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Though it won’t set any speed records, the FastMac External Slimline USB 2.0 BD-R 4X Optical Drive is a dependable performer. Bus-powered and compact, this portable burner should appeal to mobile users interested in burning Blu-ray and other discs.
If you've got room on your desk (or bookshelf), the AV 40 is an excellent set of compact studio monitors that out-performs the traditional 2.0 computer speakers we've tested, and even bests many 2.1 systems when it comes to overall sound quality.
JBL's Duet II can't pump out loads of bass or volume, and don't have many options, but if you want detailed audio without giving up much desk space, the Duet II is worth a look.
If you’re looking to add an external optical drive to your Mac, the LaCie d2 Blu-ray Professional BD-R, BD-RE Drive is worth considering, especially if you have other LaCie d2 drives on your desktop.
Creative's top-of-the-line 2.0 speaker system offers good sound quality, attractive appearance, and varied listening options.
Logitech's latest two-piece computer speaker system offers convenient features and a unique design for listening from anywhere in the room.
If you've never used a tablet before and want to see what they're like, or you're looking for a tablet for light-duty photo retouching and illustration, the Adesso CyberTablet 6400 is a pretty good deal.
Able Planet's latest headset provides good comfort and microphone performance, although audio quality is lacking for the price.
If you need a numeric keypad to help you work more efficiently, Kinesis’s Low-Force Keypad for Mac is a well-designed option that stands out for its Mac-specific design and features.
Elgato's Turbo.264 HD speeds up QuickTime-compatible video encoding on slow and fast Macs but trades speed for a measure of quality.
Tired of losing your unconnected cables behind your desk, or trying to keep track of which cable goes where? Bluelounge's CableDrops may be the solution.
Altec Lansing's Expressionist Classic speaker system offers a unique design and better audio than your Mac's stock speakers, although you can find better sound for the money.
The idea behind the TuneBoard is a clever one, and the TuneBoard's keyboard section is solid. However, given that most Macs these days include speakers that compete with, or easily best, the TuneBoard's speakers, the TuneBoard is a better fit for the Mac mini and Mac Pro--computers with only a tiny, monaural internal speaker.