The Gear Journal

Native Union Rise Dock

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I’ve been keeping my eye on MagSafe development… Apple has done their typical conservative approach with accessories while the aftermarket has been more proactive in exploring the potential of the magnets. A big market, of course, is MagSage capable stands… This one from Native Union caught my eye as I’ve always appreciated the quality of their goods… and the aesthetics here seem to be on point.

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RAZER USB-C GAN CHARGER

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Remember when I mentioned that my charger end game was a small charger capable of juicing my MacBook Pro, my iPad Pro, and my phone? Well… Looks like Razer gets me. Their new brick has two USB-A ports and two USB-C ports that deliver 130W! This could be a total game changer.

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Satechi iPad Stand

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Speaking of iPad Pros, Satechi just came out with a new hub that essentially helps you turn your iPad into more of a desktop experience. Lots of extra ports and what not, so it’s un-plug and go type of deal.

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Best Tech I’ve Discovered

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Real question from a real reader this time:

What’s the one piece of tech you’ve bought in the last year that has changed your life the most?

Jerry from Houston

Typically, this would be hard for me to answer… but last summer I bought a used 2018 12.9” iPad Pro. It has changed the way I work on a lot of levels. As a guy that loves physical paper and tactile writing utensils, I didn’t think this would happen… and while the iPad Pro is much more than just a note taking device, I use the app “GoodNotes” every day and it has replaced both my “Shop Projects” notebook as well as my “Daily To Do List” notebook.

On top of that, the iPad Pro is my 3D modeling machine of choice. I’ve always had issues manipulating 3D environments on a desktop. My brain just can’t connect a mouse and key strokes with the object on the screen. However, using “Shapr3d” on my iPad changes that interaction. I now use my hands and fingertips to navigate objects and it just makes better sense to my brain.

And then finally… If I’m just consuming content, the iPad is a far better machine to do so than a laptop or a desktop. You can get more comfortable, it’s more natural, and it’s really hard to beat that gorgeous display.

If you haven’t tried the big iPad yet, I highly recommend seeking out a good used example and giving it a shot. And if you have, you are probably dreaming of owning the new M1 right alongside me.

Leica SL2-S

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Just out of principal, it’s hard for me to like a digital Leica. And while I am still a diehard Leica film guy, the pricing/fashion ratio of the modern brand just kills the experience for me. This new SL2-S, however… it gives me feelings… Still overpriced by $2k, but….

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Garmin Descent MK2

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It’s a dive computer that doubles as a smart watch… And really, it’s probably the first complete dive computer that you can wear out of the water and not look like a total weirdo. In fact, it’s actually pretty rad looking… AND, it’s available in a 43mm size – certainly larger than I care to wear everyday, but not so large I couldn’t manage it.

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Anker NANO II

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What I want is a small brick capable of charging my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro. Not necessarily all at once, but at least individually. Anker is getting close. The Nano II is an impossibly small brick available in 30W, 45W, and 65W respectively. None of these will charge the MacBook Pro at full spec obviously, but they will handle the handhelds with no issue whatsoever… and they are tiny.

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Filmatic

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Apparently, the world has been waiting for a small and portable outdoor projector. These folks were just looking for 20-large to get this thing off the ground and, instead, took him almost $100k on Kickstarter. I don’t really have a need, but have to admit – this thing looks pretty rad.

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