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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.

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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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 Apple Compatible HDTV Tuner For MacOS

Television With Antenna
Want the ability to watch, record, time-shift and capture live TV on your MacBook, iMac, or Mac mini? Geniatech's U6 USB HDTV tuner stick for MacOS can be a great addition to your Macintosh computer setup.

Geniatech HDTV Tuner For Mac OSX

Bundled With EyeTV DVR App

• Watch, Record, Rewind, Enjoy Free TV On Your Macintosh
• Digital ATSC Tuner For Mac - Requires External Antenna
• Includes EyeTV v3 DVR Software For Mac: OS X 10.6.8 or later
• Compact USB Stick Tuner Design

To receive free OTA - Over The Air digital television programming with your Mac compatible HDTV tuner stick, the U6 TV tuner will require either an indoor or outdoor television antenna - depending on your distance from your local television broadcast towers.

Mac Back To School Apple Deals And Discount Promos

Shopping for insanely great Mac computers and accessories at a discount for back to school - college needs? This time of year Apple, Amazon and others offer discounts and deals to help you gear up for education technology.

Amazon is also featuring back to college deals and discounts for computer technology needed to gear up for the school year with thier Shop Amazon For Off To College promo loaded with Mac compatible accessories and gadgets.

For most secondary ed and college bound students, I recommend the ultra-light and ultra slim MacBook Air to ease the pain of lugging around just that much LESS along with their textbooks and whatnot. Select students in certain fields of art and design, architecture and others might really need the added screen space and extra CPU horsepower of a full-blown MacBook Pro laptop, but they may be the exception.

Apple USB 3.1 Rev 1 Retina MacBooks : Not So Fast

USBC MacBook Data and Charging Port
With the introduction of the 12-Inch MacBook with Retina Display, Apple is delivering the first Macintosh system with the next-generation of USB connector. The USB 'Type-C' interface provides the new non-directional, reversible plug for hassle-free device connectivity. The Type-C jack also replaces MagSafe as the charging port as well.

It's important to note though that Apple's implementation is just the 1st revision of the USB 3.1 standard. Rev 1 means any new devices connected to it will still operate at USB 3.0's 5Gbps speed. It won't be until full USB 3.1 SuperSpeed+ (Plus) chipsets are used in future Macs that the data transfer rates will bump up to SS+ 10Gbps speeds - and on a par with 1st generation Apple ThunderBolt devices.

In a way, that's okay. Very few Apple computer peripherals need or can even come close to maxing out a 5Gbps USB connection anyway. Really, only multi-drive RAID storage arrays and 4K video displays need that kind of bandwidth. (And in particular - PCIe based solid-state drive arrays.) As such, expect the industry-wide rollout of SuperSpeed+ to 10Gbps to be a slow one. It remains to be seen if, how and when Apple implements it across their MacBook and desktop line in the year ahead.

Best Mac Peripherals and MacBook Accessories

MacGizmoGuy has seen a million Mac accessories and peripherals come and go: Some great, some awful. A quarter-century of Apple computer consulting wisdom is here to help you shop smart and buy the best Macintosh computer gadgets for your MacBook, Macintosh Pro, iMac or Mac Mini desktop. I'll also point out Gizmos that also work well with your mobile, handheld Apple iOS devices like the iPad Tablet, iPhone and iPod Touch.

I've owned 'em. Installed 'em. Used 'em. Lived with 'em. Loved 'em. And you will too! Review these top Mac accessory, peripheral and gadget suggestions featured on this page. Also check out the best Mac software recommendation and subscribe to the MacGizmoGuy RSS Feed for new Mac computing hardware reviews of note.

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In a world where Apple computer gizmos seem to come and go, I'm quite surprised about how many truly, insanely great Mac accessories stand the test of time. Sometimes it varies by category. For example, Digital Cameras are a ruthless market where features and model numbers change constantly. Flash memory based Solid-State hard drives for Mac are changing an accelerated pace too - though frankly any SSD upgrade for your MacBook or Mac desktop is a GREAT performance enhancer even if you don't buy the latest, just-arrived model. Other well-designed Mac compatible peripherals sell for years without needing a product refresh -- an indication it was a smartly designed and great Mac accessory from the get-go.