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The first third-party Mac Pro wheels are a (relatively) bargain at just $ 249

When Apple first announced its refreshed Mac Pro, one of the most ridiculous aspects was the $ 400 optional wheels, which only got more absurd when Apple began selling the wheels as a standalone upgrade for a whopping $ 700. accessory company OWC finally arrives with the first set of third-party wheels, which are a (relatively) bargain compared to Apple’s official ones: they only cost $ 249 (through Kif Leswing on Twitter).

Objectively, is that a lot of money to spend on wheels for your computer? Yes. On the other hand, they’re almost a third of the cost of Apple’s official option and are actually more versatile: where Apple’s wheels need to remove the fixed legs and a variety of tools to install, OWC Rover Pro wheels simply attach at the bottom of the existing feet and can be tightened by hand, allowing you to switch between the two options without removing a box of tools.

While OWC’s $ 250 wheels still don’t have standard integrated wheel locks to keep your potentially $ 54,000 computer from just rolling away on a slight incline, the company has at least some rubber feet for the wheels to rest in, though it is up to you to avoid losing them.

The OWC wheels are currently available for pre-order on the OWC website for a limited time discount of $ 199, with a release date scheduled for September (after which the price is expected to return to $ 249).

And who knows? At the current rate, it may only take a matter of a few years for Mac Pro wheels to begin to approach the affordability and feature set of this $ 22 computer stand I found on Amazon. As technology has shown us time and time again, anything is possible with sufficient innovation.