Laptops and Gear

nifty-minidrive-2

You can add up to 128GB of additional storage to your MacBook without having to have a new disk installed.  With the Nifty MiniDrive, you can add storage to most recent models of the MacBook with an SD card slot.  The MiniDrive is essentially an SD card adapter for microSD cards, but it's designed to fit [...]

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coalesse free stand-01

Do you use your laptop ON your lap?  Give your thighs a break with the Coalesse Free Stand portable worksurface, an ingenious and elegant fold-flat work surface. Free Stand folds flat for easy storage and portability Height adjustable from 20 1/2" to 27" Worksurface rotates 360 degrees Units can nest against each other to easily [...]

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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Laptops and Gear, Reviews
aerotray1

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 [...]

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pixel-sunscreen-for-laptops

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 [...]

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elgato-thunderbolt-dock

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 [...]

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hue-menu-mac-app

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 [...]

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batterybox

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. [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Laptops and Gear, News
roost-laptop-stand-2

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 [...]

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the-goods-the-loop-2

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 [...]

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spishutter-6

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 [...]

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snuglet-magsafe-adapter

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 [...]

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satechi-f1-smart-stand

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 [...]

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chugplug-macbook-backup-battery

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 [...]

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Kanex simpleDock review

kanex_simpledock-box

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 [...]

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slate-lapdesk

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 [...]

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varidesk

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 [...]

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rovingpower-professionalpack-1

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 [...]

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calypso-flip-case-for-macbook

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 [...]

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joli_smoothMBProSleeve-1

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. [...]

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booq-viper

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 [...]

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