Coolest Gadgets » Macs Playing with cool gadgets in the ongoing search for the Coolest Gadget Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:00:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Satechi Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub Tue, 19 Dec 2017 19:00:17 +0000

Satechi is well known for rolling out accessories for computers as well as mobile devices for many a year now, so much so that they have gotten extremely good at it. In fact, many of Satechi’s past releases have always managed to successfully maintain the general design flow of the product or brand that it is supposed to work with, and the same applies to the all new Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub that has been exclusively designed for the new 2017 iMac Pro, iMac Retina 4K and 27-inch 5K models.

This particular hub will add functionality to the iMac with a data only USB-C port, a trio of USB 3.0 ports with up to 5Gb/s for fast and secure data transfer, and a Micro/SD card reader. The best part of all? This is achievable all through a solitary USB-C connection, now how about that? In other words, you gain a whole lot more connectivity simply be “sacrificing” a single USB-C port, providing convenient access to any Mac user’s most-loved ports and devices.

What we like about the Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub is also the fact that it is extremely easy and simple to set up. All that one needs to do is to plug it into one of the iMac’s Thunderbolt 3 ports and use the adjustable knob in order to fasten the hub to the bottom of your desktop computer. From there, you are good to go since there is no need for any kind of additional drivers or installation required. It will extend ports to the front of the iMac, ensuring that everything else is within reach while providing convenient access to peripheral devices at all times. The versatility of the hub frees up valuable desk space, while looking great in its sleek, brushed aluminum finish that certainly complements Apple accessories.

Expect the Satechi Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub Pro to ship in the first week of January 2018 in silver or space gray with an asking price of $49.99 a pop.

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mophie delivers portable USB-C charging solution Mon, 07 Aug 2017 19:00:39 +0000 mophie-powerstationmophie is a very well known name when it comes to mobile accessories, especially smartphones that need a power boost in your daily life. The company has since rolled out its fair share of smartphone cases that come with an integrated power source, allowing you to prolong usage of your device while obtaining protection at the same time, without having to head to the nearest power outlet in the middle of the day. This time around, mophie has something slightly different although it has everything to do with power — the USB-C XXL power station. The mophie USB-C XXL power station is a high capacity universal battery which has been specially designed to charge the MacBook (2015), MacBook Pro (2016), iPad, iPhone and other compatible mobile devices.

Boasting of a single USB-C and one more USB-A output charge port, this power station will feature a whopping 19,500mAh battery. This translates to more than a single full charge to a MacBook, and will arrive in soft-touch fabric so that users will be able to have a premium look and feel without cramping Apple’s product styling cues.

The USB-C port will feature USB-PD technology, enabling it to charge USB-C laptops at rapid charging rates. We are looking at up to 30 Watts, as well as the ability to accept high-speed charging input even when it is hooked up to USB-PD chargers. As for the remaining features of the mophie USB-C XXL power station, they include an additional USB-A output port 5V/2.4A, a role switch that is controlled by a status button (USB-C input/USB output), the USB-C port with a default function being set to output charge, LEDs that display the direction of charge which will confirm the switch position, a Cypress CCG2 chipset. And pass-through charging USB-C to USB-A. The asking price for the mophie USB-C XXL power station stands at $149.95 and makes for the perfect addition to any road warrior’s arsenal of gizmos.

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Satechi USB-C to HDMI Adapter & Cable Mon, 03 Jul 2017 12:00:28 +0000 Satechi-Type-C-4K-HDMI-Adapter-CableSatechi is a famous name where accessories of mobile devices as well as computing machines are concerned, and their latest devices to hit the market? The Satechi USB-C to HDMI Adapter as well as Type-C 4K HDMI Cable, which is an accessory that is able to hook up to 4K displays at 60Hz in order to experience a smooth, high quality experience.

Interestingly enough, Satechi’s latest pair of USB-C accessories will expand its arsenal of convenient and high-quality products which will certainly do a whole lot to improve connectivity around your home or man cave. Measuring a reasonably lengthy six feet, the Type-C 4K HDMI Cable as well as the more compact Type-C 4K HDMI Adapter output video from a Mac (or other compatible device) to an external 4K display.

