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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$50
Mounts

Twelve South Curve for MacBook

Twelve South’s latest desktop solution, Curve for MacBook ($50), is an elegant MacBook stand that brings back a classic design from yesteryear, clearly echoing Griffin’s well-known 2003-era iCurve — the world’s first Mac laptop stand — reimagining the original minimalist acrylic design in flowing matte black aluminum. It’s a classy aesthetic for those who appreciate the Apple design ethos and want their accessories to match.

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Free
Apps
Extras

Twelve South Charleston at Sea Level Dual-Screen Wallpaper Collection

If you’re among our regular readers, you probably know by now that we’re pretty big fans of Twelve South’s product lineup — their stands and cases are well-made and fit in so well with the Mac aesthetic that they could have been designed by Apple. However, we also like it when accessory makers allow a little bit of personality to show through, and this is the case with Twelve South’s latest offering: A free collection of stunning wallpapers from the company’s own hometown that are specifically designed to look great on a dual-monitor setup. Twelve South’s new Charleston at Sea Level collection is actually the fifth collection the company has released since 2014, but is unique among these in that it features the company’s own hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, rather than the more popular tourist areas of prior collections.

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€60–€76 (~$70–$90)
Cases

Woolnut MacBook Leather Sleeve

If you’re looking to carry your MacBook around in style, you’ll want to check out the new MacBook Leather Sleeves from Swedish brand Woolnut. These new luxurious cases feature full-grain vegetable-tanned leather on the exterior with an interior lining made from 100% natural wool felt. The sleeves are available in black or cognac leather colors, both of which feature a light natural grey wool felt interior.

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$195
Bags
Cases

Booq Nerve Black

Booq is one of our favourite bag makers, with very stylish bags that are durable and provide good storage capacity, so we were definitely excited by the company’s latest new bag, the Nerve, black. It’s a full messenger bag with a ballistic nylon exterior, a water-repellant flap, and a well-padded interior laptop compartment. It’s a great bag for all of your summer excursions — it will withstand the elements for your weekend getaways but still looks nice enough to take to the office on Monday morning.

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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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Free
Apps

Apple GarageBand

Apple’s latest version of GarageBand for Mac has added Touch Bar support for the newest MacBooks and a newly designed interface. Users working on a MacBook with a Touch Bar can now use that to quickly navigate through a project or even perform instruments in a similar way to how iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices are used as Touch Instruments on GarageBand for iOS. Three new Drummers have also been added in Pop, Songwriter, and Latin styles. The app is still free and available for download in the Mac App Store.

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$50
Mounts

Twelve South BookArc Space Grey

Although Apple’s venerable silver brushed aluminum design is still what most of us visualize when we think “MacBook,” Apple has of course been changing it up a bit in recent years, creating some challenges for finding accessories that perfectly complement the Apple aesthetic. Fortunately, Twelve South is on top of it, recently updating its iconic BookArc for MacBook with a new Space Grey colour option that will appeal to users who prefer the darker side of the MacBook family. Let’s face it, a lot of MacBook owners consider their laptops an art piece to be displayed, and in that case, putting a Space Grey MacBook Pro into a silver BookArc just won’t work.

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$90 / $120
Mounts

Kensington Laptop Locking Station 2.0

Few will argue that Apple’s latest MacBook Pros look great, but one small but important thing that they’ve lost in their quest for aesthetics is the traditional security slots used for locking them down. Even if you never leave your MacBook unattended in a coffee shop, there are a lot of office environments where securely tethering your MacBook is a good idea — especially since these days it’s not just the hardware you need to worry about, but the data that’s stored on your laptop falling into the wrong hands. Fortunately, Kensington has a solution in the form of its new Laptop Locking Station 2.0, a base station that allows you to secure your laptop on your desk without adding unnecessary bulk, sacrificing convenience, or requiring that you install anything on your MacBook.

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$150
July 2017
Apps

IK Multimedia Syntronik

IK Multimedia has built a well-deserved reputation for creating powerful and authentic digital music tools, and the company’s new Syntronik is sure to be another hit with musicians. The new virtual synthesizer promises to take the virtual instrument game up another big notch with 38 iconic synths and string machines samples with IK Multimedia’s usual attention to detail. The app features a new hybrid sampling and modelling synthesis engine combined with a large set of high-quality modelled effects. Over 2,000 preset sounds are included that cover a huge selection of vintage synths, including some ultra-rare classic synthesizers that few will ever have an opportunity to lay their hands on.

yntronik includes 17 amazing instruments, available as a collection or separately, with over 2,000 preset sounds covering a wide selection from 38 of the most iconic to ultra-rare and painstakingly multi-sampled vintage synthesizers. Syntronik’s synthesis engine goes well beyond traditional sampling thanks to a brand new analog modeled filter section created with the utmost expertise from IK, the pioneer in virtual crcuit modeling. This is coupled with exclusive DRIFT™ technology to accurately reproduce the behavior of oscillators from real hardware synths. All of this combined with an effects section that is unrivaled in the world of virtual instruments along with advanced features like 4-part layers, splits and arpeggiators make Syntronik the ultimate source of inspiration with the widest palette of synthesizer sounds ranging from exact reproductions of the originals to sounds never heard before that will stand out from the crowd in productions covering any genre and style.

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$40
Apps

Aspyr Media Mafia III

More than half a year after its release, Aspyr Media has brought its action-adventure game Mafia III ($40) to the Mac. The third-person shooter follows Vietnam veteran Lincoln Clay as he uses the skills he learned in war to avenge the deaths of his mob brethren at the hands of the Italian mob. The game features epic gun fights, intense hand-to-hand combat situations, plenty of fast-paced driving and more subtle spoken interactions showing off the main character’s street smarts as Clay attempts to rebuild what he lost and rise to the top of his city’s criminal underworld. The game is large and graphically intensive, requiring some pretty daunting minimum system requirements — a minimum four-core Intel i5 3.2 GHz CPU and an AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics card with at least 2GB of VRAM — so only users with a recent iMac or a mid-2015 or later MacBook Pro can really play it.

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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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$10
Apps

Bloop Airmail 3.2.5

Bloop has rolled out a handy update to Airmail 3 for Mac ($10), its advanced e-mail client that it debuted last year, adding some key improvements that all heavy e-mail users can appreciate. The app now provides the ability to set an auto-response for when you’re out of the office and includes new HTML templates to make it quick and easy to send polished messages. The update also adds support for the Bear write and DEVONthink knowledge management apps, making it simpler to transfer text from either source into an email. Google legacy accounts are also now supported as well, and privacy enhancements offer more peace of mind that you’re the only one reading your messages.

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Free
Apps

Blizzard Entertainment StarCraft

Blizzard Entertainment has made its iconic StarCraft military strategy game free for Mac users ahead of the release of StarCraft: Remastered, a new version of the classic game complete with crisply updated graphics. For those who haven’t already invested countless hours in this series, StarCraft puts the player in the middle of a struggle for survival between three space-faring races: humans (or Terrans in the game), the buglike Zerg and the mysterious Protoss. Each race has its own units and structures with unique abilities, leaving the player to gather resources and figure out how to best upgrade their forces to combat a variety of threats. The free download also includes the StarCraft: Brood War expansion.

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