Review: Waterfield Designs Outback Solo for Macbook Air

The Outback Solo for Macbook Air is one of the best cases I’ve used from Waterfield Designs, especially because it strips down the case/bag experience to the bare essentials. Those bare essentials—my iPhone and Macbook—are key items in my average work day, and most times are the only things I need.

Review: Korus V400 and V600 wireless speakers

The Korus V400 and V600 offer incredible sound and amazing wireless capabilities thanks to their proprietary SKAA wireless protocol. They’re definitely on the premium end of the market, but if you’re looking for top notch wireless audio these speakers should definitely be one of your considerations.

Review: My Passport Pro portable Thunderbolt RAID storage

One of the best things about having a Thunderbolt compatible Macintosh is…well…using it. That sounds stupid, yeah, but for many of us, that Thunderbolt port is often left empty, due largely to the a relative lack of Thunderbolt hardware and the general cost that accompanies the hardware that is available. Western Digital’s My Passport Pro includes such a cost, but if you’re looking for speed and functionality, it’s completely worth it.

Review: Microlab FC60 BT Nearfield speakers

Microlab has announced a new 2.1 channel speaker system: the FC60 BT Desktop Nearfield Speaker. This is a speaker system designed to handle multiple audio inputs, including Bluetooth streaming. Just listen, Microlab said, and that’s exactly what we did.

Satechi F1 Smart Monitor Stand review

I’m big on the proper placement of a monitor. Next to getting a decent chair, it’s the most important aspect to setting up my workstation; a couple of inches up or down can make a major difference in how long I can comfortably work (or play) on my iMac. As such, I’ve had many monitor stands in my day, and one of the most useful I’ve ever tried is the Satechi F1 Smart Monitor Stand.

It’s official; Apple buys Beats for $3 billion

Just as earlier reports and rumors stated, Apple today has made it official by acquiring Beats Music and Beats Electronics for a whopping $3 billion. The purchase price of the two companies was approximately $2.6 billion, with approximately $400 million that will be vested over time. According to the official press release from Apple, the acquisition includes Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre joining the Apple team.

The Mac (not Book) Pro as a portable computing device?

WaterField Designs suggests a Mac Pro and Mac Pro Go Case combo will make the ideal rig for travelling gamers, developers, video editors and any others who prefer to take their systems with them, and miss the late, lamented 17-inch MacBook Pro.

Review: Apogee MiC 96k USB microphone

Everybody has a podcast. Even if you don’t think you do, you’re wrong. Search iTunes and you’ll find you’ve already made 50 episodes of The Custom Mayonnaise Review and guested twice on Doug Loves Movies. But as podcasts become ubiquitous, the production standards get higher. The internal mic on your laptop won’t cut it; you need a mic that can make it sound like your living room is a studio. Enter the Apogee MiC 96k USB microphone.

D-Link AC750 Wi-Fi routers prefer the desktop over a cabinet

Where do you keep your Wi-Fi router, then? Is it hidden away in the recesses of a bookshelf, or, like me, is it sitting on a cabinet in plain site. These days, it’s not uncommon for people to keep their router out near the TV set for all to see. If that’s you, the D-Link AC750 Wi-Fi routers will give you next generation 802.11ac wireless speeds and look good doing it.

Apple’s Beats acquisition to be finalized sometime next week

Apple is stepping out of its comfort zone in quite a few ways right now, but one of the most glaring examples of its new business plan is the $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats. Talks between Apple and Beats have all but ended, according to recent reports, though sources speaking with re/code say the deal may not actually be finalized until next week.

Review: Rapoo Blade 8900P wireless keyboard and mouse

So you like the look and feel of a nice flat laptop keyboard but you don’t like the number row. If you are, like me, a fan of the 10 key pad (especially handy if you work with numbers all day) then Rapoo may have a solution for you. The Blade 8900 is a peripheral set which includes a low profile keyboard (17” x 6 5/8” x 7/8”) and a laser mouse.

iSkelter launches new SlateGo line of mobile desks

Fresh on the heels of their successfully-funded Kickstarter campaign for the SlatePro desk, the iSkelter team is expanding their line of mobile desks with the new SlateGo collection. iSkelter’s desks all share common features like ventilated bamboo surfaces and gorgeous construction; the SlateGo takes those same qualities on the road in a more portable form factor.