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December 5, 2016 • Reviews

WaterField Designs Atelier iPad Pro Gear: Elegant and Useful Storage for Your Accessories

Have an iPad Pro? If so, then you probably carry it with you almost all the time. But where do you stow its Pencil? And what do you do with the cable and charger? If you’ve been letting those things rattle around loose in your bag, then you’ll want to check out these beautiful and …

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October 11, 2016 • News

SVALT High-Performance Cooling Dock: Prevent Workstation Meltdowns

Do you use your laptop as your main computer, hooked to a monitor and keyboard when you’re working at your desk? Then you probably know it doesn’t take much before the fan starts whirring and your laptop starts to get hot. If that’s your experience, then you’ll want to take a look at the new …

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September 24, 2016 • Reviews

Satechi Type-C Multiport Adapter: Slim, Multi-Featured, and Extremely Handy

The MacBook is one of the most capable (and portable) laptops I’ve ever used, but getting acclimated to its single Type-C port has been an adjustment. Products like the Satechi Type-C Multiport Adapter are making the transition much easier.

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August 26, 2016 • Reviews, Travel

RAVPower 36W Dual Port Type-C/USB Wall Charger Review: The Charger That Should Have Come with the MacBook

The new MacBook comes with a 29W power cube that serves its purpose well enough, but there are no bells and whistles like, oh, say, an extra USB charging port or a way to wrap the long USB Type-C power cord neatly. With that in mind, the RAVPower 36W Dual Port Type-C/USB Wall Charger comes awfully close …

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August 23, 2016 • Reviews

Protect Your Laptop’s Privacy with GateKeeper

One thing that I’ve always wanted the ability to do is unlock my MacBook without having to type in my password numerous times. So I’ve been testing out the GateKeeper 2.0 security key the past few weeks and it has made a tedious task much easier.

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August 18, 2016 • Reviews

Innergie PowerGear USB-C 45W Laptop Adapter Review

The 29W power cube that comes with the Apple 12″ MacBook is small enough, but without the storage prongs that snap in and out of most of Apple’s laptop cubes, the 2-meter cable that comes with it has to be wrapped on its own. This seems like a weird oversight from a company that’s usually more …

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July 19, 2016 • Reviews

MINIX USB Type-C Multiport Adapter with VGA Output: Just What I Needed!

If you have a MacBook, then you’ve probably had at least one time (me – many times!) when you’ve wished you could charge your laptop while also attaching an accessory. Or maybe you’ve wished that you could plug a memory card into your laptop, but alas, there are no card readers. The MINIX USB Type-C Multiport …

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July 15, 2016 • Reviews

Choetech Aluminum 4 Port USB 3.0 to Type-C Hub: Just What Your MacBook Needs

So, you bought a new MacBook, and you’re freaking out a little bit because there isn’t a single USB port to be found. Not to worry, Choetech has you covered with their Aluminum 4 Port USB 3.0 toType-C Hub.

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July 10, 2016 • Reviews, Travel

The Satechi 60W Multi-Port USB Charging Station: USB Type-A and Type-C Ports Galore

I finally broke down and bought a MacBook after months of hard-sell from Helena. Being able to carry a full Mac OS X computer that weighs so much less than my 13″ MacBook Pro has been liberating; figuring out how to charge my travel laptop and other devices at the same time has been a …

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July 3, 2016 • Reviews

LaCie Porsche Design USB-C Mobile Drive: Ready for Your MacBook

If you have a new MacBook, you’re probably still sorting out which gear will work with the USB Type-C port on your laptop. Ready and able to meet your backup needs is the LaCie Porsche Design USB-C Mobile Drive; available in 1TB, 2TB or 4TB, this beautiful USB 3.0 hard drive is a more than capable Time …

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May 15, 2016 • Reviews

Kanex MultiSync Mac Keyboard Is a Multi-tasking Maven

In a span of just minutes, I may find myself switching from a task on my iPhone 6S to a different task on my iPad Pro, to a third task on my MacBook Pro, and then back again. The Kanex MultiSync Mac Keyboard was designed for people like me and, I suspect, like you.

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May 3, 2016 • Reviews

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Backs Up, Frees Up and Entertains in a Flash!

When the iPhone 6S came out I went for the maximum storage, 128GB. On my 9.7″ iPad Pro I went with 128GB again despite the fact that 256GB was available. That’s a ton of storage but, with the way I am using the iPad now it actually isn’t enough. Thank goodness for the new SanDisk …

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March 30, 2016 • Reviews

Check out Caseable: Handcrafted Custom Accessories for Your Favorite Devices

In a sea of mass-produced cases for electronic devices, caseable is one company that is creating custom accessories for devices that not only use your photographs to personalize them, they are doing so right here in the US (in Berlin for their European customers), and they’re making these items– to the greatest extent possible — …

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February 17, 2016 • Reviews

Adorn Your 13″ MacBook Pro retina with a Wooden Toast Skin

What’s better than wrapping your laptop in a beautiful wood cover — front, back, and sides? Not much, I tell you. But Toast managed to top all of that goodness by sending me one of their Real Wood MacBook Covers with Gear Diary’s logo emblazoned on the front. The result is absolutely gorgeous!

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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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