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Cheapest USB Mac Webcam With RIng Light 2022

Shopping for the best cheap Apple compatible web camera for your MacBook or Macintosh desktop video capture and conferencing setup. For only around $10 USD you can get an external USB 1080p Mac compatible HD webcam on the cheap with this affordable model with many appealing features.

Low-Cost Apple Compatible USB Webcam

Ringlight : Tripod Mount : Microphone : Privacy Shutter


This full featured OSX webcam is suprisingly good for it's extremely low price. Sharp 1080p resolution, a standard 1/4' tripod mounting option, 3-Level touch-sensitive LED ring light adjustment, internal microphone, and a privacy shutter slider as well. Currently listed under ten bucks, this is a decent external Mac compatible webcamera for even the tightest budget. It also offers far more flexibility in placement and camera angles than the Apple iSight camera built into MacBooks and iMac desktop computers. What a deal!!

Best Cheap Mono Laser Printer For Mac Hassle-Free Prints

For many Apple computer owners, the need to print is critical at times. We tend to electronically create, save and exchange files with our Macs and iPhones more than ever - and print less than we used to. But when you GOTTA have a hard copy printout, a cheap Apple compatible black & white laser is the most hassle-free printing solution with a low cost per-page.


Best Mac Monochrome Laser On The Cheap

AirPrint Compatible Wireless Connectivity + USB : Duplex Printing


If color printing isn't essential, you can spare yourself the hassle of color inkjets; clogged nozzles, high ink costs, and excessive futzing. Monochrome Laser printers just spit out page after page in seconds with smudge-free output. Brother has long made a HL-series line of MacOS compatible compact laser printers at very affordable prices. MacGizmoGuy has seen them run for years with only a toner cartridge replacement needed somewhere along the way. Now, AirPrint wireless printing is pretty much standard for all your Apple gadgets, and a direct USB connection remains an option for cheap mono laser printer Mac connectivity in seconds.

Best USB 3.2 SSD Time Machine Mac Backup Drive Options

Shopping for the best Mac compatible USB 3.2 solid state SSD backup drive for Apple Time Machine or other data files? Leveraging the current 10GB/s USB bandwidth of a Thunderbolt / USB-C port on modern Macs, NVMe SSD storage is your best option to completely fill it's pipeline and deliver painless and FAST file transfers at an affordable price. Seriously, for 90% of Macintosh users, Thunderbolt 4 / 3 SSD storage devices may be total overkill and far more expensive.

Cheap and Fast 500GB LaCie USB 3.2 SSD For Mac

Comes with Short USB-C to USB-C Cable



Here's a link to another great choice in a USB 3.2 SSD backup drive for your Mac. Be careful choosing a drive: Some still use 6GB/s SATA SSD modules which deliver half the performance and Read/Write speeds that those using a NVMe / PCIe module can. Be sure in product descriptions it states peak transfer rates in the 800 to 1050 MBps range and not just 400-500 MBps range. You'll spit through your Apple Time machine backups, drive cloning sessions or file copies in far less time. It's worth just a coupla bucks more for NVMe PCIe SSD modules inside.

GREAT Sounding Apple Lightning Earbuds On The Cheap

Want a great sounding set of iPhone earbud headphones with deep thumping bass for your Lightning port? I had absolutely HAD it with Apple's horrible ear pod style headphones that just endlessly FAIL to stay in your ears, seal well around your ear canal, or deliver full frequency response playback unless you hold them pressed into place. MacGizmoGuy says they're crap and he means it. It turns out a rather cheap Lighting earbud headphone from a no-name FAPO brand was a great purchase and I'm loving them.

Best iPhone Lighting Earbuds Under $20

Huge Driver Cans Deliver Awesome Thumping Bass


With their large driver 'cans' the extra millimeters or two of it's driver cones really make a difference in low-frequency response. They're also easier to grip and insert or remove. Like most earbud sets, there's an inline microphone and volume control nice and close to your mouth and a slightly shorter cable than the crappy pods had - far less likely to snag or tangle like my previous ones were prone to. Normally I'm a big fan of SkullCandy quality earbuds, pods and headphones, but for half the price of Skull's, these FAPO earbuds are delivering fantastic sound playback for half the price. FYI: There's an Analog 1.8" plug version if using a Lighting connector ain't your thing.

