The Week in Mac Accessories: Oh, say can you USB-C?

This week's roundup includes three new devices that let you make the most of your MacBook's USB-C port.

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Three for USB-C

This week’s roundup includes three new devices that let you make the most of your MacBook’s USB-C port. Read on!

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Amped Wireless

The $179 Athena High Power AC2600 Wi-Fi Router includes 16 amplifiers and four high-gain antennas, to give you top-flight Wi-Fi coverage over a 15,000-square-foot area—perfect for offices, classrooms, and computer labs in any setting. 



The $75 Apex Stand stand is built for users who want to have their MacBooks available alongside their desktop computers. It raises the laptop off your desktop for better viewing, and includes a cable organizer to keep things neat. It weighs less than a pound, making it easy to slip into your bag and take home after a long day of work.

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Also from Kanex, the $40 USB-C Card Reader lets you “back up all of your photos and videos from 12 different memory/SD card types onto your USB-C ready computer.” You’ll be able to easily transfer files from cameras, smartphones, and tablets.

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The $60 USB-C 3-Port Hub from Kanex expands the number of USB slots available on your new MacBook—making it easier to add an external hard drive, a mouse, or other accessories to your machine. The hub also includes an ethernet connection, making it easy to plug into the Internet and start working.

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We got a preview of Lander’s new Timp Bags at CES; now they’re available. Want to get your iPad and MacBooks safely from one place to the next, whether rain or shine? Timp Bags by Lander is made of weatherproof material on the outside, and padded inside, so that your portable electronics are protected. The bags are $100 for the basic messenger and backpack models, or $130 for the larger, 25-liter backpack. 



The SlickWraps “Natural Series” are wood and leather skins for your MacBook—there are 11 varieties available—to give your computer an organic, rustic look. 



The FlapTop series of sleeves for Apple laptops provides form-fitting protection for your computer, with a foam perimeter barrier that absorbs the shock of drops, water-resistant materials, and an “intuitive” closure that makes access to your MacBook easy. The sleeves start at $50 apiece.



StarTech’s $42 USB-C to DVI Adapter supports dual-link video resolutions up to 2560x1600, and is also compatible for Thunderbolt 3 ports, making this little device real handy for video production professionals.

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WaterField Designs

WaterField is celebrating its 18th anniversary by reviving one of its original designs—the $349 Cargo Laptop Bag from 1998. There are some changes: An iPad compartment joins the original padded laptop compartment. Back in 1998, that’s where you would’ve kept your collection of ska CDs ready for your next road trip.

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