Pour one out for this $6k Mac Pro that was butchered in the name of convenience

Mac Pro Being Cut
Mac Pro Being Cut (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • The Mac Pro's case can't be removed while it's powered on.
  • One user really wanted to be able to do just that.
  • So they took a circular saw to their $6,000 Mac Pro.

The current Mac Pro is the most customizable Mac available and it's focused squarely at those who need to be able to get into their computer and tinker. But there's one glaring problem with that – Mac Pro's case can't be removed while the computer is powered on. And that just wasn't something Quinn Nelson of Snazzy Labs was willing to deal with. So he took a circular saw to the thing.

Now, the idea of doing such a thing is already making me nervous and watching it didn't help, either. The outcome seems to have been surprisingly positive, though. See for yourself.

As if being cut up wasn't enough, that poor Mac Pro also had to suffer the indignity of being attacked in a way no Mac should ever be. It had LED lights attached to it. It's a crime to nature and Jony Ive is probably wincing right now.

But you know what? It actually looks...good?

Mac Pro Led Lighting

Mac Pro LED Lighting (Image credit: iMore)

Well, OK at least.

Quinn – I love ya, but please don't make me watch anything like this ever again. I can't afford the therapy!

3d Printed Mac Pro Wheels

3d Printed Mac Pro Wheels (Image credit: iMore)

He does have one thing right, though, and that's the idea of 3D printing some adapters that turn a Mac Pro's feet into wheels. With Apple charging $400 for wheels that don't lock, this is a great option.

And, you know. Cheaper.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.