Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 Small-in-One Printer

Let’s face it, even with more and more people using iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks, we’re not much closer to the vision of a paperless society — sometimes you just need hard copy. If that’s you, then Epson is still there for you, having just announced its latest compact multifunction home printer, the Expression Premium XP-7100. This “small-in-one” printer is designed to provide great photo quality while being versatile enough to meet both the creativity and productivity needs of most families. It’s a five-color printer that can create vivid, borderless photos up to 8” x 10” and can handle an array of specialty paprs for all sorts of projects, and even DVD labels.

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$60 / $80
September
Peripherals

Satechi Aluminum Wired and Wireless Keyboards

If you’ve been looking for an affordable keyboard for your iMac or desktop MacBook setup that matches the Apple aesthetic, you’ll definitely want to check out Satechi’s newest aluminum keyboards. Available in a choice of four colors to match any of Apple’s iMac or MacBooks, both keyboards features enhanced scissor-switch keys and an extended keyboard layout with a full numeric keypad, making them a great option for data entry and finance applications. The Aluminum Bluetooth Keyboard ($80), provides wireless connectivity with up to three devices, so you can pair it with multiple Macs or even an iPad or iPhone, and features a USB-C rechargeable battery that provides up to 80 hours of working time and 100 days of standby time, and can still be used while charging. The Aluminum Wired USB Keyboard ($60) provides wired connectivity no longer available in Apple’s own keyboards, connecting to a Mac with a standard USB-A cable for users who prefer to avoid worrying about battery life and recharging. Both of the new keyboards are available now in silver directly from Satechi’s website or on Amazon.com, while the space gray, gold, and rose gold versions can be pre-ordered now for shipping by the end of September.

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$100
Pre-Order
Peripherals

Logitech MX Vertical Advanced Ergonomic Mouse

There’s no doubt that Logitech has become the household name in human interface devices like mice and keyboards, however we’re impressed by the ways in which the company continues to push the envelope with new design ideas. Last year’s MX Ergo trackball, for instance, brought back the classic trackball in a really great ergonomic design, and now the company seems to be following up that idea with MX Vertical, a new “Advanced Ergonomic Mouse” that borrows some of the same ideas to provide what may be the most uniquely designed mouse we’ve ever seen.

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Satechi Aluminum Type-C UHS-II Micro/SD Card Reader Adapter

Thanks to its very Mac-like aesthetic, Satechi’s hubs and adapters for Apple’s newest MacBooks have become some of our favourite designs, and now the company is back with a new one — the Aluminum Type-C UHS-II Micro/SD Card Reader Adapter. Not every MacBook photographer uses an iPhone or Wi-Fi camera, so this one is for those of us who have miss the built-in SD card reader that use to come with Apple’s MacBooks. Featuring UHS-II speeds of up to 312 Mbps, it’s powerful enough to let you import your 4K video footage and ultra-high-res RAW images in a snap.

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Satechi Aluminum Type-C Pro Hub with Ethernet

Let’s face it, if you’ve got one of the recent MacBook Pro models, you’ve probably already found that the included USB-C ports just don’t entirely cut it, and while there are many solutions available, Satechi has stepped up to the plate to offer some of the most Mac-like port expanders we’ve seen, and the company just continues to offer something for everyone with its new Aluminum Type-C Pro Hub with Ethernet. A variation on the company’s prior Type-C Pro Hub, this latest model includes an integrated Gigabit Ethernet port so that you’re ready to plug in when you don’t have Wi-Fi connectivity available.

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Satechi Aluminum Type-C Multimedia Adapter

Let’s face it, as nice as it sounds in theory when we look at Apple’s newest MacBooks, most of us are just not quite ready yet for a USB-C-only world. Fortunately, Satechi has us covered; the company makes some of the nicest USB-C hubs we’ve seen for Mac users, matching the design aesthetic of modern MacBooks perfectly. Satech’s latest offering is its Aluminum Type-C Multimedia Adapter, which provides two card slots and a total of seven ports — including USB-C Power Delivery output — that should give most MacBook users just about everything they need.

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$50
January 2018
Peripherals

Satechi Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub Pro for iMac

While the new iMac Pro lacks the internal expansion capabilities of prior “Pro” desktop Macs, Satechi at least has some of that covered with its new Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub Pro. Available for pre-order today and shipping in January, Satechi’s new hub connects to one of your iMac’s Thunderbolt 3 ports and then clamps onto the bottom of your iMac — either the 2017 iMac Pro, iMac Retina 4K, and 27-inch iMac Retina 5K — and provides a front-facing data-only USB-C port, three front-facing USB 3.0 ports with up to 5 Gbps data transfer speeds, and a Micro/SD card reader.

