Mac mini

Review: CalDigit’s Mac hub Thunderbolt Station 2 competes on pricing, size, and build quality

October 24, 2016

Despite USB 3.0’s growing popularity with consumers, Thunderbolt remains a viable alternative for professional users, particularly video makers willing to pay a premium for guaranteed high speeds. Over the past year, several Thunderbolt 2 hubs have come to market — boxes with one Thunderbolt 2 connection to a computer, one for a Thunderbolt accessory, and multiple ports to connect USB, audio, video, and Ethernet […]

Read More

Review: Libratone’s second-generation Loop brings Bluetooth to the AirPlay-only Danish speaker family

October 24, 2016

AirPlay isn’t dead as a wireless speaker standard, but it’s not exactly healthy: many models have been discontinued, and new releases have all but stopped. Having previously gone all-in with AirPlay, Danish designer speaker maker Libratone is now rolling out updated versions of its circular Loop, tube-shaped Zipp, and triangular Live systems that augment AirPlay […]

Read More

Review: Celluon’s PicoPro is an iPhone 6 Plus-sized, battery-powered HD projector

October 24, 2016

I grew up with a front-projector TV the size of a coffee table, later owned a rear-projection TV that was somewhat larger than an adult bicycle, and have since tested projectors shaped like DVD players, Mac minis, and iPhone cases. Pico projectors — generally small enough to fit in pockets — typically struggle the most to prove their […]

Read More

How-To: Update your old MacBook, Mac mini, or Mac Pro hard drive with a fast SSD

October 24, 2016

My Mac is now silent. After installing a solid state drive (SSD) with no moving parts, the drone of my iMac’s hard drive and fans has given way to such an absence of sound that I only hear the high-pitched squeal of my office lights. My Mac is now fast. Even with 400GB of available space, OS […]

Read More

How-To: Boost your Mac’s speed and prolong its useful life with easy RAM upgrades

October 24, 2016

As I’ve spotlighted over the past month, the best way to dramatically speed up an older Mac is to replace its old hard drive with a new solid state drive (SSD). The process is super-easy on MacBooks and Mac Pros, surprisingly manageable on iMacs, and challenging on Mac minis, yielding 3X to 5X speed boosts. […]

Read More