2014 iPad iPhone iPod Buyers' Guide from iLounge.com

$65
Cases

Acme Made Lombard Sleeve

Sometimes, you just have to be a little showy. Acme Made’s Lombard Sleeve ($65) is a great way to display your style and protect your 13 or 15-inch MacBook Pro at the same time, and at a semi-affordable price. Available in either a shiny silver on black or black on white, this funky plant stem kaleidoscope design is definitely going to get you some attention.

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€40
Peripherals

Artwizz Induction Charger

Apple has a long and checkered history with mouse design. Only a few years ago did it release an almost universally-praised option in the Magic Mouse, now packed-in as standard with every iMac. Problem: Magic Mouse eats batteries every two or three months. That’s where Artwizz comes in with the Induction Charger (€40). This induction charging platform allows you to simply toss your mouse on it when not in use and come back to a full charge, never having to worry about replacing batteries or plugging anything in again. (Sound familiar?)

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$4,900 and up
Furniture

MILK Desk

Without a doubt one of the coolest desks we’ve ever seen, the MILK ($4,900 and up) line demonstrates that you don’t have to sacrifice beauty for functionality. Available in a Classic, extra large Grande, multi-person 4MILK, or half-sized Mini, the desks provide the same clean European design across the board. Colors and finishes are customizable; in fact MILK must be ordered through a licensed dealer who help in individualizing every detail.The modularity of the desk makes it that much more personal. The two or four compartments (depending on the model) can be accessorized with everything from stylized lids to toolboxes to wastepaper baskets. At the same time, built in drawer spaces allow for easy storage and charging of an iPad or MacBook.

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$200-$330
Camera

Lexar Professional 133x SDXC Card

Want a gigantic SD card? Well, all right, how does 64GB sound? Not enough? Fine, how about 128GB! High-def photographers and videographers can rejoice now that Lexar has released the Professional 133x SDXC Cards (64GB - $200, 128GB - $330), each with plenty of space for anything you could hope to shoot in several typical sessions. And you probably don’t need to worry about upgrading your computer: they’re compatible with the SD/SDXC readers built into the newest MacBook Pros and iMacs.

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$1,200-$2,500
Macs

Apple MacBook Pro (Early 2011)

Yes, Apple’s last MacBook Pro update wasn’t particularly exciting, but the new MacBook Pros ($1,200-$2,500) pack a lot more awesome into otherwise familiar enclosures. On the outside is the same body we’ve seen since the October 2008 overhaul, but new graphics chips and Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors offer huge performance jumps over earlier, same-priced models, and a new Thunderbolt port promises faster I/O with future peripherals. Available in the standard 13”, 15”, and 17” sizes, these workhorses live up to the Pro name.

 

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$40
Extras

Blackburn Flea 2.0 USB + Solar Front Headlight

Sometimes, just sometimes, you have to leave your desk. If you bike, you can finally make your two favorite worlds collide. Blackburn’s Flea 2.0 USB + Solar Front Headlight ($40) is just what it sounds like: a light for your bike that charges off of either USB or solar power. Plug the light in right next to your iPhone and external hard drive, and you’ll be ready to go.

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Free
Apps

Mozilla Firefox 4

Sure, you already have Safari, but the world’s most popular browser is back and better than ever with the release of Mozilla Firefox 4 (free). The newest version of the open source wonder is faster and more customizable, sports a redesigned interface, and packs more features, too. Now available in over 80 languages, even your friends who speak Norwegian (yes, bokmål AND nynorsk) can get in on the fun.

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$39
Apps

Orbicule Witness

Sure, you could spend a few hundred bucks installing a video security system around your house. Or, you could just use the Macs you already have spread around the house instead to stay safe. With Orbicule’s Witness ($39), you can make those machines that would otherwise be sitting quiet work for you.

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$1000
Speakers

Harman Kardon GLA-55 Speakers

Despite their resemblance to the titular artifact from Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, Harman Kardon’s luxurious GLA-55 Speakers ($1,000) have a greater chance of standing the test of time. Roughly 10.6 inches tall, these computer speakers are made from the same acrylic used to create bulletproof glass, and bring your Mac one step closer to Superman’s Fortress of Solitude. Touch sensitive controls for volume and muting are built into the front of the speakers, which connect using a standard 3.5mm audio cable to your computer.

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