With Apple’s MacBooks moving from special MagSafe connectors to universal USB-C ports for charging, it’s now possible for accessory makers to easily make battery packs for expanding laptop power. Mophie’s new $149.95 Powerstation USB-C XXL is a high-capacity external battery that promises to charge new MacBooks…
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Just this morning Apple refreshed its 12-inch MacBook with a faster processor and improved battery life. Whether you’re springing for the new models released today or going refurbished, you’ll likely need a few key accessories to round out your setup. While the MacBook has an attractive thin design, it comes at the cost of a single USB-C port. Additionally, it can be a tough sell as an everyday machine without some external input devices. Head below for a roundup of some of our favorite accessories for the 12-inch MacBook.
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Amazon offers the GOgroove BlueSYNC Bluetooth speaker for $24.99. However Coupon Code BLUESYNC drops the price to $19.99 Prime shipped. That’s tied for an all time low on this attractive square speaker that features a sleek, gunmetal cube styling and back-lit LED glow on the front panel, gets 4.5 ratings from Amazon reviewers and features NFC pairing, AUX and USB inputs and charging and great sound from 2 3W speakers. It also includes a 1 year manufacturer warranty.
- The Ultimate Accessory Bundle for iPhone 6/s $13 (Orig. $50) | Tanga
- Yubi Power 16 Port Universal USB Family Charging Tower Station $30 (Orig. $70) | Amazon
Apple MFi Certified OLALA 13000mAh Charger $32 w/code N8OIH8UR (Reg. $36) | Amazon Spigen 10000mAh Premium External Battery Power Bank $11 w/code N9LBYT72 (Reg. $20) | Amazon JETech 2-Pack iPhone SE Screen Protector Free w/ code F6FL3YMO (Reg $6) | Amazon
- Harman Kardon Noise-cancelling In-ear Headphones with Microphone $30 (Reg. $50) | Newegg
- Aukey 20W Solar Charger Dual USB Port $39 w/ code Z26YFLPY (Reg. $47) | Amazon
- Argom 3-Outlet Wall Adapter and Surge Protector with Dual USB Ports $10 (Reg. $20) | Groupon
Deals still alive from yesterday:
- iClever 18W Quick Charge 2.0 AC Wall Charger $9 w/ code GDSZCTUO (Reg. $13)| Amazon
- Mpow Grip Pro 2 Universal CD Slot Car Mount $14 (Reg. $24) | Amazon
- Aukey Rugged Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker $15 w/ code Y33JFKJF (Reg. $22) | Amazon
- Aukey 3-Port USB 3.0 Hub with Ethernet Port $12 w/ code M5BK4BC8 (Reg. $19) | Amazon
- iPhone 6/s Plus Case Benuo Folio Case $13 w/ code GDKTRAL3 (Reg. $27) | Amazon
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External storage is basically an essential to any setup in 2016. With 4K video and higher resolution files becoming more prevalent and our devices slimming down, the need for a little extra room is a necessity. We see plenty of deals on portable and desktop hard drives here at 9to5Toys. Each type offers its own positives and negatives, depending on what you’re in need of. Portable hard drives do not require a separate power source but are often limited in storage capacity. Desktop options flip the script but can be a hassle (and dangerous to your data) to move around frequently.
Seagate claims to have solved this problem with the “world’s first USB-powered desktop drive”. The Innov8 (clever name) uses USB 3.1 technology to provide enough juice for 8TB of storage. Full details on this technology and pricing below.
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Today at CES Satechi announced two new essential USB-C accessories geared towards users of Apple’s 12-inch MacBook. Satechi’s updated USB-C Hub includes an integrated pass-through USB-C charging port. That may seem like an obvious feature for this type of mobile accessory, but it’s one that early models from Satechi and many other manufacturers lacked. Now MacBook users don’t have to sacrifice battery life when putting the hub’s two USB 3.0 ports and SD/microSD memory card slots to work. It’s priced at $39.99 on Amazon and is available in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray aluminum to match the finish of your MacBook.
The other new accessory unveiled by Satechi is a USB-C Card Reader with support for SD and micro SD memory cards. It’s ideal for transferring images and video from your DSLR or GoPro action camera while traveling. Both memory card slots are can be used simultaneously. Just like the new USB-C hub, this card reader is also available in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray aluminum. Order it now from Amazon for $19.99. expand full story
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Update: 1/13 11AM: All the cables listed below are still available at the sale price, but now there is no need to use a coupon code for them.
TechMatte via Amazon offers its 3-ft USB C to USB A Cable for $8.99, but when you use the coupon code X63CJZ9D the price drops to $5.99 Prime shipped. That’s $3 off the regular sale price and the lowest it’s been sold for at Amazon. “Featuring USB Type C and Type A connectors, this cable is designed for fast charging and syncing of your USB Type C devices, such as Nexus 5X, 6P, through standard USB type A port.”
Also available is the 5-ft USB C to USB A Cable for $9.99. If you use the code 4N4GQVAL the price drops to $6.99 Prime shipped. That’s a savings of $3 off the regular sale price and the lowest we’ve seen for it. Both cables received 4.7/5 stars from Amazon shoppers.
There are more discounted USB-C cables in a variety of colors and sizes: expand full story
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