We start small today and build bit by bit to the biggest Macs around, so begin with us at the tiniest of refurbs and grow. And this week is heavy on the devices, since there are so many great deals out there. There's a little something for everyone in this week's refurb round up, and with all the money you save on these slashed prices, don't forget to check out our gear deals too.
With the deluge of cool audio and synthesis apps on iOS, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to stand out from the pack—but the long-awaited iVCS3 is raising eyebrows and potentially blowing out speakers across the land. While it’s billed as a software simulation of an analog synthesizer that found favor with bands like Pink Floyd and The Who, iVCS3 is really a virtual laboratory of sonic mayhem and aural outrageousness. It’s not useful for playing standard musical riffs, but is infinitely capable of generating insanely complex, dynamic, and downright chaotic soundscapes that will amaze, delight, and terrify, all at once.
One of the knocks we hear against Apple products pretty often is that they're expensive. Sure, they aren't as inexpensive as $200 netbooks, but they're also not hastily designed, shoddily manufactured garbage you throw away in 2 years either. But there are ways to crack that price issue a little, and with this week's refurbs, we've got the week's lowest price, base models of all the flagship Macs just ripe for your wallets. iOS products tend to land a lot closer to the same market prices out there, but if you want some cheap gear for them, you've come to the right place.
If there's one thing that we’d change about iOS, it’s the keyboard. Back in 2007, we may have marveled at its flexible design, but today it feels antiquated—especially when compared to some of the alternative models we’ve tried. Unlike Fleksy or SwitfKey, Jot doesn't offer a new way to type; rather, it focuses more on text selection, sidestepping Apple's somewhat stale tap-and-hold method for a clever cursor-based concept, which dramatically improves upon the way we cut, copy, and paste.
Tired of controlling your Apple TV with your iPhone or iPad? Logitech has just the thing for you. It's the new Harmony Smart Keyboard, and it's compatible with Apple TV and a host of similar computing devices for the living room. It brings together the best of Logitech's famed keyboard line and its Harmony remote units, and it offers a more tactile method of entering information on the screen from the couch. Just be sure to ignore that Windows logo in the bottom left-hand corner.
This week, we're gonna save you some money. Sure, we save you money with our weekly deals every single Thursday, but today, we're looking at big money. We're talking savings of over $300 on refurb Macs and over $700 on new, out-of-the-box Macs. We're talking a huge chunk of cash staying right where you want it — in your pocket — while you pick up a great Apple computer. And then, if you have an iOS device, you can spend some of your savings on a little something for your them, too.
This week is all about the power as we've got deals that'll turn you into a powerhouse laptop god at a low, low price and external batteries that'll keep your iOS action rocking no matter where you go. So tuck in to the discounts and get your credit cards ready.
Generally speaking, this is usually about the time of the year when rumor season on new Apple gear (and refreshes or updates to old) starts to heat up, and right on time we've got a juicy iWatch tidbit and a little dish on the iPhone 6. Meanwhile the past is proving popular for revelations and the Olympics are kicking off and we've got you a little help to make sense of the Sochi madness. So let's dig in.
Your desktop has gotten rather long in the tooth. Yes, yes, it has. Sure, you've thought about upgrading to one of the sweet newer iMacs, but the price. Well, you can keep on limping along with slow processor speeds, or you can grab one of the many great and great-priced refurbs we've got going on this week. And if you need some cut-price gear, you've come to the right place.
The number of differentiators between iOS and Android has gradually evaporated over time, but one cavernous gap remains: Apple won’t allow third-party developers to create alternate keyboards — a hurdle that hasn’t stopped a longtime favorite on Google’s mobile platform from trying anyway. SwiftKey Note might sound a lot like Fleksy, an alternative keyboard for iOS that actually attempts to build a better mousetrap than Apple’s own. But this is something else entirely: A note-taking app that instead improves upon Apple’s standard touch keyboard.