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New Mac gear
The latest roundup of Mac accessories offers several new cases for your MacBook, as well as new chargers, hubs, and more.
The Transparent MacBook Case ($45 MSRP) keeps “your MacBook safe and secure without compromising its design.” The case is one millimeter thick—enough to offer protection, but transparent enough that your MacBook still looks like a MacBook.
The iGlaze Pro ($54.95 MSRP for 13-inch, $64.95 for 15-inch; same price on Amazon) is built to provide slim-fitting protection for our Touch Bar MacBook. “iGlaze Pro is surface-treated with a specialized coating that offers supreme scratch resistance while accentuating the device’s elegant design.” And it’s a snap to both put on and remove from your MacBook.
Urban Armor Gear
This tough-as-nails company has introduced its cases for MacBook Pro ($80 MSRP; same price on Amazon), which it says meets military test-drop standards for both the 2016 MacBook Pro 13-inch with or without Touch Bar and MacBook Pro 15-inch with Touch Bar. It includes a dual-lock secure screen closure and cooling vents for uncompromised airflow. It comes in any color you want, as long as that color is “ice.”
The BaseLift ($40 MSRP; same price on Amazon) is a “a super-thin, microfiber-layered pad and stand” that attaches to the bottom of your MacBook; when you’re using a desk, the device gently lifts and tilts your keyboard for ergonomic benefits. When your laptop is in your lap, the pad insulates the MacBook so that the sometimes-hot computer doesn’t suddenly burn your thighs.
This company has introduced a couple of accessories for your MacBook’s USB-C port. The USB-C Adapter HDMI Port ($40 MSRP, on sale for $20; same price on Amazon) supports HDMI 4K resolution up to 3840x2160 at 60Hz. The USB-C Hub with SD Card Reader ($50 MSRP, on sale for $25; same price on Amazon) includes a plug-and-play microSD/SD card reader as well as two USB charge/data ports.
Homey’s Powerup (a $79 pledge through Indiegogo) isn’t just a MacBook charger—it’s also a USB hub and charging station for up to three other devices, including your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. The charger provides up to 60 watts of power to ensure all your devices get charged at once, making it possible to vastly reduce the cable clutter you take on the road.
The venerable notebook maker’s ID Collection of Mac-friendly bags includes a backpack, messenger bag, and totebag—like the ID Briefcase ($169 MSRP) shown here. Each includes padded inner compartments to keep your laptop and other digital devices safe, and are made with weather-resistant nylon so your valuables are protected, both indoors and outdoors.