The ZenDock concept is simple: by replicating ports away from your computer, it corrals your cables safely out of sight, replacing them with a single aluminum brick that attaches/detaches easily from the side of your MacBook Pro or MBP with Retina display. It’s not really a docking station in the traditional sense, it’s more of a hyper-intelligent cable manager that simplifies the chore of attaching all your peripherals to your MacBook.
Your MacBook is pretty compact. So are its speakers. Perhaps too compact. If you’re looking for a low cost way to get some more audio out of your laptop, you may want to consider Satechi’s newly launched USB-powered Dual Sonic Speakers. Available in black or silver, they’re can be purchased now at the introductory price of $24.99.
It’s going to be a while before I need another Bluetooth keyboard. My iPad, iMac, and (now) Apple TV are now synched up with the Logitech Easy-Switch Bluetooth Keyboard, and switching between them is as simple as hitting a button. It’s so convenient that I almost wish I had a holster or (not really) fanny pack to carry it around the house.
There are few Apple devices Moshi wouldn’t like to cover with an iGlaze hard case, the latest of which is the 13″ Retina MacBook Pro in translucent and graphite black color options. That’s good news if you own one, because the iGlaze Pro is worth considering no matter what you need covered.
RadioShack now sells most of Apple’s Macintosh peripheral and accessory products on their website and brick-and-mortar stores. You can buy Apple’s keyboards and mice, USB Superdrives, AirPort and Time Capsule devices, EarPods, and a plethora of connectors, adapters, and cables. All are at prices comparable to those found at the Apple Store.
PhotoFast’s recently announced Lightning Mount and Ultra Dock 2 accessories exist to make life easier for the Apple-toting gadget lover. The Lightning Mount helps you get some extra mileage out of those older 30-pin accessories, while the Ultra Dock 2 gives you a solution for cutting down on the cord confusion that comes with charging multiple iDevices.
Evoluent has taken the traditional computer mouse and turned it 90º. For users with repetitive stress injuries (RSI) or who simply experience discomfort using a mouse all day, the Vertical Mouse 4 may provide you with relief from physical pains, though it’s likely to replace them with some software pain in the process.
PhotoFast’s i-FlashDrive HD promises to deliver file storage and transfer between Macs, PCs, and iDevices, acting as something of a storage Swiss Army Knife. With support for file sharing via USB, 30-pin Dock, and Lightning devices, the iFlashDriveHD lives up to its promise, assuming your iDevice apps are capable of overcoming their anti-filesystem roots.
Logic3, makers of Ferrari-branded audio gear, has announced the launch of their FS1 Air speaker, a 2.1 channel sound system featuring AirPlay and Bluetooth integration, as well as an old school 30-pin Dock for you nostalgics. Part of the Scuderia Ferrari line, the FS1 Air is designed to evoke the spirit of Ferrari’s racing team in both looks and audio quality.
Twelve South’s PlugBug World, like so many of the company’s products, combines a cute name with serious functionality. By adding a 10W USB power adapter to your MacBook’s existing charger, this little red device can free up your USB ports and charge your iPad faster, while its selection of international plug adapters lets you pull off this amazing feat across the globe.