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MacBook Accessory – The mBar Stands

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Product Announcement – With 15 years of experience in creating innovative Apple accessories, Rain Design of Berkeley, California has launched a new assortment of laptop stands – the mBar, mBar pro, and mBar pro+ . mBar is a lightweight, minimalist aluminum stand for elevating laptops. mBar pro and mBar pro+ have the added feature of foldability and thus portability, with different elevation heights of 3 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively.

mBar: See better. Touch better. mBar raises and tilts your Macbook, makes viewing, typing and swiping on the Touch Bar easier. mBar’s minimal design with clean lines and subtle curves complements your Macbook and enhances your workspace.

Features:

  • Elevates laptop by 3 inches
  • Lightweight: 0.22 pound
  • Macbook matching anodized aluminum
  • Increases airflow around laptop for better cooling
  • Fits most laptops

mBar pro: Take it easy. Designed to let you work comfortably, on the go. mBar pro raises and tilts your Macbook, makes viewing, typing and swiping on the Touch Bar easier. mBar pro’s minimal design complements your Macbook. It’s so portable, lightweight and easy to use that you will be happy to bring it with you anywhere.

Features:

  • Portable folding stand
  • Lightweight and slim: 0.3 pound and 0.5 inch when folded
  • Precision aluminum unibody, anodized to match Macbooks
  • Elevates laptop by 3 inches
  • Includes svelte carrying sleeve
  • Increases airflow around laptop for better cooling
  • Fits most laptops

mBar pro+: Take it easy. Designed to let you work comfortably, on the go. mBar pro+ raises and tilts your Macbook, makes viewing, typing and swiping on the Touch Bar easier. mBar pro+’s minimal design complements your Macbook. It’s so portable, lightweight and easy to use that you will be happy to bring it with you anywhere.

Features

  • Portable folding stand
  • Lightweight and slim: 0.45 pound and 0.5 inch when folded
  • Precision aluminum unibody, anodized to match Macbooks
  • Elevates laptop by 5.5 inches
  • Includes svelte carrying sleeve
  • Increases airflow around laptop for better cooling
  • Fits most laptops

The mBar series are available in both silver and space gray. Shipping now and can be ordered from the website (mBar and MBar Pro)

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Mac Accessory – WaterField Pro Backpack

Product AnnouncementWaterField Designs of San Francisco, California, an innovative leader in Apple laptop sleeves, bags, and cases for tech gear, has announced the Pro Backpack, designed in collaboration with customers to address the style and functionality needs of modern executives. A sumptuous, full-grain leather panel adorns the streamlined, black ballistic luxury backpack, lending it a refined look suitable in even the most professional environments. Ergonomic straps ensure comfort and abundant pockets keep work items easily accessible and organized. An optional, removable Executive Folio for a MacBook Pro, pen, files and other small accessories combines convenience and elegance for carrying these essentials to meetings.

“When we set out to design the Pro Backpack with customers, they told us they wanted something highly functional to support them throughout their day, while looking sharp enough for the C-suite,” explained company owner Gary Waterfield. “They wanted a lightweight bag that stands upright for easy access to their entire mobile office during meetings and provides carrying options for the train, the office, and airports. The Pro Backpack does all this and more.”

Pro Backpack Business- and Commute-friendly Features:

