Peripheral Stories December 11, 2012

mLogic’s mLink Thunderbolt PCI Card expansion chassis now available for $399

You can now put a video card “in” your MacBook Air!

Back in September mLogic announced a new Thunderbolt peripheral, the mLink Thunderbolt expansion chassis for connecting PCIe cards, Fibre Channel and audio/video capture cards, 10GigE and more to Thunderbolt-equippred Macs. Today, mLogic announced that the $399 Thunderbolt mLink is finally in stock and available for immediate shipment from its website. There are a few competitors on the market, but mLogic is calling the mLink the lightest and smallest Thunderbolt expansion chassis at 2lbs and 8.1 x 2.75 x 5.9”. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Supports half-length, Thunderbolt-aware PCIe cards
  • Two high-performance 10Gbit/second Thunderbolt ports
  • Supports daisy-chaining of up to six Thunderbolt peripherals
  • Industry’s smallest (8.1 x 2.75 x 5.9”) and lightest (2lbs) Thunderbolt expansion chassis
  • Whisper quiet smart-blower for optimal cooling
  • Conserves energy by turning On/Off with the Mac

You can currently pick them up at B&H for $399 with tax in New York.

Peripheral Stories November 20, 2012

Deohako iPad case brings a versatile connection system for third-party attachments

Available through a campaign on newly launched crowd-funding website Makerlaunch, the Deohako is an iPad case with a built-in connection system for connecting various peripherals and attachments quickly and easily to the device. Its available for iPad 3, iPad 4, and iPad mini starting at $60. The first preorders will ship mid-December.

There are literally thousands of ways to use the Deohako iPad System at work but here are a few of my favorites. Click the Deohako Case inside of a notebook and throw in your bag. Use the Joby GorillaPod Zoom bendable Tripod to install the iPad on the back of a car seat hours of entertainment. Use the rigid suction cup to attach the iPad mini to the front windshield and use as a GPS device. Attach the adjustable clamp to a stroller and listen to your favorite audiobook while walking around town.

The Deohako combination kit includes the:

  • Deohako Case
  • Wall Mount
  • Adjustable Clamp
  • Bendable Suction Cup
  • Rigid Suction Cup
  • Joby Gorilla Pod Zoom Bendable Trip
  • Twist and click Notebook

Peripheral Stories August 14, 2012

$259 Smartphone receipt printer? Can I get a smartphone Floppy Drive too?!

This ‘Little Printer’ thing is making the rounds today (right). It is a cute $259 (plus $30 shipping to U.S.) Cloud printer that prints on a receipt-size roll of paper from a smartphone using some special software.

I am not feeling it, but I imagine there will be some special use cases. As The Verge notes in an interview with Berg cofounder Matt Webb, you could put one of these at your grandma’s house and just send her black and white notes/receipts all day. You can even have it set up to print news on a smartphone-sized scroll of paper. :/

HP and Google already make Cloud printing solutions that do this better, however, and besides, aren’t we trying to move away from printing stuff in general?

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