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February 7, 2016 • Reviews

Get More out of Your Laptop Charger with the Zolt Charger Plus

Apple’s MacBook MagSafe Charger is big, clunky, and gets in the way. From the large white cube, down to the all-white cable being just an eyesore from across the room, I wanted a bit more, so when Zolt sent me over their Zolt Laptop Charger Plus, I knew I’d never use the charger that came …

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February 6, 2016 • News, Reviews

LaCie’s Rugged Mini Is Everything You’d Want in A Portable Hard Drive

I’ve had the pleasure of being able to review LaCie’s 4TB Rugged Mini, and I love it! A Portable external hard drive, the Rugged Mini is everything you saw from the original (and larger) LaCie Rugged Raid, but in a smaller design that maximizes its portability, all while giving you a nice flashy orange bumper …

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January 10, 2016 • Reviews

Urban Armor Gear’s Composite Case for MacBook 12-inch

I recently had the opportunity to use and test a composite case for my 12-inch MacBook from Urban Armor Gear. This manufacturer’s sample states it is military grade and drop-tested. Although I’m not about to start drop-testing my MacBook, I have no reason to believe it’s not military grade. It feels very sturdy and well-built, …

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November 23, 2015 • News

The Logitech Z533 Multimedia Speaker System Offers Big Sound for Under $100

There are lots of ways to get better sound from your laptop or tablet but perhaps the best, and simplest, is to plug a decent desktop audio system with two speakers and a subwoofer into it. The Logitech Z533 Multimedia Speaker System is just such a system. It offers 120 watts of impressive sound and …

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October 26, 2015 • Reviews

Moshi USB-C to USB Adapter Is a Taste of Future Connectivity

Apple went big when they rolled out their new MacBook. It’s thin, light and looks fantastic. It also eschews traditional connectivity for the new USB-C standard. I have little doubt we will see this type of connectivity on more and more devices but Apple is, once again, forcing new connectivity on consumers. That’s where the …

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October 23, 2015 • Reviews

The Brinell SSD EVO Wood 250GB External Drive Makes Your Portable Drive Look Ugly and Slow

There are a multitude of portable drives available, and we’ve reviewed quite a few of them here. Many are light, fast, have large capacities, and they are very capable, but have you ever seen one that was all of the above and looked as good as the Brinell EVO Wood 250 GB external drive?

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October 12, 2015 • News

BassJump 2 Turns Your Mac Into an Audio System Worth Your Music

The TwelveSouth BassJump 2 is more than “a bass boost just for MacBook.” It’s that and more! The BassJump 2 turns a Mac’s anemic sound into something you’ll actually want to listen to. The metal square plugs into your Mac and then, with the free downloadable software, gives your Mac an audio boost you won’t …

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October 9, 2015 • News

Logitech z533 Multimedia Speakers Deliver Powerful Sound for Under $100

My first computer speakers came from Logitech and are still going strong. My office speakers come from Logitech and fill my larger study. Now Logitech had unveiled the Logitech z533 Multimedia Speakers. A front-facing subwoofer, 2.25” full range drivers and a wired control pod for convenient power, volume and bass control combine to create huge …

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October 1, 2015 • Reviews

Moshi iGlaze Pro 13 Is Thin and Light Protection for Your MacBook Pro with Retina Display

I love my 13” MacBook Pro with Retina display. It is fact, light and powerful. I had worried that, going down to a 13” MacBook from the 15” I loved would be an issue. It’s not. And now that I have the Moshi iGlaze Pro 13 I can protect the laptop for mere ounces of …

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September 26, 2015 • News

Bluelounge Aaden Charges Rechargables on the Go

BlueLounge has done it again with the Aaden USB powered charger for charging rechargeable batteries from your laptop or other USB power source. It’s one of those simple accessories you don’t need but, once you have it, you’ll be happy you do. In other words, it’s typical Bluelounge. And at just $19.95 it will make …

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August 17, 2015 • Gift Guides

