$50
January 2018
Peripherals

Satechi Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub Pro for iMac

While the new iMac Pro lacks the internal expansion capabilities of prior “Pro” desktop Macs, Satechi at least has some of that covered with its new Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub Pro. Available for pre-order today and shipping in January, Satechi’s new hub connects to one of your iMac’s Thunderbolt 3 ports and then clamps onto the bottom of your iMac — either the 2017 iMac Pro, iMac Retina 4K, and 27-inch iMac Retina 5K — and provides a front-facing data-only USB-C port, three front-facing USB 3.0 ports with up to 5 Gbps data transfer speeds, and a Micro/SD card reader.

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$150
Mounts

Twelve South HiRise Pro stand

Ahead of tomorrow’s iMac Pro release, Twelve South has revealed its new HiRise Pro stand, an update of the older HiRise iMac stand. The stand allows any iMac’s base to slide in through the top and rest on an adjustable shelf within the base, allowing users to raise their display from just under 1 inch up to 3.5 inches. A slot in the back allows for access to ports and a hinged door on the front allows the space inside the stand to be used for storage of other devices, peripherals and anything else cluttering up the desk top. The door contains multiple slots for ventilation and can be flipped around to either match the gunmetal finish of the case or display a walnut inlay. The stand costs $150 and is available on the Apple Store.

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Epson Expression Photo HD Wide-format Printer

While most people have taken to social media to display their photos these days, there’s still something to be said for quality prints to hang on the wall or mail to loved ones, and Epson is betting there are still people out there who have a fondness for paper and ink. The company’s new Expression Photo HD XP-15000 Wide-format Printer is billed as a top-notch photo producer, able to print borderless photos as large as 13” x 19”. The device requires six different Claria Photo HD ink cartridges — including new red and gray inks — to produce its wide color gamut, and features a 200-sheet front tray and a 50-sheet rear specialty tray for media like cardstock. Like most newer printers the Expression Photo HD can be used wirelessly, and for more routine document printing the printer offers automatic two-sided printing in a fairly small footprint.

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$149
Cases

Apple Leather Sleeve for 12‑inch MacBook

While it was easy to miss amidst all of the excitement of iPhone X pre-orders, Apple also quietly rolled out a new MacBook accessory in the form of its Leather Sleeve for 12‑inch MacBook.

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$50
Cases

Twelve South BookBook CaddySack

One of the most common complaints we’ve heard from readers about Apple’s latest MacBooks is the sheer number of cables and dongles that are now required with the switch to an all-USB-C design — Apple’s laptop is slick and portable by itself, but not so much when you consider the number of cables you may have to carry around to handle everything from USB flash drives to digital projectors. Fortunately, Twelve South has got you covered with its new CaddySack, the latest entry in its BookBook product lineup. It’s a luxe leather case designed specifically to carry all of your MacBook essentials.

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Logitech MX Ergo Trackball

After more than a decade of mice and trackpads, Logitech has brought back the classic trackball design in the form of MX Ergo, an advanced wireless trackball designed with a focus on both comfort and precision. Inspired by feedback from Logitech trackball users over the years, MX Ergo features an adjustable hinge for comfortable ergonomics and a precision tracking feature that allows users to quickly switch cursor speeds for finer-grained navigation.

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$30
Decor

Twelve South Inspire [mac candle N°2]

While it may be a bit of a stretch to call this one a Mac accessory, Twelve South’s new Inspire [mac candle N°2] makes for a whimsical and worthwhile entry to close off a busy week. The venerable Mac accessory maker released its first Mac-inspired candle as a unique holiday gift last year to much acclaim among tech enthusiasts, and has followed it up this year with a new iteration in a whole new form and a scent that leans more toward the practical (as opposed to last year’s candle which was designed to smell like opening a new Mac). Mac Candle No. 2 instead features a unique blend of bergamot and armoise, with hints of lemon, amber, tarragon and musk for a unique smell and a scent profile that Twelve South claims is meant to clear your mind of clutter and stimulate creativity, presented in a vessel intended as an homage to Apple’s design ethos. More importantly, however, Twelve South is using the proceeds form candle sales in support of the popular FIRST charity that runs programs to motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM related fields. Inspire [mac candle N°2] is once again being released as a limited edition product for the 2017 holiday season, making it a novel gift for any Apple enthusiast.

