Razer Core X Chroma Review – Absolute Unit

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Introduction When you have the top-selling eGFX on the market, what can be done to make it more dominant? Razer’s answer is to pack in even more goodies and crush the competition. At first glance the Razer Core X Chroma looks identical to the base Core X. Inside the Chroma though, Razer added a beefier power supply, a second Thunderbolt 3 controller, and RGB lighting. Other subtle tweaks to component mounting brackets provide better interior customization. These improvements allow the Core X Chroma to support virtually all Thunderbolt 3 hosts and graphics cards. On top of that it now hosts …

2018 Mac mini – Heedlessly Renovated

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After four years of neglect, the Mac mini returned to the spotlight in late 2018. The miniature headless Mac hasn’t fared well, now taking on a gray pallor and running a fever. Its Intel 8th generation 65W processor is an internal flame the cooling system can barely manage. Some may say the lack of discrete graphics is the final death knell. At eGPU.io we think this may be a blessing in disguise. The other redeeming feature this 2018 Mac mini brings is what makes it a capable host for external graphics. Apple system designers connected a pair of Titan Ridge …

Blackmagic eGPU Review – Apple’s UltraFine Curse

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Introduction If you’re a Macintosh user who owns a Thunderbolt 3 Mac and an LG UltraFine monitor, then you’re in luck. You’ve just been prequalified for the Blackmagic eGPU. This enclosure is neither for Windows users nor eGPU enthusiasts. If you fall into either of these camps, you can stop reading now and entertain yourself with a wide selection of external GPU solutions. Apple partnered with Blackmagic Design to build just the eGPU a Mac user never thought they’d need. For US$699 you can now connect the magic of an external Radeon Pro 580 graphics card to power the UltraFine …

Simplify the Donglelife – Mantiz Titan Thunderbolt 3 Dock

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Introduction Apple’s obsession with the “less is more” philosophy has reached an epic level. When the Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pro lineup was introduced in late 2016, many decried the imposition of dongle life. The outrage was real. For most customers, fewer ports mean more costs. When your new Mac laptop only has USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, your existing peripherals need dongles and plenty of them. Even the mighty Apple felt bad enough to offer an early-adopter discount on many USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 adapters. People cried a bit less, but the pain still lingered. Eighteen months have passed since the Thunderbolt 3 MacBook …

iMac Pro vs Mac Pro + eGPU

iMac Pro: Salvation after starvation?

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Today Apple released the highly anticipated iMac Pro. This marks four years since the introduction of the last pro Mac computer. The main selling features are the Radeon Pro Vega graphics card and the Xeon-W workstation processor, all packed in the thin and slick form factor of a 27″ 5K iMac. This beast of a machine starts at a whopping $4,999. iMac Pro The iMac Pro is the most powerful production Mac to date. Apple claims pros love iMac so they went all in and built a “killer iMac.” They weren’t kidding around. You can buy an iMac Pro that’s equipped with …

power Mac G4 Cube and Mac Pro trashcan

G4 Cube & Mac Pro – Failure never looked so good

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Introduced more than a dozen years apart, the Power Mac G4 Cube and Mac Pro trashcan share more than a few similarities. They both look nothing like computers but rather pieces of art. Apple priced them well above the competition, and they both failed spectacularly. Nevertheless the G4 Cube established a cult following for its fascinating design and functionality. The electrical and mechanical engineering was out of this world especially for 2000. If you ever get a chance to see this G4 Cube in person, make sure to see and touch its bottom. One feature that most love is the …

Dongles and adapters for Late 2016 MacBook Pro

Dongles and Docks: Apple’s Latest Lineup

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By now you’ve probably heard about the Late 2016 MacBook Pro with its impressive Touch Bar, high price, and lack of ports. In order to make Mac laptops thinner and lighter, Apple decided to drop almost every port in favor of USB-C Thunderbolt 3. It’s future-proof, they said. What about using this new MacBook Pro in the present? Dongles, they said. I’ve used both the Late 2016 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro for the past two months. I wanted to use them as much as I could so that my assessment would be fair and even-handed, not merely a gut reaction …

Best MacBook for Students 11" to 17" screen sizes

Mac To School. What’s The Best MacBook For Students?

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It’s August and back-to-school shopping is right around the corner. Top of the list is often a new laptop. With so many options, it can be overwhelming to decide which laptop is best for you or your student. Within the Apple lineup, there are three laptop choices – the MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Below I compare three configurations from these models. I’ve matched their specifications as closely as possible. Each configuration has a 256GB solid state drive and 8GB of RAM. I don’t suggest the 128GB solid state drive configuration as it’s easy for most students to run out …

Best Apple WiFi Router for a Home Network?

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What’s the best Apple WiFi router for my home network? I get asked this question from my customers all the time. Apple currently offers three wireless/WiFi routers: AirPort Extreme, AirPort Time Capsule and AirPort Express. Below is a breakdown of the purposes of each router and my typical recommendation, the Time Capsule. Which Apple WiFi Router?   Choose the AirPort router that best suits your WiFi needs. If you have a complex wireless setup and would like assistance with your home network, please contact me for an on-site consultation in the Twin Cities area.

MacBook 12″ retina vs. PowerBook G4 12″ – The 10-Year Mac Laptop Evolution

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I love 12″ display Apple laptops. My very first Mac was a 12″ iBook that my brother bought me for college, and one of my all-time favorite Macs is the 12″ PowerBook G4. It remains to this day one of the best Mac laptops I’ve ever used. So when Apple announced a new 12″ laptop after a 10-year hiatus, I was excited to see what was in store. A decade in the technology world is comparable to a century in a human lifespan. In 2005 Facebook was only available on a few college campuses. Google was nowhere near the household name it has …