When it comes to things like MacBook sleeves and iPhone cases, we don’t often go for flash. Basic black works just fine. It coordinates with everything, doesn’t show dirt, and works for business or casual settings.
But black gets a bit dull. Sometimes you need a splash of color or the visual variety of a pattern. Especially for guys (who don’t have as much opportunity as ladies to add unique accents in their wardrobes), it’s refreshing to be able to outfit your tech gear with a bit more panache. Enter Incase and L.A. art collective Arkitip (arkitip.com), who have teamed up to offer a series of MacBook Pro sleeves and iPhone cases printed with original art by Evan Hecox, whose gorgeous work focuses on “average people as they traverse the modern metropolis.”
We’ll admit it. We’re still having a hard time typing on the iPad--in particular, serious work in Pages, Bento, or other productivity apps cries out for a hardware keyboard. While we quickly adjusted to thumb-typing on the iPhone, iPad is a horse of a different color. In portrait mode, the keys are a little too spaced out to comfortably type with two fingers--and in landscape, forget it! Meanwhile, our traditional 10-finger typing is hampered by the lack of tactile feedback and having to hover over the virtual keyboard. Luckily, the iPad supports Bluetooth keyboards out of the box, so we rounded up the most interesting options to test as companions to our iPad.
Less than an hour after the iPad was announced back in January, we began getting press releases for protective cases and sleeves for Apple’s then-unreleased tablet. We tested many of that first round of protective accessories, and these were some of the most interesting options. For its minimal weight and good overall protection, we liked the LA robe iPad Allure from be.ez best, but there are as many iPad sleeves and cases as there are ways to use an iPad. The array of iPad protection shown here covers plenty of different uses and styles, and our ratings will help you balance form with function to select the one that’s right for you.
The first time I put on the Synapse (which Tom Bihn sent to us in an electric purple called “Plum”), Robbie called from across the office, “So you finally joined Prince’s New Power Generation?” Sigh. All kidding aside, finding a great bag for your MacBook is challenging. Messenger bags are stylish, but lugging a full one around all day can get tiring. Tom Bihn’s Synapse is a compact backpack that’s easy to carry, fits a MacBook, and offers a well-thought-out design that’s a step above your average backpack. And it’s available in many other shades--assuming that you don’t actually want to be mistaken for The Purple One, that is.
It’s flu season. It’s cold outside. And it’s not going to warm up for quite a while. Still, you don’t have to choose between wearing gloves to keep your hands toasty and using the touchscreen on your iPhone or iPod touch. A good stylus lets you do both.
No matter how big the hard drives in our Macs get, there’s still never enough storage. And while flash drives are handy, there are plenty of occasions when we need way more space for data--whether it’s carting around an entire issue’s worth of InDesign files or transferring our collection of ’90s alt-rock MP3s from home to our office machine.