Evoluent Vertical Mouse 4 for Mac

Apple has had plenty of innovations of its own when it comes to mice—some better than others—but nothing represents as much of a paradigm shift as Evoluent’s Vertical Mouse 4 for Mac ($99). Available exclusively at Apple Stores, this mouse literally turns the design most people are used to on its side. The vertical orientation is designed to be ergonomic, moving your wrist from a twisted position to a more natural posture.

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$380
Cases

Cole Haan Messenger Bag for MacBook

Designer bags are rarely as affordable as ones from value-conscious brands, so it’s no shock that Cole Haan’s Messenger Bag for MacBook ($380) arrives at a jaw-dropping price as an Apple Store exclusive. What you’ll get for your dollars is a classic design in your choice of colors and materials: the standard version comes in timeless black or brown grain leather, while a new and more modern version mixes a tan leather trim with a reflective silver material that’s easier to spot at night. Each has room for a 13” or 15” MacBook Pro—you choose the bag size that suits you—as well as an iPad compartment, and interior pockets.

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$79
Mounts

Esoterism Tesseract Intelligent Mobile Device Station

A tesseract is defined as the four-dimensional analog of a cube, and while Esoterism’s Tesseract Intelligent Mobile Device Station ($79) isn’t precisely that, it’s still a pretty cool stand. What you get are two machined aluminum cubes, together ready to hold your MacBook, or even an iPad. The price is higher than some users would prefer to pay for a stand, but Tesseract has a distinctive style.

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$25
Apps

Feral Interactive GRID

We can tell you about Feral Interactive’s GRID ($25), but first, just look at it. Beautiful, right? This brand new racing game from the company behind most of the big name titles in the Mac App Store is stunning, combining elements of a driving simulator with those of an arcade racer, taking you across the United States, Europe, and Japan.

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$65
Cases

Ogio Hamptons

Known for golf and other athletic-centric accessories, Ogio has moved into fashionable laptop bags geared towards women with its Buttons collection. Our favorite bag in the lineup is Hamptons ($65), a surprisingly affordable purse-style carrier for your MacBook. Available in black, terra, tide, red, or yellow, the tote is well-suited to use as an everyday bag.

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$40
Extras

Raw MacBook Wood Keyboard

Raw is going all in on its wood accessories. First we saw MacBook Wood Skin late last year, and since then it has expanded the lineup to include the MacBook Wood Keyboard ($40). Pretty similar to Lazerwood Industries’ Lazerwood Keys, this set allows you to add a wooden tile to each of your unibody MacBook Pro’s keys.

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Free
Apps

Blacktree Quicksilver

If you know how to use it the right way, Spotlight can be a really useful tool for locating and opening files on your Mac. But Blacktree’s Quicksilver (Free) is like Spotlight on steroids—it enables you to control your Mac using simple keystrokes. The launcher utility has been around for about a decade now, but it just got a big update—it’s finally reached version 1.0, coming out of beta.

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$250
Furniture

Prepac Floating Desk with Storage

Your Mac is as minimalistic as can be; it only makes sense that your desk should be, too. That’s why Prepac’s Floating Desk with Storage ($250) is so appealing. Available in white, black, or espresso brown, the desk hangs from your wall rather than sitting on your floor, and has enough space to accommodate an iMac in the center.

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$15
Extras

Bit Wise Magsafe Adapter Key Ring

You have a shiny new MacBook, an old MagSafe Power Adapter, and Apple’s MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter. What’s the best way to keep from losing it? Well, you could just leave it connected to the Power Adapter, but Bit Wise’s MagSafe Adapter Key Ring ($15) offers an alternative if you need to carry it around separately for some reason.

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$650-$800
April 2013
Camera

Canon EOS Rebel SL1

Claiming to be the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR camera, Canon today introduced the EOS Rebel SL1 ($650/body, $800/body+lens). Designed to appeal to point and shoot camera users on the fence about moving up to a more sophisticated device, it’s 25% smaller and 28% lighter than the company’s prior-generation EOS Rebel T4i. Thankfully, the small size doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality: the camera features an 18-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor.

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$10
Apps

Dennaton Games Hotline Miami

It should tell you something that the Steam listing for Dennaton Games’ Hotline Miami ($10) requires an age verification: this one is not for kids. The top-down shooter might look a bit like Grand Theft Auto II, but it’s even more violent and vulgar. Set in 1989 Miami, you control a character on a rampage, but unlike most games, you’re not more resilient to your enemies’ attacks than they are to yours; one hit kills are a big element of the game.

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$999
April 2013
Peripherals

Wacom Cintiq 13HD

Artists may love the idea of Wacom’s gigantic stylus-plus-screen solution Cintiq 24HD, but probably aren’t so fond of the equally huge price tag. Enter Cintiq 13HD ($999). The 13.3” pen display is significantly smaller, but offers the same feature set as its larger counterpart. That makes it a smart compromise, and allows the display to take up significantly less room on your desk.

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$4
Apps

Generation Loss Interactive Collective

We copy and paste all the time—text, pictures, files, and more. OS X’s copy-paste system is efficient, but sometimes it’s useful to have access to multiple copied items at once, not just whatever’s in your clipboard from the last time you hit command-C. Collective ($4) from Generation Loss Interactive is here to help, keeping a running list of everything you’ve copied, and making the history easily accessible with the press of a few keys.

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$1,199-$2,199
Peripherals

LaCie 5big Thunderbolt Series Hard Drive

There are big hard drives, and then there’s LaCie’s 5big Thunderbolt Series Hard Drive ($1,199-$1,299). We’re talking huge in both capacity and size: 10 or 20 terabytes per unit, thanks to a 6.8” x 8.6” x 7.7” box packed with five drives. These drives are ready to hold, well, pretty much anything and everything you could throw at them.

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$1339-$2039
Macs

Apple iMac with Built-in VESA Mount Adapter (Late 2012)

It took Apple months to catch up with the demand for its most recent iMacs, but now they’re finally in stock. So what’s next? VESA mount support. Neither the 21.5” or 27” models can actually be mounted when purchased as is—a limitation that affected the prior 21.5” iMac as well. To address that issue, Apple has today released both 21.5” and 27” iMacs with Built-in VESA Mount Adapter (Late 2012) ($1339-$2039). You can’t just buy a separate Apple VESA mount adapter; instead, you buy the Mac with the adapter pre-attached.

 

 

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