Cases & Peripherals

Bring Your Gear, Ditch the Bulk

Naneu Sahara 217F Camera Bag

The Naneu Pro Sahara 217F ($114) is an ideal carry-on solution for camera enthusiasts frequently on the go. Made from water-resistant Kodra, the bag is designed to be both compact and ergonomic while still including space for critical camera gear as well as a 17″ laptop. Don’t go thinking that it’s just like every other...

Felt So Good

Hard Graft XIII Macbook Air Sleeve

Hot on the heels of the new MacBook Air, Hard Graft has released a variant of the XIII Macbook Sleeve ($95). Designed to sheath your ever-so-slim piece of Apple hardware in glorious felt the 100% wool case keeps true to HG’s minimalist design with small leather accents and branding. Buy Now: $95

Wrist Pod

Incipio Linq for iPod Nano

Be the first of your friends to rep the Incipio Linq ($25). A combination of part wristwatch and the 6th generation iPod Nano, the Linq is set to drop Mid October and provides a rugged, yet elegant carrying option for those desiring an active lifestyle with a simple storage option for their iPod. Composed of...

One Big NAS Drive

Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440 12TB Storage Server

Network Accessible Storage used to be something only businesses needed to pay attention to. As the Napster turned BitTorrent generation continues to age though, the need to back up and maintain enormous libraries of digital photos, music, and videos has become much more of a mainstream consumer concern. That’s why storage brands like Seagate continue...

A Different Kind of Apple Wood

Combine Collective Black Walnut Keyboard Trays

Like Apple but looking for a more natural look? Check out Combine Collective’s Black Walnut Keyboard Trays ($64-$79). They also work well for those of you who start twitching when their separate wireless peripherals start to scatter (att: Eric Yang). Made in Vancouver, Canada from whole and solid-joined sustainable hardwoods harvested in North America, Combine...

Q Would be Proud

Timbuk2 Q Laptop Backpack

Sometimes less is more, and backpack design is no exception. Try finding one for your laptop that holds plenty of gear while not looking like part of an intergalactic space suit with enough straps and pockets to confuse Stephen Hawking. Introducing the new Timbuk2 Q Laptop Backpack ($100). It’s a bit more budget-conscious than the...

Dead Zones Be Damned

Netgear Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender

Wireless internet is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity. If you’re paying for internet service, then expecting to have full Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home or business shouldn’t be too much to ask. Unfortunately, unless you shelled out some serious dough for your wireless router, you’ve probably become all too familiar with Wi-Fi dead...

Speakers You Won't Have to Send to ColorWare

Edifier Aurora 2.1 Speakers

As much as you want to imagine someone handing one of those gleaming rainbow tubes off to Usain Bolt, they’re really 2-inch magnetically sealed subwoofers that come as part of the Edifier Aurora 2.1 Speaker System ($76). Now sold in nine different color patterns with comic book names like Liquid Silver, Luminous Yellow, and Stormy...

Displazing

Ostendotech CRVD 43″ Curved Display

If the idea of owning a ludicrously big monitor is something you’d consider “luxury” then consider the Ostendotech CRVD Curved Display ($6,500) 100% pure excess. Distinguished by a 43″ diagonal viewing area and 2880×900 resolution, Ostendotech states that the CRVD’s seamless curved screen engages 75% of human peripheral vision, for an unmatched enveloping effect. Thanks...

Standtastic

Just Mobile UpStand Apple iPad Stand

The Just Mobile UpStand ($50) is the perfect accessory for those of you who just(ified) buying an iPad to your wallet on the premise that you really needed it to replace that netbook. That’s because its solid aluminum frame is the right height for desktop use and can hold your precious tablet in either landscape...

Enclose Your iPad with GP Approved Cases

25 Best iPad Cases

There are few greater ironies on this earth than buying a super sleek gadget like the iPad only to let the fear of scratching or damaging it cause us to mummify them in cases, sleeves, et al. Since we’re doubtful the trend will change or relent anytime soon though, we’ve scoured our offices, the web,...

