Quick Switch Bluetooth Keyboard for Up to Five Devices
Macally
Price: $70
Guest review by Ron Staub

Macally BT keyboard

I am a recent new owner of an iMac with a 21″ screen (replacing an old PC laptop). This Mac has its place on my desk next to my iPad, my printer, and in front of my 26″ television. I had a wired, full-sized keyboard for the Mac and a smaller, Bluetooth keyboard for the Pad, leaving very little room for mouse travel, note taking, and other desk tasks.

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The Hub – Review

On March 17, 2014, in Review, by Rich Lefko

MACALLY 3-Port USB 3.0 Hub +
Price: MACALLY website:
$59.99 – Amazon.com – $48.08

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Are you a MacBook Air owner like me? Then I’m sure you’ve come across a deficit of ports when you need them. You plug in a USB drive, then you use the Apple E-Net (Ethernet) connector to connect to the web (because it is faster than wireless), and then you want to copy to a second external drive. What do you do? Well, the only thing you can do is copy from one drive to your Air and then plug and unplug the externals until you’ve made the copies you wanted. Only having two USB ports, and no built in E-Net port, on the Air can certainly limit some activities.

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Guest review by Howard Nemerovski

Slim Folio Case for the iPad Air
Macally
$30

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The thin, light, sturdy, elegant, and very practical Macally SCASEPA5-B Slim Folio Case for the iPad Air has simple yet clever construction. Hard-case protection and versatility are provided without compromising the extremely thin and light virtues of the iPad Air. That simplicity also permits Macally to offer the case for the reasonably low suggested retail price of $30.

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Macally 5200 mAh Rechargeable Battery – Review

On November 12, 2013, in Battery, Dock, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Review, by Asher Weisberger

5200mAh Portable Battery Charger
CompanyMacally
Price : $89.99
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Up for review is the Macally 5200 mAh rechargeable battery. The 5200 mAh rechargeable battery offers two different built in cables to allow a variety of phones to take advantage of the mammoth of a battery. The cables that are offered are the new Apple Lighting connector and also a standard micro USB cord. Both the Lighting connector and micro USB cable offer 2.1V of power, so it allows you to not only charge your phone faster than a regular USB to computer type deal, but you can also charge devices like Android tablets or the Apple iPad.

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Macally Products for Mac Users

On April 3, 2013, in Review, by Rich Lefko

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Macally is an international designer and manufacturer of Mac/PC equipment and gear for your iPad, iPhone, and iPod.

This company started in the early nineties as a manufacturer of Mac specific products (hence the name, an ally for your Mac), and since then, they have developed an innovative, high quality, cross-platform and competitively priced line of Macally brand products.

Today, we are going to take a look at a few of Macally’s products for our Apple gear.

Protective Case Cover for the MacBook Air
MSRP: $49.99

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The great thing about having a MacBook Air is portability. It is so light and thin that bringing it with you when you are traveling, or just walking around the house, is a no brainer. All of that movement exposes your portable to the normal wear and tear one might expect, especially external scratches and scuffs. Computer bags are great, but you have to pull your MBAir (MacBook Air) out of the bag to use it, once again exposing it to danger and scuffing it up when you place it on a table.

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Macally Dual Size Tip Stylus with Ink Pen – Review

On January 16, 2013, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Macally Dual Size Tip Stylus with Ink Pen
Company: Macally
Price: $14.99
Works with: any touch screen device, including iPhone and iPad

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I’ve reviewed a few Macally products for MyMac.com, and have been pleased with all of them. The Macally Dual Size Tip Stylus with Ink Pen is no exception.

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Macally Holster Case with Belt Clip & Stand for iPhone 5
Macally
Price: $29.99

When it comes to iPhone cases they are a dime a dozen. One thing you rarely see in an iPhone case is a belt clip attachment. At least, I have rarely seen any- until I learned about the Macally Holster Case with Belt Clip & Stand for iPhone 5. Why would you want a belt clip? There are times you might want to leave the house in pants that don’t have pockets, possibly while exercising. There might be times when your pockets are too full and you don’t want to squezee you phone in there. I’m sure you could come up with reasons. Anyway, this Macally case for $29.99 is a great option.

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Macally Suction Cup Mount
Review

On August 14, 2012, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Macally Suction Cup Mount
Company: Macally
Price: $24.99 MSRP
Works with: iPhone, iPod, most cell phones, and GPS units

Many people use their smart phones for turn-by-turn directions while driving. Others like to listen to music or podcasts. The biggest problem is where to place the phone so it’s easily accessible. The Macally Suction Cup Mount solves the problem very nicely.

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Two Macally Cases for the new iPad
Review

On May 21, 2012, in Cases, iPad, by Donny Yankellow

 Magnetic Snap-On Case
Company: Macally
$49.99

Whenever Apple releases a new idevice Macally is always one of the first to release some great accessories for that product. The release of the new iPad is no different. I was given the opportunity to try out two of the many cases they have released for the new iPad. The first is the Magnetic Snap On Case and the second is the Protective Case.