  • Suit-worthy design: premium, full-grain leather accent panel in four color choices, a robust ballistic nylon base, and waterproof YKK zippers; streamlined shape and clean lines mask the bag’s large capacity; sweat-mesh lining on the padded straps and backside keeps work clothes fresh, even after a long day.
  • Multiple carry options: ergonomic straps for carrying backpack-style on the commute, a leather top handle to carry briefcase-style at the office, and a wheeled suitcase pass-through for easing through airports. For a streamlined look, backpack straps can be stashed in the suitcase-handle pass-through.
  • Dual main compartments: one area boasts a suspended, protective laptop compartment to fit up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro and a pocket for files or a tablet, and another capacious chamber holds anything from technical gear to an after-work change of clothes.
  • Strategically-placed, multi-functional pockets: a top pocket for iPhone and other sensitive items ” quickly accessible to the wearer, but out of reach from fellow commuters; a discreet pocket beneath the leather panel designed for convenient access by swinging the bag off one shoulder; two side compartments ” with internal pockets and a key fob ” to hold tech, personal necessities, and a water bottle or umbrella.
  • Optional Executive Folio: black ballistic nylon and premium leather to match the Pro Backpack; lightly-padded internal laptop compartment with pen slots and a softly-lined iPhone pocket on one side; a document pocket on the facing side; exterior zippered pocket for small or flat items; in two sizes for 13- and 15-inch Macbook Pros; TSA friendly.

The Pro Backpack is designed to anticipate professionals’ needs throughout the workday while promoting comfort and projecting elegance. The bag joins WaterField’s Staad Laptop Backpack and Bolt Backpack to form the WaterField professional backpack collection. The Pro Backpack’s first production run sold out within an hour of an early offering to customer design participants, affirming that the product reflected their preferences. WaterField Designs’ practice of working with interested customers to crowd-source product designs has resulted in gear that addresses genuine needs. Past collaborations include a collection of cases for the Nintendo Switch and the popular Air Porter Carry-on for travelers.

Pro Backpack: $349. Executive Folio: $89. Backpack and Folio purchased together: $399 (USD).
Colors: Black ballistic nylon with a choice of black, chocolate, crimson or gray premium, full-grain leather.
Dimensions and weight: 16.5 x 13.5 x 7 inches. 2.9 lbs.
Pre-order now. Shipping begins June 8, 2018.

Mac Accessories – Rough Rider Bag

Product AnnouncementWaterField Designs of San Francisco, California, an innovative leader in custom laptop sleeves, bags and cases for digitally-minded professionals, announces the renaissance of its iconic Rough Rider leather messenger, a rugged, premium leather laptop bag reminiscent of an Old West satchel, now updated with modern features. The artisan-crafted Rough Rider reboot retains its old-world charm and its unique ergonomic strap system, and now sports a plush, padded laptop compartment and a convenient rolling suitcase pass-through. Raw leather edges combine with clean lines to create a rugged yet sophisticated look, and the thick, premium leather develops a stunning patina over time.

“We have our customers to thank for the return of the Rough Rider; ever since we retired it years ago, we get customer requests for it every week,” explained company owner Gary Waterfield. “We’ve kept the popular rough and tumble, old-world look and added functionality for laptop-toting professionals and for travelers.”

Upgrades:

  • The new interior houses a waxed canvas, plush, padded laptop compartment that readily fits up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro
  • Two slots hold an Apple Pencil, Surface Pen or a few run-of-the-mill ballpoints
  • A rolling suitcase handle pass-through facilitates hands-free carry from airport curbside to gate
  • Six premium, full-grain leather accent choices under the panel add a pop of color

Classic Features:

  • Constructed of thick, full-grain leather with raw edges, it exudes an adventurous yet sophisticated look and develops a beautiful patina with use
  • A dual-layer leather flap shuts securely with strong snaps and is adjustable to two lengths, so users can fill the bag to capacity or cinch it tight. Either way the bag maintains its slim profile
  • An unlined interior and natural edges reveal the leather’s premium quality
  • A sumptuous leather panel under the flap creates a color splash and is available in six color choices
  • The innovative strap system compresses bag contents to maintain a slim profile and positions the bag snugly against the body to help ease back fatigue
  • Two deep, waxed canvas pockets in the main compartment fit an iPad, iPhone and additional necessities
  • A full-width, luxuriously-soft, lined pocket under the flap stows additional electronics or personal items
  • A floating shoulder pad with a no-slip underside keeps the shoulder strap in place
  • A top leather handle allows for a quick grab

The Rough Rider Leather Laptop Messenger’s premium materials set it a step above the competition. It is an heirloom-quality bag that could be handed down through generations. The updated Rough Rider joins a full line of WaterField messenger bags, briefcases and totes, all designed to serve busy, mobile professionals and travelers.

