$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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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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