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Desktop Printer Ink Wars: 2016

3:50 PM, Mar. 2nd, 2016 · · Reviews

Ink Wars 2016

Dr. Mac was (understandably) excited when  two printer manufacturers — HP and Epson — each offered him a printer to test with their new ink initiatives — HP's Instant Ink and Epson's EcoTank — which were created to make the whole ink replacement thing more convenient and affordable. 

Satechi Presenter Combines Laser Pointer With Slide Controller

3:45 PM, Feb. 23rd, 2016 · · Reviews

Satechi Aluminum Wireless Presenter

The just released Satechi Aluminum Wireless Presenter is a beautifully designed red LED laser pointer combined with slide navigation buttons, all wrapped in Bluetooth and a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery. It's available in the matching Apple colors of Silver, Space Gray or Gold.

X-Doria Revel Apple Watch Case is Colorful, Durable

4:45 PM, Feb. 11th, 2016 · · Reviews

X-Doria Revel Apple Watch case

X-Doria has introduced the Revel line of four colorful Apple Watch cases. They simply snap on and leave all ports accessible. The case is flexible yet durable. John's been using one with his Apple Watch for two weeks, and it has grown on him.

Lynktec ReelJuice Portable USB Battery is Unique: Capable, Flexible & Includes a Take Up Reel

5:30 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · · Reviews

Lynktec ReelJuice Portable Battery

There are many ho-hum and many good portable battery chargers for our iDevices. Most are just little boxes with a battery, LED lights and USB ports. However, the new Lynktec (5,300 or 8,000 mAh) charger has a multitude of thoughtful features, expansion options and usage profiles. John Martellaro has been putting one though its paces and files this review.

Living with an iPad Pro

2:40 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · · Reviews

Drawing made on iPad Pro

As Dr. Mac told you last week, he's been testing a 128GB iPad Pro with a new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard and while it won’t replace his laptop, it has quickly become his iPad of choice for a variety of reasons (which you'll only discover if you read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #161: Living with an iPad Pro.

Satechi USB-C Hub is Small & Has Pass Through Power

4:30 PM, Jan. 27th, 2016 · · Reviews

Satechi USB-C Hub with pass through power

The owners of the 2015 12-inch MacBook have a small problem. There is only one USB-C port and no USB-A ports. The assumption has been that 3rd party hubs would solve that problem, and now, post CES, new ones are shipping. The Satechi USB-C Hub with pass through power and two USB-A ports is small, light, and does a specific job very well.

Everything Old is New Again (or You Do Know Jack, Don’t You?)

4:10 PM, Jan. 20th, 2016 · · Reviews

The Jackbox Party Pack

Dr. Mac's son came home raving about a cool new party game called You Don’t Know Jack. The good doctor regretfully informed him that You Don’t Know Jack (YDKJ hereafter) first became available as an interactive CD-ROM the year before he was born and has been available continuously on various platforms ever since. It turned out it actually was a new game called The Jackbox Party Pack; it costs $24.99 in the Mac App Store. Read the column to see why Dr. Mac really, really liked it. 

ParcSlope Sets MacBook or iPad Pro at Pleasing 18 Degree Angle

4:15 PM, Dec. 17th, 2015 · · Reviews

ParcSlope from Twelve South

When resting an iPad Pro or MacBook/Air/Pro on a desk, having it inclined at a comfortable angle is desirable for many users. The ParcSlope from Twelve South is a beautifully made steel stand that achieves this. It's especially useful for drawing with an iPad Pro.  John Martellaro takes a closer look.