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Macally’s SmartMate Case and MagStand2 Cabinet Mount
Company: Macally
Price: SmartMate Case  $29.99 USD
MagStand 2  $39.99 USD

 

Macally has always been one of the first companies to get iOS device accessories onto the market. Their products tend to be simple, yet extremely functional. Their latest offerings for the iPad 2, the SmartMate Protective Case and the MagStand2 Cabinet Mount and Viewing Stand, do what they do and they do it well.

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Offers three AC outlets.
Dual port USB charger to charge multiple devices.
Ultra compact design for maximum portability.
Built-in surge protection and indicator LED.
Hidden swivel plug.

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Ecopad Bamboo Lapdesk for Notebook Computers
Macally
Price: $29

Macally has a reputation for making computer accessories that combine form and function without sacrificing aesthetics. The Ecopad is a typical Macally product — minimalist in design, attractive to the eye and hand, and serving a useful function. The Ecopad is a bamboo lapdesk, suitable for any laptop.

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Casestand for iPod Touch
Review

On December 28, 2010, in Cases, Features, iPod, iPod Touch, by Donny Yankellow

Casestand
Company Macally
Price: $29.99

Are you looking for a case for the new fourth generation iPod Touch you just got as a present over the holidays? If you are, I suggest checking out Macally’s new Casestand.

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iPad Accessories Roundup — STANDS — simple, elegant, or elaborate?

By Guest Reviewer Jackie Richards, and John “Nemo” Nemerovski

Loop Stand for iPad
Company: Griffin Technology
Price: $30
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By Guest Reviewer Jackie Richards, and John “Nemo” Nemerovski

BTKeyMini
Company: Macally
Price: $100
Product web site

Keyboard Socket
Company: Waterfield Designs
Price: $15
Product web site

Keyboard Slip
Company: Waterfield Designs
Price: $29
Product web site

Macally’s innovative BTKeyMini is a combination Bluetooth iPad keyboard with a stand that doubles as a protective cover shell for the keyboard. Jackie Richards thinks the stand could be less severely upright in its sole position, or somehow variable.

Jackie keeps her iPad in an iFrogz rubber sleeve that needs to be removed for the iPad to rest in Macally’s BTKeyMini stand. She doesn’t like having to slip this rubber cover off and on. Jackie was “very leery” of this stand, but she likes the way it covers and protects the Macally iPad Bluetooth keyboard.

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AmpTune — Dual Dock Stereo Speakers + Charger for iPhone/iPod/iPod touch
Company: Macally

Price: $70 MSRP ($51.22 U.S. from Amazon.com—good value!)
http://www.macally.com/

Audiophiles: stop reading now. This product is not for you.

Normal music listeners: pay attention. You may overlook this unusual speaker system, which would be a mistake.

AmpTune, just released from Macally, is a small, compact, versatile, affordable, portable or powered way to hear music and view iPhone/iTouch videos with style and innovation. A handy remote control unit allows users to switch tracks and adjust volume, plus a couple of other tricks, from across the room. Audio quality is concentrated on the midrange spectrum, but by setting your player’s equalizer to Bass Booster the audio response is fine for typical listening situations.

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MyMac.com Podcast 300: Milestones and Memories

On June 30, 2010, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


Listen to the show here!
We finally get to our 300th show! It’s a trip through the past as Guy talks about the long strange journey that led him to the MyMac.com podcast. Congratulatory messages from a whole bunch of people and we announce the winners of the 300th Podcast Contest! We get our first two callers on the Skype number (703-436-9501) and Gaz talks about sharing apps and folders on multiple devices and iTunes accounts.

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The 300th MyMac.com podcast is OVER! Stay tuned for possibly more contests in the future but if you didn’t enter , you already missed this one. Thanks again to our fantastic sponsors.

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Review – Macally MSuit iPad Case

On May 17, 2010, in iPad, Review, by Donny Yankellow




Macally MSuit iPad Case
Company: Macally

Price: $19.99
www.macally.com

When you look at cases for the iPad, iPhone, or iPod one of the most popular case materials is silicone. It is great for protecting your device. The MSuit is a great silicone case by Macally that only costs $19.99. It is only available in black, so if you want a different color this one is not for you.

The MSuit seems very flimsy before putting it on the iPad. However, it fits snuggly around the iPad. It is very easy to get on and off. Once one it covers alls sides of the iPad, except the control openings. It also overlaps the front of the iPad by about 1/4 inch. The volume control is not open and the case is molded around those. This did not interfere with controlling the volume.

As for protecting the iPad, this will do the trick in most cases. I would think a light fall with the MSuit on will give you a better chance of survival. However, I think I’d feel even safer with something a little thicker.

