The Week in Mac Accessories: Wood you?

Our latest roundup of accessories for the Mac includes a couple of nifty new trackpads, including one made of wood. Yes, wood.

Wood you?

Our latest roundup of accessories for the Mac includes a couple of nifty new trackpads, including one made of wood. Yes, wood.

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The $13 Curb doesn’t look like much—just a piece of plastic—but it’s designed to prop up the back of your MacBook to increase airflow, dissipate heat, and extend the life of your computer’s battery. Its shape allows for two different elevation heights. You can pre-order the product now; it ships in October.


This printer company has introduced two new wireless models, the $150 XP 610 and the $230 XP 810. Both offer built-in memory-card slots for computer-free printing, as well as automatic two-sided printing. The 810 adds a 30-page auto document feeder and a 3.5-inch touchscreen, among other features.


The $60 Pebbles are a set of USB-powered stereo speakers for your Mac—you simply plug them into your Mac’s USB port and go. The system uses 50mm drivers and comes in an array of colors, according to the company.


Need a keyboard for your Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch? The $69 Multi-Sync keyboard has got you covered. This versatile accessory connects to your Mac via USB and connects with up to three iOS devices via Bluetooth. (It can also connect to your Mac via Bluetooth, but it supports only three Bluetooth devices in total.)

The full-size keyboard includes a full complement of keys, including a numeric keypad and a slew of OS X and iOS special-function keys. You even get a fold-out stand for your iPhone or iPad.


The $100 mBack is being touted as “the first zero-footprint hard drive for iMac”—it attaches to the back of your iMac or Apple Display, giving you 500GB of extra storage without cluttering your desk. (1TB and 2TB versions are also available.) The drive uses a USB 3.0 interface for fast performance.


The Orée Touch Slab is a Multi-Touch trackpad, like Apple’s own model, but this one is actually made of either maple or walnut. Yes, as in kinds of wood. No, we don’t know how it works either, but it’s lovely. The downsides? Right now, it’s selling only in Europe, and it costs €150.


This accessory vendor has expanded its Elite Pro Dual Mini portable storage device line to include two 3 TB options: a RAID-1 version and a RAID-0 version, starting at $360. Each model includes dual 2.5-inch hard drives, and connect to your Mac using FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA.


The StorEdge memory card slips into your MacBook’s SD-card-reader slot to “dramatically” expand your laptop’s storage capacity. A 64 GB module is $100; doubling that doubles the price.


We don’t often feature Kickstarter projects, but the Snowmous, an easier way to access your iMac’s ports, caught our eye. Simply put, it keeps you from having to fumble around with cables and ports you can’t see by putting your computer’s headphone jack and one of its USB ports—normally hidden away on the back side of the iMac—right in front.

The Snowmous slips easily onto the bottom of the iMac’s body, making for an elegant, unobtrusive addition that will make those ports easier to use. A pledge of $15 gets you one of the first Snowmous devices.


The $79 Bamboo Pad is a wireless touchpad that lets you navigate on your Mac using gestures, or use a stylus to write and doodle. Just plug in the included USB dongle, and the Bamboo Pad works wirelessly. (A wired USB version of the device sells for just $49.)

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