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Porsche Design Revs Up A Drive That Powers Your MacBook

v1yca1td4kturvfri6vz CES is a time of bad photoshopping and the above image is a perfect example. That said, the product it hopes to sell is quite compelling. It’s basically a USB-C desktop hard drive that connects to and powers USB-C devices – primarily the new MacBook. Called the LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive, the drive has a single USB-C port and a power port. The USB-C simultaneously powers… Read More

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January 5th

Gadgets

Hyper’s new ‘iShowFast’ Lightning drive adds faster transfers w/ USB 3.0 & much more, get 20% off

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Hyper’s new iShowFast Lightning drive adds a few features not available from competitors: USB 3.0 for faster performance, support for files over 4GB in size, and new low power consumption features that mean you’ll never have to charge it.

Lightning thumb drives have become more popular in recent years. With a standard USB connector on one side and Apple’s Lightning connector on the other, the product allows iPhone and iPad users to quickly and easily transfer files between devices (iOS and desktops) or stream content directly from the drive to their device.

Space is limited on your iPhone and iPad, so the idea is you store your videos, photos, and other files on the drive and have them available offline at any time by simply connect the drive to your device. On a plane, at a meeting, hotel or event with unreliable Wi-Fi, you can quickly retrieve, view, or stream your files without relying on the cloud to work at the right time.

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The drive uses a companion iOS app from the App Store (pictured above) that makes managing files, streaming content, and sharing easy all from the iOS device itself. Plug it into your Mac using the USB end, and you’ll be able to manage it like any other external drive right from within Finder.

With USB 3.0 on the new iShowFast drive, you get transfer specs of 140MB/s (read) and 45MB/s (write), while the Apple Lightning connector side gives you 30MB/s (read) and 20MB/s (write). And the new drive, unlike Hyper’s last generation product or competitors, supports ExFAT for files over 4GB in size. That will certainly come in handy for large project sessions or video files that well exceed the otherwise 4GB cap per file upload.

The drive comes in three color options to match the pink, rose gold, and space gray iOS devices currently avialable:

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  • Made for iPhone, iPad and iPod
  • 16/32/64/128GB flash drive with both USB 3.0 for computers (Mac/PC) and Apple Lightning for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod).
  • Fastest way to transfer any file between iOS devices and computers. No need for iTunes, Internet, Cloud or wireless network.
  • Apple Lightning connector speed: 30MB/s (read), 20MB/s (write)
  • USB 3.0 connector speed: 140MB/s (read), 45MB/s (write)
  • ExFAT support for files larger than 4GB

It’s available now from Hyper online for $79.99 (16GB), $99 (32GB), $149 (64GB), and $249 (128GB), $399.99 (256GB), but we have a 20% off discount for readers bringing the prices down to $63.99 (16GB), $79.99 (32GB), $119.99 (64GB), and $199 (128GB), $319.99 (256GB).

Use coupon code “9to5mac”¬†on Hyper’s site at checkout¬†to take advantage of the deal. The gold and rose gold color options are available to order now in most storage tiers, while some capacities (including the 256GB models) and the space gray models are available to preorder now ahead of launch.

Hyper will be showing off the iShowFast and its other new products at CES this week. Its CES booth is at LVCC North Hall 5124 if you want to stop by.


Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: 140MB/s, Apple, CES 2016, ExFAT, Hyper, iPad, iPhone, lightning drive, USB 3.0

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January 4th

Apple

Mac

9to5Toys Lunch Break: 2TB Portable HDD $65, Apple Watch 42mm (Stainless) $520, 10′ braided Lightning cable $11, more

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Today’s¬†can‚Äôt miss deals:

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Toshiba Canvio Connect 2TB Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive: $65 shipped (Reg. $85, Tax in NY)

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Apple Watch 42mm Stainless Steel Case w/ Black Sport Band: $520 shipped (Orig. $599)

Camabond 10ft Nylon Braided MFi Apple Certified Lightning Cables $11 Prime shipped, more

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iTunes Gift Cards 20% off w/ email delivery via PayPal: $50 for $40, $25 for $20

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Apple 12-inch MacBook 1.1GHz/8GB/256GB from $1,190 or $1,150 w/ .edu (Reg. $1,299), more

13″ Retina MacBook Pro (newest) 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB: $1,280 shipped (Reg.¬†$1,499)

More new gear from today:

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Brother Color Duplex Laser Wireless Printer w/ AirPrint: $150 shipped (Reg. $200), more

More deals still alive:

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1Password secure password manager for Mac: $30 (Reg. $50)

App Store Free App of the Week: Wake Alarm Clock ($4 value)

The Executive for iOS goes free for the first time as IGN’s Game of the Month ($5 value)

Tweetbot for Mac drops to $10 (Reg. $13)

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USB-C roundup: Aukey 3-Port USB Hub w/ Gigabit Ethernet $17, Aukey USB Adapter $7, more

New products & more:

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Turn heads at any Halloween party with one of these high-tech DIY costumes

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Koto’s smart sensors track your home’s health and can even forecast storms


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Dan DeSilva

October 13th

Apple

Mac

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Retina MacBook Pro $1,100, Toshiba 2TB Portable HDD $70, AirPano for iOS free download, more

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s¬†can‚Äôt miss deals

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Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina Display (newest) 2.7GHz/8GB/128GB: $1,100 shipped (Reg. $1,299)

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Toshiba Canvio Connect 2TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive in Red $70 shipped (Orig. $130)

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Get a free download of the AirPano Travel Book iOS app courtesy of Apple ($3 value)

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Logitech Powershell controller 1500mAh battery case for iPhone 5/5S/iPod Touch: $9 Prime shipped

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$100 iTunes Gift Card for $85 with free shipping (15% savings)

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Giveaway: Jaybird’s new X2 Bluetooth earbuds are the ultimate workout counterpart ($180 value)

More new gear from today:

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Aukey Power Banks w/ Prime shipping: Dual USB 10000mAh $10 (Reg. $20), 3000mAh $6 (Reg. $10), more

More deals still alive:

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Belkin Ultimate Pro Bluetooth iPad Air 2 Keyboard Case w/ backlit keys: $75 shipped (Reg. $150), more

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Canon T5 DSLR w/ 18-55mm lens kit (refurb w/ 1 yr warranty): $250 shipped (Orig. $549)

New products & more:

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The iBackPack Indiegogo project is loaded with all the back-to-school technology you can imagine

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Nintendo’s fall release plans revealed: Super Mario Maker bundle, Star Fox Zero, Mega Yarn Yoshi, more


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Dan DeSilva

August 25th

Apple

Mac

9to5Toys Lunch Break: SanDisk 128GB Ultra Fit Flash Drive $30, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 128GB $590, Fire TV Stick $25, more

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s¬†can‚Äôt miss deals:

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Amazon Gold Box ‚Äď up to 60% off SSDs, USB Flash Drives, Portable Storage and much more:

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Apple iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 128GB in all colors: $590 shipped (Reg. $699)

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Amazon Fire TV Stick media streamer w/ voice search for $25 (Reg. $39)

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Pre-pay for 3 months of Sling TV and receive a $50 Best Buy credit towards the purchase of eligible streaming devices

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App Store Free App of the Week: Worms3 ($5 value)

Team 17 announces a pair of new Worms games coming to iOS, Xbox One and PC

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Logitech $20 off $49: MX Master Wireless Mouse $80 shipped (Reg. $100), gaming accessories, more

More new gear from today:

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Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive: $150 shipped (Reg. $180+)

More deals still alive:

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Free PS Plus Games for August: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Limbo, more

Free Xbox Live Gold Games for August: Metal Gear Solid V Ground Zeroes, more

New products & more:

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Amazon’s Dash Replenishment Service is here and Prime members can order today

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Olio announces new Gold and Rose Gold options for its luxury smartwatch


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Dan DeSilva

August 3rd

Apple

Mac

9to5Toys Lunch Break: WD 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive $70, 13″ MacBook Air (newest version) $830, more

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Today’s¬†can‚Äôt miss deals:

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WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive $70, Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD $150, more

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Apple 13-inch MacBook Air (newest model) 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB: $830 shipped (Reg. $999)

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Review: JBL’s new Charge 2+ and Clip+ deliver big sound in a portable Bluetooth package designed for outdoor activity

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iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 16GB $359, iPhone 6/Plus w/ free $150 GC on installment or $70 off w/ 2-yr contract

iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB in Silver: $449 shipped (Orig. $929)

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GoPro’s new HERO4 Session waterproof action camera is the size of an ice cube with an iceberg-sized price

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Amazon is throwing itself a birthday party so big it’ll make you forget about Black Friday

More new gear from today:
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Daily Deals: Denon 7.2-Ch Network A/V Receiver $299, Logitech Spill Proof Bluetooth keyboard (refurb) $25, more

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More deals still alive:

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SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive: 32GB $40 (Reg. $80), 64GB $55 (Reg. $120)