What's The Best Cheap Headset For Any Mac? This One

If you're on a tight budget like me, but still needing a great sounding solution, check out what I consider to be the best cheap headset with microphone for ANY Mac computer. With it's universal wired connectivity options, it's great for Macintosh desktop or MacBook laptop computers old or new.

Best Low-Cost Universal Mic Headset For Mac

1.8" 3.5mm Plug + USB-A Dongle + USB-C Adapter


With both USB a 1/8th inch Analog 4-conductor TRRS plug, this cheap mic headset with flexible boom microphone can be used on many Macs, iPads or iPhones. For some MacBooks with more limited ports, it's dongle with USB-A plug and optionally the included USB-C adapter is the right way to connect for pure Digital stereo computer audio. Compact ear-cups with great bass response keeps this cheap mic headset for Mac lighter in weight, cushioned by a padded headband. It's a fine choice for those with a lean wallet.

The Best USB-ONLY Digital Computer Speakers For Macs

Less is more, and in the case of 1-cable Mac compatible USB-Only powered computer speakers, it's what to look for. USB-Only loudspeakers deliver both pure digital audio and power over a single cable. Many USB powered speakers aren't like that; they get power from the USB port -- but have a second wire for the Analog audio signal that connects to your MacBook or Apple desktop computer using the 1/8"/3.5mm headphone/microphone jack. Just one-more wire to tangle up your life with. Below are MacGizmoGuy's 1-Wire recommendations:

Creative Labs STAGE Super-Sounding USB Sound Bar

Dual Stereo Drivers, Bass Radiator, Bluetooth Reception, MP3 Player


Above is our top pick for one of the best sounding USB-Only desktop computer speakers to compliment your Macintosh system. Below, a compact portable monophonic USB-Only loudspeaker that's easy for MacBook Air and Pro owners to travel with.

Compact Portable 1-Cable USB-Only Speaker

3-Sound Settings for Voice : Bass : Balance Modes


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Using Your Hello Kitty USB Mouse On Modern Thunderbolt Macs

A LOT of Mac computer owners ask me: 'Hey MacGizmoGuy - Will my treasured Hello Kitty USB mouse still work on a new M1 Mac Studio desktop or M1 MacBook Pro?' And as very professional Apple consultant, I assure them that they can, depending on their particular Macintosh computer system... but, But, BUT... they may need a special adapter.

Stylish Hello Kitty USB Scroll-Wheel Mouse

With FREE Hello Kitty Mousepad!
Type-C USB-C Adapter Sold Separately


Fortunately the Hello Kitty mouse and mouse pad featured above IS compatible with any older or current Mac that a rectangular USB-A port. For more recent MacBooks with only modern Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) ports, you may need a USB-A to USB-C adapter or hub to assure a long satisfying life-span for your treasured computer accessory.

Optional USB-A to USB-C (Thunderbolt) Adapter

Sold In Pairs So You Can Share One with a Friend


Alternately, if a lack of USB 3.0 Type-A ports is a problem for supporting all your legacy Mac gadgets, consider this stylish USB Hub & SD Card Reader device:

Sleek Brushed Aluminum USB-C Hub

WIth 3 USB-A ports and SD Card Reader Slots


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NOW SHIPPING! Mac Thunderbolt 4 USB4 Compatible SSD Drive Enclosure

Apple Compatible Thunderbolt 4 SSD Drive Enclosure
The wait for a cutting edge Apple compatible Thunderbolt 4 DIY SSD drive enclosure is over! Using the latest cutting-edge Thunderbolt drive controller chipset it delivers recent Thunderbolt 4 equipped M1 Mac buyers the ultimate choose-your-own SSD m.2 module, build-it-yourself in 2 minutes Thunderbolt4 NVMe SSD blade drive enclosure that's certified ready for the Thunderbolt 4 USB4 future - and compatible with the Thunderbolt 3 USB3 past.