Dimensions: 16.5″ x 11.5″ x 3.5″; 3.5 lbs.

The Rough Rider – Price: $429 (USD). Colors: Distressed, full-grain, “Grizzly” brown, naturally-tanned leather body with color panels under the flap in black, crimson, dark brown, gray, grizzly, or royal blue premium, full-grain leather. Available for pre-order at WaterField Designs. Shipping begins by May 4, 2018.

Mac Accessories – AirPort Time Capsule Storage Upgrade

Product Announcements – QuickerTek of Wichita, Kansas  has upgrades to the already-quality product, Apple AC AirPort Time Capsule, by adding a 5TB or 12TB (Terabyte) hard drive and, by request, six external antennas. Designed as a central backup solution for all of the Mac computers in your home or office, the addition of the 5TB or 12TB hard drive adds a huge boost in storage capabilities, while the unit provides only 2TB to 3TB of storage alone. To complete this upgrade, QuickerTek first opens the chassis and removes the existing hard drive. Once this is done, either the 5TB or 12TB hard drive is slid into the empty space and plugged into the internal board.

The antenna upgrade not only offers dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz Wi-Fi, but it also triples the range of the Time Capsule. The improved wireless power allows users the ability to arrange and use their Apple wireless anywhere they choose by providing a wider range and blasting through common line of sight objects. The standard Apple AirPort Time Capsule does not have a built-in port to connect these antennas. So, QuickerTek engineered a means of modifying them with antenna connectors. Customers will quickly discover the wireless performance they have been missing. Buffering is eliminated and multi-user Wi-Fi connections are all smooth and fast.

QuickerTek is the only company in the world offering this innovative upgrade. Eight different product versions are available: a QuickerTek supplied 2TB Time Capsule upgraded with the 5TB hard drive alone for $499 (USD), a 2TB Time Capsule upgraded with both the 5TB hard drive and high gain 9dBi antennas for $699 (USD), a 2TB Time Capsule upgraded with the 12TB hard drive alone for $799 (USD) or a 2TB Time Capsule upgraded with a 12TB hard drive and high gain 9dBi antennas for $999 (USD). Customers may also send in their own Time Capsules to be upgraded. A customer supplied Time Capsule upgraded with the 5TB hard drive alone for $199 (USD), a customer supplied Time Capsule upgraded with the 5TB hard drive and high gain 9dBi antennas for $399 (USD), a customer supplied Time Capsule upgraded with the 12TB hard drive alone for $599 (USD) or a customer supplied Time Capsule upgraded with the 12TB hard drive and high gain 9dBi antennas for $799 (USD).

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 3.85″ x 3.85″ x 16″
  • Weight: 2.38 lbs
  • Color: White

Includes:

  • User manual
  • Adapter cables
  • Mounting base
  • 5TB or 12TB hard drive
  • Six 9dBi antennas

Pricing:

  • 5TB Upgrade Only $499 (USD)
  • 5TB Upgrade with High Gain Antennas $699 (USD)
  • 12TB Upgrade Only $799 (USD)
  • 12TB Upgrade with High Gain Antennas $999 (USD)
  • Customer Supplied 5TB Upgrade Only $199 (USD)
  • Customer Supplied 5TB Upgrade with High Gain Antennas $399 (USD)
  • Customer Supplied 12TB Upgrade Only $599 (USD)
  • Customer Supplied 12TB Upgrade with High Gain Antennas $799 (USD)

 

Mac Accessory Release – Solar Juicz Chargers

Product Announcements – QuickerTek of Wichita, Kansas is offering ten percent off and free shipping on the 30 Watt and 60 Watt USB Type-C Solar Juicz Chargers through the month of January. These solar panels are the only products of their kind, featuring the USB 3.1 adapter cable necessary to power and charge the 2015-2017 MacBook and MacBook Pro 13″ and 15″. Users of these newest model MacBooks now have access to the convenience of solar power and the satisfaction of protecting the environment.