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Logitech Master MX Wireless Mouse $87 shipped (Reg. $100)

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Apple is giving away free downloads of iOS cooking app Green Kitchen ($5 value)

App Store Free App of the Week: Star Walk 2 goes free for the first time ($3 value)

Bloons Tower Defense 5 for iPhone/iPad goes free (Reg. $3/$5)

App Store promo ‚ÄstGreat Games¬†50% off: Halo Spartan Strike¬†$3¬†(Reg. $6),¬†more

Readdle launches Scanner Pro 6 for iOS w/ release day pricing: $3 (Reg. $6)

New products & more:

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Must-have gear to take on summer concerts and festivals like a pro

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Samsung takes the wraps off a pair of monstrous 2TB internal solid-state drives


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Dan DeSilva

July 7th

Apple

Mac

Latest MacBook hub on Kickstarter is the neatest yet, with form-fitting design

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Ever since Apple launched the single-port 12-inch MacBook, we’ve seen a flurry of companies offering to add the missing ports back in through various adapters, hubs,¬†docks¬†and more. Latest to the party is Branch, a Kickstarter project whose USP is its ‘form-fitted’ shape, which is naturally available in each of the three MacBook colors.

The emphasis here is¬†on packing the essentials into an extremely portable unit, providing USB-C pass-through, two USB 3.0 ports and one Mini Display port capable of driving a 4K monitor. The company had originally pitched with HDMI (shown above), but said that it has switched to Mini DisplayPort following feedback from Kickstarter users …¬†

You also have the option of 64GB of embedded flash storage, to extend the storage capacity of your MacBook through a slightly longer model.

The company’s claim that the hub “looks like it belongs on your Macbook” is something of an exaggeration. It still looks to me like a kludge, and I do have to raise an eyebrow at the sense or otherwise of buying¬†a single-port MacBook only to bolt onto it something like this, but I guess the argument is you’ll add it when you need it.

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At the time of writing, there are still Early Bird Specials for $59, and the company will throw in a Mini Display to HDMI adapter. Once those are gone, it will be available for $69, still saving $79 on the planned retail price. The Branch 64 model, with 64GB of embedded storage, costs $119 on Kickstarter, saving $20 on the retail price.

Shipping is scheduled for July and August for the standard and extended storage models respectively. You can back the project here.

If you’re still wondering whether the 12-inch MacBook is for you, check out our review.


Filed under: Mac Tagged: 12-inch MacBook, 12-inch MacBook adapter, 12-inch MacBook dock, 12-inch MacBook hub, HDMI, MacBook, Universal Serial Bus, USB 3.0, USB-C, USB-C adapter, USB-C Dock, USB-C hub

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Ben Lovejoy

June 29th

Apple

Mac

Latest MacBook hub on Kickstarter is the neatest yet, with form-fitting design

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Ever since Apple launched the single-port 12-inch MacBook, we’ve seen a flurry of companies offering to add the missing ports back in through various adapters, hubs,¬†docks¬†and more. Latest to the party is Branch, a Kickstarter project whose USP is its ‘form-fitted’ shape, which is naturally available in each of the three MacBook colors.

The emphasis here is¬†on packing the essentials into an extremely portable unit, providing USB-C pass-through, two USB 3.0 ports and one Mini Display port capable of driving a 4K monitor. The company had originally pitched with HDMI (shown above), but said that it has switched to Mini DisplayPort following feedback from Kickstarter users …¬†

You also have the option of 64GB of embedded flash storage, to extend the storage capacity of your MacBook through a slightly longer model.

The company’s claim that the hub “looks like it belongs on your Macbook” is something of an exaggeration. It still looks to me like a kludge, and I do have to raise an eyebrow at the sense or otherwise of buying¬†a single-port MacBook only to bolt onto it something like this, but I guess the argument is you’ll add it when you need it.

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At the time of writing, there are still Early Bird Specials for $59, and the company will throw in a Mini Display to HDMI adapter. Once those are gone, it will be available for $69, still saving $79 on the planned retail price. The Branch 64 model, with 64GB of embedded storage, costs $119 on Kickstarter, saving $20 on the retail price.

Shipping is scheduled for July and August for the standard and extended storage models respectively. You can back the project here.

If you’re still wondering whether the 12-inch MacBook is for you, check out our review.


