Unwrapping a new computer – especially a shiny new Mac- is always exciting. It is always great to see that sleek screen/computer combo emerging from the box and imagining the possibilities. Apple always designs its products with functionality in mind. That is what makes them so popular with users and lauded by design aficionados everywhere.
Whether using the Mac for business or pleasure (or splitting time between the two) there are a number of cool, functional accessories that can boost that Mac’s performance and usability. Apple, and other companies, offer a range of accessories that offer alternatives to the stock components that come with a Mac. Sometimes it just comes down to personal preference or need.
Whatever the reason, this article will detail some of the best accessories to get the most from your Mac.
A common issue that many have with Apple displays and iMacs is that they sit a little too low. For some, this might not represent an issue. However, for those who are a little taller or prefer their monitor nice and high, this can represent a real problem.
HiRise by Apple accessory designer aims to rectify this issue. The HiRise elevates your Apple display or iMac, with six different height settings. The HiRise is compatible with Apple Thunderbolt displays, iMacs and Apple Cinema Displays. It supports Apple products from 20 inches in size, all the way up to 27 inches, accommodating everything in between.
In addition, the base unit of the HiRise provides sleek, hidden storage for all that that clutter that routinely finds its way onto desks.
Every computer user has run up against the problem of simply not having enough USB ports.
No matter how many a computer has, there never seem to be enough. This often means making a choice between which devices to use and which to leave unplugged. In this age of rapidly advancing technology and connectivity, it seems silly to have to make these compromises.
The Satechi USB Hub rectifies this problem with simple, attractive design. The robust aluminium shell contains four USB 2.0 ports, liberating users from having to make choices about what devices or accessories to use and which to leave unplugged. The 9.5 inches of length makes it convenient and easy to hide if the user so desires.
Compatible with Mac Pro, iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, MacBook and Mac Mini, the Satechi USB Hub follows Apple design, so it matches nicely with everything else.
For many, the Apple keyboard is either something that people think is amazing or cannot stand.
For those that are new to the world of Mac computing, the shallow keys and lightweight design can present problems. As many people know, there is nothing worse or likely to sour a computing experience than an uncomfortable keyboard.
For those seeking an alternative, the Das Model S Keyboard is a good start. The Model S has a nice, chunky feel to it, but still manages to retain a compact, modern design. The keys give a tactile experience more familiar to those who have previously used a PC, but with complete Mac compatibility.
The Model S has two USB hubs – one 1.1 and the other 2.0 and, at 1.5Kg, has a heavier feel that Mac keyboards tend to have.
Just like USB ports, hard-drive space is often at a premium when it comes to computing – whether at work or at play. In addition, everyone knows that it is a good idea to regularly back up your computer onto a hard drive. To not do is folly and risks losing everything in the event of catastrophic failure.
G-Technology offers a great solution in the form of the G-Drive. Coming with USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and Firewire 800 connectivity. Offering 2TB of storage space, the G-Drive also features brilliant design. The rounded, aluminium design fits right alongside a Mac. In addition, it comes ready out of the box – simply plug in and use on any Mac operating system.
USB flash drives come in all shapes and sizes, often sticking out like a sore thumb. For those looking for a flash drive that matches up nicely with their Mac, the Elecom Ultra-compact USB is perfect.
Tiny, but packing in 16GB in the smallest model, it meshes seamlessly with Apple’s designs. So much so, that most people will not even notice it. Wiith its size, looks and storage, this is a perfect companion for anyone moving files on the fly.