It’s not much of a bold assertion to claim that Apple makes the best notebook keyboards around, so it makes sense that MacBook owners would want to protect those ebony Chiclets from harm. NewerTech has been making keyboard prophylactics longer than anyone, and has now added the latest and greatest Retina-powered MacBook Pro to its lineup.
I hate to be the one to break it to you, but, well...your computer speakers probably suck. Don’t worry, you’re not alone; most desktop speakers and even many surround-sound systems are designed to minimize size and cost, with sound quality coming in at a distant third in terms of priority. And for many users, that’s just fine. For general computing and most gaming, fidelity isn’t quite as important as, you know, just getting the sounds to your ears. But if you create multimedia, or do anything that requires detailed, accurate sound reproduction, Cerwin Vega’s XD3 speakers deliver great performance for a reasonable price.
The first thing that you’ll notice about Western Digital’s My Net N900 HD dual-band wireless router is its size. Compared to diminutive hardware like the latest version of Apple’s AirPort Express, the N900 is honking huge. That said, Western Digital doesn’t let an iota of the router’s husky dimensions go to waste.
New iPad mini, new Smart Cover. This time, Apple ditched the aluminum hinge on the larger iPad Smart Cover, and we’re glad they did. While we enjoyed the metal-on-metal click when snapping on the old Smart Cover, this new one absolutely cannot ever leave tiny scratches on the screen or the edge of the iPad itself, no matter how carelessly you treat it.
For fans of Apple, iPads, and shiny, beepy things, the arrival of the iPad mini is cause for celebration--and that’s before we’ve actually gotten our hands on the thing. Steve Jobs famously said that Apple wouldn’t get into the small-tablet market, and yet here we are just a few short years later with a small iPad seemingly targeted at consumers eyeing the likes of Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindles.
You might think that "Bling My Thing" tells you everything you need to know about this case. It's a simple shell, encrusted with Swarovski crystals in a wave pattern. There are ten different colorways, offering different permutations of case and crystal color. But it's not all about flash. The Milky Way's hard polycarbonate case offers good protection against bumps and scratches, too. Watch out, though. Prying this thing off could easily break a nail. Just saying.
The Active is another take on Seidio's combo cases. This two-piece case features a silicone layer for absorbing shock, and a hard plastic exoskeleton to protect against major bumps. It's easy to install and uninstall, but the molded button coverings sacrifice a little bit of usability. Active is also available with or without the metal kickstand and holster.
If you're a bit of a klutz, the CandyShell Grip does a good job of keeping your iPhone in your hand and off the asphalt. Combining the sleek lines of Speck's CandyShell hard cases with rubberized details, this case manages to be sleek while offering good traction for your fingers. Design-wise, it's a little more party-in-the-back than business-in-the-front, but seven different color combos offer a bit of range in styles.
X-Doria's Dash keeps it simple with a sleek snap-on polycarb case. Roomy cutouts for buttons and ports let you use your iPhone's controls with ease. The back features a clear window that frames the Apple logo on the back of your phone surrounded by a perforated pattern that adds a slight amount of grip to your device.