Brand new bag
Papa's got a brand new bag. Several bags, in fact: Our latest roundup of Mac gear features all sorts of ways to keep your computer safe from scratches, drops, hacking, and your dirty, dirty hands.
Booq's Viper Courier bag comes in two models: one for 13-inch laptops for $100 and a 15-inch version for $110. The line is a cross between a computer sleeve and a slim bag, and it’s made with water-repellant materials to ensure your MacBook doesn’t encounter accidents and scratches while you’re on the go.
This company’s new HackShield Backpack and HackShield Messenger Bag (pictured) are each built to keep your Mac laptop secure from both physical and wireless threats. The bags feature Fidlock fasteners to prevent theft, and they also shield your computer with a blocking material designed to prevent radio signals from getting in or out—reducing the possibilities of being hacked while you’re on the go.
The $750 G-Dock EV with Thunderbolt features two removable hard drives that provide a total of 2 TB of storage. Built for your video-editing workflow, the EV is also Time Machine compatible. It’s made of aluminum, and it’s compatible with Macs running OS X 10.7 or later.
Logitech's $70 Ultrathin Touch Mouse T631 for Mac is a wireless input device that complements Apple’s various MacBook models. Designed for travel, it’s thin enough to slip into your computer bag without adding much bulk, and the touch surface on top lets you take advantage of OS X’s Multi-Touch gestures. Like Logitech’s Easy-Switch keyboards, the T631 can pair with two computers at once, letting you easily switch between them.
According to the company, one minute of charge time (via your computer’s USB port) gives you an hour of work time.
Updated 8/30/13, 12:30pm: Logitech says the T631 can pair with two computers at once, not three.
The $299 Icon DAC is digital-to-audio converter and headphone amplifier that delivers an “audiophone-grade” experience when playing music from your Mac. All this tech is packed inside a high-quality aluminum case, ensuring it’ll be around to enhance your music for years to come.
The $149 AC Quicky lets your older MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air catch up to the newer 802.11ac wireless standard. Just plug the Quicky into a USB port on any Mac running OS X 10.4 or later, and you’ll be able to connect to any Apple-ready wireless access point.
The $30 Presto Gigabit Ethernet Adapter brings Gigabit wired networking to USB 3.0-equipped Macs that don’t otherwise include an ethernet port. Just plug it in to your Mac’s USB port, and plug an ethernet cable into the other end of the adapter. (The Presto is also compatible with USB 2.0 ports, though performance will be slower.)
Here’s some relief for your poor, overworked wrists. The $30 SurfacePad for MacBook Pro provides a “warm weather work surface” on your laptop, also helping to preserve that MacBook’s resale value by keeping the palmrests free of the grime and oils. The SurfacePad for MacBook Air debuted a while back; this version expands the line to fit 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models.
Also new from Twelve South is the $35 GhostStand. This clear, lucite stand holds your MacBook aloft at a better viewing height (specifically, six inches off the desk) when using an external keyboard and mouse/trackpad, or alongside a separate display. Soft, silicone rails on the top keep your MacBook safe and secure, while matching rails on the bottom keep the stand in place.
You’ve probably seen the recent reports claiming that sitting at a desk all day will kill you...eventually, though sooner than if you didn’t sit. Or something like that. The new Varidesk line lets you easily shift between standing and sitting at your desk. The Varidesk rises into position to let you keep working while you stand, and then collapses for a sitter’s view when your legs need a rest. The line isn’t just for laptops, either—models can accommodate even full-sized Macs.