When Apple launched its updated Mac Pro for the first time, the optional $ 400 wheels were one of the most ridiculed aspects, which only became more absurd when Apple started selling the wheels as a standalone upgrade for a whopping $ 700. Fortunately, Mac accessories company OWC is finally entering with the first set of third-party wheels that are a (relative) bargain compared to Apple's official ones: they only cost $ 249 (via Kif Leswing on Twitter).
Objectively speaking, is that a lot of money that you have to spend on your computer wheels? Yes. On the other hand, they make up almost a third of the cost of Apple's official option and are actually more versatile: If the stationary legs and a variety of tools have to be removed for the Apple wheels, the OWC Rover Pro wheels will simply be on the Bottom attached The existing feet can be tightened by hand so that you can switch between the two options without having to take out a tool box.
While OWC's $ 250 wheels don't lack basic built-in wheel locks to prevent your potentially $ 54,000 computer from rolling away on a slight incline, the company does include at least some rubber bases that the wheels can rest on, though you do have to avoid losing them.
The OWC wheels can currently be pre-ordered from the OWC website for a limited time discount of $ 199. The release date is scheduled for September (thereafter, the price is expected to be $ 249 again).
And who knows? At the current speed, it could only take a few years for the Mac Pro wheels to approach the affordability and functionality of this $ 22 computer stand that I found on Amazon. As technology has shown us time and again, anything is possible with enough innovation.