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DIY Intel Certified Thunderbolt 4 & USB4 NVMMe SSD Enclosure

Up To 2800MBps : Includes Type-C Thunderbolt & USB Cables


The M.2 Enclosure support up to 2TB 2280 M.2 NVMe SSD modules of your choosing. Check with manufacturer for SSD blade modules they recommend for the best performance and cool operation. The WD Black SN750 and rip-snortin' Samsung 980 Pro seem to be the best choices. This Thunderbolt enclosure supports Mac, Windows, and Linux systems. It's also Thunderbolt 3 compatible and supports dual interfaces for universal compatibility. Supports Thunderbolt 3 & 4, backwards compatible with USB3.2X2, USB3.1, USB3.0 for Macs dating back to 2012.

Benchmark Proven! FASTEST USB-C Flash Drive For Macs. Period.

The ultra-fast Thunderbolt keychain flash drive market never really happened because the cost of Thunderbolt chipsets and licensing made them cost prohibitive. But over on the USB side, thinks are getting interesting as too often pokey thumb drives are performing like modern USB SSD drives thanks to cheaper, smarter controllers and ever-denser flash chips. Here's the standout leader of some of the faster SuperSpeed USB 3.2 keychain style drives on the market.


Fastest Flash Drive Ever!
Kingston NVMe SSD Keychain Drive

Extreme 1000MB/s Performance : Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Connector


The newest generation of Type-C keychain drives have begun using SSD caliber NVMe flash modules and sophisticated PCIe controllers yielding external USB-C SSD backup drive performance in an ultra-slim thumb drive form factor. Kingston's DataTraveler Max delivers up to 1000MB/s read speeds, in capacities up to 1 Terabyte making it the FASTEST Thunderbolt compatible flash drive on a stick -- ever!


Portable Bluetooth Thermal Printer For MacBook & iOS

Bluetooth mobile printer for Apple gadgets
Only right for certain Apple users, the Phomemo portable thermal printer delivers a reasonably priced Apple / Mac compatible A4 thermal printer for black & white document prints on the go. You can print (and recharge the printer) from your MacBook via the printer's USB-C connection, or print wirelessly via Bluetooth from your iPad or iPhone. Compared to its closest comparable competitor - the expensive Brother PocketJet thermal printer - this is a cheaper and possibly better solution if, If, IF you understand some of it's limitations.

Phomemo M08F USB and Bluetooth Mobile Printer

Weighs Only 2 Pounds, Rechargeable Battery


Bluetooth is only supported from iOS. For MacOS printing you need to connect it via USB. The printer can run on battery power. It doesn't necessarily need an AC adaptor since its rechargeable via your MacBook's USB-C port, or a USB power/charger block.

It only prints in B&W on special chemical infused thermal paper. It has no ribbon or ink to replace, but you can't print on plain paper. Thermal paper can turn dark over time, or gray quickly when exposed to a hot environment or direct sun. It's not ideal for documents that need to be kept for many years. It's might be best to order the Phomemo Bluetooth mobile printer with A4 size thermal paper bundled Otherwise, must-have (200) sheet packs are about $30 - about 15 cents per page. For standard US 8.5" x 14" Legal size printing, Amazon offers a pack of 100 Brother thermal paper sheets, but I couldn't find Standard US thermal paper listed.

A4 & US Letter Size Thermal Printer Paper

200 Sheets Per Package


This printer is marketed for A4 International paper use. North American letter paper is 8.5 inches wide and 11 inches high. In contrast, international A4 paper runs slightly narrower and taller at 8.3 inches wide by 11.7 inches high. However the M08F is compatible with standard US Letter and Legal thermal paper sizes - if you can find them.

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Best Fast SDXC Cards For M1 Mac Studio : iMac : MacBook Pro

Fast Secure Digital SD cards for Mac computers
Shopping for the fastest SDXC cards to leverage the speed potential of new M1 Apple computer models with built-in SD card reader slots? UHS‑II Ultra High Speed SD card support is now built into the recent M1 Mac Studio introduced in 2022 and the M1 MacBook Pro introduced in 2021. We're still waiting for an M1 iMac Pro with a secure digital slot in the year ahead. The enhanced SD card slot on these new M1 computers support ranges up to 250MBps to 300MBps Write and Read speeds, respectively. Contrast these rates of data transfer using UHS-II SD cards versus up to 90MB/s with lower-tier UHS-I SD cards.