Happy Fingers

Apple Magic Trackpad

Apple is bringing the, um, “magic” of the Apple laptop multi-touch trackpad to a Mac desktop near you. The Apple Magic Trackpad ($69) supports full gesture control. Swiping, flipping, inverting, inertial scrolling, momentum, caressing, cooing, and hugging have all made it to the Magic Trackpad including features like the smooth, wear-resistant glass surface that’s 80...

A Vote for Simplicity

Wooden Desktop iPad Cradle

The tendency to over complicate things (and over price) is a common problem in the world of technology accessories. That’s why we loved this Wooden Desktop iPad Cradle ($18). Hell, they didn’t even bother to give it a name. Designed to hold your iPad at a 18° for display purposes, or at 45° as a...

Manage Your Machines

Blue Lounge Cable Clips

Gadgets are great and all, but for every device you own, there’s usually a cable somewhere that needs to be managed. Duct tape and twist ties are certainly excellent options in a clutch for battling the birds nests of wires that form under your desk or bloat your carry on luggage, but if you’re looking...

Data Brutality Prevention

LaCie XtremKey

Not all USB drives are created equally. Most are relegated to being generic tsotchkes handed out at conventions, but on the other hand you have the LaCie XtremKey ($50+) which offers industrial-grade data protection. With a pipe-shaped casing constructed of Zamac (an alloy of zinc, aluminum, magnesium, and copper) that’s brawny enough to laugh at...

Stick to your Mac

Macbook Bros & Macbook Mos

You know what that svelte, sleek MacBook needs? It needs hair. Actually, it needs hair and a mustache. Well, the creative folks at Herraiz Soto & Co in Barcelona, Spain have got the fix: Stick with me, baby! stickers. Whether you want to Bro or Mo your Macbook (Pro) they’ve got some genius sticker options...

Some have Steel. Some have Leather.

Saddleback Leather iPad Sleeve

Yes, it conveniently fits an iPad with near-perfection, but the Saddleback Leather iPad Sleeve/Gadget Pouch ($55) isn’t necessarily just for tablet-sized devices from a fruit-named company. The sleeve also fits a small DSLR, camcorder, papers, power supplies, pens, or what have you. Constructed of thick full grain leather (tobacco, carbon black, chestnut, or dark coffee)...

Landlubbers Will Shiver Their Timbers With Camera Envy

Light & Motion Bluefin Underwater Video Housing (w/Video)

There are few places more worthy of high-definition video than the underwater world. Sure, photos are great. But SCUBA diving is such a dynamic, otherworldly experience that still photography has always seemed a bit two-dimensional as a means to convey the experience to landlubbers or to re-live adventures back home. Coral reefs teem with thousands...

A Felt Case That Doesn't Require a Mortgage

Sleeve by Nedrelow

Like the look pioneered by Hardgraft but don’t think paying $100+ is worth it for an iPad case? Then the Sleeve ($29) might be just the tablet accessory you’ve been waiting for. Made from 100% 3mm German-made wool felt, the Sleeve is designed to fit snugly around your precious new gadget and look good while...

Save Power, Money, and Outlets.

Belkin Conserve Valet

Popular electronics accessory manufacturer Belkin has made strides over the last several years to provide consumers with eco-friendly power solutions that help us stay green with minimal inconveniences in our daily life. The conserve valet ($40) is one of the more intriguing devices to come from their latest efforts and is pitched as a clutter...

ICONic

Jawbone Icon

Bluetooth headsets. They’re still not the most stylistically approved gadget amongst our crew, but their convenience, safety, and features make them increasingly more difficult not to embrace. That is, so long as you don’t wear one to dinner (see rule #2). Jawbone recently sent over the Jawbone Icon ($99), which caught our second glance after...