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$10/month
Apps

Adobe Lightroom CC

After moving its photo management tools to the cloud with the debut of Lightroom CC in 2015, Adobe has updated the program’s interface and streamlined its tools for easier use. Incorporating elements of the “Project Nimbus” app that leaked out this summer, the Lightroom CC update expands cloud storage to 1 TB (way up from the measly 20 GB previously offered to Creative Cloud subscribers) for the same $10 monthly price, allowing users enough space to truly make use of cloud-based photo editing that stores both photos and edits for use from multiple devices. The app’s search function — powered by Adobe Sensei — uses machine learning to organize photos by recognizing and automatically tagging the content of images. Sharing also got an upgrade, including the ability to generate links to send directly or post to social media.

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Logitech Craft Advanced Wireless Keyboard

Logitech’s new Craft Advanced Wireless Keyboard might possibly be the sexiest Bluetooth keyboard we’ve ever laid our hands on. Designed with creative types in mind, not only does Craft provide a very slick design, but it’s extremely solidly built and brings a whole new workflow with the new Crown — an aluminum dial that can be used to access context-specific tools, ranging from more obvious features like volume and brightness control right through to adjusting brightness, contrast, and saturation in Photoshop or adjusting charts in Excel. Smart backlighting not only adjusts automatically based on room conditions, but also remains off until Craft detects your hands approaching the keyboard — a cool and almost magical feature.

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$59
Nov 2017
Peripherals

Matias Wired Aluminum Keyboard

When Apple unveiled its latest iMacs in June, the company also quietly eliminated all traces of its wired USB keyboards, leaving the Mac community with only wireless versions. Fortunately, for those who still prefer the advantages of a wired USB connection for their keyboard, Matias has stepped up to the plate to fill the gap with its new Wired Aluminum Keyboard. Designed to mirror the Apple aesthetic, you’ll have a hard time telling the difference on the surface from Apple’s original wired keyboard, although Matias has made a couple of nice enhancements in its new version.

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$50
Mounts

Twelve South Curve for MacBook

Twelve South’s latest desktop solution, Curve for MacBook ($50), is an elegant MacBook stand that brings back a classic design from yesteryear, clearly echoing Griffin’s well-known 2003-era iCurve — the world’s first Mac laptop stand — reimagining the original minimalist acrylic design in flowing matte black aluminum. It’s a classy aesthetic for those who appreciate the Apple design ethos and want their accessories to match.

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Free
Apps
Extras

Twelve South Charleston at Sea Level Dual-Screen Wallpaper Collection

If you’re among our regular readers, you probably know by now that we’re pretty big fans of Twelve South’s product lineup — their stands and cases are well-made and fit in so well with the Mac aesthetic that they could have been designed by Apple. However, we also like it when accessory makers allow a little bit of personality to show through, and this is the case with Twelve South’s latest offering: A free collection of stunning wallpapers from the company’s own hometown that are specifically designed to look great on a dual-monitor setup. Twelve South’s new Charleston at Sea Level collection is actually the fifth collection the company has released since 2014, but is unique among these in that it features the company’s own hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, rather than the more popular tourist areas of prior collections.

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€60–€76 (~$70–$90)
Cases

Woolnut MacBook Leather Sleeve

If you’re looking to carry your MacBook around in style, you’ll want to check out the new MacBook Leather Sleeves from Swedish brand Woolnut. These new luxurious cases feature full-grain vegetable-tanned leather on the exterior with an interior lining made from 100% natural wool felt. The sleeves are available in black or cognac leather colors, both of which feature a light natural grey wool felt interior.

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$195
Bags
Cases

Booq Nerve Black

Booq is one of our favourite bag makers, with very stylish bags that are durable and provide good storage capacity, so we were definitely excited by the company’s latest new bag, the Nerve, black. It’s a full messenger bag with a ballistic nylon exterior, a water-repellant flap, and a well-padded interior laptop compartment. It’s a great bag for all of your summer excursions — it will withstand the elements for your weekend getaways but still looks nice enough to take to the office on Monday morning.

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Kensington SD5000T Thunderbolt Docking Station

If you’re a Mac user looking to set up a true power user’s workstation, then you’ll want to take a look at Kensington’s new SD5000T Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station, a single relatively unobtrusive expansion dock that takes advantage of all of the bandwidth available in a single Thunderbolt 3 cable to tie all of your high-performance peripherals into your MacBook Pro, and keep it powered up at the same time. With a single Thunderbolt 3 cable connected to your MacBook Pro, the SD5000T can provide 85W of charging power and push through 40Gbps of data — more than enough for a few high-performance external hard drives and a couple of 4K displays.

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