Apple Mac Studio M1 Ultra review

The Apple Mac Studio M1 Ultra is small but mighty - the creative’s flexible workstation

Apple Mac Studio
(Image: © Paul Reiffer)

Digital Camera World Verdict

An absolute powerhouse lies within this tiny, perfectly formed, enclosure with enough processing capability to take on the most powerful Intel Mac Pro systems out there, while only a quarter of their price (and size). Add to that its energy-saving credentials and relative portability, and this is a machine that was built for the needs of both demanding studios and on-the-road life.


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    Incredible processing power

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    Energy saving credentials

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    Dedicated media engines

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    Portable form-factor

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    Cost effective high-end workstation


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    Limited user upgradability

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    Lots of ports, but maybe not enough

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    No keyboard and mouse included

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The Apple Mac Studio M1 Ultra definitely fills a gap. Following the launch of Apple’s own M1 silicon, customers have been treated to a year full of benchmark-breaking product announcements across pretty much their entire product line. With chips that set a new standard in terms of speed and efficiency, each update to existing products has impressed users as they saw the machines they know and love get the “M1 speed boost” they’ve been looking for.

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Paul Reiffer
Professional photographer

Paul Reiffer is an award-winning photographer and landscape artist. As a global ambassador for both Phase One and Capture One, he specialises in grand vistas, electrifying cityscapes and iconic views. His images have been published all around the world in well-known books, newspapers and magazines as well as supporting global travel and hospitality brands to reach and excite their audiences. His technical expertise is regularly called upon for industry insights, and through his luxury workshop programme as well as online channels, he’s carved out a unique style of teaching that is now appreciated by thousands worldwide. Shooting with ultra-high-resolution Phase One cameras, his work is used commercially by interior designers and clients ranging from National Geographic to British Airways, Marriott, Land Rover and many more.