The Type-C 4K HDMI Cable will offer users the ability to enjoy a true plug and play experience, which is an all-in-one solution that will let one hook up a Mac to a 4K display. The Adapter will be able to offer a similar functionality in a smaller form factor in order for users to experience a crystal clear 4K display. Users can then mirror content on their Type-C laptop easily in order to view their favorite TV shows and movies on an enhanced, high-resolution display, or even select its usage within professional or classroom settings to enhance presentations on an external monitor.

Regardless of whether you pick up the USB-C or HDMI accessory, both choices will feature a compact, sleek brushed aluminum design that can fit in snugly into laptop bags, purses and other carrying packs, making it perfect for mobile workspaces. Expect the $34.99 Satechi Type-C 4K HDMI Adapter to arrive in space gray, silver, gold or rose gold colors, while the $39.99 Type-C 4K HDMI Cable will sport silver or space gray shades.

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Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD is now available Thu, 08 Jun 2017 19:00:37 +0000 belkin-thunderbolt-express-dock-hdWhen it comes to accessorizing your MacBook Pro or iMac, there are plenty of accessories out there in the market for you to choose from. However, it is all too easy to be spoilt for choice, so if you are working with a limited budget, it would be far wiser to choose your battle, so to speak. Belkin has long been a trusted name when it comes to rolling out accessories for the computing workspace, and this time around it is no different, either, with the availability of the Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD.

The Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD is best described to be a single cable all-in-one docking solution, where it claims to offer 40 Gbps data transfer rates, dual 4K video support and 85 Watts of power delivery. In other words, this is the total single-cable docking solution that one would ever need, at least for the moment, in order to enjoy connectivity as well as power to the updated MacBook Pro or iMac. Just what kind of features does the Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD come ith?

For starters, you will be able to daisy-chain up to five Thunderbolt devices from the dock, now how about that? In terms of Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, there will be two of those, which will certainly come in handy. If you have plenty of USB 3.0 devices and accessories, the Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD is able to welcome three of those thanks to a trio of USB-A 3.0 ports that also offer 1.5A charging each. To round it all off, the Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD will also carry a single DisplayPort, one Audio In/Out port, one Audio Out port, and one Gigabit Ethernet port. It will be accompanied by a 170W power adapter that delivers enough power to support attached peripherals, all the while channeling 85W of power to your computer via included Thunderbolt 3 cable.

It might be rather pricey at first glance, but the Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD’s $349 price tag will certainly pay dividends many times over.

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Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock to assist you in your connectivity issues Sat, 27 May 2017 19:00:54 +0000 thunderbolt3Elgato knows that for just about every woman, there can never be enough handbags, shoes, and clothes. And when it comes to geeks, will the number of ports, storage space and memory ever be enough? Here they are to help alleviate you of your connectivity woes with their latest Thunderbolt 3 Dock that is set to arrive later this June 6. Summer is surely going to be a whole lot more kick-ass thanks to the Thunderbolt 3 Dock from Elgato, especially when it delivers the likes of dual 4K display support, full-speed charging for MacBook Pro, a power boost for iPhone, fast data transfers, and amplified audio.

Available in the US, Europe and Australia when June 6 rolls around, the Thunderbolt 3 Dock has been specially designed for laptop users who require a no-compromise, multi-monitor workstation complete with high-speed expansion options and secure, solid networking. With the Thunderbolt 3 Dock, it offers all of that, connecting and charging your MacBook Pro using all but one cable.

The Thunderbolt 3 Dock comes with a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports. One of them is to connect and charge your computer, while the other one is used to extend the versatility of Thunderbolt even further. Boasting a DisplayPort, the dock will be able to drive up to a pair of additional displays without having to compromise on the stunning 4k resolution at smooth 60 Hz frame rates. The Thunderbolt 3 Dock will also arrive with a trio of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports so that a slew of devices can be operated at full speed simultaneously. There is a 15″ MacBook Pro that can be charged at 85W, while USB-C accessories receive up to 15W of power, with the built-in USB 3.0 ports delivering boosted charging for your iPad or iPhone. The Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock will arrive with a $299.95 price tag alongside a 50cm/1.6ft Thunderbolt 3 Cable right out of the box.

