This week's roundup of Mac accessories includes new ways to carry your precious Apple equipment around safely, as weel as new external storage and docking solutions.
The $140 Hercules Laptop Backpack is TSA-compliant, meaning you can lay it down, unzip the laptop compartment, and put it right through the airport security scanner without having to remove your laptop from the bag and put it in the plastic bins. The bag is also stylish, available in your choice of five colors.
HighPoint says the $199 RocketStor 5212 is the industry’s first dual-bay, 10 Gbps Thunderbolt-enabled storage dock, featuring two modular SATA bays designed to support various combinations of 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch SATA SSD's and hard drives. The 5212 provides top-notch external storage for MacBooks, Mac minis, and iMacs.
The $70 Codex is a checkpoint-friendly carrying case for 13-inch MacBook models. (Versions for 11- and 15-inch MacBook models are on the way.) The exterior features a special fabric that offers the appearance of brushed steel; flip open the top and you get access to all the computer’s ports and openings.
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The $70 MiniPro FireWire 800, USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive, first seen by our friends at TUAW, comes with all the relevant specs listed in its name: it’s a portable hard drive with both USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 interfaces. The all-metal enclosure matches Apple’s current hardware—it’s nice when design comes together!
The $90 Penclic Bluetooth B2 Mouse is different from most mice we’ve seen: Shaped more like a pen stuck in a pen holder, you use it like a pen gliding across paper. Penclic claims this is a more ergonomically correct way to get things done, though that may be true only for people who aren’t left-handed and who didn’t spend their school years horribly contorting their hands to barely pass penmanship class.
Philips has released three new “extended resolution” monitors compatible with Macs: The $799 P-Line 27" Quad HD Monitor offers a 16:9 aspect ratio. The $699 P-line 29” UltraWide Monitor and the $599 Philips Brilliance 29" UltraWide Monitor each offers a 21:9 ratio, with the latter aimed at home users, and the former at professionals.
This company, which makes decorative skins for MacBooks, iOS devices, iPods, and other portable devices, is now providing covering for both 21-inch and 27-inch iMac models. The wraps come in carbon, metal, leather, or wood varieties—with color varieties within each category—and cost about $30 apiece.
The $50 Cocoon is a “super strong” polycarbonate shell for your 13-inch MacBook Pro. It comes in your choice of four different semi-transparent colors that still let the backlit Apple logo shine through.
This accessory maker has announced that the $170 Targus Universal USB 3.0 DV Docking Station is now compatible with Macs. The docking station includes dual video ports that deliver high-definition video and graphics to two external monitors. Additional ports let you connect a mouse, keyboard, printer, and other peripherals simply by connecting your MacBook to the device using a USB cable.
We all love Apple’s MagSafe connector for keeping us from breaking either the power connector or—worse—our MacBook itself. But if you think it detaches too easily, the $20 MagStay MS-01 MagSafe 2 Power Connection Lock keeps that cord a bit more firmly attached to your laptop using the clamping magic of plastic. The device is versatile enough that it can attach to your computer whether the screen is open or closed, making sure the power keeps flowing, no matter what.