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Tag Archives: Laptops

Ports Galore On The New MacBook? Yes, It’s Possible With The HydraDock

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When Apple announced the new MacBook, it left a lot of heads scratching. It wasn’t the Retina MacBook Air most were hoping for, but it was super slim, Retina-equipped, and pretty attractive to die-hard fans of the brand. Among the few sticking points, like the underpowered processor, was a potential dealkiller: a single USB-C port, for everything. This meant having to use a variety of adaptors if you were hoping to do normal computing with it, like plugging the MacBook to your TV for example. Well, the HydraDock is an 11-port dock that gives your new MacBook a truckload of new functionality, in one device. Here’s what’s included:

1 — 3.5mm stereo headphone port
1 — Gigabit Ethernet port
1 — SDXC card slot
1 — Mini DisplayPort (up to 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, w/HDCP)
1 — HDMI (up to 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, w/HDCP)
4 — USB 3.0 ports
2 — USB-C ports (data only, no video)

You simply rest the back of your MacBook on this wedge-shaped dock and plug the single male USB-C cable in your laptop. Then you connect your MacBook’s power adapter into the HydraDock and it’ll power both the dock and the computer. It’s a $129 pledge with expected deliver in June.

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Brik Case Lets You Customize Your MacBook And MacBook Airs With LEGO

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In today’s mass-produced market, individuality comes at a premium. There’s a number of ways in which you can make your personal items stand out from the hordes of other identical ones out there, but the Brik Case is one of the more creative ones we’ve come across. Made for MacBooks and Macbook Airs (2013 or later), the case simply clips on to your laptop and allows you to stick any number of building blocks on it from LEGO, Mega Bloks, PixelBlocks, KRE-O, and even K’NEX! It’s fun because you can constantly re-arrange them and modify your “artwork” to your heart’s content. A $35 pledge gets you a Brik Case as well as a bag of 100 1X1 Bricks, so you can get started customizing as soon as you open the package.

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Getting Work Done While Laying On Your Back Has Never Been Easier

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Laptops, as great as they are, tend to promote uncomfortable sitting positions; if you try to sit any which way you want the darn thing will fall off your lap. But leave it to Thanko to come up with a solution. The Super Gorone Desk is an articulated laptop stand that securely ties your computing device down so that you can enjoy using it in any angle you want. Laying in bed on your back? No problem. On your sofa in front of the TV? Sure! You don’t even have to worry about it falling off when you reach over for the remote that you thoughtlessly threw on the other side of the couch.

Convenience, as always, has a price. The Super Gorone Desk will set you back a cool $128, plus an even cooler $62 for shipping. At that price we’re likely to be ok with a few cramps, and stretching now and then. But then again, maybe you have more disposable income than us.

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Modbook Turns Your MacBook Pro Into A Tablet

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The Retina MacBook Pro is a lean, mean, working machine. But alas, it only comes in a laptop form factor, and not even a convertible laptop at that. What are you gonna do about it? Well, how about dropping an additional $2k for a kit to convert the MBP into a tablet? The ModBook Pro X takes a regular MBP, disassembles it and reassembles it into tablet form.

The Modbook Pro X sports a 15.4-inch (diagonal) Apple Retina display with a 2,880 x 1,800 pixel resolution at 220 pixels per inch. Its digitizer pen offers 2,048 pressure levels, pen tilt and rotate functionality, programmable dual side-switches, a digital eraser and replacement nib set. The Modbook Pro X is configurable with up to a 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, integrated Intel Iris Pro Graphics with an optional NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M GPU, and up to 32GB of 1600MHz random-access memory.

Of course, the mods will void Apple’s warranty, so ModBook offers you the option to purchase up to 3 years of their own for an undisclosed sum. Yeah… that’s a lot of money to fit a round peg into a square hole. We suppose if you are a graphic artist in dire need of raw computing power, then go to town. But considering $4,000 can buy you a couple of Cintiq tablets, an iPad, and an MBA, with money left over… we’ll pass.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Microsoft Will Trade Your MacBook Air For A Surface Pro 3

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The MacBook Air is a very capable laptop, so much so that its success pretty much ushered the era of Ultrabooks all by itself. “Capable laptop” however doesn’t stop companies like Microsoft from competing, and the boys from Redmond are pushing the Surface Pro 3 pretty hard. To reach their target demo, the company is running a promotion until July 31st where you can get up to $650 if you trade in a used Macbook Air. That amount then has to be put towards the purchase of a Surface Pro 3. Considering the laptop/tablet hybrid starts at $799, you’ll have relatively little money left to pay. Whether or not you consider this a good deal probably depends on the amount of cynicism you harbour towards Microsoft’s products. But if you’ve got an MBA just lying around, now’s a good time to get something for it.

