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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 theRead 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 areRead 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 inRead 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 orRead 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 atRead 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. ThereRead 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 desksRead 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 onlyRead 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 removeRead 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’sRead 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 useRead 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 forRead 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 safeguardsRead 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 theRead More…

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New HP Chromebook 11 released

on Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Google and HP have partnered up and released a new Chromebook in the lineup.  The HP Chromebook 11 features include an 11.6″ IPS display, Exynos 5250 GAIA  CPU, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 6 hours of battery life, and weighs only 2.3 lbs.  A nice new feature is that it will use a microUSB port for charging,Read More…

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CINQ adds more screen real estate to your laptop without needing any table top space

on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Posted in: Laptops and Gear, News

We’ve told you about USB monitors before, but the CINQ includes a special clip that allows you to mount the 10.1 inch 720p monitor right to the side of your laptop’s display. The monitor is compatible with PCs and Macs and has a max resolution of 1280 x 720. It features a matte / anti-glare coating,Read More…

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Cooler Master Comforter Air review

on Friday, September 13th, 2013

Come on, you know you have felt it if you own a laptop. You’ve felt it in bed or on the couch maybe even when traveling. Admit it, you have felt the heat on your lap coming from your laptop computer.  It can be more than discomforting – it can down right burn. The ComforterRead More…

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Brenthaven BX2 Sleeve for 11″ MacBook Air review

on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

I have a couple of different bags that I use as my laptop bag.  One of them has a built-in, cushioned, zippered sleeve to hold my MacBook Air; my laptop is safe from scratches in there.  The other bag only has a laptop “divider” panel that’s open at the bottom and top, and my laptopRead More…

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I am Iron Man (gaming mouse)

on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

I’m not a gamer, so I’m not usually interested in gaming mice with their extra features and extra cost.  I might make an exception for this E-BLUE MARVEL IRON MAN 3 Edition USB Gaming Mouse from Brando.  This optical mouse seems to be corded, although most of the images manage to blur out or erase whereRead More…

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CURB your over-heating laptop

on Friday, September 6th, 2013
Posted in: Laptops and Gear, News

If you have a laptop that tends to run hot, you’ve probably tried various ways to keep it cool.  While there are laptop stands out there with fans and other features that promise to keep the laptop cool, the simplest thing to do is simply make sure no vents are blocked and to get someRead More…

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Reduce the risk of repetitive stress injuries with this mouse pen

on Friday, September 6th, 2013

Information for the Penclic Mouse B2 says that using this pen-like mouse will “counteract static tensions in your arms, shoulders, and neck”  that you experience while using a traditional mouse.  With the Penclic Mouse B2, you rest your arm on the desktop and use the mouse just as you would use a pen so youRead More…

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Logitech introduces Ultrathin Touch Mouse

on Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Windows users who may have looked longingly at Apple’s Magic Mouse, can now have a mouse that is just as sleek and offers a couple other features that the Magic Mouse does not. The Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse has a smooth touch surface that is created by an invisible coating that helps you navigate yourRead More…

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PNY introduces StorEDGE flash memory expansion modules for the Apple Macbook

on Monday, August 26th, 2013
Posted in: Laptops and Gear, News

The PNY StorEDGE is a flash memory card that fits in the SDXC slot of the 13-inch MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Pro with Retina display and provides extra storage without the extra weight or bulk of a traditional USB hard drive or even USB thumb drive. Unlike other solutions that you plug in,Read More…