Gear Diary’s Must-Have Back to School Gift Guide

What do you mean Back to School? The summer is already over? Well not really, but everywhere you go, you will see businesses advertising Back to School Specials. But this year you shouldn’t just send your child back to school with a boring calculator, binder, and a few packs of paper; here is our must-have Back to …

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August 12, 2015 • Reviews

Moshi iVisor for 2015 MacBook

The folks at Moshi recently provided Gear Diary their iVisor for MacBook, a clear (matte) anti-glare screen protector for the new 12” MacBook.   Moshi gives a 100% guarantee that the screen protector will install bubble free and I have to say that it installed flawlessly for me. Once it was on, I hardly noticed …

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August 11, 2015 • Reviews

Moshi Muse 12 for the 2015 MacBook

The folks at Moshi recently provided Gear Diary with a number of products for the new MacBook. Among them was a protective sleeve called the Moshi Muse 12.

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August 10, 2015 • Reviews

Stop Running To Outlets To Charge Your MacBook with This External Battery

While traveling, once thing that I’ve always hated is sitting in an airport, or on a long train ride somewhere and not having an outlet to plug up my MacBook Air. So I started looking for an external battery pack that was in my budget that wasn’t too gaudy, but would charge up my MacBook …

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July 21, 2015 • Reviews

Moshi iGlaze for the 2015 MacBook Review

Recently, the folks at Moshi were kind enough to provide Gear Diary with a few of their products to evaluate for the new MacBook 12” (2015). I’m going to look at the first of these — the iGlaze for MacBook, a clear shell to protect the outside of your MacBook.

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July 8, 2015 • Reviews

Western Digital My Passport for Mac Review: Portable, Stackable, Massive Storage

I have a two-year-old 1TB Western Digital My Book I use for monthly Time Machine backups on my Mac. I paid roughly $150 for it (they’re ~$99 now); at 6.5″ x 5.5″ 2″ it isn’t exactly portable. I’ve been testing a 2TB WD My Passport that measures ~4.25″ x 3.25″ x 0.6″ and costs $99. Hmm, which would you rather?

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July 2, 2015 • Reviews

Give Your Mac a Lift with the TwelveSouth BaseLift!

The TwelveSouth BaseLift is one of those simple accessories that adds to both the comfort and utility of your Macbook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. It offers a better typing angle and keeps your laptop cool on your lap. Best of all, this one accessory will work with pretty much any of the current portable …

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June 16, 2015 • Reviews

Waterfield Zip Briefcase for 12″ MacBook Is Small, Light and Easy to Carry

If you opted for one of Apple’s new 12″ MacBooks you are someone who appreciates style and cutting edge technology. (Yes, you are also someone who is willing to compromise performance for portability but that is another issue.) If you want to travel light but protect your MacBook you will want to check out the …

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May 28, 2015 • Reviews

Grovemade Walnut MacBook Back: Not Your Average Laptop Accessory

It’s not every day that I recommend a product simply because it’s lovely to look at and adds joy to my tech experience, but the Grovemade Walnut MacBook Back is just such an item. At $49.99, it’s in that no-man’s land between cheap enough to not think twice about — but just pricey enough that it might give you pause.

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May 5, 2015 • Reviews, Travel

Booq Cobra Squeeze Backpack Review: A Most Excellent Gear Bag

My criteria for a backpack that I’ll use for longer than during the review period (and that I’ll continue to enjoy carrying) is pretty basic: it needs to be light when empty, durable, good-looking, well-organized, and it must be comfortable to wear when it is inevitably overloaded. The booq Cobra squeeze meets all of my needs and then some.

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May 1, 2015 • Reviews, Travel

The Oneadaptr Twist Plus World Travel Adapter Is the Perfect Power Source

Having just returned from my trip to the IFA Global Press Conference in Malta, I’ll cut to the chase and suggest this to every one of you who is even considering traveling abroad: buy a Oneadaptr Twist World Travel Adapter. Both versions are under $50, and either would make a very thoughtful gift for yourself or your favorite road warrior.

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