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.
Milo is a great little stand, with a microsuction pad to hold your iPhone or iPod touch (or other smartphone, I guess, if you gotta play it like that) in either portrait or landscape orientation. Bluelounge has a newer aluminum version for $29.95, but the original plastic version is just as good -- and only $14.95.
After the intital sales glut and hub-bub at the stores, you just knew the price was going to have to fall on these cases. And lo and behold the price drops are a coming 'round. And that's not all, but you'll have to step inside our ball park to learn a little more.
The promise of a laptop is to let you work anywhere. But their dirty secret is that the "comfort" of being able to answer email from your favorite coffee shop often isn't that comfortable at all. If you've ever tried to type a long missive on a totally flat keyboard, bending your wrists weirdly to do so, or suffered a sore neck from titling your craning down to focus on the screen, you know what we're talking about.
Aviiq makes some well-constructed and handsome full-size laptop stands, but the new Portable Quick Stand is designed to go wherever the spirit takes you and your 'Book.
When my iPad first arrived, I used it mostly as a couch computer, surfing the web, posting to Twitter, and playing the occasional round of Plants vs. Zombies—essentially using it as a substitute fun machine for my MacBook, which was relegated to work tasks like writing stories and paying bills. It wasn’t until the recent holiday travel season that my iPad saw any substantial use as an entertainment device. But of course playing a bunch of video saps even the iPad’s considerable energy stores, which made an external battery essential for long flights and multi-day trips. The Stand from HyperMac packs in a hefty 40-watt-hour battery, which gives your iPad more than 1.5 times its built-in capacity.
Xzibit wishes he came up with this one. If you want to make your iPhone 4 work with a tripod, but think those overpriced tripod and case combos are too pass, then how about ripping apart a SLR camera to make a nice case for your iPhone? That seems perfectly normal to us, and that's exactly what one iPhone 4 owner did.
The iPad is great for video, but after about 15 minutes of holding it up, we start looking for ways to use it hands-free. Griffin’s A-Frame gives your arm a rest and sports a minimal style that doesn’t detract from the iPad itself. If it weren’t for the logo plastered on the front, it could almost pass as a piece of modern sculpture. But don’t be fooled--there’s quite a bit of substance here to go with that style.