The OWC Mercury Elite Pro-AL Dual SATA Drive Enclosure is simplicity at its best. Forgoing the electronics needed to create multiple external or internal interfaces results in a highly reliable enclosure whose only potential points of failure are a small, replaceable fan or an external power brick. For all practical purposes, you can think of this enclosure as just an additional drive bay connected to your Mac.
Apple’s Boot Camp, included with OS X 10.5 and later, lets you install and run Windows on your Mac.
Time Machine Review: Apple's Time Machine is a backup application included with OS X (10.5.x or later). Time Machine was a revolutionary approach to backup when it was first introduced. The revolutionary part wasn't the backup process, or how creative the user interface was, or even how well Time Machine pruned old backups. All these things had been seen before in backup applications. What really made Time Machine a winner was that it was so easy to set up and use.
Oracle VM VirtualBox 3.2 Review: VirtualBox 3.2.0 is the first release of Sun's VirtualBox application under the Oracle name. When Oracle purchased Sun, it acquired Sun's virtualization group, which led many of us to wonder what would happen to the free and well-regarded virtualization product, VirtualBox. Well, the answer seems to be that it will remain free. Oracle also added new capabilities to the application.
The 2011 Mac mini received performance upgrades involving new Intel Dual-Core i5 or i7 processors. With this upgrade, Apple transitioned its entire product line away from the older Core 2 Duo architecture, and embraced the newest offerings from Intel.
Winclone provides an effective way to clone a Boot Camp partition by creating compressed image files you can store on your Mac.
SuperDuper 2.5 may very well be the easiest way to create a bootable clone of your startup drive. With its easy-to-use interface, SuperDuper garners 4 stars out of 5 from Focus on Macs. Find out more about the SuperDuper 2.5 in this expert review from Focus on Macs.
Review of the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2011: The 13-inch MacBook Pro is Apple's entry-level pro notebook, but don’t let the 'entry-level' fool you. The new MacBook Pro for 2011 combines faster processors, a new ultra-fast I/O port, and a new integrated graphics chipset from Intel that performs on par with or better than the previous NVIDIA 320M offering.
Review of the 15 and 17-inch MacBook Pro 2011: The 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro 2011 models are destined to be the workhorses of the 2011 line of MacBook Pros. Both models offer quad-core Intel processors and dual graphics processors that will keep these laptops zipping along. To ensure the MacBook Pro has access to necessary data, both models can be configured with SSDs (Solid State Drives), and both have the new Thunderbolt I/O port, which can slurp up data at up to 10 Gbps.
Review of Photoshop CS5: Photoshop CS5 continues the program's long tradition as the premier image editing application on the Mac. With Photoshop CS5, Adobe has moved to a 64-bit application completely rewritten in Cocoa, Apple's native Objective C programming language.
Review of the 21.5-inch 2011 iMac: Apple's latest version of the 21.5-inch iMac brings updates to the processor, graphics card, memory, and I/O. That would seem to make this update a bit more than a speed bump, and it certainly is.
Review of the 27-inch 2011 iMac: The 27-inch iMac received a generous update from Apple that brings new processors, graphics cards, memory, and I/O. That would seem to make this update more of a major upgrade, except that the iMac chassis remains fundamentally the same.
Smartfish Whirl Desktop Laser Mouse Review: The Smartfish Whirl may be the best ergonomically designed mouse available for the Mac. With its easy-to-grip body, and a floating pivot system that allows the mouse to swoop about the pivot point, the Whirl may convince your wrist that it's spending the day at a spa instead of working hard at your desk.
Pixelmator Review: Pixelmator Image Editor: Pixelmator is up to version 1.5 as of this review. While still young as applications go, Pixelmator has become one of the more robust, easy to use, and powerful image editing applications available for the Mac.
Review of Carbon Copy Cloner 3.1. New or improved data backup, cloning, and scheduling features earn Carbon Copy Cloner a 4-star rating from Focus on Macs.
MacBook Pro 2011 Review: The 2011 MacBook Pros received new Sandy Bridge processors from Intel, and the very first use of Thunderbolt, Intel's I/O implementation formerly known as Light Peak. The new MacBook Pros concentrate on performance, with Intel i5 and i7 processors based on the new Sandy Bridge architecture. And to ensure that you can keep those processors humming along, the new Thunderbolt port can support data rates up to 10 Gbps bidirectional.
Review of iMovie '11: For the most part, Apple’s iMovie '11 is an easy-to-use video editor. It has most of the video editing tools many Mac users will ever need, including themes, audio editing, special effects, and titles. iMove '11 doesn’t look all that different than the previous version, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing for any upgrade. Appearances to the contrary, it offers new or improved features that make video editing a fun and satisfying process; no experience necessary.
Review of iLife '11: Apple iLife '11 is about as perfect as a software suite can be. It combines five professional-quality multimedia applications at a price that’s less than you would normally pay for many individual applications. The good news is that iLife costs $20 less than it used to; the bad news is that’s probably because Apple didn’t update iWeb or iDVD. The updates to the other programs are incremental rather than innovative, but they’re worth the cost of upgrading.
Review of iPhoto '11: Considering it’s been two years since the last version of iPhoto, we expected iPhoto '11 to wow us more than it did. It's still one of the best and most user-friendly image editing programs available, but with the exception of some user interface enhancements, most of the changes revolve around printing and sharing photos.
EyeConnect Review: The Elgato EyeConnect is a UPnP (Universal Plug ‘n’ Play) streaming server that runs on a Mac and is capable of streaming video, audio, and images to an HDTV via any UPnP or DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compliant device, such as a Blu-ray player that can stream Internet content.
Review of 17-inch MacBook Pro With Core i5 or Core i7 Processor: We've been anticipating the release of new MacBook Pros with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors ever since Apple updated its iMac line with these speedy CPUs in the fall of 2009. It's been a bit of a wait, but at first blush, it seems the wait was well worth it.
Review of the 15-inch MacBook Pro With Core i5 or Core i7 Processor: We've been anticipating the release of new MacBook Pros with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors ever since Apple updated its iMac line with these speedy CPUs in the fall of 2009. It's been a bit of a wait, but at first blush, it seems the wait was well worth it.
Review of the 13-inch MacBook Pro With Intel Core 2 Duo Processor: We've been anticipating the release of new 13-inch MacBook Pros for some time. We had hoped Apple would use the Intel Core i5 and i7 processors across the MacBook Pro line. Instead, it chose to stay with the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, to help keep the cost down and continue to offer an affordable entry-level MacBook Pro.
Navigator 905 Review: The Navigator 905 is one of the newest notebook mice from Genius. It incorporates a high precision BlueEye tracking system that you can set to 800, 1200 or 1600 DPI. The Navigator 905 is a wireless mouse that uses 2.4 GHz technology. It comes with a very small USB transceiver that can be attached to the mouse when traveling, or left installed in most notebooks.
The 2010 MacBook Air from Apple is now available in two different sizes, with 11-inch and 13-inch displays, and four standard configurations. With the latest MacBook Airs, Apple has lowered prices while providing new features and capabilities that road warriors, who are the target audience for the MacBook Air, will enjoy.