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Aero-Tray allows you to maximize airplane tray table space

on Friday, April 18th, 2014

Traveling by airplane can be great for getting to your destination quicker than by car. I enjoy almost every aspect of air travel except for one – cramped seating space. I always feel like a sardine that has been crammed into a metal tin. It’s tolerable when all I want to do is play a Read More…

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Sunscreen for your laptop

on Sunday, April 13th, 2014
Posted in: Laptops and Gear, News

If you use your laptop outdoors for work or recreation, you may find it’s impossible to see your screen on bright, sunny days.  Throw a Pixel Sunscreen V2.0 in your gear bag, and you’ll be able to work outdoors, no matter how sunny the day is.  It’s made of polyurethane-coated nylon and ripstop taffeta, and Read More…

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Faveable helps you choose a laptop

on Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Posted in: Laptops and Gear, News

Finding the right laptop for your special needs can be a very difficult process, especially in today’s market when there are dozens of brands and confusing specs to deal with. The team at Faveable have compiled a list of great laptop options to serve different needs. The list covers super-affordable Chromebooks, powerful gaming laptops, ultra-portable Read More…

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Elgato announces their new Thunderbolt Dock

on Monday, April 7th, 2014
Posted in: Laptops and Gear, News

If, like my husband, you have a laptop that you plug into a monitor, connect to WiFi, and maybe attach a couple of USB peripherals, you’ll find connecting and disconnecting everything to be a pain.  At work, Butch plugs in a monitor, network, and a disk; when he needs to work from home, he only Read More…

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Now you can control your Phillips Hue lights from your Mac computer

on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

I got the Phillips Hue lights starter kit for Christmas, and I control them with an app on my iPhone or iPad.  Sometimes I’m at my computer and would like to turn on the lights, but I can’t unless I have one of my mobile devices with me.  Phillips made the API available for third-party Read More…

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Bypass your MacBook Air’s battery with the BatteryBox – and charge your tablet and phone, too

on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Most external batteries can charge up your phone or your tablet, but you’re out of luck with your laptop.  The BatteryBox is only 0.98″ x 2.63″ x 3.55″ and just under 9 ounces, but it packs 50Wh of energy – enough juice to power your MacBook with enough left over to charge your mobile device, too. Read More…

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Roost your laptop on this stand for a more comfortable work environment

on Friday, March 21st, 2014
Posted in: Laptops and Gear, News

The Roost laptop stand started out as a successfully-funded Kickstarter project, and it’s now available for direct sales.  It was designed in response to physical ailments suffered by the inventor because of sitting hunched over a laptop for hours as he worked.  The Roost is built of carbon fiber material and a sturdy plastic; it’s Read More…

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Keep your MacBook charger in The Loop

on Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Although The Goods repeatedly states that The Loop case is for men, I don’t see anything that makes it unsuitable for women.  The Loop is made of durable, 5-oz Dakota black vegetable oil-tanned cowhide leather.  The pouch at the bottom holds the power brick and the thin cord with the MagSafe connector for either the MacBook Read More…

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Faveable wants to help you pick an ultrabook

on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
Posted in: Laptops and Gear, News

Welcome back to another edition of our partnered posts with Faveable. If you’re in the market for an ultra-portable laptop, today’s article will be something that will interest you. There are a lot of choices in the laptop market right now and it’s very easy to get lost – it’s not just about processors and Read More…

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SPIshutter MacBook webcam privacy cover review

on Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Have you ever accidentally started a video chat with someone when you were looking less than your best? Or maybe you’re a little paranoid that THEY may be watching your every move through the webcam on your MacBook? An easy way to solve that problem would be to stick a piece of tape over the Read More…

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Keep your MagSafe connector firmly in place

on Friday, February 21st, 2014
Posted in: Laptops and Gear, News

Apple designed the MagSafe connectors to safely detach from your MacBook instead of pulling the laptop to the floor should the charging cable get yanked.  Some people feel the MagSafe connector detaches too easily, and if you are one of those people, you can use a Snuglet to keep it more firmly connected.  Snuglets are Read More…

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Satechi F1 Smart Monitor Stand makes working less of a pain in the neck

on Friday, February 21st, 2014

Having your monitor at the right height prevents neck strain and poor posture, and the F1 Smart Monitor Stand from Satechi has two pre-set height positions to help you find the best height for your monitor.  The empty space under the stand becomes a place to store your keyboard and mouse when they aren’t in Read More…

