A hot-pink Snowball
The latest roundup of Mac accessories includes a colorful line of USB microphones, the latest carrying cases, and a nifty standing desk for Mac lovers.
The $60 YourType Bluetooth Wireless Keypad adds 28 keys to your Mac, including several function keys, document-navigation controls, and a full numeric keypad ideal for data-entry and accounting functions. The aluminum accessory is a perfect match for your Apple Wireless keyboard.
The Pack is a $100 backpack designed to hold 13-inch laptops, as well as tablets and other technical gear. Magnets keep the front flap open while you search your stuff, and the bag can be modified to a one-strap configuration.
The venerable $100 Snowball microphone from Blue Microphones is now available in five different—and very un-snowball-like—colors. The plug-and-play USB mic is designed to provide professional-level recording quality for your music or podcast. It records solo vocals in directional mode, or converts to omnidirectional mode to capture multiple voices. It even includes a mode for recording very loud instruments.
Brenthaven has re-introduced its Collins Collection of MacBook and iPad carrying cases. The 11-inch sleeve, pictured here, is designed for the smaller MacBook Air; it costs $40. Prices for the line range from $35 to $90, depending on the hardware and the amount of carrying protection you seek.
This ergonomic-accessory company has debuted two Apple-oriented products, the $329 WorkFit-P Sit-Stand Workstation and the $649 WorkFit-A Sit-Stand Workstation. Both are metal arms that attach to your desk and can easily be raised or lowered depending on whether you wish to stand or sit with your Mac laptop or desktop computer.
The Workfit-P (shown here) is designed to hold your laptop and an input device. The WorkFit-A holds your iMac securely while providing a large desktop surface and a keyboard/mouse/trackpad platform.
LaCie has joined forces with Porche to create the $30 Porsche Design USB Key. The storage device offers 32GB of capacity at USB 3.0 speeds. Itf features “slim steel construction” that fits elegantly (and almost unnoticeably) onto your keychain.
OWC has launched a $33 Data Doubler Kit to expand the storage capacity of Mac minis produced in or after 2011. The kit allows you to add a second 9.5mm-or-smaller, 2.5" SATA hard drive or solid state drive (sold separately) to your recent-model Mac mini.
The $500 Neat Connect scans your paper receipts and other documents and uploads them straight to Neat’s cloud-based storage service. You must be a subscriber to Neat’s service for the scanner to work, but three months of free storage are included in the scanner’s price.
Gamers, rejoice! The $80 Visit Kone XTD gaming mouse is now Mac compatible. The mouse features a pro-quality laser sensor, a 32-bit Turbo Core V2 72MHz ARM MCU processor, and what Roccat says is the “most advanced tracking and distance control unit around.”