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Maclocks ensures that your MacBook 12″ will not be a security risk in public areas Mon, 08 Aug 2016 21:00:34 +0000 maclockWe live in a world where we are a whole lot mobile, especially in our work. The traditional confines of the office does not cut the mustard any more for a whole lot of industries, and that is fine, as long as people are productive and able to deliver value regardless of where they are. Well, if you have ever gone out to work solo before, sitting at a Starbucks or other public areas while hammering out the details of that business proposal, I am quite sure that there were moments when you needed to answer nature’s call. This meant leaving your notebook on the table as you make a dash for it. This would leave your notebook vulnerable to theft, but thankfully for MacBook owners, there is the MacBook 12″ Lock from Maclocks.

This is not something new from the folks over at Maclocks as they have rolled out MacBook locks before, but this particular option is different since it claims to be the only method of securing the new MacBook exposed USB-C Port from potential security risk. Sounds worth it to me, don’t you think so?

The latest MacBook might be the slimmest device of its kind courtesy of its advanced design, sporting a single Type-C plug for charging and device connection so that one can save more on space. However, this would also mean a higher degree of security issues if left unprotected. Maclocks steps in with the new MacBook Lock, cited to be the very first lock that has been specially designed to include security for the extremely vulnerable USB-C port.

The extremely slim bracket is ultra-lightweight, tipping the scales at under 0.1lb, ensuring that it adds minimal bulk and yet allows the MacBook to slip into a sleeve or bag without much effort. It will be fastened to the bottom of the device, while incorporating the security slot to which the included cable lock is attached. Definitely the ideal answer to anyone who wants to secure their new MacBook while on the move, right?

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Satechi expands Metallic series to keep new rose gold Apple products company Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:00:10 +0000 satechi-rose-goldWhen it comes to modern day computing accessories, there is one particular name that we should always keep in mind — Satechi. After all, they have rolled out their fair share of peripherals over the years to keep us convinced that there is nothing but quality behind their lines, and the same can be said of their latest expansion in the Metallic Series which will keep company the new rose gold MacBook, iPhone® and Apple Watch.

After all, the color of rose gold is definitely one that is taking the tech world by storm, as the pink-hued iOS devices will no longer be left alone without similarly colored peripherals from Satechi, where among them include the likes of wireless headphones, a handy headset stand, convenient charging stations and even the all time popular and useful Type-C Hub with pass-through charging. This fashionable finish of the new Apple products will definitely brighten up the day of any user, and Satechi hopes to be the one to facilitate a seamless transition.

The Aluminum Wireless Headphones and complimentary Slim Aluminum Headset Stand are perfect for any desktop, as these Bluetooth 4.0 headphones sport a luxurious and comfortable design as well as premium sound quality from up to 33 feet away, delivering up to 16 hours of playtime or up to 18 hours of talk time. These should be more than enough to last the entire day, while folks who prefer a tethered experience can have that thanks to an auxiliary cord. The Aluminum Wireless Headphones and Slim Headset Stand will retail for $69.99 and $27.99, respectively.

Not only that, there will be a couple of Type-C offerings that arrive in the new rose gold hue, comprising of the Type-C Pass-through USB Hub and the new Type-C Micro/SD Card Reader. The former boasts of a charging port and expands Type-C USB 3.1 ports into a trio of Type-A USB 3.0 ports, an SD Card slot and a Micro SD Card slot, while the new Type-C Micro/SD Card Reader delivers a solution for simultaneously reading and accessing both your SD and Micro SD cards. These will arrive in rose gold for $44.99 and $24.99, respectively. Any takers?

