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Haven't spent enough on your Mac Pro? Add wheels for an extra $400

Are the Mac Pro's wheels worth $400? (Image via Apple)
Are the Mac Pro's wheels worth $400? (Image via Apple)
Apple's new Mac Pro is expensive, but most of the components seem worth the asking price (for the most part). But what about the wheels? At its asking price of $400, Apple is pushing the limits of supply and demand.

It’s no secret that the new Mac Pro is (laughably) expensive. The machine starts at US $6,000, and that only nets you an 8-core Xeon W CPU, 32 GB of RAM, a Radeon Pro 580X GPU, and a mere 256 GB SSD. But what if you want to roll the workstation around your office? That’ll run you an extra $400.

To put that in perspective, standard wheels (including the rubber tire) for consumer vehicles typically run $75-100 each here in the United States. That means Apple values the tiny castors attached to the Mac Pro as much as standard car wheels. Sure, the castors may be hewn from high quality materials, but it’s doubtful they are that good. 

But this is the same company selling a standalone monitor stand for $1,000. That price seems more reasonable considering the monitor’s engineering. Any way you cut it, $400 for small computer wheels seems exorbitant. If anyone needs a good product idea, develop a third-part wheel system and undercut Apple.

What are your thoughts? Are the $400 wheels worth the cost, or is Apple being unreasonable? Let us know in the comments.


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Sam Medley, 2019-12-12 (Update: 2019-12-12)