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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Scosche USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter

For Mac users lamenting the lack of ports in the 2016 MacBook Pro line, Scosche’s new USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter provides a simple solution to make use of some older devices. The three-port adapter offers a traditional USB-A port compatible with most flash storage drives and other accessories, an HDMI port to connect external monitors or projectors, and an additional USB-C port that can be used as a power input to charge the computer even while the other ports are in use. The USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter costs $60 and is available now on Scosche’s website.

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Twelve South MagicBridge

For Mac users looking to unite their Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2, Twelve South’s MagicBridge is a simple solution. The white polycarbonate tray holds the two peripherals together as if they were a single unit, providing a lightweight solution to declutter a desk or make it possible to hold both devices in your lap. Silicone pads inside the tray protect the devices, and silicone pads on the bottom protect surfaces from scratches. The tray doesn’t inhibit Bluetooth signals and the grill on the back allows for access to all ports and switches, with the Trackpad on either the right or the left side. The MagicBridge is $35.

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LG UltraFine 5K Display

LG’s UltraFine 5K Display—first revealed at the Mac event in October—has appeared on Apple’s online store today after delays kept it from an early December launch. The 27-inch 5K display features 5120-by-2880 resolution and a P3 wide color gamut that provides sharp, lifelike images for those who require extremely high-quality image and video performance. The included Thunderbolt 3 cable provides a complete interface with up to 85W of charging power to a connected MacBook Pro from the primary USB-C port, and three other USB-C ports offer up to 5 Gbps transfer speeds and power to other compatible devices.

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$279
Feb 2017
Peripherals

OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock

Apple’s newest MacBook Pro has changed the connector game with its USB-C/TB3 ports, so if you’re planning on getting the new MacBook Pro and have a lot of peripherals to connect, OWC’s new Thunderbolt 3 Dock ($279) may be worth taking a look at. Providing a total of thirteen ports, it’s an elegant and versatile way to connect a wide variety of accessories such as external hard drives, webcams, audio interfaces, Ultra HD displays, wired network connection, and more, and can also supply power to the 2016 MacBook Pro at the same time.

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Matias Wireless Aluminum Keyboard

Matias’ Wireless Aluminum Keyboard ($99) is a Bluetooth alternative to Apple’s Magic Keyboard, but it does more than connect to your Mac. Wireless Aluminum Keyboard can pair with up to four devices at once, via Bluetooth — your Mac, in addition to an iPhone, iPad, even any Windows or Android devices. Four keyboard buttons allow the user to switch back and forth between devices. Those buttons are located just above the attached keypad, which you won’t find on Magic Keyboard — though the design does largely mirror Apple’s larger wired keyboard. A micro-USB cable is included to recharge the keyboard’s large battery — Matias claims its keyboard can run for a full year on a single charge. Wireless Aluminum Keyboard comes in silver, gold, space gray, and rose gold, for obvious reasons.

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Satechi Aluminum Wireless Keypad

Satechi’s popular Metallic Series lineup of accessories has a new addition in the form of the company’s Slim Aluminum Wireless Keypad ($40) — a rechargeable Bluetooth keypad designed to expand a user’s existing keyboard when crunching numbers — useful for working on Numbers or Excel spreadsheets, or in accounting applications. While the new keypad is compatible with both Macs and PCs, it’s clearly designed to fit right in with your Mac, and in addition to standard Apple silver, it’s even available in Gold and Space Grey colors to match up with Apple’s 12” MacBook.

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$80-$160
Peripherals

Western Digital My Passport for Mac (2016)

Western Digital has unveiled a new modern look for its classic My Passport for Mac ($80-$160) series of portable USB 3.0 hard drives, featuring a new style developed in partnership with Yves Béhar’s fuse project industrial design firm. The new aesthetic is designed to symbolize the intersection between “our physical life and the digital world,” says Béhar. The new My Passport for Mac is still available in 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB capacities, while adding a new 4TB option at the top end. My Passport continues to provide fast USB 3.0 support, and comes pre-formatted for macOS Sierra and ready for Time Machine right out of the box.

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Epson DS-530 Color Duplex Document Scanner

While modern technology has reduced the amount of paper in most of our lives, it hasn’t yet ushered in the “paperless society” that many predicted it would. At the end of the day, if you want a paperless office, sometimes you still need to take matters into your own hands. This is where products like Epson’s new DS-530 Color Duplex Document Scanner ($400) come into play. This high-powered duplex sheet-fed scanner can be a big help in getting control of at least some of the clutter in your office.

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$25
September
Peripherals

Sony DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor

Launching in early Septemper, Sony’s new DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor ($25) will let Mac users connect the DualShock 4 controller from a PlayStation 4 to their computer. While specifically designed to bring a wireless experience to PS4 Remote Play for Mac, the adapter enables all of the controller’s features for any game, including the buttons, analog sticks, touch pad, light bar, motion sensors, vibration and stereo headset jack — provided the game in question supports those functions. A minimum 5Mbps connection is required for those using the controller with PS4 Remote Play, with Sony recommending a wired Internet connection for the optimal experience.

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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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