Kensington SD1500 USB-C Mobile Dock

If you’ve got a new MacBook but often find yourself needing a bit more expansion between work, school, or home, Kensington’s new SD1500 USB-C Mobile Dock ($90) may be just what you need. Featuring not only USB port expansion for your mouse, keyboard, or portable storage device, the SD1500 gives you a gigabit Ethernet port for connecting to a wired network, and an HD VGA and HDMI port for displaying video on a 4K/1080p monitor or projector.

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Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball

Kensington is billing its new Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball ($100) as a solution to both cluttered desks and the strain of repetitive motion caused by using a traditional mouse for extended periods. Aimed at users performing tasks that require a high level of detail, Kensington claims the trackball boasts a superior level of cursor control and accuracy due to Kensington’s proprietary DiamondEye optical tracking technology. The company’s TrackballWorks software also allows users to adjust cursor speed for more precise control and customize functions for all four buttons, making it especially appealing to the left-handed.

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Epson Expression Home XP-430 Small-in-One Printer

Epson’s Expression Home XP-430 Small-in-One Printer ($100) is a sequel to last year’s XP-420, an AirPrint-compatible printer designed for fast and easy color printing from a Mac or iOS device. This latest version sports a 2.7” color LCD screen and a built-in memory card slot along with Wi-Fi Direct support so you can print without needing to associate it with a wireless network. Epson also bundles its usual suite of tools, including built-in tools for red-eye removal, cropping, and photo restoration when printing directly from memory cards, Epson Connect for mobile printing support, and Epson Creative Print.

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$348 — $649
Peripherals

OWC Digital Aura SSD for Mid 2013 and Later Mac laptops

If you’re using one of Apple’s more recent MacBook Pros with Retina Display or a mid-2013 or later MacBook Air, up until now you’ve pretty much been stuck with whatever SSD storage Apple gives you — the proprietary interface on these more recent MacBooks have made homegrown upgrades a challenge. Fortunately, OWC Digital has just released the new Aura SSD for Mid 2013 and Later Mac laptops ($348 — $649), providing recent MacBook users the ability to seamlessly upgrade their storage to eight times the capacity of their stock SSDs with no more effort than removing a few screws.

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Kanex MultiSync Aluminum Mac Keyboard

These days, just about every Apple device works with an external keyboard, from the iPhone to the Apple TV, and since most traditional Bluetooth keyboards only pair with a single device at a time, you’re often left juggling multiple keyboards or constantly repairing. This is where Kanex’s new MultiSync Aluminum Keyboard ($100) comes in — it allows you to simultaneously pair up to four Bluetooth devices and easily switch to your preferred device using four quick function buttons above the numeric keypad.

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Satechi Aluminum USB 3.0 Headphone Stand

Satechi’s new headphone stand is more than just that, and the company makes it clear with the product’s name: Aluminum USB 3.0 Headphone Stand ($35). So yes, it is a headphone stand, complete with two hooks for cable management in back and a pad up top to keep the headphones from being scratched by the aluminum construction. But the stand doubles as a USB hub, offering three USB 3.0 ports. A USB cable comes with the stand, to connect to your Mac, thus enabling the hub. A 3.5mm port is also included to plug in your headphones. Aluminum USB 3.0 Headphone Stand comes in silver, space gray, or gold, as seen here.

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$80-$130
Peripherals

Apple Magic Trackpad 2, Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard

Alongside its new iMacs, Apple has debuted a new slate of peripherals: Magic Mouse 2 ($80), Magic Keyboard ($100) and the Force Touch-equipped Magic Trackpad 2 ($130). All the new devices use Bluetooth connections with a 30-foot range and feature lithium-ion batteries that are rechargable through a Lightning port; Magic Trackpad 2 actually requires a Bluetooth 4.0-enabled Mac as a system requirement. Apple estimates all of the devices take about 2 hours to fully charge and can last a month or more on a single charge.

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$129-$299
Peripherals

Epson Expression Premium Series

Epson is back with its next generation of all-in-one wireless photo printers in its new Expression Premium series, including the Expression Premium XP-530 ($129), XP-630 ($149) and XP-830 ($199), along with the new Expression Photo XP-960 Small-In-One printer ($299). The Expression Premium printers use a premium five-ink system and allow for borderless prints up to 8” x 10”, while the Photo XP-960 uses six-color HD inks and makes borderless photos up to 11” x 17”.

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$100-$200
Peripherals

Western Digital My Passport for Mac (mid-2015)

Western Digital’s newest update to its My Passport for Mac ($100-$200) portable hard drive features 256-bit AES password-protected hardware encryption. The Time Machine-compatible hard drive uses USB 3.0 for fast transfer rates. Backed by a three-year limited warranty, the updated My Passport for Mac comes in 1TB, 2TB, or 3TB options — we received the 2TB version.

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Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse

Although trackpads are becoming more popular options for Mac users, a lot of folks still prefer to use traditional mice as their pointing device, and Logitech continues to up the game in this area with its MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse ($80). Designed for portability, this new mouse features a new Darkfield Laser Sensor that’s designed to track on any surface you put it on — including glass — so you can use it just about anywhere you happen to be, with nothing more than a flat surface required. The compact design allows you to easily slip it into a bag, and a countered shape and rubber surface makes it comfortable even for prolonged use.

The scroll wheel on the MX Anywhere 2 mouse is equipped with hyper-fast scrolling, so you can quickly read through long documents or Web pages and then shift to click-­to-­click mode for more precise navigation.
Similar to the Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse, the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse can be customized by using Logitech OptionsTM software to replicate touch gesture controls on Mac® computers so you can accomplish more with precise control. The rechargeable battery lasts up to two months replacing the need for spare batteries, and one minute of USB-cord charging gives you up to two hours of usage.

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Mobee Technology Magic Hub

Mobee Technology’s Magic Hub ($50) is a peripheral that mounts on the back of an iMac to give users three extra USB ports. Magic Hub has four USB 3.0 ports — one is used to connect with the iMac itself — and all ports output 2.1A. The peripheral is directly powered by the iMac or monitor itself, and it’s able to charge devices even when the iMac is turned off.

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Kanex Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock

Kanex’s Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock ($250) lets users connect up to eight devices to a Mac. Two Thunderbolt ports are featured on the dock, boasting a blistering transfer rate of 20GB/s. Up to four Thunderbolt-compatible peripherals can be daisy-chained to a Mac at once through one of the ports. The dock also has three USB 3.0 ports — one on the front of the dock can be used to charge iOS devices — a gigabit Ethernet port, an audio in/out port, and an HDMI port, which offers 4K resolution and dual display support.

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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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