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April 30, 2014 • Gear Bits

Upgrade Your MBA with a Waterfield Outback Solo for MacBook Air

Apple released new MacBook Airs with a faster processor that are 100 bucks cheaper. If you are planning to pick one up may we suggest you consider spending the $100 you save on one a Waterfield Outback Solo for MacBook Air. With room for an Air, iPhone and wallet it’s a minimalist way to carry …

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April 21, 2014 • Reviews

HyperJuice 2 External Battery for MacBook Pro: Power When You Need It

I’ve written many reviews on extended battery packs for mobile devices, but this is the first time I’ve had an external battery that was capable of charging my MacBook Air or MacBook Pro along with all my other mobile devices at the same time. Why would anyone need or want something as big and powerful …

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March 25, 2014 • Reviews

Use an 11″ MacBook air? Check out the booq Viper hardcase 11

If you have an 11″ MacBook air or Chromebook, you likely take it with you more often than not. That means you need a way to keep it safe and protected. The MBA is, after all, a pricey laptop.The booq Viper hardcase case 11 is a refined but inexpensive way to protect your air; it is …

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March 22, 2014 • Reviews

Toshiba TransMemory Pro 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive

When I think back on how much I spent on small amounts of slow flash storage just a few years ago, I cannot help but shake my head. Who could have imagined there would be flash drives offering 128GB of USB 3.0 storage? That, however, is exactly what you get with the new Toshiba TransMemory Pro …

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March 10, 2014 • Reviews

Seagate Backup Plus Fast Portable Drive Lets You Take 4TB On the Go

I love my 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina display. Judie loves her 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina display, too. We both hate the fact that the drive capacity is just 500GB. It is a constant frustration. Seagate’s new 4TB Backup Plus Fast Portable Drive is an amazing way to take 4TB with you; I wish …

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February 3, 2014 • Reviews

You Need Style, Not Nerve, to Carry the booq Boa Nerve graphite

If you are in the market for a new messenger bag, you might want to check out the booq Boa Nerve graphite messenger. This $155 bag is designed to look great but, more importantly, protect your gear and get the job done whether you are a bike messenger or not. Order now, and it ships …

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January 30, 2014 • Reviews

Gate 8 Luggage Should Be Your New Travel Buddy

Beginning in mid-December, I spent four weeks traveling non-stop. It began with a trip to Israel and ended with two days in Detroit. I wish I had the Gate 8 Trifold Cabin Bag at the time. The $200 garment bag keeps clothes and toiletries organized and your laptop and tablet safe; it will make your …

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January 18, 2014 • Reviews

Need Storage? The SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive May Be for You!

My iPhone-shopping brother-in-law wrote, “I think I know the answer, but is 32GB enough capacity for normal users? I do not have tremendous amounts of data and generally don’t store much in the way of videos.” iPhone storage capacity is a potential issue, but it is one that’s easily resolved thanks to the SanDisk Connect Wireless …

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January 18, 2014 • Reviews

Dirty Music? Clean It Up with the Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS

I visited the Cambridge Audio suite during CES 2014. I put on headphones. I listened. The sound stinked. I put a Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC / Headphone Amp between the headphones and laptop. The sound was amazing — you might even say magical! The recording was fine. It was the laptop amp and …

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January 13, 2014 • Music Diary, Reviews

IK Multimedia iRig Keys Pro Review

Just over a year ago I reviewed iRig Keys, the 37-note multi-platform mini-key controller. It remains in constant use by either myself or my son! Now IK Multimedia is has released iRig Keys Pro, featuring 37 full-size velocity sensitive keys, Lightning, 30-pin and USB cables, for universal compatibility with all models of iPhone, iPad, and …

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December 20, 2013 • News

Lightning Strikes Blue Microphone’s Spark Digital

I was impressed by Blue Microphone’s Spark Digital. In my review I noted that it, “the world’s first studio condenser microphone to offer both USB and iPad connectivity” does an excellent job of recording audio from both your Mac and your iPhone. I did, however, lament the fact that it only shipped with a 30-PIN …

