Macally Aluminum USB 3.0 External 2.5” SATA Hard Drive Enclosure
$25 U.S.
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What’s thin light and has a shiny case?

That would be the Macally Aluminum USB 3.0 External 2.5” SATA Hard Drive Enclosure.  This tiny enclosure packs some serious speed. The enclosure comes as an empty shell. All it has in the box is the USB 3.0 cable and the lightweight aluminum shell. The enclosure is held together with four screws, two on each end. You can take off either end to insert your 2.5 inch drive but the end with the pretty blue light has to control electronics, so it would be best to take off this end for ease of installation.

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Macally Aluminum USB 3.0 External 2.5” SATA Hard Drive / SSD Enclosure
Manufacturer: Macally
MSRP: $24.99

Even in the digital age I seem to have the ability to occupy all of the space available. Recently, I upgraded the hard drive in my laptop computer. This left me with a perfectly functional internal drive outside of my computer. Macally to the rescue. Their Aluminum USB Hard Drive Enclosure is just the ticket to turn the delicate, surplus hard drive into rugged, ready storage for the road warrior.

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About Bob Wood

I am a nearly life long photographer now doing commercial as well as fine art work. I have almost 20 years as a Mac User Group officer and enjoy the people and imparting help and knowledge to our members. There is nothing like seeing the light go on in the eyes of your, Mac or Photography students.

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Macally USB Keyboard and Mouse Combo – Review

On April 4, 2016, in Keyboard, Review, by Curt Blanchard

USB Keyboard and Optical Mouse Combo
Model: MKEYECOMBO
Manufacturer: Macally
MSRP: $30.00 (Internet: $28.00)

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A full-size 103-key keyboard plus an optical mouse for $30.00? That’s not only a good deal but it’s a good product as well. We’ve used Macally keyboards for more than a decade. A white Macally Ice Keyboard remains Mrs. Reviewer’s favorite.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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Apple MFI Certified Car and Home Chargers with Detachable Lightning Cable for iPad & iPhone
Macally
$30 each U.S.

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When I received these two items I figured “It’s going to be tough to review these as separate units.” And I was right. The cables are exactly the same, except for color. They both work perfectly interchangeably and also in your computer of choice. The real difference between the two products is the charger. And the color — we can’t forget the color.

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Macally 3000 mAh Battery Case – Review

On September 16, 2015, in Battery, Cases, iPhone, iPhone Cases, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Macally 3000 mAh Battery Case
Company: Macally
Price: $69.99
Model: MPCP6M30
Made for iPhone 6

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We use our iPhones all day long listening to music, texting, following driving directions. After a few hours we realize the battery is almost depleted and there’s nowhere to charge the phone, or we don’t have a Lightning connector or spare battery. Yikes! What to do? The Macally 3000 mAh Battery Case is the perfect solution.

The Macally 3000 mAh Battery Case is made for the iPhone 6. It has a smooth rubberized finish that’s easy to grip and hold. The Macally web site claims the battery case is lightweight, but I have to disagree on that point. It definitely felt heavier at first, but I got used to it quickly. It’s incredibly simple to put on the iPhone and remove in just a matter of seconds.

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About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

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Extra-Long Adjustable Automobile Cup Holder Mount
Manufacturer: Macally
MSRP: $19.99

We are now entering the summer driving season and it is time to reassess our automotive safety. Macally is ready to help with their mCupXL. This is a mount that sits in a cup holder in your car and secures a phone or even a small GPS unit. This item does it right.

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About Bob Wood

I am a nearly life long photographer now doing commercial as well as fine art work. I have almost 20 years as a Mac User Group officer and enjoy the people and imparting help and knowledge to our members. There is nothing like seeing the light go on in the eyes of your, Mac or Photography students.

