The BookArc möd is designed to blur the line between furniture and office equipment, and depending on what color you like, it can channel either Ikea post-modernism or ’50s Danish modern. Whether your office features a luxurious Eames lounger chair or some garage-sale [easyazon-link keywords="Poang chair armchair cushion" locale="us"]Poäng chairs[/easyazon-link], the BookArc möd will look right at home.
Fujitsu was back at this year’s Macworld Expo showing us their new SV600 overhead scanner. Designed for items that just won’t fit in a flatbed or through a sheetfed scanner, the SV600 provides a truly different take on scanning.
I’ve come across some absolutely marvelous Bluetooth speaker systems this week, both in design and functionality. Passing by the booths and sampling the audio, I’ve heard so much Asian pop music that old-school Avril Lavigne was actually a nice respite at one point. But I kept at it, because I never knew when another speaker set designed to look like a crimson aquatic mammal balancing a beach ball on its head was waiting at the end of the aisle.
Music is portable, headphones are portable, but so far good speakers have remained stubbornly stationary. The Bass Egg made a big impression at this year’s Macworld expo, pumping out huge sound with powerful bass in an easily portable package.
Rapoo makes several models of wireless mice, but today it’s all about the T120P. This particular model uses a USB receiver to accommodate the 5G wireless transmission. This keeps the mouse from the 2.4G wireless range to keep Bluetooth interference to a minimum. This uses one of USB ports, but a docking station or USB hub can fix that problem fairly quickly.
3D printing offers the ability to create virtually any object, but the cost and complexity of most 3D printers makes them impractical for home use. Enter the Micro by M3D, a printer that’s billed as the “first truly consumer 3D printer.” The Micro’s premise is simple: 3D printing that doesn’t require the fiddly calibration and complication of larger printers, making it ideal for home use. The printer was just launched on Kickstarter, and even though its original funding target has been succeeded by a ridiculous margin, there are still some great rewards available.
The Connected Data Transporter Sync eschews the built-in hard drive of the original Transporter, it instead gives you the flexibility to plug in any USB hard drive. This removes the 2TB limit of the original Transporter’s 2.5″ laptop hard drive, meaning you can store even larger files, backups, or just more digital stuff in your own private cloud.
The Satechi 4-port USB 3.0 Premium Aluminum Hub is housed molded aluminum with a rubberized pad on the bottom to keep the sliding to a minimum. You get a USB connector to plug into your computer, a 9.5” cord (integrated) to give you some elbow room, and a nice housing with four USB 3.0 ports. Don’t panic yet; the ports will also handle USB 1.1 and 2.0.
Whether you want to dock your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, iPad mini or your MacBook, Henge Dock has a solution for you. The new Gravitas units for your handheld devices (iPod and iPhone) are real heavyweights, while the Horizontal Dock for your MacBook Pro it provides all the native connectivity of your laptop with a few extras, and it looks good doing it.
AppleTell encountered the wip labs team in the bitemyapple.co booth at this year’s Macworld / iWorld expo, where they were showcasing two products. First was the iDockAll, a dock for all your iDevices. But the team also had their newly-created iMacompaion on display. Just launched on Kickstarter, this nifty gadget puts the USB port Apple forgot back on the front of your iMac, eliminating awkward groping around the back of your computer.
At Macworld / iWorld 2014, I had a fun conversation with John Christopher, senior manager of marketing communications at DriveSavers. We all know how DriveSavers is able to restore data restored from computers hit by earthquakes and tsunamis, but from a laptop that had been laying under a decomposing body? Man. If you need to destroy evidence, is there anything you can do to stymie the recovery engineers of DriveSavers? Ends up, there is.
Looking for a good charge along with your illumination? Satechi’s Flexible LED Desk Lamp provides both in a sleek design. The silver lamp features an adjustable neck and five different brightness levels to aid users through any work or studying conditions.