No Strings Attached

Tricking out your Mac with the latest in accessories is a blast; dealing with a rat's nest of USB and FireWire cables isn't as fun. So why not cut the ties that bind? We set out to build the perfect wireless beast. For less than $600 -- not including the price of your Mac -- you'll have no wires to hold you down.

iWebkey ($100; Macally, 626/338-8787, www.macally.com ): This wireless keyboard sends signals to an infrared transmitter attached to one of your USB ports, for those times when you absolutely need to be 12 feet away from the monitor while typing.

AirPort Base Station and card ($299, $99; Apple, 800/692-7753, www.apple.com ): Surf the Web while lounging poolside. Apple's wireless network technology lets you connect to the Internet from as far away as 150 feet.

AeroMouse ($59; MacSense, 800/642-8860, www.macsense.com ): Mice were meant to roam free on the open range. This tailless mouse can send a 90MHz radio-frequency signal 16 feet to a receiver attached to your computer.

Kima ($150; Akoo, 708/583-9600, www.akoo.com ): Freedom to move is great. But freedom to dance -- that's the stuff of Kevin Bacon movies. These transmitters send an FM signal from your Mac, letting you play MP3s or Web radio stations on your stereo.

Clockwise from top: Macally's iWebKey, Apple's AirPort Base Station, Akoo's Kima, and MacSense's AeroMouse

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