Filed under: Mac Tagged: 12-inch MacBook, 12-inch MacBook adapter, 12-inch MacBook dock, 12-inch MacBook hub, HDMI, MacBook, Universal Serial Bus, USB 3.0, USB-C, USB-C adapter, USB-C Dock, USB-C hub

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Ben Lovejoy

June 29th

Apple

Mac

Review: Akitio’s Thunder2 Dock fits a 7-port Thunderbolt 2 hub in your favorite MacBook bag

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Up until recently,¬†Thunderbolt 2 docks could mostly be described as “seen one, seen them all.” I’ve continued to like the idea of¬†docks that fuse¬†Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, and other peripherals together in¬†a single Thunderbolt-to-Mac connection, but the docks I’ve seen¬†from¬†Belkin, Elgato, and Kanex are¬†so similar in looks and features that they’d be hard to tell apart in a lineup. CalDigit’s¬†dock¬†looked very different from the rest, but functioned almost exactly the same. No Thunderbolt 2 dock has been small enough to consider “portable,” and CalDigit’s design is downright¬†bag-defiant in shape.

That’s why it’s great to see¬†Akitio¬†take a different path with the $279¬†Thunder2 Dock (available through Amazon for $230), a Thunderbolt 2 dock with a smaller form factor and focus. Roughly as thin as a MacBook Pro and made from a nearly-matching¬†aluminum, Thunder2 Dock manages to include seven¬†high-speed data¬†ports even though it’s roughly the size of a portable¬†hard drive. Since it requires¬†wall power, it’s not completely portable, and just like its rivals, you give up certain features to gain others. But it’s¬†definitely the first Thunderbolt dock I’d carry around if I needed multi-device support in the field…

Key Details:

  • The smallest Thunderbolt 2 dock yet, roughly matching an iPhone 6 Plus footprint and¬†MacBook Pro thickness
  • Seven data ports including Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, eSATA and FireWire 800
  • No HDMI or 3.5mm audio
  • Includes 19″ Thunderbolt cable

 

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Akitio’s bundle of components¬†is very similar to other Thunderbolt 2 docks I’ve covered. You get the silver Thunder2 Dock, a large black power supply, and a white Thunderbolt 2 cable — a 19″ part Akitio fairly calls a $29 value, since it’s not always included with Thunderbolt accessories. You also get a blue cable-managing tie, which like the power supply has surprisingly prominent¬†Akitio branding. To that end, the company also includes 14 (yes, 14)¬†additional Akitio stickers just in case you… well, I don’t know what you’d do with 14 Akitio logos, unless you have kids who love stickers.

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Thunder2 Dock’s biggest selling point is its small size. Measuring¬†roughly 6.2″ by 3.8″ by 0.65″, it’s not much bigger than¬†a typical portable hard drive enclosure, and very similar in footprint to an iPhone 6 Plus. Only one of its four edges lacks ports; another contains¬†one power port, a FireWire 800 port, and two USB 3.0 ports; the next has two 6GB eSATA ports; and the last has two Thunderbolt 2 ports. Four black rubber feet on the bottom provide stabilization on a flat surface.

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It’s worth pointing out what Akitio’s ports do and don’t offer relative to rival Thunderbolt 2 docks. Twin Thunderbolt 2 ports are a given on these accessories — you always need one to connect to your Mac, and the other to connect a Thunderbolt/Thunderbolt 2 accessory such as a hard drive or monitor. Ditto on the twin USB 3.0 ports, which each support high-speed UASP and 10W/2.1-Amp output for iPad charging, if you install a free OS X driver. The FireWire 800 port is a rarer feature, and the two eSATA ports are only a little more common. Akitio notes that the eSATA and USB ports are each capped at around 370MB/second transfer rates, and that’s about as high as I saw Thunder2 Dock-connected devices go during¬†testing with Blackmagic Disk Speed Test. An Akitio-enclosed USB 3.0 hard drive tapped out at 127MB/s with or without going through Thunder2 Dock, and an Elgato Thunderbolt+ Drive¬†SSD similarly saw basically the same 300-370MB/second write/read speeds regardless of whether it was directly Mac-connected or running through the dock.

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What’s missing: Akitio’s rivals all include one Ethernet port, one HDMI port, and at least one if not two 3.5mm audio ports, none of which are included in¬†Thunder2 Dock. In other words, you’d be partially right to¬†think of this as a data hub with USB 3.0, FireWire 800, Thunderbolt 2, and eSATA support, enabling devices — particularly hard drives and iOS devices —¬†to make a single-point connection with¬†Thunderbolt¬†or Thunderbolt 2¬†Macs. While¬†Akitio’s¬†packaging touts support “for all your 4K workflow connections,” if one of those workflow connections depends on HDMI, you’ll need to directly connect the HDMI cable to your Mac, not Thunder2 Dock. But it does support Thunderbolt 2-connected 4K monitors, and daisy-chaining of up to 6 Thunderbolt 2 devices.

