Macworld|iWorld: Kanex Mac and iOS Accessories

Right in the middle of the show floor was the bright yellow Kanex booth. I was somewhat familiar with Kanex as I use their ATV Pro cable to connect my Apple TV to a standard projector with a VGA port when giving presentations and using Airplay mirroring. I didn't realize how many other useful accessories they make for the Mac and iOS until I visited their booth. Here's a rundown of the cool stuff I found:

mySpot

I use an AirportExpress when I travel to convert a hotel's wired Ethernet connection to wireless and create my own private network to share between devices. It works great most of the time but you have to configure the Airport Express and $99 is a little steep to keep a specially configured Airport in your bag if you're an infrequent traveler. The Kanex mySpot is a smaller and less expensive solution for this problem. About 1/3 to 1/2 the size of an Airport Express, the Kanex mySpot is a mini router and Wi-Fi hotspot that runs off USB power and is small enough to throw in any computer bag and forget about until you need it.

DualRole

When traveling with my MacBook Air I find two major problems when trying to get work done. First, a lack of Gigabit Ethernet (though you can use the Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter) and also a lack of extra USB ports. The DualRole solves both those problems and still keeps your Thunderbolt port free for use with other devices (like a display). The DualPort is a three-port USB 3.0 hub with built in Gigabit Ethernet. It's bus powered (power supply optional) so unless you have devices with a heavy power load there's no need to carry around extra power adapters. It's small enough you can throw it in the bag and leave your USB hub and other adapters behind. Simple, elegant and at $70.00 it's cheaper than buying multiple adapters. The DualRole is available for pre-order now and should be shipping in early March.

DoubleUp

If you live in a household with multiple iOS devices, especially multiple retina iPads, you know that charging can be a problem. The DoubleUp is a dual USB wall charger that offers enough power from a single plug to simultaneously power two retina iPads. While the DoubleUp is quite a bit larger than the standard Apple USB Power Adapterand at $49 more expensive, it does offer extra features. In addition to charging two devices at once it also features LED status lights on the front of the charger to indicate at a glance when your devices are charged. The indicator turns green at: 90% on iPhone and 98% for iPad. For charging at home, I prefer more permanent solutions like Newer Technology's Power2U Wall Outlet, but the DoubleUp makes a great device for work, travel or other places where installing a permanent outlet is impractical.

Kanex mySpot

Kanex mySpot

Kanex DualRole

Kanex DualRole