This week's roundup of Mac accessories includes batteries that let you keep computing long after the your MacBook is ready to call it a day. We've also got speakers, sleeves, headphones, and more.
The $169 BenQ VW2235H 22-inch color monitor is billed as an “eco-friendly device”—no printing, coating, or adhesives on the surface—for use as a larger screen to accompany the MacBook. The base includes a tray for keepsakes, as well as a holder for your iPhone.
This company has unveiled three new mounts for your desktop Mac: the $140 MobilePro Wall Mount, which lets the monitor swing freely from an armature attached to the wall; the $180 MobilePro Desk Mount, which acts more like a flagpole, with your display as the flag; and the $240 MobilePro Desk Mount Combo, which accommodates both a Macbook and a display for a dual-screen setup. All three accessories are all available through the online Apple Store.
The $150 Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 is a portable, NFC-equipped, wireless speaker that features a quad microphone array for teleconferencing and voice recording. It also includes an MP3 Player, and a “Super Megaphone” that amplifies and distorts a user’s voice in a number of “zany” ways, according to Creative.
The $200 e25 Luna Eclipse is a 74-watt, Bluetooth-enabled wireless speaker system designed for use with desktop computers. According to the company, bass response is maximized through the use of passive radiators; you can control the speakers using an included wireless remote.
Graf & Lanz
This company is releasing a series of $60 laptop sleeves designed for Apple products, including models for the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air and the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. The sleeves are made of leather and Merino-wool felt, and they’ll be sold through the Apple Store.
Give this company credit for recycling. Heckler’s new $30 Headphone Stand is made from scraps left over from production of the company’s WindFall tablet stand. And it’s not just for home use: As Heckler explains, it’s “also designed as a retail merchandising display for over-the-ear headphones”—all you need is two screws to secure the stand, the audio cable, and headphones.
This company has introduced a new ProTouch line of keyboard protectors for MacBook, MacBook Pro, and 13-inch MacBook Air, as well as for the standard desktop Apple keyboards. The line includes ProTouch Classic, a translucent skin that lets keys and their backlights show through, as well the colorful ProTouch Kids.
Pad & Quill
Here’s a Mac accessory that probably would’ve been useful on the Pony Express; The $329 Field Bag from Pad & Quill. It’s hand-made from leather, waxed canvas, and the kind of nylon, UV-resistant stitching usually used to sew parachutes. (It probably smells like Sam Elliot.) The bag comes with a 25-year warranty and fits MacBooks up to 15 inches in size. If you’re feeling extra protective of your gear, you can also throw in the $90 Laptop Sleeve for MacBook Air 13.
The $500 Most Powerful Eye Battery weighs 2.2 pounds and is made from anodized aluminum, so you might want to strap one to your chest if you ever get into a gunfight at noon. More practically, you’ll also be able to keep your MacBook Air running another 23 hours if you ever find yourself computing in an isolated, power-deficient location.
This company has a new version of its external battery line, the $350 HyperJuice 2. Designed to power your MacBook, the 100Wh/27,000mAh battery sports a MacBook-matching aluminum enclosure, along with dual 12-watt USB ports for charging your tablet(s) and smartphone(s). The battery includes Sanho's Magic Box DIY kit for hacking your MacBook's MagSafe charger to work with the HyperJuice.
The $300 Ear Force i30 and $400 Ear Force i60 are Bluetooth-enabled wireless headphones designed to be used with Macs and iOS devices. Each includes a leather headband, along with leather-covered, memory-foam earpads and noise-isolating ear cups. The i60 in particular is intended for high-end gaming use, and it can be paired with up to eight other Bluetooth devices.
The $150 My Passport Air is a 1 TB external hard drive designed to complement the MacBook and MacBook Air: It comes in an aluminum enclosure and includes USB 3.0 compatibility. The device is powered, in fact, by the Mac’s USB port, and it’s compatible with Apple’s Time Machine backup feature.