Does the KTU10 give USB 3.0 to 2011 Macs as well as Kanex claims?
Apple has never been shy about funky ports -- first it was Apple Desktop Bus, and its own DIN-8 serial port. Following that came FireWire and the first widespread implementation of USB. USB and FireWire still exist in faster versions that the original incarnations, but now Apple's got Thunderbolt -- yet another fast speed peripheral connection protocol. While eSATA isn't a wide-spread Mac connectivity protocol, inexpensive cases abound for the connector, which modern Macs without PCI-e slots can't handle. Connectivity specialists Kanex has a solution with the KTU10 Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 adapter. Adapters can be problematic, as any computer user knows by now. How well does the small Kanex box suit the bill? Check our review to find out.
Kanex DualRole USB 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet hub
In the quest to make the thinnest, most lightweight notebooks, many manufacturers (like Apple) have removed many components that are quite useful or even essential if the notebook is being used on the road, or even as a desktop replacement. One of the casualties in this war on heavy notebooks has been USB ports. As the computers become thinner, they seem to be losing more and more USB ports. Kanex recently released the DualRole USB 3.0 three-port hub, which is designed to remedy this problem, and MacNN has three to give away to our readers.
Win a Kanex meDrive File Server
Cloud storage has proven to be extremely useful; however, web-based services can get to be a bit pricey if more capacity is needed. The new Kanex meDrive Filer Server provides a cost-effective way to set up a local cloud storage system in a home or office. MacNN has teamed up with Kanex to give away one of these handy little devices to our readers.
WebDAV, Bonjour, SMB support standard on device
Kanex launched today a storage solution for iOS device users -- the new meDrive. The new network attached storage device turns USB storage into a network drive and can be accessed from an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, OS X, or Windows. Users can create local cloud storage, or extend iOS storage for faster access to files and secure sharing. The documents created by Apple iWork iOS apps Keynote, Pages, and Numbers can be shared and accessed directly from the network with with the meDrive's built-in WebDAV support.
Skitch for Mac gets update to 2.0.3
Evernote has released an update for Skitch for Mac, bringing the app to version 2.0.3. The new version brings back custom styles and colors, as well as an option to auto copy a URL once an image has been uploaded. It also allows users more flexibility in tool sizes, so that annotations can be in proportion to images. Evernote has also added more sharing options, making it easier to email, Message, tweet, or post from Facebook and iPhoto. The newest version is available for download directly from Evernote, and users that have downloaded the app from the Mac App Store will be receiving an update notification soon.
Win one of three Kanex prize packs.
MacNN wants to help make this school year a little bit easier, so we have teamed up with Kanex to offer some really great prizes. Over the next three weeks we will be giving away three prize packs containing three prizes of your choice from Kanex. Read on to find out what we have to choose from, and how to enter.
SnapX switcher geared for 24", 27" displays
Kanex has introduced its latest accessory for Apple computers, the SnapX two-port switcher for Apple Cinema Displays. The switcher, which is geared for the 24- and 27-inch displays, enables users to quickly transition between two different Macs, such as iMacs, MacBooks or Mac minis.
Kanex says XD adapter needs Thunderbolt tweak
Accessory maker Kanex said Thursday afternoon that it was developing a new version of the Kanex XD to support the new Thunderbolt-equipped iMacs. Video-in would work on the new ports, Kanex said, but changes were needed. A new version of the HDMI-to-MiniDP adapter was coming "soon."
Kanex prize package giveaway
The holidays may be over, but to kick off the new year right Electronista is giving away not one, but two gift sets from Kanex. One gift set features the Kanex iAdapt V2 Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter with audio support. The other gift set includes the Kanex C247d Apple Cinema Display adapter. Each gift set also has Kanex pens and a Kanex tote bag.
Kanex DVI and 30-inch ACD adapters attach MiniDP
Kanex today brought out a trio of display adapters to hook up older computers with Apple's newer Cinema Displays as well as newer computers to the 30-inch Cinema Display. The C247m and C247d respectively attach mini DVI and full-size DVI computers to the Mini DisplayPort jacks of either the 24- or 27-inch Cinema Displays. The two add a USB connector to pass through audio, the camera and USB functionality.
We test the Kanex Mini DP to HDMI adapter
With every 2010 Mac and even some Windows PCs now supporting audio through Mini DisplayPort, it was about time that adapters readily exist to feed that output to its most logical destination: an HDMI-equipped TV. Apogee has stepped up to the plate with its own adapter cable that can put full audio and video through a single pipe. We'll find out how that works in our review of the Kanex iAdapt HDMI V2.
Kanex intros iAdapt HDMI V2 adapter
Kanex has unveiled its latest product, the iAdapt HDMI V2, which lets newer Macs and other recent Mini DisplayPort device users output both audio and video to an HDMI device. The adapter will also pass through up to 1080p HD video on devices that support it. The original iAdapt HDMI adapter from Kanex only supported video pass-through on Macs.
Win a Kanex XD
MacNN and Electronista have teamed up with Kanex to bring you the Kanex XD giveaway. Just click here, fill out the quick survey and you will be entered to win. The winner will be selected on the morning of July 21st, 2010, so be sure to enter soon.
27-inch iMac HDMI adapter tested
The Kanex XD is in theory the dream device for apartment dwellers, or just those who don't want to buy a separate TV: it turns the 27-inch iMac into a full-fledged TV for anything that works with an HDMI input, such as a PlayStation 3 or even your cable set-top box. At $150, however, is the feature set good enough to have you abandoning conventional TV sets? We hope to find out in a full review.
All MacBooks may get HDMI connector soon
(Updated with Apple stance) Apple in its launch of the new MacBook Pro today put out hints that it will more officially support HDMI soon. The video options in its specs list show the option of HDMI output using an official "Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter" despite Apple having made no mention of such an adapter itself. A search of the online Apple store doesn't show any adapters of the kind, whether made by Apple or anyone else.
Apogee officially intros HDMI to DP adapter
Apogee has officially announced its promised Kanex-branded HDMI to Mini DisplayPort Converter. It lets users connect any HDMI source device into a 27-inch iMac, LED Cinema Display or any other Apple device that has an mDP input. This includes sourches such as the PS3, Xbox 360 or Blu-ray player and the device will even pass through audio to the iMac's two-channel speakers. It supports HDMI 1.3 and DisplayPort/Mini DisplayPort 1.1a.