These solar panels are available with either 30 Watt or 60 Watt of solar power capability to extend the MacBook’s run time and include a Type-C USB (3.1) cable fully utilizing PD protocol. To use, they can be plugged directly into the MacBook’s special USB 3.1 adapter ports. These solar products power the computer battery for use while simultaneously charging the internal battery. Other photovoltaic cells can’t offer this same advanced capability.

They have also been created with practicality in mind – featuring water resistant, foldable and durable photo-voltaic cells. Each panel is light weight for easy travel, weighing in at 3 pounds, including with accessories. They are also powerful enough to charge the MacBook as quickly as an Apple AC charger, minimizing down time.

30 Watt Specifications:

  • Dimensions folded: 9″ x 7″ x 2″
  • Dimensions deployed: 35″ x 18″
  • Weight: 3 lb.

60 Watt Specifications:

  • Dimensions folded: 13″ x 7″ x 2″
  • Dimensions deployed: 48″ x 52″
  • Weight: 3 lb.

QuickerTek is offering the 30 Watt USB Type-C Solar Juicz Charger for $449 (USD) and the 60 Watt USB Type-C Solar Juicz Charger for $899 (USD) with no shipping charge through the month of January. These solar panels can also be used to charge QuickerTek’s Most Powerful eyeBattery and Most Versatile eyeBattery.

Mac & iPad Accessory Sale – newPCgadgets Stands

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Product Announcements – newPCgadgets of San Diego, California has discounted their popular selling iPad and iPhone acrylic stands and their new MacBook Stand as clever gift ideas for the upcoming 2017 Holiday season. Their slotted iPad acrylic stand is ideal for Apple owners, or soon to be, that would like a solid stand to position their iPad for better viewing and ease of interaction. With over 10,000 already sold, newPCgadgets has lowered the price 40% to $39.95. Bring the Apple store look home and give a clever gift to the Apple fan in your family.

In addition to newPCgadgets slotted iPad stand, newPCgadgets is also offering a lower priced stand for both the iPad and iPad mini. These acrylic pedestals with non-skid white silicone rings duplicate the look and feel of the Apple store and provide a great base to place the iPad on. They have lowered the retail price by 40% just in time for the Holidays.

For shoppers looking for a clever and colorful stand for the MacBook owner on your gift list newPCgadgets has just introduced their Laptop Lift 90. This MacBook stand and riser all-in-one is a great solution for raising the MacBook to a comfortable viewing angle. When not in use the Laptop Lift 90 stores the MacBook upright to save precious desktop space. newPCgadgets reduced the price 30% to $19.95 (USD) for the Holidays.

iPad Accessory Sale – Gumdrop Cases

Product Announcements – Gumdrop Cases of Walnut Creek, California has announced their Black Friday holiday deals, beginning November 22nd and ending Cyber Monday. There will be a daily deal each day that runs for 24 hours only (excluding Thanksgiving Day).

The Promotion Schedule Is:

  • Wednesday, November 22 – All iPad cases 40% off with discount code IPAD4017
  • Thursday, November 23 – Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Friday, November 24 – All Lenovo Miix cases 30% off with discount code MIIX30X7
  • Saturday, November 25 – All Samsung cases 50% off with discount code SAMS5017
  • Sunday, November 26 – All Dell cases 30% off with discount code DELL3017
  • Monday, November 27 – Check back on Cyber Monday for our surprise deal!

