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Use our secondhand search tool to find the perfect Mac Pro to suit your requirements. If you are on a budget why not try our Bargain Finder tool instead.

 
 
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Used Mac Pro Buying Guide

Apple Mac Pro Overview

The Mac Pro was first released in 2006 and, after a brief pause in production, it was re-released in 2013 in a fresh design. Available as a workstation or server, the Mac Pro is the most powerful computer that Apple offers. Most second hand Mac Pro items will be customized in terms of RAM and HDD; some might be sold with a display but mainly they will be offered as the workstation only.

Mac Pro 1st Generation

As the replacement for the Power Mac G5, Apple moved to an Intel-based architecture for the Mac Pro. It retained the rectangular aluminium casing, albeit with an additional optical drive bay. The first generation Mac Pro is available in a variety of specifications, with dual-core, quad-core and 6-core processors (a 2 processor setup is possible allowing for up to 12 cores), up to 128GB RAM (2009 onwards) and several HDD options.

Mac Pro 2nd Generation

Almost a year after Apple stopped taking orders for the previous model, they released the completely redesigned second generation Mac Pro: A polished and reflective aluminium cylinder, built around a central thermal dissipation core. It is much smaller than the previous design, mainly owing to the absence of obsolete optical drive bays. The performance has been greatly improved using the latest quality components and the new PCIe Flash storage is 2.4x faster than SATA solid state drives.

Secondhand or Refurb?

One of the main questions we get asked is whether to buy secondhand or refurbished. Unsurprisingly, the answer is 'it depends...'!

Factors to consider include budget, model, seller, the value you personally place in a guarantee or warranty (and if you are willing to pay extra for that). See our tips section for more help.

Auction or Buy It Now?

On our listings page there is a further option to refine your search to show only auction items or Buy It Now (BIN) items.

The price displayed for auction items is the current highest bid whereas BIN items display the price you can pay immediately to secure the item. Read our full guide on buying via auctions and BIN for further information.

Buyer Protection

There are various ways to pay for a secondhand Mac online, each offering a differing level of buyer protection.

As purchasing used items does carry a natural level of risk, we recommend you read our guide on payment types and your rights and options when receiving faulty or falsely described goods.