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Prevent your MacBook from becoming one of the walking dead

on Monday, February 17th, 2014

With the CHUGPLUG external battery, you won’t have to worry about running out of power while you’re traveling.  The CHUGPLUG is designed to work with 45W or 60W newer MacBooks.  You can expect up to 4 extra hours of power for an 11″ MacBook Air or 3 extra hours for the 13″ MacBook Air or Read More…

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Kanex simpleDock review

on Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

I love things that help me organize and/or simplify my crazy, hectic life. I am typically overbooked and multitasking 90% of my day. So, a clutter-free world helps me be more efficient, which theoretically enables me to get more accomplished on any given day. So, when Julie offered up the simpleDock from the folks at Read More…

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Slate is a bamboo lapdesk with style and function

on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

The Slate Mobile AirDesk is a new Kickstarter project that just launched yesterday and has already surpassed the funding goal of $6500. It is made in Tempe, Arizona from a solid block of hand sanded bamboo. A grid of holes has been drilled through the block to help with air flow and heat dissipation. There Read More…

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Easily convert your conventional desk to a standing desk without permanent modifications

on Friday, November 15th, 2013

There’s been some interest here at The Gadgeteer in standing desks.  Standing while you work offers great health benefits, and many desk-bound workers could benefit from being able to stand while they work.  There are many solutions that allow you to work as you stand, but most of them seem to involve replacing conventional desks Read More…

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Roving Power Professional Power Pack review

on Friday, November 15th, 2013

I have become a huge fan of the portable battery backup solutions.  I have reviewed numerous ones here on the Gadgeteer and purchased numerous ones for family members.  In fact I have 3 backup battery solutions right now among the items in my daily gear, so I am a fan.  But all those solutions only Read More…

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Protect your MacBook in an elegant folio-style case

on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

When I think of folio-style cases like this, I think of tablet and smartphones.  But these beautiful folios from CalypsoCrystal are for MacBooks.  The CalypsoFlip case cradles the bottom of the laptop in a frame that simply wraps around the front and side, leaving the connectors and the hinge free.  You don’t have to remove Read More…

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Joli Originals Smooth MacBook Pro Sleeve review

on Monday, November 11th, 2013

When I leave the relatively controlled world of our home, I typically carry my MacBook Pro in either my Colonel Littleton No. 1943 Navigator bag or booq Boa Flow backpack depending on what type of outing I am going on. Both of these tech-bags are pretty big and while not bulky, are not small either. Read More…

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booq introduces Viper hardcase for tablets and MacBook Air

on Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Popular bag and case maker booq has just announced the Viper hardcase, which is available in 3 sizes for tablets, the Macbook Air and Chromebook Pixel sized devices. Built with booq’s trademark denier ballistic water-repelling nylon exterior, these zippered cases are tough but light weight. The Viper hardcase features a molded exterior and a padded interior that’s Read More…

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Add USB ports and a charging station to your laptop

on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Those ultra-small computers are a boon for travelers, but you find one of the costs of the light and small form-factor when you need to plug in more than 2 or so USB devices.  My 11″ MacBook Air has only two USB jacks, and the simpleDock from Kanex would be a perfect accessory to use Read More…

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Pawtec UltraSlim External USB 3.0 Slot-Loading BDXL 3D Blu-Ray Writer review

on Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Got that sleek new laptop that’s missing an optical drive?  Or maybe you just need to add Blu-ray writing?  The Pawtec UltraSlim External USB 3.0 Slot-Loading BDXL 3D Blu-Ray Writer may be just the thing you need.

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Add USB 3.0 ports and Gigabit Ethernet to your computer

on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Kanex says their DualRole is a “perfect companion for laptop users who need additional USB 3.0 ports for instant connection to peripherals and to connect to a secure wired network using Gigabit Ethernet simultaneously.”  It’s especially useful for those who have the tiny laptops (Windows or Mac) that sacrifice the number of USB ports for Read More…

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This new Porsche is sleek and built for speed – and fits on your keyring

on Friday, October 11th, 2013

LaCie and Porsche worked together to build this sleek, beautiful flash drive that fits on your keyring.  The enclosure of the Porsche Design USB Key is steel for strength, and the scratch-resistant connector stands up to the detritus in your pockets.  The USB 3.0 drive can move data at speeds up to 95MB/s, and it safeguards Read More…

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Booq Viper Courier 13 review

on Friday, October 11th, 2013

Ah, gadget lovers and their gear. Hauling around our stuff used to be such a hassle.  Today, it’s all about carrying multiple screens rather than a single screen and power adapter. Most of us carry a smartphone, as well as a tablet or phablet, and maybe a laptop. To accommodate the changes wrought by the Read More…