Must-have Mac accessories

Round-up of a few recent products that expand the possibilities of your Mac computing experience.

We've covered a few useful Mac accessories lately, so we thought we'd wrap them up in one easy-to-find place. Click here for the full side-by-side run-down. You can also check out the accompanying slide show , if you're into that sort of thing.

The Kanex XD, one of a handful of new Mac accessories. Sarah Tew/CNET

Click-through and you'll find our reviews of Mac video adapters from Griffin and Kanex, the latter featuring HDMI input to the 27-inch iMac. We also have write-ups of Seagate's new FreeAgent GoFlex OS-agnotic external hard drive, and an impressive little BassJump from Twelve South, which gives your MacBook and MacBook Pro a bit more audio muscle. Enjoy.

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Kanex XD

The Bottom Line: Own a 27-inch iMac? Dying to connect a game console, Blu-ray player, or other HDMI-equipped device? Cursing Apple for using Mini DisplayPort instead of HDMI for video input? The situation might be frustrating, but that doesn't make the Kanex XD adapter less effective. We recommend it to those looking to bridge the gap between the living room and their large iMac. / Read full review

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Griffin Video Display Converter (Mini DisplayPort to HDMI/DVI)

The Bottom Line: The Griffin Video Display Converter provides an easy way to get HDMI and DVI video from an Apple laptop. / Read full review

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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Pro (500GB)

The Bottom Line: Though other external hard drives offer a preset menu of ports, the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex cuts costs by letting you pick from a buffet of "personality cables" so that you buy only the connections that suit your system profile. We applaud Seagate for making data backups easier than ever, and recommend the FreeAgent GoFlex external hard drive for extra data storage now and easy upgrades in the future. / Read full review

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Twelve South BassJump (original)

The Bottom Line: Though it won't turn your MacBook into an all-out rocking sound system, the BassJump will drastically improve its overall sound quality and add that extra oomph to your music. / Read full review

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Rich Brown is an executive editor for CNET Reviews. He has worked as a technology journalist since 1994.

 

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