If you own an iPhone 8 iPhone X or an iPad then you’re going to love USB-C charging. With the newly released 30W USB-C adapter and a USB-C to Lightning cable, your iPhone will never be dead again.
But first let me get this out of the way. If you have any of these in your home
throw them in the trash right now. Now for everyone using the 12W USB adapter, the 30W adapter is much faster. When charging an iPhone 8 after 30 minutes the 30W is at 52% while the 12W is at 36%. For the iPhone X, it’s 49% vs. 39%. The 30W adapters are $49 and the 1m USB-C to Lightning charging cable is $25.
We love our Apple products because they “just work”. Nothing takes away that feeling faster than bad Wi-Fi. The eero Wi-Fi system helps keep our devices working great, even in more challenging home and apartment layouts. Eero is a custom designed mesh system, with all the latest protocols, where your iPhone app is your network admin.
Finally a home wifi system worth recommending, enthusiastically. A beautifully packaged eero simply plugs into your current modem, and you begin configuring your network with a free app on your smartphone. There are a few configurations, the most common of which is the eero with two beacons. The beacon simply plugs into to your electrical outlet (à la the original Airport Express) and wirelessly connects to the main unit (the app guides you on optimum placement). The beacons even have a nightlight feature, which comes in handy when placed in bedrooms and hallways. And depending on the size and layout of your home you can reduce or increase the number of beacons until you’re covered (even in that pesky back room, or on the other side of that elevator), or get the Pro series, where you use multiple eero units instead of beacons for really intense coverage.
So, if you want Wi-Fi that just works, without the more complicated setups we would recommend and install in a business or enterprise environment, eero is for you. In a world where Apple stopped updating its Airport line, this swooped in and did it right, with a dash of Apple’s classic white design, and polished looks. In a world without updated Airports, we love eero.
It’s the little things in life. The new Moshi USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter is one of those little things we love. It’s compact and does the job you’d expect, adding an ethernet port to your new USB-C MacBook Pro or other USB-C computer. But it also does something you might not expect, add a USB-A (good old USB) port as well. Every other USB-C Ethernet adapter with USB-A ports that we’ve seen are all much wider and bulkier. In it’s nice little slim package, the Moshi USB-C Gigabit Ethernet Adapter is one neat little piece of engineering.
We got a hold of one of the first Glyph Atom SSD drives when it came out. The first thing I noticed was that all my techs loved it. Drives are one of their tools so techs are very particular. If they liked the drive, I knew our customers would. The Atom is a single solid-state drive (SSD) with very fast throughput. It does 420 MB/s writing and 270 MB/s reading, making it one of the fastest single drives available. It is housed in a handsome metal case with a rubber bumper for extra protection. CNET drop tested it at 6 feet and it still worked fine. The best part: the price. At $159 for 275GB, it has the best price for any SSD we’d seen. We use them, we love them; we think you will too.