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Booq unveils new Slimsuit 13 for MacBooks Fri, 13 May 2016 20:00:37 +0000 booq-slimsuit13There is nothing quite like having the feeling of owning your very first notebook – and for some of us, even more so if that notebook happens to be an Apple device, which would be one of the MacBook models. These are great looking notebooks, and it would be even better if you were to be able to offer a certain degree of protection for them. Hence, if you are a proud owner of the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro Retina, Booq has something special for you in the form of the spanking new Slimsuit 13.

The team over at booq, who happen to be designers of stylishly functional laptop bags, backpacks and carrying cases for creative professionals, have decided to roll out their most recent line of defence for the 13-inch MacBook Air/Pro retina, calling it the Slimsuit 13 for obvious reasons. It sports a slim profile that makes it perfect for comfortable commuting and working on-the-go, and yet has a zipperless magnetic closure that can open easily for quick access. The Slimsuit 13 will not cost a bomb either, where it has an asking price of $40 a pop.

Just how lightweight is the booq Slimsuit 13? Well, we are talking about it adding a mere 0.6 lbs to the amount of weight that you need to carry, making it really ideal for those who would like to minimize the amount of bulk and weight that they bring around, which is perfect for folks who cover tradeshows and showfloors for hours on end. The sleeve’s polyurethane exterior would boast of a durable, all-welded design, evoking a stealthy, modern style and a zipperless magnetic closure, enabling carriers to quickly slide their 13” MacBook Air/Pro retina in or out of the sleeve. There is also an exterior design that protects laptops from everyday bumps and scratches, while the interior’s ultra-soft microfiber offers an added layer of protection, safeguarding MacBooks from scratches.

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These Widget Desktop USB Microphones will give your office a retro-futuristic feel Tue, 01 Mar 2016 19:30:33 +0000 Widget

Whether you run your own podcast, record let’s plays, or just chat with friends on Skype, you’re going to need a microphone. Of course, the reason for which you have the mic is going to determine what type of device you’ll want to have around. If you’re trying to go for professional audio, you’ll not only need a high-quality mic, but a pop filter, shock mount, quiet place to record, and software that will let you clean it up nicely.

If you’re not looking to make your own recording booth at home but still want a nice mic, then these Widget Microphones look like they could be up for the challenge. These are desktop USB mics which all have the same capsule and circuit designs, but are fitted into retro-futuristic bodies. Each has full-range 96kHz/24 bit audio, an integrated pop filter, shock mount, and feature adjustable height. They will play nicely with Mac and Windows alike, don’t take up much desk space, and will certainly add some flair to the office!

While these may look a bit cartoonish, that doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of doing their job. There are three different versions named Widget A, B, and C, each being slightly different in design and color. This will cost you $99 if you’re interested in upping your audio quality for chatting, recording, or conferencing. There are always other options out there, so do be sure to put time in researching before investing a lump sum into a microphone.

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This Laptop Cooling Bar loves Macbooks, but will treat all laptops equally Wed, 02 Dec 2015 19:30:52 +0000 Just Mobile Laptop Cooling Bar

Some products are advertised in such a way that makes it glaringly obvious they are meant to be paired with certain brand-name devices. Anything that is airbrushed aluminum with white or black plastic and a minimalist design is likely going to have photos of it paired with Apple products. Whether or not it actually works well enough to meet the price range it’s aiming for is the thing you’ll want to be wary of.

While there are undoubtedly products that talk the talk but can’t walk the walk, it seems as though this Mobile Laptop Cooling Bar is worth its salt (it’s some pretentious salt, but still). Of course, that’s with the understanding that you’re definitely paying for aesthetics more than anything. This looks like a metal baton, but is used to raise up your laptop to a better viewing angle, and will help with the cooling process since it won’t be bouncing heat off of whatever surface it’s on.

There are three rings on either side to cushion the metal of your laptop on the bar so it won’t get dents and dings, and a flat bottom that will prevent any slipping and sliding that may occur. Additionally, there is a notch on the end to hold your power cable in place while you’re busy with work. This should help your laptop stay cooler and run quieter since the fans won’t be freaking out about being in red alert all the time. This is cut out of solid aluminum, and will cost you $39.95. It is definitely pricey, but small enough to carry around with you on the go, and still does its job.

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