So maybe you heard the rumor that the latest OS X beta suggests new iMacs are possible soon and you'd like to put off that purchase as long as possible. Good for you, but if the situation is desperate and you've got to get a new machine, consider the refurb market. Nearly new, Apple certified, and savings galore. Go have a look.
A lot of people think "old" when they read "refurb" or "used" so we've made sure that all of this week's refurb models of Macs are as fresh as can be. Not one model predates last year and some of them are just barely a year old and some even less than that. So let's have a look at these gently used deals, buffed to a high gloss shine by Apple. And if that doesn't tempt you, we even have some great deals on brand new Macs and, as always, a round up of the hot discount gear ready and waiting for you.
Thunderbolt expansion docks have been as elusive as Bigfoot, despite several companies actually showing off prototypes at last year's CES event, but one of them is finally inching closer to reality at this year's show.
Speaker docks are a tricky proposition. Build them big enough to boom, and they’re hard to fit on your desk or kitchen counter. Build them small, and they usually lack the bass that helps us feel our favorite jams. Scoshe’s BassDOCK manages to pack a punch, securely perching your iPad above a compact speaker that fits almost anywhere.
This is the scenario: You’ve got an Apple Wireless Keyboard. You’ve got a Magic Trackpad. You want to keep them together. Henge Docks has your back.
The Clique is a hunk of white plastic that perfectly fits the Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad, keyboard on the left and trackpad on the right. And that’s...pretty much it. Each device snaps into the Clique snugly, and my hands quickly got used to having the two conveniently located side by side.
There are tons of audio docks for your iPhone or iPod touch, but models for your iPad are much harder to come by. The Sound Step from Soundfreaq is built to accommodate your iPad or any other dock connector–equipped device. But the connectivity doesn’t stop there. This small speaker dock is also Bluetooth-enabled, so you can stream wirelessly, and there’s also an auxiliary input, so you can connect with just about anything. But for those times when you just want to disconnect, the Sound Step Recharge also comes equipped with a rechargeable battery so that you can cut the cord and take your tunes on the road—or at least to the backyard.
iPad stands and docks come in all shapes and sizes, from Apple's own minimalist dock, to docks that turn your iPad into a bonafide arcade cabinet. These 10 docks and stands keep it simple while still adding some functionality to your iPad, and all look great on a desk or bedside table.
It’s tough being an early adopter, such as those of us who jumped on board the Thunderbolt train earlier this year with a new Mac, only to discover there was so very little to plug into that I/O port. Among the many promises of Thunderbolt is a docking station, and Belkin appears poised to please on that front.
With summer in full swing, it's time to start hitting the beach, throwing BBQs, camping, and enjoying the great outdoors. These portable iPod speakers will bring musical pleasure all your outdoor activities, be they climbing mountains and sleeping under the stars, or hanging out by the pool and grilling burgers.
Happy Father's Day to everyone out there. We know, we know, you were spending so much time looking for that perfect gift for dad (i.e., tie) that maybe you might have missed a few stories this week. Well, that's all right, you know, because like dad, we're always toiling in the background, making sure you have food on the table and a roof over your head and plenty to read. So here you go. Don't say we never gave you anything. And shut the door already, were you born in a barn?