Free
Apps

Guillaume Gete Lion Disk Maker

One of the downsides of OS X Lion is the absence of a reinstallation DVD. Gone are the days of your Mac coming with a couple of discs or a tiny flash drive loaded up with the OS and iLife apps—if you need to do a reinstall of the operating system, your computer will boot from a partition it created when you installed Lion and then redownload Lion—all 3.49GB of it. Having a bootable local copy of Lion makes this process a whole lot faster, and now there’s a simple way to make one: Lion DiskMaker (Free) from French developer Guillaume Gete.

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$80
Apps

Parallels Software Parallels Desktop 9

Well, this isn’t terribly surprising: with a new version of OS X just around the corner, Parallels Software has a new version of its Windows-running Mac software ready to go. Parallels Desktop 9 ($80) will be available on September 5 as a fresh download, or can be grabbed now as an upgrade to older versions. As with every new edition, version 9 brings increased speed and fresh features, plus support for the latest PC and Mac operating systems, including the yet-to-be-released Windows 8.1 and Mavericks.

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$22
Apps

Daedalic Entertainment Deponia

Retro computer gamers (including us) miss the point-and-click adventure games we loved in the 1990s—irreverent titles such as Sam & Max still hold up to this day. Daedalic Entertainment’s Deponia ($22) is a brand-new release in the same vein, and now available in the Mac App Store. With a prince and pauper story set in a world that’s been turned into a garbage dump, we’re certainly interested.

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$22
Apps

Deep Silver Dead Island

Some people may say zombie games are overdone, a genre that’s jumped the shark. Be that as it may, Deep Silver’s Dead Island ($22) is still among the best and deserves some attention. First released back in 2011—yes, it’s a bit of a gap—the title is finally available on the Mac through the Mac App Store. At least that waiting has a payoff, as there are two DLC packs included with the download, and a special weapon.

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$90-$120
June 2014
Mounts

Henge Docks Vertical Docking Station

Henge Docks is back at it again, this time giving 13” and 15” Retina MacBook Pros some love with its latest Vertical Docking Stations ($90-$120). Available this month, the docks come in your choice of glossy white plastic, or, our preference, Mac-matching brushed metal. Both sizes come with pre-installed passthrough cables, making them ready to go out of the box. Because it stands your Mac up on its edge, the Vertical Docking Station is a good choice for hooking up to an external display on a desk with limited room. Update: Our original preview from May has been updated with new hands-on impressions and photos!

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$20
Extras

CB2 7-Piece Groove Aluminum Coasters With Stand Set

It’s time to free your desk from the rings left by morning coffee, and puddles from sweating water bottles. No, we’re not talking about picking up a bunch of doilies. Crate and Barrel’s imprint CB2 has a solution that’s similar to the ones iLounge’s editors use and love: the 7-Piece Groove Aluminum Coasters with Stand Set ($20).

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Seagate 4TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive

4TB of storage space in a 3.5” consumer hard disk? It hadn’t been done before today. Now Seagate has pushed the envelope just a bit further with the introduction of its 4TB GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive ($250). The capacity isn’t the only big deal here; this drive is also capable of growing additional Thunderbolt connectivity. Is Apple and Intel’s new standard finally ready for average consumers?

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$650
July 2012
Camera

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

Sony’s made huge inroads with its Cyber-shot point-and-shoot digital cameras and its Alpha DSLRs—now it’s going after the market directly between them. The just-announced Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 ($650) packs a monster-sized 1” EXMOR sensor and faster f/1.8 lens into a body that’s only modestly larger than Canon’s widely-respected PowerShot S100—in fact, virtually every feature of the RX100 improves on that inspirational model. If you’re looking for a pocket-sized camera with outstanding low-light performance, and willing to pay a premium price to get it, this looks to be the best near-term option.

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$90*
July 17, 2011
Peripherals

AT&T USBConnect Force 4G

In the cellular world, 4G doesn’t have a single completely clear meaning these days. But if you know that you want somewhat faster mobile data speeds and the Verizon MiFi isn’t your thing, check out AT&T’s USBConnect Force 4G ($90, free with two-year contract). It hooks up to the GSM-provider’s HSPA+ network to give your MacBook wireless speed on the road, using USB to power its chipset and antenna.

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Sleeptracker Sleeptracker Elite

Your Mac probably has something to do with the fact that you can’t sleep at night, so you might as well use it to wake you up better in the morning. That’s exactly what Sleeptracker’s Sleeptracker Elite ($179) is for; it’s a computer-assisted intelligent alarm clock-like solution that analyzes your sleep patterns. If the technology sounds like something out of a dream, don’t fear—we’ve actually been testing one, and it works.

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€525/$753
Cases

Travelteq Trash Canvas Messenger Bag

We’ll be the first to admit that Dutch design company Travelteq’s Trash Canvas Messenger Bag (€525/$753) might not be the best named product that we’ve ever come across. And that the price, even with 15% taken off for those outside the European Union, is ridiculously high. But there is no denying that the bag is a sexy way to carry around your Mac, and functional too.

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$70*
Summer
Peripherals

AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G

AT&T sure has been busy, hasn’t it? Just last week, the wireless company rolled out its USBConnect Force 4G HSPA+ accessory for computers, and today it unveiled its first LTE device, the Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G ($70 with two-year contract and $50 rebate). Only a lucky few will get to use the true potential of this hotspot at first; AT&T has announced plans to bring its higher-speed LTE network only to Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio later this summer, with 15 markets by the end of the year.

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$400
Coming Soon
Peripherals

HP TopShot Laserjet Pro M275

With all the chaos that’s been taking place at Hewlett-Packard recently, we weren’t expecting to see anything neat out of the HP labs any time soon—but with its computer, tablet, and phone businesses up for sale, that leaves printers. So it’s nice to see that the upcoming TopShot Laserjet Pro M275 ($400, aka Laserjet Pro 200 Color MFP M275nw) has a cool new trick up its sleeve: 3-D object scanning. The feature’s impressive in and of itself, but the price makes this multifunction printer and scanner sound like a steal.

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$800
Camera

Canon EOS M

Call it photography’s holy grail or marketing hype, but companies have spent years trying to create “DSLR-quality compact cameras.” EOS M ($800) is Canon’s first official entry into the category, distilling its entry-level T4i/650D DSLR into a mirrorless body only modestly larger than the widely-admired S100, an engineering feat Canon once suggested was impossible. Designed to compete with mirrorless cameras already released by Nikon and Sony, EOS M offers enthusiasts the key advantages of DSLRs—interchangeable lenses and a mid-sized 18-Megapixel APS-C sensor—while streamlining the user interface, adopting a 3-inch touchscreen for most of its controls.

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D-Link All-In-One Mobile Companion

Disappointed that the new AirPort Express lost it’s wall wart status in favor of traditional plug? D-Link’s All-In-One Mobile Companion ($100) is showing up at just the right time. An alternative to Apple’s portable router, this little guy hooks directly into your outlet without additional cables. It doesn’t have quite as much going on under the hood but it’s still a pretty impressive device.

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