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December 14, 2013 • Gear Bits

New Laptop? ZAGGify It to Keep It Looking Great

If you picked up a new computer, phone or tablet during Black Friday you aren’t done shopping yet. Make sure to check out ZAGG and stock up on some protection for your new device. My 11″ MacBook Air looks great and I’m committed to keeping it looking that way. A ZAGG invisibleSHIELD is a big …

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December 14, 2013 • Reviews

Kanex simpleDOCK Is Your Laptop’s New Best Friend

As someone who uses a laptop for all his computer needs, the ability to quickly and easily connect multiple peripherals to it at home or work is more important than ever. The $119 Kanex simpleDOCK is an effective and elegant solution. The expansion dock and charging station looks great, works well and is, best of …

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December 6, 2013 • Gear Bits

Carry Camera Gear in Style With booq’s New Python Slimpack Camera Bag

Booq has been coming out with some great new bags and sleeves for carrying all your mobile gear. Their new Python Slimpack Camera Bag now brings booq-style to carrying photography gear as well as a laptop and a few key essentials. The $149.95 backpack is made from great materials, offers superb ergonomics and looks great. …

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December 3, 2013 • Gear Bits

IK Multimedia Launches iRig Keys Pro with Full Sized Keys!

Just over a year ago I reviewed iRig Keys, the 37-note multiplatform mini-key controller. It remains in constant use by either myself or my son! Now IK Multimedia is introducing iRig Keys Pro, featuring 37 full-size velocity sensitive keys, Lightning, 30-pin and USB cables, for universal compatibility with all models of iPhone, iPad, and Mac/PC. …

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November 22, 2013 • Reviews

Ergotron WorkFit-P Sit-Stand Workstation for Apple Lets You Think on Your Toes

In recent years, I’ve come to appreciate that using a standing desk can give you an entirely different perspective. The Ergotron WorkFit-P Sit-Stand Workstation for Apple lets you work in either a sitting or standing position, switching between them in seconds. Best of all, if you use Apple products it has a look that will fit …

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November 17, 2013 • Gear Bits

HEX Cabana Messenger Bag Giveaway

We reviewed the HEX Cabana Messenger Bag and were impressed. The $80 bag may look simple, but it has a trick up its flap. The HEX Cabana Messenger Bag was made with the iPad-lover in mind; it lets you carry a 15″ laptop and iPad. It even gives you access to the tablet on the …

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November 16, 2013 • Gear Bits

Kanex simpleDock’s 3-in-1 Offers MacBooks Ports and Power to Spare

If you find your self frequently using your MacBook air or MacBook pro at your desk you’ll want to check out the Kanex simpleDock’s 3-in-1. The $119.00 dock provides three USB ports, a storage/charging/syncing slot for your iPhone and more. This accessory will empower your laptop computing, help keep your desk lady and let you …

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November 12, 2013 • Reviews

Kanto YU2 Powered Desktop Speakers Review – How a Set of Wired Speakers Rock My World!

Once I started reviewing SONOS, Bluetooth and AirPlay speakers that didn’t stink, I thought my days with wired speakers were over and done. Then I met the Kanto YU2 Powered Desktop speakers. Three notes into the first song I was a fan. The review sample now has a permanent home in my office. Yeah, these …

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November 7, 2013 • Gear Bits

Protect and Serve Your iPad or MacBook Air With the Booq Viper Hardcase

If you need a stylish way to carry and protect your MacBook air or iPad look no further than the new Booq Viper hardcase. It offers fitted protection for your tablet or laptop plus room for key accessories. Best of all prices start at just $39.99. The Booq Viper Hardcase is a stylish way to …

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November 6, 2013 • Gear Bits

Sandisk’s Cruzer Fit and Cruzer Force Will Bulk Up Your Laptop Storage Without a Lot of Bulk

My MacBook Pro has 512GB of flash storage. That may sound like a lot, but once you begin editing videos and loading up essential files the space gets consumed rather quickly. SanDisks new Cruzer Fit and Cruzer Force are a great way to add up to 64GB of storage on the go. Capacities top out …

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