This week's roundup of Mac accessories includes a Blu-ray player for your Mac and several items to protect your laptop from dirt, grime, and drops.
The $649 Duet is a portable audio interface that connects your Mac (or your iOS device) to a MIDI interface to create professional-level recordings of music on your iPhone or iPad. The Duet includes Soft Limit technology to give your audio a warmer analog feel.
We’re big fans of this company’s microphones for podcasting. The $100 Nessie is an adaptive USB mic that makes mic-audio recording easier than ever: The microphone includes a professional studio processor combined with a built-in pop filter to produce pro-sounding audio without the need for additional mixing or editing.
The $229 Minx M5 is a diminutive, sub/sat audio system that plugs directly into one of your Mac’s USB ports to get at the digital-audio signal inside. The Minx M5 includes a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for better audio quality than you’d get with a standard audio cable.
The $25 ProTouch is a skin thta keeps the keys on your 13-inch MacBook Air immaculate. (iSkin says a version for the 11-inch MacBook Air is coming later this month.) You can jazz up the accessory in different colors and styles by paying a few extra bucks—see the website for details.
The $199 iTwin Connect lets you create your very own VPN networks using this two-piece accessory: Just pull the two pieces of the iTwin Connect apart and plug the larger dongle into a USB port on any computer on your home or office network; plug the other end into your Internet-connected laptop. The iTwin Connect immediately creates a secure VPN connection between the two computers.
The $79 MCE Super-BluDrive Blu-ray Player and SuperDrive lets you play Blu-ray discs and DVDs, as well as burn DVDs and CDs. The drive is compact and weighs just 10 ounces, so it’s easy to store out of the way when you’re not using it.
Looking for an inexpensive-but-professional-level display for your Mac? Monoprice has introduced an updated line of 27- and 30-inch Pro IPS LED Monitors, ranging in price from $339 to $798. The displays allegedly use the same panels as Apple’s Thunderbolt displays, giving you much of the quality of Apple’s displays at much lower prices.
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The $80 Cartella Linen is an elegant carrying case for your 11-inch MacBook Air. The bookcover-style case features a cloth cover over a wood frame that, together, double as a laptop stand. The case comes in two dual-color styles: cranberry red and slate gray, or gray tweed and deep-sea blue.
The $55 7-Port USB 3.0 Aluminum Hub lets you connect multiple USB-based devices—including flash drives, printers, digital cameras, and external hard drives—to your Mac. The powered hub comes with its own power supply and offers USB-3-level data-transfer rates (up to 5GB per second). The Mac-matching, aluminum hub is available with either white or black trim to best match your particular Mac.