[ Fine Print ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

BatteryBox Will Keep Your MacBook Air Running For 12 Hours

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Ever been on a 15 hour flight? It’s gruelling and having some kind of entertainment (besides whatever questionable selection of movies are on board) is essential to live through it. The MacBook Air, much as it does have stellar battery life, will run dry. But if you bring this BatteryBox, it’ll provide enough power for an additional 12 hours of runtime. If you pack a MacBook Pro, that’s still 6 hours extra. Note that it won’t actually charge your battery, but will power the laptop directly. BatteryBox does have a Magsafe2 output so you can plug it directly into the machines, though there’s a USB adapter if ever you need to power something that uses that.

Finally, this little 12,000mAh/50Whr box can go through 3,000 full charge cycles and still retain 96% of its capacity after 5 years. That’s some durability, which more than justifies the $139 asking price, in our opinion.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

Mobile AirDesk Brings The Comfort Of A Desktop To Laptop Users

Slate-Mobile-AirdeskThere’s no point in going on about how great laptops are, but obviously the convenience comes at the cost of a few tradeoffs. Your legs can get hot and sweaty and if you want to use a mouse, you’re out of luck. Instead of forcing you to find a desk, the Mobile AirDesk brings it to you. Made from bamboo, this slab lets you have the best of both worlds:

The Slate is cut from a block of pure, premium bamboo. It’s ultra lightweight, super strong, and it will absorb the heat from your laptop. The curves, air ventilation, and docking station are chiseled, hand-sanded, and polished to mirror the feeling of glass. A super thick and heavy duty mouse pad is installed and sits flush against the surface of the slate.

There’s even a slot to slide your phone in. It’s a popular product, having gone over their funding goal almost twenty fold. If you want to get your hands on one, it’ll set you back $98.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ LikeCool ]

DIY: Pi-to-Go Is A Portable Raspberry Pi Mini-Laptop

The beauty of the Raspberry Pi, in case you don’t know, is not only that it’s a full-featured PC not much larger than a credit card, but also that it’s so darn cheap: $25 for the base model, $35 for more RAM and a few extra features. It’s great, but it’s also barebones. Its potential is unleashed in projects like the above from one Nathan Morgan, called the “Pi-to-Go”, and which involves a custom-built, 3D printed case and extra parts to build a fully portable mini-laptop.

[The] 3D printed case is made up of 5 sections. The Portable Raspberry Pi-to-Go computer has a 64GB SATA II SSD, 4GB SD card and rechargeable battery with 10 hours of backup stuffed inside. The only put down about the awesome Pi-to-Go by Nathan is its very small screen and poor resolution – the 3D printed computer casing features a 3.5-inch 4:3 LCD display with 640 x 480 pixel resolution.

Nonetheless, Nathan has taken great care to make it an extraordinary device. He has the Pi-to-Go designed with a small USB keyboard with built-in touchpad mouse attached to the screen, much like a laptop. The device has build-in WiFi and Bluetooth and uses a 6cell 48WH Dell Latitude D600 laptop battery with standard 9 pin connector.

The cost for the parts came up to $390, excluding the 3D print. This of course is starting to get more expensive than some of the larger laptops on the market currently, but that’s missing the point. If you want to learn how to make your own, hit the jump for links. Also, more pictures.

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Acer Laptop, Meagan Fox, Dolphins. Meagan Fox. Did We Mention Meagan Fox?

So this is a video about Meagan Fox and talking dolphins. There’s an Acer laptop somewhere in there, but really, Meagan Fox. We… we didn’t even watch with the sound on.

We don’t think we missed much.

Meagan Fox 2012!

VIA [ Gizmodo ]