The Week in Mac Accessories: Hellacious hubs

This week's roundup of accessories includes several new devices that provide every port your Mac will ever need.

  • Satechi Aluminum USB 3.0 Hub & Card Reader (Silver)

    $29.99 MSRP $29.99
    on Amazon
  • SMK-Link USB C Multi Port Hub (VP6920)

    $59.95 MSRP $99.00
    on Amazon
  • AOC P2779VC 27-Inch Class PLS LED Monitor,1920x1080,...

    MSRP $199.99
    on Amazon
  • Float Shelf

    $75.00 MSRP $85.00
    on Kickstarter
  • Matias Wireless Aluminum Keyboard - Gold

    MSRP $110.95
    on Amazon
  • TOAST Bamboo Cover for 13-Inch MacBook Air...

    MSRP $89.00
    on Amazon

New goodies for your Mac

This week’s roundup of accessories includes several new devices that provide every port your Mac will ever need. Read on!



The most notable feature on this Thunderbolt 3 Dock ($279 MSRP) is that it has 13 different ports. “Drive two 4K displays, connect and charge up to six USB devices, work with legacy FireWire storage, enjoy pristine audio, wired networks, and read SD cards, all at twice the speed of Thunderbolt 2 and all through a single cable.” The device ships in February 2017.



The Aluminum USB 3.0 Hub & Card Reader ($30 MSRP, same price on Amazon) comes with three USB 3.0 ports and two card reader slots, letting you connect digital cameras, external hard drives, flash drives, and printers from a single hub.



Another hub! The USB-C Multi-Port Hub ($100 MSRP, $84.84 on Amazon) features a USB-C charging port, HDMI HD video port, Gigabit ethernet port, three high-speed USB 3.0 ports, an SD Memory Card reader, and a Micro SD Memory Card reader. Phew!

aoc plsmonitor


The PLS Monitor with Qi Charging Base ($200 MSRP, same price on Amazon) is a 27-inch high-def monitor, “perfect for graphic designing, video editing, photo retouching” and other visual tasks—and it comes with a unique feature: A Qi charging base, which means if you have your iPhone outfitted with an inductive charger, all you have to do is set it on this monitor’s foundation to let it charge while you work.


Float Shelf

Speaking of monitors, the Float Shelf ($75 pledge at Kickstarter) is designed to help clean the clutter that often surrounds your workstation. It fits on the back of a 21.5-inch Mac monitor, and can hold everything from external drives to your collection of knick-knacks.



Photo-editing software has come so far recent years, it makes sense that photo-editing hardware would make a leap now and again. Loupedeck ($249 pledge at Indiegogo) is designed to work with Adobe Lightroom software; it’s a plug-and-go console you can use to work photos without the need for a mouse, stylus, or keyboard.



Matias’ Wireless Aluminum Keyboard ($99 MSRP, $110.95 on Amazon) is just like an Apple keyboard—with function keys that let you control screen brightness, volume and more—but with two nifty features. First, it pairs with up to four different devices via Bluetooth, be it Mac, iOS, Windows, or Android. And second, it comes in silver, gold, space gray, and rose gold.


Ten One Design

Sometimes, smart design is about the little things. Blockhead ($19.95 MSRP, same price on Amazon) is a side-facing plug for Apple chargers, directing your cord down along the wall at a “natural,” out-of-the-way angle. No more will your charger stick out several inches from the wall—and easily get knocked out as a result.



Toast’s MacBook Cover (starts at $59 MSRP, $89 on Amazon) is made of real wood—you can choose from four different varieties. A bottom cover costs an extra $30; get custom text etched onto your cover for just $5 more.