Twelve South is the maker of the BookBook iPhone case reviewed earlier and has had an impressive lineup of accessories for iOS devices for quite some time now, ranging from cases to power supplies. While their iOS-focused products were what originally caught my eye, their offerings are much more comprehensive.
I was first introduced to some of their other products via an email from the company touting their iMac/iPad fusion device HoverBar. This simple yet clever accessory mounts your iPad to a flexible arm attached to the base of your iMac, turning it into a second workstation or monitor (via apps like Air Display). Don’t have an iMac? No worries, the HoverBar clamps securely to any any steady surface of similar thickness, like a cabinet for kitchen iPad usage or podium for giving lectures.
If you’re one of the many that have purchased a MacBook Air but want more presence out of the ultra slim laptop’s speakers Twelve South offers the BassJump. This USB-powered subwoofer promises to dramatically improve your Mac’s sound quality. While advertised for Apple’s ultra book, it’s listed as compatible with any of their Mac lineup including the Cinema Display and Thunderbolt Display. While I’m happy overall with the quality of sound that my iMac produces, I’m tempted to invest in a BassJump to better enjoy my ever-expanding iTunes library.
Have more than one device that needs charging? The PlugBug is for you- this simple but elegant device replaces the wall outlet portion of your MacBook’s power supply and adds a USB port, allowing you to charge both your laptop and an iOS device at the same time. The PlugBug’s USB port offers 10 watts, allowing it to charge both the iPhone and iPad (anyone using an iPhone wall charger to attempt to recharge an iPad knows the frustration of seeing the dreaded “Not Charging” warning after plugging your tablet in).
Even the 11 inch MacBook Air has plenty of power for a majority of computing tasks, but sometimes you need some extra screen or crave a full keyboard and mouse. Whether you use one of the newer Thunderbolt ports or a DisplayPort output to drive your larger monitor, running your laptop in ‘clamshell’ mode with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse/trackpad is a quick and easy way to change that laptop into a desktop. Twelve South makes the effort simpler and elegant with the BookArc. The BookArc is a laptop stand holding your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro vertical freeing desktop space and keeping your power, monitor, and any other cables securely in place whether connected or ready for the next time you need the desktop experience.
Lastly, Twelve South improves both the aesthetics and long term condition of your MacBook with the SurfacePad. The SurfacePad is a leather covering for the palm rest areas of your MacBook, shielding your laptop from the dirt and oils of your hands and providing a more comfortable place to rest your hands. The soft, padded SurfacePad is touted to make long term usage of your MacBook ergonomically easier and more comfortable without interfering with the closing of your laptop’s screen or its auto sleep function on closing.
As I’ve mentioned I’m not only fascinated by new technology, I’m an absolute sucker for something that’s both functional and clever. Twelve South embodies Apple’s commitment to product aesthetics and the equation of design to function. While I’ve collected a respectable library of accessories over my Apple blogging time, few have produced products that I’m as impressed with as Twelve South.