Apple sells wheels for the 2019 Mac Pro for the slightly ridiculous price of $699. On Thursday, a third-party accessory maker launched a cheaper option. Well, relatively cheaper: the OWC Rover Pro wheel kit is $199.
While both prices can be a bit eye-popping, these wheel kits are designed for a computer with a starting price of $5,999. And that cost can go up to $53,399. Cheap wheels might not be appropriate.
Mac Pro wheels for less
Despite the lower cost, the new, third-party solution might be better. Apple’s kit requires tools to remove the “feet” from the Mac Pro before attaching the wheels. OWC’s wheels, in contrast, quickly attach to the current feet.
“No tools, no hassle, no worry: simply place your Mac Pro’s factory feet into the Rover Pro’s polished stainless-steel housings and secure with a few hand twists,” notes OWC. “When you’re done moving your Mac Pro around, the Rover Pro allows quick and easy conversion back to the factory feet for stationary use.” Or there are wheel stops that prevent any unintended movement.
The kit uses highly polished stainless-steel to match the look of the Mac Pro. The wheels themselves are non-marking soft rubber. And they offer 360-degree articulating rotation and low friction bearings.
“We are proud to have this made-in-the-USA design to offer our customers another option, one that saves money, is designed for quick and easy installation, and complements their machine,” said OWC Founder and CEO Larry O’Connor.