Love it or hate it, the Mac OS X Dock makes it easy for us to keep favorite applications a click away at all times. But what if you want several docks for different tasks, or the ability to customize them in ways that Apple might frown upon? That’s where a handy shareware application called Dock-It comes in.
Nearly all of Apple’s iOS accessories do more than advertised, and since you’ll spend a fortune buying them, we’d call that a good thing. So let’s make sure you get your money’s worth with these pricey iPhone and iPad add-ons sold at apple.com.
The Neo-i stretches the very definition of what a pico projector is. First off, it’s too good to be a pico projector—the internal lens and engine are pulled straight from Optoma’s critically acclaimed PK301—but it also boasts an impressive stereo and iPod dock. Second, it’s too big to be a pico projector. Weighing in at 2.5 pounds, it’s neither handheld nor mobile. So what exactly is this thing?
iPod docks are a dime a dozen—or in the case of the new Zeppelin Air, 5,999 dimes and a nickel. But while most run-of-the-mill docks will elicit something in the range of “meh” to “that sounds OK” from your friends, the first thing we said when we fired up the Zeppelin Air was “holy &*@#!” Yep, it’s that good.
Who doesn’t love flashing a shiny piece of impeccably designed gear to the oohs and aahs of your geekiest friends? The sixth-gen iPod nano’s clip makes it easy to attach to your clothing, but since its touchscreen also has a neat analog-looking clock feature, everyone seems to want to strap it to their wrists. Show-offs.
Tear an iPad apart, and it’s little more than a screen attached to two giant batteries. Which is great -- those power stores make it easy to check email, update Facebook, and play World of Goo for several days without bothering to plug in and juice up. But even the almighty iPad has its limits. The PowerBack from Kensington has an internal battery that allows you to increase your iPad’s stamina by about 50 percent, and the whole thing is tucked inside a rubbery protective case. On paper it sounds great, but the PowerBack is heavy, expensive, and somewhat difficult to use.
Your iPod excels at serving up music for one, but using it to entertain a crowd is problematic. Speaker docks are an option, but most are anemic at best, more suited to background music in your cubicle than serious listening. Audyssey’s South of Market dock changes all that. Taking inspiration from San Francisco’s famous party ‘hood—SoMa to the locals—known for bars and nightclubs that go bump in the night (and well into the next morning), Audyssey’s first consumer device delivers amazing sound and comes packed with some stellar features.
This new projector from Optoma takes a different approach at iPhone and iPod projectors by integrating a dock into it. The Neo-i sound dock has a built-in 50 ANSI lumen DLP projector that offers WVGA resolution in 16:9 format. The dock has several ports on it, including VGA, HDMI, and audio in and out. You can also hook up an external battery pack to it and run it that way if you're, say, aching for a backyard projector party. Check out the video for a quick look.