Epson Expression Home XP-420 Small-in-One Printer

Epson’s Expression Home XP-420 Small-in-One Printer ($100) is an AirPrint-compatible printer which can print from an iOS device, as well as a Mac. A 2.5” color LCD screen and built-in card slot allow users to view, crop, and print right from the XP-420 itself. In addition to supporting AirPrint, the printer also comes with Epson Connect, a suite of free mobile printing solutions allowing for wireless printing from anywhere.

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Epson SureColor P600 Printer

For professionals and serious artists, there’s often still a desire to showcase your work in actual hard copy, and Epson has just the answer to that need in its latest entry into the higher-end printer game. The SureColor P600 boasts an advanced printhead, next-generation Epson inks, and enhanced imagine technology that combine to produce “exhibition-quality” black and white prints and “stunningly vivid” color prints.

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G-Technology G-Drive ev ATC with Thunderbolt

G-Technology has introduced a number of new, rugged hard drives, and we’ve recently received the company’s 1TB G-Drive ev ATC with Thunderbolt ($230). The product features a removable G-Drive ev RAW USB hard drive within a rugged enclosure. The hard plastic case with hard rubber accents features a watertight latch for water protection — the enclosure floats and can protect the drive in a pool of water “up to 1 foot for 30 seconds” — and it’s also pressure-resistant and dust-resistant. Additionally, G-Technology claims the enclosure can protect the drive from drops of up to 2 meters (about 6.6 feet) onto a “carpeted concrete floor.” Inside the enclosure is a 7200 RPM hard drive offering transfer rates up to 136MB/s, formatted for Mac, with the ability to be reformatted for Windows. A Thunderbolt cable is built into the enclosure itself for use when the hard drive is docked inside.

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Epson Perfection V19 Scanner

Most of us will probably find it quite laughable when we look back at the promises of the paperless society that modern technology was supposed to usher in, considering that we’re surrounded by more paper than ever these days. Ultimately, if you’re looking for a paperless home or office, about the only way to deal with it is to take matters into your own hands, and Epson’s Perfection V19 ($70) is a nice affordable way to get started. Packing a handy set of scanning features into a small profile, flatbed scanner, this latest entry in the company’s Perfection lineup provides useful cloud-based scanning solutions, so you can even use it to scan directly to everything from Facebook to Evernote.

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Satechi Aluminum Clamp Hub

While using everything from iPhones and iPads to cameras and flash drives, it’s not uncommon to run out of USB ports. USB hubs have become commonplace at many workstations, but adding one into the mix can increase the clutter in your life. For those who want to keep it simple, Satechi’s new Aluminum Clamp Hub ($28) offers a nice aesthetic solution at a reasonable price. Easily attached to any recent model iMac, this hub provides four front-facing USB 3.0 ports without taking up any disk space or increasing the cable clutter.

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Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock

It was only a half year ago that we were writing about Elgato’s original Thunderbolt Dock, a handsome little hub designed to connect a bundle of peripherals to any Thunderbolt-equipped Mac. Now Elgato’s back with the Thunderbolt 2 Dock ($230), a remixed version that looks mostly the same but adds throughput to accommodate Thunderbolt 2-equipped Macs and accessories. Still made from aluminum with a black plastic core, the Thunderbolt 2 Dock rearranges and enhances its predecessor’s ports, shipping with a power supply, 1.6-foot Thunderbolt cable, and either one U.S. or two European wall plugs, depending on where it’s purchased. Read on for our hands-on impressions.

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$160-$400
Peripherals

G-Technology G-Drive USB

G-Technology continues to produce great hard drives with Mac-inspired designs, always sold at premiums due to their superior materials and reliability. Now there’s an option if you’re looking for an external hard drive that won’t break the bank: the company’s new G-Drive USB ($160-$400). Available in 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, and 6TB capacities, these new models provide a much more affordable alternative to the standard G-Drive by focusing solely on USB 3.0 and eliminating the more expensive and increasingly niche connectivity options such as Firewire 800, eSATA, and Thunderbolt.

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Apparent Doxie Go Plus

Apparent has taken its Doxie Go scanner up a notch with its new Doxie Go Plus ($179), which takes all of the features of the company’s earlier ultra-portable scanner and improve upon them – better image quality, 3X better battery life, and better paper feeding – and all for $20 less than the prior model when it first launched.

