Bringing the Mac Pro around?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Abazigal, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011

    This video shows an interesting setup by a Mac Pro user. He packs his Mac Pro, wireless keyboard and mouse into a DSLR bag, and hooks it up to a usb monitor.

    It's not perfect though. There is obviously that whole risk aspect about keeping such an expensive device with you at all times, plus there is noticeable lag when using a USB display.

    However, the notion sounds quite cool.

    What do you think? Jokes aside about seeing such setups at Starbucks some day, do you think this might be practical? Obviously, the user would need to be tethered to a power outlet when working, but...
  2. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    We carried our CRT monitor and desktop computer in the car for a trip once. Often times the game consoles go away with us too.

    Honestly, it's weird, but people do it. Being that the new MP is small, it really doesn't seem such a bad idea. Put some wheels, add a handle that attaches to the inner sides on it and you're golden.
  3. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    I think a similar sized 80-300 2.8 zoom lens or Nikon D4 is more expensive, so carrying the value is not a big problem.

    It is a lot of volume to carry a decent GPU though. If you don't need a GPU, apple has a way more portable desktop about as fast as an entry Pro (it even can beat its PCI SSD speed we saw in another topic).

    And I don't get the USB screen. I mean, that thing needs power too, so why not take a HDMI one?
  4. Cubemmal macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2013
    I've been thinking of doing the same. Seems kind of silly though, I have MBP's which fill this duty better.

    I wouldn't use a backpack like that. I have a Pelican case that would be much better.

    Likewise USB monitors are a joke IMO, especially connected to the nMP. Instead I would use a real HDMI portable monitor with this.
  5. chfilm macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
  6. Cubemmal macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2013
    I would use the Pelican 1510 case instead


    I have one of these and it should fit the nMacPro, portable monitor I mentioned, keyboard, mouse, and cables, and is airline safe. I'll note that people have used Pelicans in the past with custom foam inserts to transport their Old Mac Pros. This one is carry-on approved.

    I'm considering using it to take the nMP with me when I go on vacation. Even if I don't use it might be nice to keep it with me so I know it's secure. The case can be locked, and secured to furniture, etc.
  7. DenBeke macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2011
    That's why some people have a MacBook Pro...
  8. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    It depends, for majority of people, the MBP would be enough for on the go jobs, but some jobs (eg: filming w/ cine cams + 4K res and etc etc) will require more juice then what a MBP could provide, the nMP form factor is very appealing in these kind of situations :cool:
  9. CH12671 macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2013
    Southern US



    Yes, but the USB monitor gets it's power through the USB no extra power brick to add to your case....I think that's the point.

    However, I agree, and HDMI solution would be much better since (obviously) you aren't going to turn the nMP on without AC power....
  10. td2243 macrumors 6502

    Mar 14, 2013
    Santa Fe, NM
  11. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    That is amazing. You would expect a 15 inch screen to draw at least 10-15 watts of power. On the other side, if you see how small switching PSU's are nowadays, it would not add much when included inside the screen. Then a normal 2 pole AC cable would be needed, which is very small as well.

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