Insanely Fast UHS II SDXC Cards For Macs

Benchmark Proven High Performance PNY SD Card


Ritz Video Pro UHS-II SDXC Card

Top 3 Benchmark Winning SD Memory Card Performance


Macintosh users can take advantage of their Mac SD card slot for additional storage space with extremely fast UHS-II V90 compliant SD cards available in capacities such as 64GB, 128GB, 256GB. Whether your wallet can afford larger SDXC cards is another matter. Be prepared for sticker-shock; really fast UHS-II SD cards, typically at well over $1.00 per GB, are easily 5 times more expensive than conventional Mac SSD drive storage.

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Best Thunderbolt 4 Compatible Mac SSD Backup Drives

Apple Thunderbolt 4 Peripherals
Shopping for future-proof Thunderbolt solid state drive for your new Apple Thunderbolt 4 equipped MacBook, Mac Studio, or Mac Mini? The best Thunderbolt 4 compatible external SSD's need to incorporate Intel's latest Titan Ridge TBolt chipsets to assure current and future interoperability. Fortunately a handful of the best Thunderbolt 3 SSD's are already using the Intel chipset to operate now as Thunderbolt 3 - USB 3.2 drives, but are ready for the Thunderbolt 4 and USB4 future. Until this new chipset, many drives on the market are Thunderbolt 3-ONLY and can't be used on other computers only having 10GBps USB-C speed ports.

Below are a few recommended drives with the new chipset that will work great on your current Macintosh - and well into the Thunderbolt 4 future:

Low-Cost Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q SSD with Thunderbolt 4-Ready chipset:

Sabrent Rocket TBolt 4 Compatible SSD

Best Bang For The Buck


Best-Selling LaCie's Rugged Pro Thunderbolt 4-Ready SSD:

Lacie TBolt 4 Compatible SSD

Tiny Thunderbolt 4 SSD Drive


Stylish Metal OWC Envoy Pro FX Thunderbolt 4-Ready SSD:

OWC TBolt 4 Compatible SSD

Super-Cooling Heatsink Enclosure


Solid-State Fantom Extreme Thunderbolt 4-Ready SSD:

Fantom Extreme TBolt 4 Compatible SSD

5-Year Warranty.


Any of the above portable backup drives are a safe choice to leverage Apple's current generation of high speed ports, and continue to work well as Mac Thunderbolt 4 - USB4 device connectivity evolves.

Mac DIY : Build A Cheap Thunderbolt 3 SSD Backup Drive

Cheap DIY Mac Backup Drive
With a surprisingly affordable Thunderbolt 3 SSD drive enclosure finally on the market, you can build your own customized version of the cheapest DIY Thunderbolt SSD backup drive possible. Needing only a tiny screwdriver, a few minutes to install the SSD blade are all that's needed. A quick format with Apple's Disk Utility and you're

Pair the low-cost Thunderbolt 3 enclosure with what are becoming very cheap M.2 NVMe PCIe 2280 SSD modules. Extremely high performance Time Machine backups and data transfers to and from your Macintosh are possible.

Cheap Thunderbolt 3 NVMe SSD Enclosure

Heat Dissipating Aluminum Case w/Integrated Cable


For barely over $100 total you could have a modest but rip-snortin' 256GB Thunderbolt 3 Mac backup drive. Just pair OWC's Envoy Thunderbolt 3 solid-state drive enclosure with any M.2 2280 NVMe PCIe SSD blade that your heart or your wallet desires.

Cheap 512GB Silicon Power NVMe SSD

Reads to 2,200MB/s and Writes to 1,600MBps


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Best New USB-C Computer Speakers For Macs 2022

USB-C Computer Speaker Cnnnection
Shopping for the best new USB-C computer speaker options in 2022 for your MacBook or desktop Macintosh setup? Check out some newly released stereo audio peripherals that take advantage of modern, high power Type-C computer ports. These high-powered USB-C loudspeakers take advantage of the extra amps of power on a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port on current Macs to offer higher watts, bigger driver cones and deeper bass than ever before.