Iomega's eGo Line Gets the USB 3.0 Treatment

Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drives

Riding the wave in on the next evolution in external storage, the updated Iomega eGo Drives ($77-200) to be compatible with USB 3.0. Sure, they may look virtually identical from the previous gen, but noteworthy change revolve around new protection and security integration. First off, Iomega claims to have the best drop spec in the...

Hard Drives, Your Way

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Portable Hard Drive

Choosing a hard drive typically requires two decisions: storage-size and connectivity. Problem is, when it comes to connectivity options things are a mess. Your current options: USB, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, eSATA, FireWire 800 don’t necessarily make it easy to choose a hard drive to buy that fits your current needs and promise compatibility as...

A Personalized Accessory That's Rugged and Green

Freitag F23 iPad Sleeve

Fed up with only having leather, neoprene, or microfiber material options when it comes to protecting your iPad? Then perhaps you’d prefer the used truck tarpaulin found in Freitag’s F23 iPad sleeve ($80). Like all Freitag bags, these sleeves are made from original trucking tarpaulins that very in color, markings, and contours. Do to the...

The Bag That Deserves Better Camera Gear

Billingham Classic 550 Camera Bag

Originally a fishing gear bag, Billingham made the switch to pro-photo gear in 1978 when founder Martin Billingham learned that professional photographers in New York were using the bags to carry lenses and cameras instead of tackle and bait. The rest is, well, history. After a month, ours has been nothing less than a photo...

Device Protection with Rugged Panache

ZAGG LEATHERskins

You’re probably familiar with products by ZAGG, as ads for their award-winning invisibleSHIELD gadget protection dot the internet landscape (our experience shows them to be as beastly and protective as ZAGG claims them to be). Further worming their way into our hearts, they’ve even crafted their own Media Center & Streamer, which we featured not...

iSun Power

Novothink Surge iPhone Solar Charger

We can’t live without our mobile devices. Texting, surfing the web, tweeting, and occasionally even having the audacity to talk on it. Problem is, we rarely have the time to recharge. Then again, there’s always the sun… The Novothink Surge ($70-$80), solar charged battery adapter for the iPhone and iPod Touch is a durable housing...

Transforming Mac Laptops Into Desktops

Henge Docking Stations For Macs

Mac laptop users finally have a clean looking and space saving solution for using their MacBook or MacBook Pro like a desktop at home. Built to work with the majority of modern Apple portable computers from 2008 onwards (except the Air), this sleek dock positions the computer vertically without limiting access to your optical drive,...

Pack Your iPad + Everything Else

Incase iPad Travel Kit Plus

By now, you’ve read our Top 10 Reasons to Love or Hate the iPad. If you’ve come away siding with the former rather than the latter, chances are you might be reading this from your iPad this very moment. With summer fast approaching, you’re going to want to take that magical and revolutionary device with...

A Great Accessory if Cash Isn't an Issue

Joule iPad Work Stand

Did you convince yourself that part of the reason you should own an iPad is because it could provide you with all the information you’d need access to at your bedside or in the kitchen? If so then coughing up some extra cash for the Joule iPad work stand ($129) might just make your gadget...

Sling Your Camera Home

Incase Sling Pack

It’s been awhile since our hands-on review of the Nikon D3000 and like any budding weekend photographer, we’ve managed to assemble a small arsenal of accessories. If you’re still on the lookout for a camera bag to house your prized possessions though, consider the Incase Sling Pack for DSLR

Think of It Like a Personal Assistant for Couch Potatos

IKEA FLÖRT Remote Control Pocket

We had a slight internal debate about whether this latest Swedish organization product was tacky or useful. After discovering it cost a mere $5 though, we figured it’s cheap enough that you wouldn’t feel guilty throwing it away should it perturb your sense of class once situated in your living room. Sporting space for 4...

Bombproof

Mountainsmith Reflex II XL Camera Bag

Camera bags come in all shapes and sizes, built for a wide variety of uses. Sometimes you need a small hip pack for hiking to the waterfall with your compact point-and-shoot. Other times you need a backpack for traveling cross-country with an SLR and few extra lenses. And then sometimes you need a bombproof bag...