Gumdrop Cases offers a wide selection of rugged cases to protect iPads, including:

  • iPad 9.7 (5th Gen, 2017)
  • iPad Pro 12.9
  • iPad Pro 10.5
  • iPad Pro 9.7
  • iPad Mini (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad (2, 3, 4)

With three styles of cases to choose from, anyone can find the right fit:

  • DropTech Clear – Excellent drop protection, with a screen protector and clear Polycarbonate back to show off asset tags, logos, or stickers.
  • Hideaway – Also offers some of the best drop protection and includes a screen protector and a built-in stand to prop up your iPad.
  • DropTech – For iPad Pro devices, the durable DropTech case also includes a handy bi-directional pen holder.
  • FoamTech – Perfect for younger users, the FoamTech case includes a handle that also doubles as a stand.

You can also use the discount codes on Amazon for any product on the Gumdrop Cases website that has a “Buy on Amazon” button. Click that button to go to the corresponding Amazon page and you can enter the promo code before checking out (this promo code will work as long as Gumdrop Cases is the seller). Discounts valid only on the Gumdrop Cases website or Amazon website (no POs and no other discounts can be bundled with an order).

New Accessory for Apple Released – QuickerTek TriBand Antenna

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Product Announcements – QuickerTek of Wichita, Kansas has released a new antenna for the 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB Apple Airport Time Capsule and Base Station. With this new addition they are made capable of going from a 0dBi antenna gain to 5dBi antenna array with the TriBand external antenna system. Depending on each consumer’s specific situation, in house testing shows 2 to 3 times more signal is gained when the Legacy Base Station or Time Capsule is upgraded with this system.

Although the Time Capsule is quite powerful by utilizing the Draft-N 2.0 specification, there is plenty of room for improvement. The MIMO (Multi-Input Multi-Output) antennas are modest in receptive sensitivity and transmission capability. More sensitive external antennas can remedy this. This is exactly what the TriBand is designed to accomplish.

The TriBand self-install kit comes with:

  • Triple 5dBi omni directional antenna system
  • 3 foot coaxial extension cable
  • Instruction manual with detailed instructions on adapter cable installation
  • 3 custom adapter cables

TriBand compatibility:

  • Compatible with all 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wifi2.4gHz and 5.8gHz networks
  • Adds external antennas to Legacy Base Station Extreme and Time Capsule access points
  • The adapter cable system allows for connecting Wi-Fi amplifiers and directional antennas

Our external antenna system for the Apple Airport Base Station and Time Capsule is the only unit of its kind on the market. It has been sold over the years for both home and business use.

Through the month of November, QuickerTek is offering 20% off the TriBand, bringing the price from $125 USD to $99 USD.

Mac Accessory – DropTech MacBook Air 11 Case

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Product Announcements – Gumdrop Cases of Walnut Creek, California has released the DropTech MacBook Air 11 case and it is available online. The tough, heavy duty case keeps your MacBook looking great and protects it from drops, splashes, backpack or bag abuse, and other accidents around your home or office. The DropTech case is a combination of rugged, easy to grip silicone and transparent Polycarbonate windows to show off logos, asset tags, stickers and other personalizations. Perfect for personal use, classrooms of kids, or protecting company hardware!

Like all portable laptops, it’s easy to drop or ding the MacBook while carrying it around. Any visible damage can void the warranty, since Apple does not cover accidental damage without expensive insurance and deductibles. The new DropTech case from Gumdrop Cases is the best way to prevent damage from everyday accidents and mishaps and will keep your machine in near pristine condition under normal conditions (nothing can help if you drop it off a cliff or dunk it in a lake though).

The DropTech MacBook Air 11 case not only protects from scratches and splashes, but also from disastrous, damaging drops. It’s Gumdrop’s most rugged case design yet! The bumpers in each corner are made from 10mm of silicone to maximize protection without being overly bulky. Beneath the protective bumpers is a transparent Polycarbonate inner top shell. The shell is tough, and lightweight, allowing for lasting protection from general wear-and-tear. Plus, it’s easy to clean and can show off the iconic Apple logo, identification tags and stickers, or anything else you need to add to your MacBook Air!