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Epson Expression Photo HD Wide-format Printer

While most people have taken to social media to display their photos these days, there’s still something to be said for quality prints to hang on the wall or mail to loved ones, and Epson is betting there are still people out there who have a fondness for paper and ink. The company’s new Expression Photo HD XP-15000 Wide-format Printer is billed as a top-notch photo producer, able to print borderless photos as large as 13” x 19”. The device requires six different Claria Photo HD ink cartridges — including new red and gray inks — to produce its wide color gamut, and features a 200-sheet front tray and a 50-sheet rear specialty tray for media like cardstock. Like most newer printers the Expression Photo HD can be used wirelessly, and for more routine document printing the printer offers automatic two-sided printing in a fairly small footprint.

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Logitech MX Ergo Trackball

After more than a decade of mice and trackpads, Logitech has brought back the classic trackball design in the form of MX Ergo, an advanced wireless trackball designed with a focus on both comfort and precision. Inspired by feedback from Logitech trackball users over the years, MX Ergo features an adjustable hinge for comfortable ergonomics and a precision tracking feature that allows users to quickly switch cursor speeds for finer-grained navigation.

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Logitech Craft Advanced Wireless Keyboard

Logitech’s new Craft Advanced Wireless Keyboard might possibly be the sexiest Bluetooth keyboard we’ve ever laid our hands on. Designed with creative types in mind, not only does Craft provide a very slick design, but it’s extremely solidly built and brings a whole new workflow with the new Crown — an aluminum dial that can be used to access context-specific tools, ranging from more obvious features like volume and brightness control right through to adjusting brightness, contrast, and saturation in Photoshop or adjusting charts in Excel. Smart backlighting not only adjusts automatically based on room conditions, but also remains off until Craft detects your hands approaching the keyboard — a cool and almost magical feature.

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$59
Nov 2017
Peripherals

Matias Wired Aluminum Keyboard

When Apple unveiled its latest iMacs in June, the company also quietly eliminated all traces of its wired USB keyboards, leaving the Mac community with only wireless versions. Fortunately, for those who still prefer the advantages of a wired USB connection for their keyboard, Matias has stepped up to the plate to fill the gap with its new Wired Aluminum Keyboard. Designed to mirror the Apple aesthetic, you’ll have a hard time telling the difference on the surface from Apple’s original wired keyboard, although Matias has made a couple of nice enhancements in its new version.

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Kensington SD5000T Thunderbolt Docking Station

If you’re a Mac user looking to set up a true power user’s workstation, then you’ll want to take a look at Kensington’s new SD5000T Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station, a single relatively unobtrusive expansion dock that takes advantage of all of the bandwidth available in a single Thunderbolt 3 cable to tie all of your high-performance peripherals into your MacBook Pro, and keep it powered up at the same time. With a single Thunderbolt 3 cable connected to your MacBook Pro, the SD5000T can provide 85W of charging power and push through 40Gbps of data — more than enough for a few high-performance external hard drives and a couple of 4K displays.

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Satechi Type-C Pro Hub for MacBook Pro

There have been a lot of concerns raised over the past few months about Apple’s decision to go strictly USB-C with its new 2016 MacBook Pro lineup, but fortunately as always third-party vendors are happy to step in with solutions that fill the void. Satechi’s new Type-C Pro Hub ($100) provides another missing puzzle piece, taking your shiny new MacBook Pro beyond the four USB-C ports to add just about everything else you might need while adding minimal bulk.

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Logitech MK850 Performance Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo

Logitech’s new MK850 Performance Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Comb is the company’s latest in its lineup of input devices for power users, combining a full-featured ergonomic keyboard with the company’s M720 Triathlon wireless mouse. Although the MK850 doesn’t exactly have a Mac-like aesthetic, don’t let that fool you, as Logitech’s Options software is fully Mac-compatible and Mac-aware, providing support for controlling all of the usual keyboard functions, and mapping mouse gestures to swiping between desktops, bringing up Mission Control, LaunchPad, Exposé, and more. Further, Logitech has introduced a new “DuoLink” feature that pairs the mouse and keyboard to work together, allowing a second set of actions and gestures to be assigned to the mouse buttons that can be triggered when holding down the Fn key on the keyboard. For example, if you regularly listen to music on your Mac, you could set up the mouse so that holding down Fn and middle-clicking or tilting the scroll wheel pauses or switches between tracks, or scrubs forward and backward between tracks.

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Henge Docks Horizontal Docking Station

Henge Docks’ Horizontal Docking Station ($499) remains one of the coolest and most powerful docking stations we’ve seen for the MacBook Pro. While it doesn’t come cheap, you’re getting what you pay for here, providing your MacBook Pro with Retina Display with a solid and attractive “home base” on your desk and a ton of extra ports to go with it. If you regularly hook up your MacBook to an external monitor in your home or office and have a lot of external accessories, it’s a much more elegant solution than juggling cables and smaller hubs — you just drop your MacBook Pro into the Horizontal Dock’s base and all of the necessary connections automatically extend from the sides into the appropriate ports on your MacBook. When you’re ready to hit the road, a press of the button or click of a menu bar app will automatically eject all of your mounted external drives from within macOS and then retract the connectors to disconnect from the dock. It’s so slick and effortless that it borders on magical.

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