Safe Speedy Storage

OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro QX2 2TB RAID

There’s not a lot to complain about here at Gear Patrol, but one pain-point that we repeatedly encounter is a need for storage. Between Ben’s project to create our own high-definition video and audio Library of Congress and the entire crew’s ceaseless photography and video work, we fill up hard drives faster than cups at...

Save Your Laptop, Save the World.

Looptworks Hoptu Laptop Sleeve

Let’s face it – a laptop sleeve is a humble creature, easily overlooked, toiling in obscurity. Functional to a fault, its sole important purpose in the world is to protect your flashy MacBook from the knocks of everyday life. Until now. Enter the Looptworks Hoptu, the laptop sleeve that is doing its part to save...

“Hot Legs, You Make Me Scream and Shout”

Rain Design iLap

Say goodbye to “scalding laptop syndrome” – Rain Design’s iLap is engineered to keep your MacBook or MacBook Pro up off of your lap, allowing for plenty of air circulation underneath, as well as to prop up your computer to a more comfortable wrist angle. Connected to the front of the iLap’s lightweight silver anodized...

Back in Black

Booq Mamba Shift Laptop Backpack

If you seek modern, urban transport for your bevy of carry-needs, Booq is a name to know. Their various bags and backpacks are nothing if not slick. Easily handling any 13″ to 17″ laptop of the Mac or PC variety, their Mamba Shift Backpack epitomizes the fierce functionality and uncompromising design of the entire Booq...

Designed by a Photographer, For Photographers

Domke F-2 DSLR Camera Bag

By Guest Writer and Professional Photographer Tom Beck So, you just got that awesome new DSLR, and added a second lens to the package, maybe even an external flash. Great, but now what are you going to carry it in? You’ve dropped at least a couple of grand, now you need to protect your photographic...

Chumby By Way of Sony

Sony Dash Internet Viewer

Back in January, you might have noticed a flurry of online chatter related to the category-bucking Sony Dash. After reviewing the product’s specs and features announced in the device’s initial press release, we were slightly disappointed to learn that the Dash seemed to be positioned really as a jack of all tech trades but master...

Best Case Scenario

Speck Cases

Apple products are notorious for their gorgeous factory finishes being as magnetically attractive to scratching and scuffing as seedy women are to Tiger Woods. While there are a plethora of products on the market for protecting your iNvestment, those offered by Speck Products shine through. Speck has been making cases for various Apple products for...

Are You The Keymaster?

iSkin ProTouch FX for MacBook

It’s no secret that there is a massive cottage industry producing accessories and the like for the full range of Apple’s coveted products. In fact, it seemed that only seconds after the iPad was officially announced, it was possible to order protective sleeves, a bevy of adapters, and maybe even themed pet fashions dedicated to...

Not the Thing You Throw at Your Neighbor's Dog

Blue Microphones Snowball

Blue Microphones has a short, but strong history of designing and engineering microphones for every sort of recording function. While some of their models are in the $1,000+ price range and cater to the needs of professional studios, the Snowball serves the casual recording and podcasting crowd. For under $100, the Snowball is the best...

Your Laptop's Best Friend for Battling Mother Nature

Ken Kai DRI Welded Seam Computer Messenger

Whatever your style is, chances are there’s a laptop bag for sale that matches it. For those who tote their computer on a daily basis, though, things like comfort and protection are far more important than looks, particularly for long commutes walking outside. Along that line, luggage manufacturer Ken Kai’s new DRI laptop messenger bags...

The Palm-Sized Control Solution for Windows Users

Lenovo Multimedia Remote with Keyboard

Powerpoint-addicted road warriors and control freaks alike should appreciate the relatively low-key release of Lenovo’s multimedia remote with keyboard. Small enough to be used with one hand, the “remote” features 2.4GHz wireless keyboard and mouse with track ball and communicates with most windows machines using a USB nano dongle. Though aimed at Lenovo’s business-oriented clientele,...