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Macally iPhone 6 Plus Cases
Company: Macally
Price: $8.99 – 16.99

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Having released iPhone cases going back to the original iPhone, Macally has a rich history and a deep knowledge of making protective and decorative cases for the iPhone. They were one of the first companies this time around with a full line of cases for the all-new iPhone 6 Plus. We will be looking at five different models, which come in a variety of colors.

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Macally iPhone 6 Cases – Review

On November 5, 2014, in Cases, iPhone, iPhone Cases, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Flexible Protective Frame for iPhone 6
Company: Macally
Price: $10.99
Available in five colors

Metallic Snap-On Case for iPhone 6
Company: Macally
Price: $8.99
Available in five colors

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Apple recently released new iPhones, which means there’s a whole lot of new cases, covers, and bumpers on the market. Today I’ll be reviewing two products from Macally for the iPhone 6: the Flexible Protective Frame and the Metallic Snap-On Case.

The Flexible Protective Frame is a polycarbonate bumper that protects the edges of the iPhone. Raised buttons make it easy to use the volume rocker and on/off/sleep switch. The openings for the speaker, lightening connecter, and headphone jack are large and easily accessible. If you frequently use the ring/mute button grow out your fingernails, as you’ll need them to reach that button. Not a deal breaker, but something to keep in mind.

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About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

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

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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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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

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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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About Rich Lefko

Rich Lefko has been a Mac enthusiast for many years and is always seeking out the most innovative applications, Apps, gadgets and hardware to tell us about. He uses his Mac expertise for video editing, record-keeping, business needs and in the management of a weather website (RichLefko.com) his true passion in life. A native New Yorker, Rich lives in New Hampshire with his exceptionally beautiful wife and three perfect sons. Rich joined MyMac.com as a writer after winning a contest he heard on the podcast. As a result, Rich no longer enters contests. Rich accepts email at richardlefko@mac.com.

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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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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

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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About Rich Lefko

Rich Lefko has been a Mac enthusiast for many years and is always seeking out the most innovative applications, Apps, gadgets and hardware to tell us about. He uses his Mac expertise for video editing, record-keeping, business needs and in the management of a weather website (RichLefko.com) his true passion in life. A native New Yorker, Rich lives in New Hampshire with his exceptionally beautiful wife and three perfect sons. Rich joined MyMac.com as a writer after winning a contest he heard on the podcast. As a result, Rich no longer enters contests. Rich accepts email at richardlefko@mac.com.

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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About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

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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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About Donny Yankellow

In addition to writing for MyMac.com since the Fall of 2005 he is an art teacher, freelance artist/illustrator, and is a father of one son. Donny is also the author/illustrator of several children's ebooks. Donny's degree is in Visual Communications and he hold certification in K-12 Art Education. His hobbies (besides Mac and Apple stuff) include soccer, animation, and reading anything written by Stephen King.

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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About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

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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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About Donny Yankellow

In addition to writing for MyMac.com since the Fall of 2005 he is an art teacher, freelance artist/illustrator, and is a father of one son. Donny is also the author/illustrator of several children's ebooks. Donny's degree is in Visual Communications and he hold certification in K-12 Art Education. His hobbies (besides Mac and Apple stuff) include soccer, animation, and reading anything written by Stephen King.

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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About Mike Breed

Writing for MyMac.com since August of 2009, Mike Breed is an Earth Science and Biology teacher at Chenango Valley High School in Binghamton, New York. He is currently acting as the Science Department Chairman in his school district as well. Mike has received numerous grants to incorporate Apple products into the laboratories and activities of his students, with the hopes of adding a new element of learning to the teaching of science in a demanding learning environment. A lifelong resident of Cortland, New York, Mike enjoys spending time with his family when not busy with his duties at school. An avid fan of the Macintosh platform, Mike also spends a great deal of time reading and working from his iPad and iPhone, where he is reading his way through the entire chronology of Star Wars novels. Mike is also passionate about fishing and enjoys spending time each weekend fishing with his father on the waters of central New York State’s Finger Lakes.

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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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About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

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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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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

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