Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac
This new solar-powered wireless keyboard is almost perfect. It works great, but it has some perfectly annoying “features.”
There is no printed manual or full set of Internet instructions. Its web site is incomplete. No built-in indent on the keyboard is provided for storage and travel with its USB dongle. There is no way to know when the caps lock key is activated.
Aside from those four minuses, Logitech has done a stellar job with engineering and design of its new Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac. Solar and ambient light battery charging are effortless. So is power management using a free software download. Battery efficiency is exceptional.
iPad sales are phenomenal so it should come as no surprise that everywhere you look there’s another iPad accessory. Apple reported that in the quarter that ended on Christmas Day 2010, it sold 7.3 million iPads. That’s just one quarter. Sales of that magnitude have spawned a fertile and highly competitive accessories industry. I recently dipped one toe into the accessories pond and found that quality and usefulness ran the gamut from good to downright chintzy. Here are a few examples of both:
The Moshi Concerti is one of the nicest of the accessories. It’s a stylish iPad case that is made from a hybrid silicone/microfiber fabric, but it looks and feels like suede. I handed it to my wife as she was about to leave on a two week trip. She found it functional in most respects but with limitations.
The Concerti opens like a book. The right side has a rubber frame that accommodates the iPad with a snug and secure fit. The frame holding the iPad has openings for all cable interfaces and buttons. When open, the left side of the case has two ridges that allow the user to easily prop up the iPad in its horizontal position. The ridges are stiff enough to make the iPad feel secure if it’s sitting on a desk or the seatback table on an airplane, but it’s far less stable if it’s sitting on your lap.
iVisor AG anti-reflective screen protector
Price: US $38.00
Over the past few years, in spite of veritable howls of protest from LCD-haters, Apple has slowly but surely moved towards offering only LCD screens, and away from offering matte screens, for both their laptops and stand-alone monitors. Matte screen lovers say that LCD screens have too much glare, and color fidelity is lacking.
Only recently has the Steve caved somewhat. For $50, you can now custom order a matte screen on the 15″ MacBook Pro. Standard configurations are still LCD only. Oh yes, MacBook buyers are out of luck — no matte screens for you!
The Weeks Division of MyMac Labs just happens to have a late 2008 15″ unibody MacBook Pro with the glossy LCD screen to evaluate Moshi’s iVisor, an anti-reflective screen protector.
The iVisor is a combination glare reduction and scratch protection film sized to fit screens for either a 13″ or 15″ unibody MacBook Pro. We tested the 15″ size.
Hi. Mr. Klutz here. But I must say I had some help klutzing the opening of the packaging of the Zefyr, Moshi’s new “high efficiency notebook cooler designed for MacBook 13″ and MacBook Air.” The way Moshi had the product sealed into its padded compartment caused me to try ripping the packaging to release it. That caused the all-too-familiar SPRONG effect, which ejected the unit out of the box and on to my kitchen floor. Oops!
Hey, I did that on purpose to see if the new Zefyr was built tough. It is! Thank goodness. Moshi sure has a thing about their packaging. Check out my past article in the MyMac archives – MOSHI CODEX MACBOOK SHELLCASE.
The only instructions on how to operate the Zefyr are on the back side of the box. Unfortunately, they are diagramed in light grey, and as modern and techy as it may seem, the grey printing does not show the procedure very well. A little darker, please, for those of us whose eye sight is, well, compromised from years of trying to read undecipherable instructions.
Celesta “Titanium Silver” Keyboard
I have read and heard about premium keyboards, but never used one until recently. Celesta by Aevoe/Moshi is a class act, expensive and worth every penny, especially on a per-keystroke basis. Construction is high-tech rugged, and design and styling are high-tech gorgeous. If you are unhappy in any way with your current keyboard, set your dollars, euros, or yen aside until you can come up with the $120 US to purchase Celesta in black-on-black or white-on-silver. Black is currently sold out at the Aevoe Universe store, but I can personally recommend the white model. It’s easy on the eyes and on your fingers.
Price $35 US
The Cardette is a new card reader from Moshi. You could say, “So what?” there are lots of other card readers out in the marketplace, but this one is a just little different. Most card readers are simply that, card readers and nothing more, but Moshi has designed a few nice little extras with this one, like designing the cards it can accept with the future in mind.
However, let’s start with the basics. First and foremost, this is a card reader and as such can read just about any card out there, with the exeption of Smart Media, which I happen to need for my older Olympus camera. Currently the Cardette supports the following cards:
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My Black MacBook does have a tendency to show fingerprints and smudges. While the outside is something I wipe down constantly, the palm rest and trackpad are areas I’d like to try and keep as smudge free as possible…but that seems impossible at times. Enter Moshi and it’s product, the PalmGuard.
The PalmGuard is a “wear resistant semi-rigid thin film” that you overlay on the palm rests of your MacBook, white or Black, and MacBook Pro.