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After testing each new Thunderbolt 2 dock, I step back and consider who the target market is likely to be for the model, and with the last four, the answers have been pretty similar: they’re all desktop-bound docks with the same “throw in the kitchen sink” set of¬†features, differentiated primarily by a single port or a $50-$100 swing in price. Akitio’s Thunder2 Dock is a distinctive option both because of its thinner,¬†bag-friendly form factor and its heavy focus on data transfers rather than A/V functionality. This isn’t necessarily the dock to pick if you¬†want a one-cable connection to both an HDTV and your peripherals, but it’s a very streamlined and versatile way of connecting multiple USB, eSATA, FireWire 800 and Thunderbolt devices to a Mac all at once. At Amazon’s $230 street price, Thunder2 Dock is also on the lower end of the price spectrum for Thunderbolt 2 Docks, adding to its appeal. Give it particularly serious consideration if thinness and broad hard drive support are important to your Mac’s workflow.

Manufacturer:
Akitio
MSRP / Street Prices:
$279 / $230
Compatibility:
Thunderbolt/2 Macs

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Jeremy Horwitz

June 27th

Apple

Mac

Review: SanDisk Dual USB Drive connects with the 12-inch MacBook’s USB-C port & traditional USB

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Cloud syncing services like Dropbox and iCloud Drive connect most of our devices nowadays, and AirDrop offers fast¬†data transfer between Macs for smaller files… when it works. Physically moving files from one machine to another using a drive in the middle, or¬†sneakernet,¬†remains the most reliable way to quickly move files between Macs for many.¬†Without a proper adapter, Apple’s 12-inch MacBook¬†doesn’t fit into this workflow though. That’s where¬†SanDisk’s Dual USB Drive (Reg. $49.99, Best Buy $39.99) comes into play.

Dual USB Drive conveniently works with both USB-C MacBooks and traditional USB ports on other Macs or PCs, all in a tiny package with plenty¬†of storage…

Key Details:

  • One drive includes both USB 3.0 and USB-C connectors
  • 32GB internal flash storage
  • Fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds
  • Backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports
  • Backed by 2-year warranty
  • SanDisk Memory Zone app ready¬†for USB-C Android phones and tablets
  • Compatible with 12-inch MacBook’s USB-C port

 

 

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Aside from working with both USB Type C ports and older USB ports, Dual USB Drive packs in 32GB of portable storage in a physically tiny flash drive. The majority of the flash drive consists of the USB 3.0 and USB-C connectors with the whole stick measuring just 2-inches long, 3/4-inches wide, and 1/2-inch thick.

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A plastic protector of sorts swivels to cover¬†whichever end of the flash drive isn’t in use. This locks into place over either the USB 3.0¬†or USB-C end to cover the opposite connector. The USB 3.0 connector is very thin but unlike the USB-C connector is not reversible.

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Fully extended,¬†Dual USB Drive isn’t much longer than the height of the 42mm Apple Watch with about the same thickness. A small loop between either connector lets you connect¬†Dual USB Drive to your keychain or lanyard, although the slot is very small and did not fit my keys.

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Just a week before Apple announced the 12-inch MacBook with USB-C, SanDisk unveiled the first flash drive to feature both traditional USB 3.0 and the new reversible USB connector. Google then released¬†its¬†Chromebook Pixel 2 with not one but two USB-C ports, Android M will add support for the new connector to Google’s¬†mobile operating system, and we recently learned that Thunderbolt 3 will take on the new reversible port shape.

USB-C is clearly here to stay and will appear on more devices in the future, but traditional USB ports on our older devices aren’t going anywhere just yet. In the meantime, SanDisk’s¬†Dual USB Drive is a super useful flash drive solution for storing and moving data between different Macs and PCs.¬†Dual USB Drive excels at compatibility with different port types and does this¬†in a physically small¬†32GB flash drive. Dual USB Drive is a handy purchase for anyone with USB-C hardware.

Manufacturer:
SanDisk
MSRP / Sale Prices:
$49.99 / $49.99 (Best Buy)/$49.99 Amazon
Compatibility:
Macs + PCs

Filed under: Mac, Reviews, Tech Industry Tagged: drive, flash drive, MacBook, SanDisk, USB 3.0, USB-C

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