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Slideshow: The Week in Mac Accessories: You should see our USBs!

Joel Mathis | April 10, 2013
If you're looking for the latest USB 3.0 technology (including the hubbiest hub ever) look no further than the latest Mac-accessory roundup. Also: cases, key covers, adapter holders, super docks, air filters, and even a backpack.

If you're looking for the latest USB 3.0 technology (including the hubbiest hub ever) look no further than the latest Mac-accessory roundup. Also: cases, key covers, adapter holders, super docks, air filters, and even a backpack.

FirmTek

FirmTek says its new miniSwap/U3 is a "screaming fast" USB 3.0 enclosure for solid state and hard disk drives, offering data-transfer speeds of up to 440 MB/s. Another benefit? It's fan-free, using an aluminum heat dissipation system to keep cool without the distracting noise.

Incase

Looking for a hard shell to protect your Mac laptop? Incase has unveiled a line of $50 hardshell cases to protect your MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or Retina-display MacBook Pro. Each comes in a variety of colors to let you express your personality while you protect your precious hardware.

RAWBKNY

The $40 MacBook Wood Keyboard turns the keyboard on your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air into--you guessed it--a wooden keyboard. The key tops, which the company acknowledges take a while to install, are made from either bamboo or rosewood.

Satechi

Of all the many, many ports on the $70 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub, it's the 10th that might just be most important: Your computer's USB ports can't fast-charge an iPad, but the hub's 10th port--at the very end of the device--does just that, offering enough oomph to get your iPad to its next appointment.

BitWise

It's far too easy to lose your MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter, given the adapter's tiny size, but a simple solution is at hand (or at least in your pocket) in the form of the $10 MagSafe Adapter Key Ring. Made of solid metal, it provides a relatively safe and secure place to stash your Converter--thanks to the Converter's own magnet--when it's not plugged in to your MacBook. Unless you're prone to losing your keys.

Sonnet

The Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock ($400 to $550) is a versatile "dock box" with a plethora of ports: two Thunderbolt, four USB 3.0, two eSATA, one FireWire 800, as well as a Gigabit-ethernet jack, two headphone/audio-out jacks, and two microphone jacks. You also get an optical drive (either DVD±RW or Blu-ray) and, optionally, a 2 TB hard drive. Also new from Sonnet is the $1,295 xMac Mini Server, which turns your Thunderbolt-equipped Mac mini into an "enterprise-class rack-mount server."

Tom Bihn

The $170 Synapse 25 backpack is a new, larger version of the original (and Macworld-favorite) Synapse pack. In addition to giving you some extra room and adding some organizational tweaks, the Synapse 25 includes the appropriate loops for the company's Cache with Rails checkpoint-friendly laptop sleeves.

 

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