External Optical Drive For New Trashcan Mac Pro [Retro]

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There’s something very ironic about an optical drive for the upcoming space-shaped [1] Mac Pro, like adding a fax machine to an iPhone. Better still is the fact that it’s not just any old optical drive, but a bag-of-hurt Blu-ray drive. And best of all is that this USB-connected optical drive is shaped to fit neatly underneath the Mac Pro as if it wasn’t there.

Apart from its colossal Death-Star-Like power, the big selling point of the trash-can Mac Pro is it’s expandability. You get a couple of zillion ports around back to hook up any and every peripheral and drive you might need. Of course, while we were all assuming that video folks would be stuffing these ports full of RAID-configured SSD drives for ultimate speed, the folks at NuMac took one look at this future-gazing Mac and thought it needed ~2006 technology.

The drive is at least made from aluminum, and can burn Blu-rays up to 6X, DVDs to 8X and CD-Rs (remember those?) up to 24X, letting you turn your multi-thousand-dollar purchase into the ultimate DVD player. Hell, why not by a stack of these things and turn the Mac Pro into a jukebox?

Price? $149. Ha. A-haha. Hahahahaha. Oh hoho hahaha.


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  • tool022611

    $149.00 for an external optical drive? That’s insane, I thought the apple macbook external drive was expensive.

  • Turtle Heart

    Vile. Fail. Trash can mac pro is trash. Zero=zero. Fail. No one is going to want this computer.

  • CoyoteDen

    $149.00 for an external optical drive? That’s insane

    It’s a Blu-Ray burner. $150 is about right for an external one.

  • tool022611
    $149.00 for an external optical drive? That’s insane

    It’s a Blu-Ray burner. $150 is about right for an external one.

    On amazon they range from $50-$130, I seen a decent Samsung one for about $90, even one made to match MacBooks for $109.

  • calmasacow

    Vile. Fail. Trash can mac pro is trash. Zero=zero. Fail. No one is going to want this computer.

    Actually I know many graphics and Video Pro that cant wait to get their mits on one of these. our company will be buying several

    this is not intended to be the everyman computer. go get you an iMac.

    $149.00 for an external optical drive? That’s insane, I thought the apple macbook external drive was expensive.

    Actually for a external slot load bluray this is about inline with normal pricing.

  • ElSaborAsiatico

    I for one would be all over this Mac Pro if I could afford the thing, primarily for the design — not the aesthetics necessarily as much as the innovative “wind tunnel” thermal core and the tiny (for a Mac Pro) form factor. I like the fact that it totally breaks away from the conventional “components in a box” paradigm. In other words, it’s the G4 Cube all over again, except this time the technology is more in line with the design so it won’t be so egregiously overpriced.

  • iFan41

    *buy

  • HerbalEd

    Vile. Fail. Trash can mac pro is trash. Zero=zero. Fail. No one is going to want this computer.

    How would you know? What are you … twelve years old? Hate Apple as much as you want, but at least be realistic and logical.

  • Market_Mayhem

    As a pro-sumer person I like the design and I’d be using NAS storage for all my future needs, so I don’t require internal computer drive bays anymore. It’s claimed the graphics card in the new Mac Pro can drive three displays and that’s more than enough for me. The case is compact enough to tuck away in a corner. I’m all for it, but I can understand real business users who wouldn’t like it because they don’t have PCI slots for their old cards.

  • arkay

    I just have to comment on narcissists think no one will want the Mac Pro. If you don’t want one don’t buy one. My Mac Pro finally gave out after 7 years, so I bought a tricked out iMac thinking the technology has so much advanced it would be fine for my video, animation and special effects work. Well, it works… but not efficiently. Even with 32 gigs I’m running into hangs and graphics card issues. If you need high end processors and lots of em, and high end graphics cards… you need em. If you don’t know why anyone would want them… then you don’t know.
    Now as for the optical drive. Ive been trying to ween my clients off them. But there are some who insist on “2006 technology” For me the old $79 non Blu Ray drive works. But I’m not going to judge someone who wants to present a coordinated look to their client. And I’m just as sure that shop will find a way to prorate the cost to that “2006 technology client”.

  • digitallyremastered

    I ordered one of these on May 28th and still haven’t received it. If you need something in a timely fashion I would look elsewhere.

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