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Satechi 10 Port USB 3.0 Premium Aluminum Hub

“No, no, no,” you said when you saw Satechi’s 7 Port Aluminum Hub on iLounge + Mac earlier this year. “Seven extra USB ports for my Mac is not enough. I must have 10 ports.” If that plea sounds familiar, consider yourself lucky: Satechi heard you and is ready with a solution. Bear witness to the new 10 Port USB 3.0 Premium Aluminum Hub ($65), an even larger hub with a downright wacky collection of 10 ports in a row. Look carefully and you’ll notice that seven of the ports are blue, and three are red. Those last three are called “Super Charging” ports, though they’re not quite as super as one might imagine.

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Epson WorkForce DS-520 Scanner

While modern personal computers and the Internet at large have reduced the amount of paper in most of our lives, they haven’t ushered in the “paperless society” that many predicted they would. At the end of the day, if you want a paperless office, sometimes you still need to take matters into your own hands. Enter the Epson WorkForce DS-520 Color Document Scanner ($400), a high-powered sheet-fed scanner designed to help you get control of at least some of the clutter in your life.

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Rapoo E6700 Bluetooth Touch Keyboard

If you spend a lot of time working in a desktop environment, or even if you’re looking for a more advanced keyboard to use on the go, then you might want to check out Rapoo’s new E6700 Bluetooth Touch Keyboard ($60). Designed to be thin and lightweight, the E6700 provides 82 full-sized keys for comfortable typing and connects to your Mac over Bluetooth. However, it goes beyond the average keyboard, featuring a Smart Touch Area at the right that can be used as a touchpad, with 15 user-configurable gestures for easy navigation.

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$50-$70
Peripherals

Sabrent DC-BLK + EC-HDD2 Hard Drive Docking Stations

If you’re a PowerMac or Mac Pro user, or use external storage devices with your Mac, you’ve probably got a few spare hard drives kicking around from various upgrades over the years that haven’t even been worth selling off with the plummeting prices of hard drives. Enter Sabrent’s DS-UBLK ($50) and EC-HDD2 ($70). Available on Amazon for roughly half their MSRPs, these external docking stations connect to your Mac using a fast USB 3.0 connection, and allow you to pop in any 3.5” or 2.5” SATA hard drive. This is great for recovering data from a retired internal drive, or putting old drives back into service for occasional offline backup.

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$1400
Peripherals

LG 31MU97-B 31" Digital 4K IPS LED Monitor

Ultra-high resolution 4K displays are becoming the norm now, with Apple’s new iMac pushing the envelope even further. If you’re looking for something bigger than Apple’s Thunderbolt Display, LG has you covered with its new 31” Digital Cinema 4K IPS LED Monitor ($1400). With a 17:9 aspect ratio, this display boasts a resolution of 4096 x 2160, a 1M:1 contrast ratio, and 10-bit color depth. It also features a 178/178 viewing angle and advanced anti-glare coating, making it suitable for use in a wide variety of professional and studio environments.

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APC Back-UPS Connect BGE90M

We were intrigued when APC released the original $50 Back-UPS Connect some months ago, and now it has an even more compelling model called Back-UPS Connect BGE90M ($65). Occasional power interruptions are inevitable, and without a source of backup power, you can lose everything from home lighting to Internet connectivity and digital home telephone service in one fell swoop. Think of Back-UPS Connect BGE90M as the way to keep your cable modem, Wi-Fi router, and other Internet-dependent hardware running when the power goes out. It starts with a battery capable of fueling three power outlets for up to six hours, then adds twin USB ports to help you keep your iPhone or iPad going until power comes back.

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Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD with Cable

Belkin’s back in the Mac peripheral management game with the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD with Cable ($300). This new dock lets users plug in up to eight devices to take advantage of fast Thunderbolt 2 technology: this time, it transfers files at up to 20 Gbps, doubling the performance of Belkin’s last Thunderbolt dock, and quadrupling the speed of USB 3.0. A slim, lightweight dock with a brushed aluminum body, Belkin’s new dock also comes with a Thunderbolt cable, as its name implies.

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