Don't-Miss Accessory Stories
The Kensington SlimBlade Media Notebook Set is inarguably a stylish group of wireless input devices. Its three-piece matching keyboard, numeric keypad, and scroll-ball mouse would be sleek and attractive additions to any desk. Unfortunately, stylish does not necessarily mean well designed—and in this case, form forgot to follow function.
The V550 Nano Cordless Laser Mouse is a fine notebook mouse and well worth its mildly pricey admission fee.
The Sanyo Xacti HD1010 is a charming little device. Its HD video comes close to the quality produced by full-sized consumer HD camcorders, and its still photos are good enough to replace a no-frills point-and-shoot digital still camera.
With the Wireless Laser Desktop 7000, Microsoft has designed a wireless keyboard and mouse that work well on the Mac, both in an aesthetic sense (especially with the aluminum iMac) and in terms of practical hands-on experience.
Logitech’s new MX 1100 Cordless Laser Mouse isn’t as feature-filled as the MX Revolution, but it does measure up—it’s one of the better mice I’ve ever used.
Road warriors who pack a mouse into a laptop bag want something small and durable, like Microsoft’s Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 Special Edition. Despite its small size, it’s a comfortable mouse that tracks well.
Macally’s Pebble Wireless is a decent mouse that greatly benefits from versatile software. Also, if having the ability to switch tracking speed on-the-fly interests you, this mouse can accomplish that trick, as well.
Despite the advantages conferred to it by its talented software, we do not recommend Macally's portable AccuGlide. It’s too small for comfort, inelegantly built, and lumbered by its wired USB connection. Macally makes some fine input devices, but the AccuGlide isn’t one of them.
Linksys has tried to improve the WRT610N and make it easier for Mac users to work with. But it has not succeeded. All the problems found could be solved through firmware updates to fix obvious bugs, and better packaging and explanation of its software.
If you’re willing to put up with a long USB tail to gain battery-free convenience, then Macally’s inexpensive, talented Pebble mouse is a good choice.
At first glance, the Macally Turtle appears to be simply an attractive wireless mouse—perhaps a bit small and light (at 2.5 ounces) for desktop use, but a good size for a welcome traveling companion for your laptop.
Looking for good laptop protection on the cheap? Brenthaven's Trek Sleeve, an updated version of last year's MacBook Sleeve, offers similarly impressive bang-for-the-buck.
The Mac MagSaver helps keep your MagSafe connector and its cable happy together.