Laptops

Goal Zero Nomad 20 Portable Solar Panel

The Nomad 20 by Goal Zero is a portable, foldable solar panel with a max power capacity of 20 watts (hence its name) and multiple connector ports. It fits nicely into a backpack and is generally awesome for camping and other outdoor excursions. In the span of an hour or so, it can charge most of an iPad mini’s battery or about…

Cargo Works MacBook Air + iPad Sleeve

Cargo Works’ MacBookAir + iPad sleeve is a military-style polyester canvas sleeve that holds—you guessed it—a MacBook Air and an iPad of any size. The laptop compartment is lined with protective padded neoprene, while the iPad rests in an easily accessible front flap pocket. The exterior sports a series of elastic straps for holding pens and other small items. This sleeve comes…

Twelve South Rutledge BookBook

Remember the BookBook Journal for iPad, the leather case that looks like a beautiful vintage book and not an iPad case? Well now Twelve South makes them for MacBooks too. Just like the iPad model, the Rutledge BookBook is crafted from genuine leather, sporting two hardback covers on the outside but a soft padded interior (with elastic bands to hold your device…

Evernote Diver Sleeve

There are innumerable laptop sleeves in the world, but I can’t say I’ve ever seen one quite like the Evernote Diver Sleeve. Rather than having a zipper or other enclosing mechanism, the neoprene Diver Sleeve simply stretches around the laptop like a sock, with pull-tabs at either side of the opening for super quick unmasking. The Diver Sleeve comes in two sizes…

AViiQ Portable Laptop Stand

Traveling with a laptop is a necessity for a lot of people, but having one just sit in your lap while you type isn’t very ergonomic or comfortable. The AViiQ portable laptop stand is a pretty good solution for this. Not only does it allow you to elevate the laptop and keep your lap from overheating, but it folds up crazy-thin –…

Slate — Mobile AirDesk

The Slate Mobile AirDesk is a Kickstarter project for a small, portable “desk” that sits on your lap. Cut from a block of premium bamboo and large enough to fit 13″-17″ laptops, the Slate sports several rows of ventilation holes in the section where your laptop sits and the bamboo absorbs any remaining heat, so your legs stay cool during use. The…

Timbuk2’s Hudson Laptop Briefcase

Speaking of travel, the Hudson Laptop Briefcase by Timbuk2 looks like a very nice option for anyone toting an up-to-15″ laptop through airport security. It unzips flat so that the entire bag can be sent through a TSA scanner — no laptop-removal necessary. It also has two other gadget compartments, one for an iPad and the other for a power brick and/or…

E. Holmes Laptop Case

If you travel a lot, there may be times when you won’t want to carry a full-on messenger bag or backpack full of gear — you just want something to carry some essentials for getting work done. For those times, the E. Holmes Laptop Case is a fair choice. Slim enough to hold a laptop, some paperwork, and a charger, this case…

Griffin Papernomad Case

The new Papernomad cases by Griffin are interesting. Where most case manufacturers would recommend avoiding marks and spills, the Papernomad line is actually designed to be written on, sketched on, coffee-stained, and painted to your liking. It’s essentially a blank canvas for your imagination — a lofty description for a gadget case, but fitting nonetheless. The exterior is made of a special…

11+ Felt Case

The 11+ Felt Case is an attractive, hand-made case designed to protect a MacBook Air or full-sized iPad, as well as a few smaller items you might keep in your bag like cables and business cards. When opened, the inner pocket can double as a mousepad. We think this is an awesome solution for “light tech” travelers. Here’s a view of the…

13-inch MacBook Air (Mid-2013)

The 13-inch MacBook Air is the best Mac Apple has for sale. It’s cheap, light and powerful, and while the 13-inch screen isn’t Retina, it looks great, and leaves lots of room for a great keyboard and trackpad. With Intel’s new Haswell chipsets, the mid-2013 model is better than ever. While I’d build one with a larger SSD and 8 GB of…

Uncover for MacBook Pro

Some people buy cool little vinyls to stick on their MacBooks, but maybe that’s not enough for you. If you’d really like to take it to the next level, and you’d be okay without your MacBook Pro for a few days, AND you’ve got some cash to burn, you should check out the services of Uncover. Here’s how it works: you send…

The ZenDock

While I’m a notebook user, at my desk, I use my MacBook Air with an external display, keyboard and mouse, speakers and more. The cable management is a mess. The ZenDock is a range of products designed for notebook users like me. The ZenDock Pro is designed for the MacBook Pro, while the ZenDock Retina supports the MacBook Pro with Retina display.…

Zooka Bluetooth Speaker

Recently I posted about the Soundbender, which is a lo-fi way of redirecting an iPad’s audio output towards you rather than out into the air. For anyone looking for a more robust solution, I’d recommend the Zooka Bluetooth Speaker. It hooks onto any edge of the iPad and connects via Bluetooth, no dock connector or cables necessary. A little metal stand is…

DODOcase Durables Device Sleeves

We’ve mentioned the DODOcase Durables iPhone 5 Wallet previously, but I figured the rest of the Durables lineup was worth taking a look at too. They’ve got one for just about all the popular portables: iPad and iPad mini, MacBook Air 11″ and 13″, Kindle Paperwhite, Nexus 7 and 10, and the Kindle Fire HD. One can never have too many deluxe…

Horizontal MacBook Dock

Remember what I said about 2013 and docks? Well now we’ve got another contender called the Horizontal Dock—made by Henge Docks—which is designed for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. This dock allows you to connect up to three external displays, and features six USB 3.0 slots, dual audio ports, an ethernet jack, an SD card slot, and a Firewire 800 port.…

MacDock

It looks like 2013 might be the year of Thunderbolt expansion docks. We’ve got the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock, which is an awesome addition to desktop Macs. And now, a Kickstarter project known as the MacDock wants to be the mobile solution for your MacBook. The MacDock aims to come in two styles: Mini and Pro. The Mini—obviously being the smaller of…

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch

I’ve often said my perfect laptop computer would be a well-equipped ThinkPad running OS X. While that won’t ever happen (and I’m quite happy with my MacBook Pro), I often look across the fence to see how green the grass is. With the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch, the Windows notebook world has never looked so vibrant. At $1899, it’s not the…

Rain Design mTower

Taking advantage of OS X’s Clamshell Mode means you can use your notebook — closed — with an external display, keyboard and mouse easily. It’s a great way to get more pixels in front of you, but can leave your desk cluttered. In the same vein as the TwelveSouth BookArc, the Rain Design mTower is designed to keep your MacBook Air (or Pro) up,…

Crucial 256 GB m4 2.5-Inch SSD

I recently moved to a 15-inch MacBook Pro as my only computer. While I loved my Air, I simply needed more power and screen space than the 13-machine could offer. However, the Air ruined spinning hard drives for me, so I installed a Crucial 256 GB m4 2.5-Inch SSD. Once you use an SSD, you really cannot go back. The speed and…

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