One problem I have had with iPod cases (yes I meant iPod) is that many are too slippery, especially silicone cases. Macally solves this with a textured back which makes it much easier to hold.

Overall, this is a great case for the iPad at a great price. If you want a simple case that will offer some protection to your iPad, it is a good choice.

MyMac.com Rating 9 out of 10

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Review – Macally BookStand iPad Case

On May 12, 2010, in iPad, Review, by Donny Yankellow




Macally BookStand iPad Case
Price: $49.99

Company: Macally
www.macally.com

The iPad case market is booming and Macally is one of the companies diving right in with a bunch of offerings. The BookStand is one of their higher end cases coming in at a price of $49.99. Is it worth the money? Read on.

To start, the BookStand is a case that mimics a book. It has a front, a back, and a spine. It opens like a book, but instead of pages inside it has an iPad. The case itself covers the front and back of the iPad nicely (when closed). The only side that is covered is where you would have the spine of the case. When opened the only coverage on the iPad is the back and the four corners holding the iPad into the case. While this may not be the best protection, it does leave easy access to controls and connections. It also makes for easy installation, something I am finding is not common is many iPad cases.

When closed the case has a strap that holds the case closed when transporting. The material is a nice and soft and I have no worries about it scratching the iPad. The model I tested was gray, but a black model is on the way.

The great thing about the BookStand is that the cover folds back behind the iPad and becomes an easel. The strap straps in making it very secure. In my tests I have propped the iPad up on a stool using the BookStand and it works perfectly. When in this form the iPad can be propped almost straight up in landscape mode or more reclined to help with typing. This is the best feature of the BooksSand.

Overall, I really like the BookStand. IMy main complaint is that the sides are exposed when traveling. When the case is open it really doesn’t do much protecting. If you want a case for protecting your iPad from falls I suggest going with a different model.

If you are looking for an easel-like case for your iPad that is lightweight, great looking, and easy to use this one is worth checking out.

MyMac.com Rating 9 out of 10

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Review – Macally Metropad iPad Cases

On April 27, 2010, in Cases, iPad, Review, by Mike Breed

Macally Metropad iPad Cases
Company: Macally

Price: $29.99
http://www.macally.com

Apple’s release of the iPad means that many of the biggest selling accessories right now are cases to protect your new addition to the family. With the bewildering number of cases already on the market, MyMac.com’s reviews over the coming weeks will help you come up with a choice of case that best suits your needs.

When you first open your iPad, it feels quite delicate and your first instinct is to want to treat it with kid gloves. Aside from protective films, there isn’t much that can be done to protect the glass front of the iPad. It seems to stay fairly scratch-free as it is. The back casing also needs attention. Being made from aluminum, it’s pretty tough, but none of us wants to see it become marred up and scratched from constant handling or laying your iPad down on various surfaces. Macally’s Metropad Series of iPad cases provide a simple, yet elegant solution to this problem.

Macally offers the Metropad cases in four varieties: clear (Metrocpad), clear with silicon grip (Metrolpad), chrome (Metrompad), and black (Metrobpad).



I received the three cases you see pictured above, and I find that all three cases provide excellent protection for your iPad in a thin and lightweight package. I’m partial to cases that have a slim profile and don’t take away from the aesthetic beauty of your Apple product. Macally’s Metropad cases do this very well.

After using the cases for several days, I’ve found that I prefer the black Metrobpad and the clear Metrocpad over the chrome Metrompad. The Metrompad looks really sharp, but it does get covered in fingerprints relatively quickly. If you don’t mind wiping it off as often as you do your screen, that’s no problem. The Metrobpad looks great too, and the Metrocpad maintains the iPad’s already great looks.

The Metrolpad isn’t pictured, but offers a secure silicon grip around the sides of your iPad with a clear plastic back that lets your iPad’s great looks show through.

The cases snap on without difficulty and stay on very well. Protection at the iPad’s corners is emphasized, leaving the sides and all controls/ports free to access. When you’re ready to take the case off, the case simply pops off and you’re ready to go.

The Metropad cases aren’t going to prevent much major damage if you should drop your iPad from any real height. Not many cases will, for that matter. The cases do a superb job of keeping the back of your iPad clean and scratch-free. Come to think about it, isn’t that the main reason most people buy cases for their electronics?

One subtle, yet very useful feature is the four small projections on the back of each Metropad case. This allows you to set your iPad down on a tabletop so it doesn’t rock around, remaining level as you work. The spacing is just right so you can type on your iPad without it tipping. It’s a feature you don’t really appreciate until you try it out and realize how useful it is.

Overall, I’m impressed with Macally’s first offerings in the iPad case market. They do a great job of protecting your investment, helping you enjoy your iPad well into the future.

MyMac.com Review Rating: 9 out of 10

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