, the iMac pro comes with space grey accessories. This includes a space grey full-sized wireless keyboard, wireless mouse and forces touch trackpad.

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To Buy or Not to Buy

For digital media creatives (i.e. Web Designers, Graphic Designers, UX Designers, Videographers, YouTubers, etc.), the iMac pro could very well be your dream computer. Although a 5K display would look amazing, keep in mind that most people won’t have a 5K monitor, let alone 4K monitor anytime soon. Certain colors you might use on such a gorgeous display might not translate well to most users displays. Also, the computer isn’t cheap—if you have the money, by all means. While I could use some more memory, my 2011 iMac is honestly still running strong, I think I would pass on this one. But, the iMac Pro sure is gorgeous!

Marisa Blair is a front-end web developer and graphic designer based in Toronto. When she's not writing for her blog xopixel.com, she's making design & tech videos for her YouTube channel.

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