Installation is a snap! No tools, no sweat. Just slip it into the case, and give it a simple snap and click! It will stay on when you open and close your MacBook Air, allow access to all ports, and provide proper ventilation so your MacBook doesn’t overheat!

Why are cases so important?
Case protection is incredibly important for keeping a MacBook Air within warranty, and saves customers from spending a considerable amount of money on repair (or even full replacement cost!).

You can settle for a hard shell case, or a sleeve of some kind, but those may only help protect from scratches and splashes. Zippered sleeves can get left behind. Clip-on shells pop-off at the first hint of trouble and don’t always offer adequate protection to the edges. Any decent drop can crack the screen or casing, or damage the insides (including the battery) – even with your MacBook covered in a hard shell or sleeve!

FYI: Apple’s warranty DOES NOT cover damage caused by accidents unless you pay more for its insurance plan (with deductibles)! If they see any damage on the outside, it will most likely void your warranty and you will have to pay for repair or full replacement.

In fact, just a single 1-foot drop can dent the casing, so it’s better to protect your MacBook as soon as possible to keep it looking great and free from damage.

Never dropped, or banged up a laptop? You don’t have to be a klutz or walking disaster to worry about your computer hitting the ground or getting scratched up from regular use. You could simply be:

  • Someone who uses their MacBook in the field and need something to protect it
  • A student who carries their MacBook between home and class
  • A commuter who knocks out some work with a MacBook on their lap
  • An employee carrying their MacBook around the office and into meetings
  • A teacher who stores MacBooks in a cart
  • Someone who slips their MacBook into a briefcase or bag often

Whatever the situation, if you’re a mobile, on-the-go Mac user you should protect your MacBook Air 11 with a DropTech case! And, if you have a tendency to let your laptop slip your grip, then you shouldn’t need any further convincing to protect a computer that cost you a bundle. The DropTech case for the MacBook Air 11 is now available for only $69.95 (USD).

MacBook Accessory – QuickerTek qCard 2 and qCard 3

Product Announcements – 802.11ac wireless is fast – as much as twice the speed of the previous 802.11n wireless of the built-in MacBook wireless card. This high-speed wireless provides streaming video, video conferencing with no hiccups, fast media file downloads and nearly instant web browsing. QuickerTek of Wichita, Kansas offers internal wireless cards which provide older Macs with 802.11ac capabilities.

Any last generation MacBook Pro or Air running Mac OS X 10.10.x and a PCIe bus is a candidate for the qCard 2 or qCard 3. Bluetooth 4.0 LE is also added with this product as the qCard 2 and 3 uses the same number of internal antennas as the latest generation MacBooks. Installation is easy, saving you money on “hidden costs” for repair shop labor.

There are two qCards engineered by QuickerTek to match what is inside your Mac. The Macbook Air models have two internal antennas which is why we call it a qCard 2 and the Macbook Pro models have three antennas thus the name qCard 3. Utilizing the same chipset and drivers as the new MacBook Air or Pro model, this card can be used to upgrade PCIe Mac models to the newly announced Wi-Fi standard of 802.11ac. The Blue Tooth 4.0 LE is also added and uses the same number of internal antennas as the latest generation of Macs with 10.10.x. You can get double the speed you’re getting now with the 802.11n wireless network. 802.11ac uses the 5 gHz spectrum as well as 2.4 gHz standard used with 802.11n.

qCard 2 and 3 Features:

  • Delivers the fastest wireless speeds to older MacBook Pro and Air
  • Delivers Bluetooth 4.0 LE to older MacBook Pro and Air
  • Leaves USB ports free
  • User installable
  • Very low cost

For the month of November, QuickerTek is offering 20% off of these 802.11ac internal wireless cards, bringing the price from 99.00 USD to 79.00 USD.