Creative Labs Pebble offers its revised V3 USB-C desktop speakers to offer larger drivers, 1-Cable Type-C connectivity, Bluetooth device audio support and more making them the best-sounding USBC speakers to date.

New All-Digital V3 Model : Best USB-C Desktop Speaker Orbs

12 Watts Of Deep Bass Power


For a stylish USB-C sound bar loudspeaker, Sanyun's gorgeous metal soundbar offers dual stereo drivers, dual bass radiators, 1/8" aux input, a 2 port USB 3.0 Type-A hub and Bluetooth in a slim, attractive form factor to compliment your MacBook laptop or Mac mini or iMac desktop setup. It's an elegant 1-Cable, multi-function USB-C speaker solution.

Best USB-C Stereo Speaker Sound Bar For Mac

With USB-A Hub, Aux In and Bluetooth Support


Lastly, for the best All-In-One USB-C stereo speaker webcam with LED light bar, and microphone, AnkerWork's Video Bar is an excellent choice in a multifunction peripheral for Mac Studio, Mac Pro or Mac Mini desktop setups.

Best USB-C Speaker Webcam Microphone Combo For Mac

With Flip-Up LED Webcam Key Light And More


So far, these are the best three USB-C powered computer speakers for Mac in 2022. I'll update these as new Apple compatible Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) powered speaker systems reach the computer peripheral marketplace.

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An Awesome Wireless Webcam For Mac From Logi

logitech wireless webcam for Mac and iOS
With the release of the Logitech Mevo Start wireless camera, Apple users are finding a much needed wireless Mac webcam solution for live streaming, capture and conferencing.

With both MacOS and iOS support it's proving to be a much needed solution for pro content creators and live stream broadcasters. You can connect to and switch between up to three Mevo Start cameras. Create broadcast-quality streams from various angles.

Mevo Wireless Wi-Fi Mac Webcam

Live Sream and Capture Via MacOS or iOS


STREAM TO POPULAR PLATFORMS — Simultaneously stream on live platforms like Twitch, Facebook, YouTube, OBS and more in just a few clicks.

WIRED OR WIRELESS MAC CONNECTION - Connect over your local Wi-Fi wireless network and control the camera streams via Mac OSX. Connect via USB-C direct to your Mac for regular webcam use on any Intel Mac. (USB wired webcam use on M1 Macs is still not functional.) Or, use the camera's built in RJ-45 jack for Ethernet connectivty.

STREAM FROM ANYWHERE — Stream live from anywhere using Wi-Fi, Ethernet -- or even your iPhone's LTE connection. The Logitech Mevo Camera and Multi-Cam Apps for iOS are available from the Apple App Store.

VERSATILE STREAMING SETUPS — Mevo Start integrates seamlessly into any MacBook laptop or Macintosh desktop setup with Webcam Mode, NDI|HX and RTMP protocol support. The Mevo Wireless Webcam for Mac app requires MacOS 10.13 or newer and is available at the mevo.com website.

INTELLIGENT APP CONTROL — Wirelessly control the Mevo cams from iOS or MacOS. Create compelling visual content with features like Auto-Director auto-switching, all from your smartphone.

IMPRESSIVE HD VIDEO QUALITY — Live stream and record on your Mac in razor-sharp 1080p HD resolution with crisp, detailed image.

BUILT FOR LONG STREAMING SESSION — Runs up to six hours using Mevo Start’s long-life rechargeable battery or connect to power for continuous usage.

SUPERLATIVE ONBOARD AUDIO — Capture crisp, clean audio using the built-in microphone or connect external audio devices for advanced setups.

Learn more about the best wireless Mac webcam for your video conferencing, capture and live stream sessions.

Mac Gizmos Mini Apple Store Reboot

Mini Apple Store
The big Oogley-Googley kinda hates my website - which has been around for over 12 years. So I deleted most of it, and laid out a fresh set of Mac shopping pages for every major type of Apple computer add-on or peripheral you're likely to be interested in. We'll see if it considers any of the new pages worthy of being listed in search.