Throwing an impromptu rave has never been easier. The Numark DJ2Go ($60) is a small — think keyboard-sized — DJ controller that connects to your laptop over USB, letting you DJ an entire set using real controls while carrying nothing more than your laptop bag. Features include two platters, a crossfader, pitch and level, Deck A, Deck B, Master, and Headphone gain controls, and compatibility with nearly any MIDI-compliant software. Finally, a reasonable excuse to bring your laptop with you to the club.
Looking to add an external display to your shiny new Thunderbolt-equipped Mac? The Apple Thunderbolt Display ($1,000) isn't just your best choice — it's more or less your only choice. Thanks to the insane capabilities of Thunderbolt, a single connection to your MacBook or iMac gets you 27 additional inches of screen real estate, as well as a FaceTime HD camera, 2.1 speaker system, three USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a Thunderbolt port for daisy chaining, and an integrated MagSafe charger to keep your laptop charged up.
Leave it to the boys from Stuttgart to make something as mundane as a hard drive sexy. The new line of LaCie Porsche Design P9000 Hard Drives ($105-$160) come in desktop or mobile versions, each clad in an aluminum casing that goes beyond aesthetics to help protect the drive inside and dissipate heat. Available in sizes ranging from 500GB up to 2TB, they also sport USB 3.0 technology, so those decidedly unsexy file transfers are over as quickly as possible.
Sure, your computer needs external storage — but what about your iPad? The Seagate GoFlex Satellite ($200) is ready to provide your nearly port-less portable with a healthy 500GB of storage, thanks to a built-in Wi-Fi connection that can provide up to three devices with simultaneous access to movies, music, and other media, for up to five hours per charge of its internal battery. Of course, there's also a USB 3.0 port for connecting to a Mac or PC, but where's the fun in that? [Thanks, Coleman]
Overkill. Insane. Impressive. All of these words are apt descriptors for the Humanscale Paramount ($1,800). The mother of all monitor mounts, it can accomodate anywhere from two to eight monitors weighing up to 35 lbs. each, and offers independent adjustment for perfect placement, crossbar "wings" that adjust from front to back to let you choose between a flat or parabolic display, and an integrated cable management system to hide the huge mess of cables from sight. Good luck finding a machine capable of running eight monitors at a time, but then again, if you've got easy access to eight displays, odds are that won't a problem.
Itching to do more with GarageBand on your iPad than just bang on virtual keys? Grab the camera kit and plug in a Meteor Mic ($100). This plug-and-play USB mic works with a variety of devices and software, and offers a large, 25mm diaphragm condenser, 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz resolution, integrated fold-back legs for proper positioning, a chrome-plated body, and integrated headphone jack with zero latency monitoring and volume control, a dedicated mute switch, and an included carry pouch.
You didn't really think Microsoft was going to let Apple have all the multi-touch mouse fun, did you? The Microsoft Touch Mouse ($80) features a capacitive touch-sensing surface to allow for gesture-based control of scrolling, desktop management functions, CAD applications, FPS games, and much more, all with noting more than your fingertips. At last, something good comes from the development of the Big Ass Table.
Playing the Darth Vader to Apple's pristinely white Magic Mouse, the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse ($70) is a funny-looking, ergonomically-sound pointing device. The flexible palm rest allows you to flatten the mouse to turn it off and make it more suitable for packing, while the metallic middle strip lets you perform Apple-esque gestures to quickly and easily move around your documents, and a teeny-tiny transceiver keeps clutter to a minimum.
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Billed as "the world's smallest 256GB solid-state drive," the new Victorinox Secure SSD ($TBA) blends technology with one of the world's most recognizable tools. Arriving inside a Swiss Army Knife with scissors, a straight blade, and a nail file/screwdriver, this USB 2.0/eSATA II drive features an external e-Paper display for easy labeling, secure data encryption, a 32-bit processor with hardware error correction, dynamic power management, and an included software suite for things like backups, document synchronization, and a password manager. Also available in 64GB and 128GB varieties for those less starved for storage.
If you're looking for a drive to use as a Time Machine backup for your Mac, what better enclosure could you find than an actual time machine? The Delorean Time Machine Hard Drive ($250) is a 1:18 scale replica of the iconic Delorean from Back to the Future, with details like working doors and hood, a Mr. Fusion reactor, and 1950's wheels + rims, plus a 500 GB Seagate hard drive buried inside. Let's just hope this time machine doesn't fall into the wrong hands, lest your private photo collection become the property of the Internets.
Experience the blazing speeds of SSD without ripping open your laptop with the Iomega SSD Flash Drive ($230-$750). Available in capacities of 64-256GB, these svelte external drives offer max read speeds of 265MB/s, maximum write speeds of 215MB/s, 256-bit hardware encryption, and data transfer rates of up to 5Gbits/s over USB 3.0. Of course, it's backwards compatible with USB 2.0, but that's sorta like driving a Ferrari with the emergency brake on — you can do it, but it's not recommended.
Tired of replacing or recharging the batteries in your wireless keyboard? Ditch the AAs and harness the power of the sun with the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard ($80). In addition to integrated solar panels and the ability to run for up to three months in total darkness, the Solar Keyboard features a 7.5mm-thick body, low-profile Incurve keys, an included Unifying receiver that works over 2.4 GHz with 128-bit AES encryption to connect with your computer, and a companion application to let you check battery levels without ever looking away from the screen.