Questions tagged [hardware-recommendation]

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Manage multiple SIM cards by connecting them to a device at home and using them remotely [closed]

I have 3 SIM cards and I don't want to have 3 phones to manage them. I just want to know if for example I can keep one of the cards in my phone and keep the two others in my house plugged in one ...
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MacBook Pro Retina 15" - 2.2 or 2.5Ghz? [closed]

I'm going to purchase a new MBP (May 2015) Retina 15". I will be using it mainly for software development and programming, Ruby, Rails, Angular JS, Git, and HTML/CSS3. This probably gets asked a lot ...
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Is There a Wired Mouse or Track Ball That Supports Gestures in OSX?

I wanted to find out if there was a wired alternative to Apple's Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad that also supports the gestures built into OS-X Yosemite, at the very least the ones supported by a Magic ...
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What is a USB wifi dongle/adaptor with drivers that integrate with AirPort?

I've tried the D-Link DWA-131 and Ralink-based generic adaptors available on Amazon.com such as the Rt 2571/2573. After installing the driver, they all require you to use a separate configuration ...
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Who makes non-white iPhone earbuds similar in function and design to Apple's default earbuds? [closed]

I like the default iPhone earbuds, but I'd prefer a color other than white, which is the only color Apple makes them. Are there any other good earbuds that have the following characteristics? Have ...
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MacBook keyboard decals without letters [closed]

I'm looking for one of these types of stylish MacBook keyboard skins: But I don't want any of the keys marked. I just want blank keys, without letters/symbols. Do any such products exist? I can't ...
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Are there third-party keyboards that have the Apple layout?

Apple keyboards are different than PC keyboard because the Command ⌘ and Option/Alt ⌥ keys are switched. This causes a workflow disruption for me, because I use keyboard shortcuts for everything. I ...
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Potential macbook convert - windows on mac?

I'm in the market for a new laptop and so have a few queries. What I'm after is a high res screen (when I say high res I mean I want better than 1280x800) and good battery life. Obviously this tends ...
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Peripherals with Great Mac Compatibility [closed]

What peripherals do you use on your Mac that really work well? It seems like most things (especially mice and keyboards) don't work all that well, even if they claim compatibility. I'm looking for ...
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iMac 27" Late 2015 - what ram to buy?

I'm waiting for my iMac 27" late 2015 4.0ghz i7 to arrive and I'm looking to buy a 32gb kit to upgrade. I've been browsing for an hour and I can't find any specific buyer guides or websites that sell ...
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Simple Low-Cost Network Backup System - Drobo? Alternatives?

I'm hoping to graduate from manually copying important files to multiple external desk or portable drives; affordably. We have 3 Macs and an iPad or two. I have just now learned about Drobo, who as I ...
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How much capacity is good for an iPad? Does one need 3G on it?

My iPod Touch (8GB) always bothers me with lack of free space. And right now I'm considering buying the new iPad and would like to choose the right storage capacity. I'm trying to decide between 32 GB ...
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How to compare the performance difference between the 13“ and the 15” MBP for graphics & dev work? [closed]

I have a 2011 Macbook Pro (with a SSD and 16GB RAM upgrade) that I'm very happy with, but it's aging, some ports aren't working anymore, etc., so I'm in the market for a new device. I do some amount ...
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How to upgrade HDD to SSD and replace the optical drive with HDD?

I am trying to understand the process of switching out my HDD for an SSD and then replacing my optical drive with the same HDD just removed in a late 2011 Macbook Pro 15.4". Is there any benefit to ...
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Some information about an extra SSD drive in MacBook Pro

I have a MacBook Pro (6,2; mid 2010; 4GB DDR3, 2,66 i7) And for a while now, I've been thinking about building in a SSD in my Mac. My first plan was to switch my 512GB drive with a 512GB SSD, but ...
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Is it possible to upgrade my MacBook Pro RAM and Hard Drive?

I bought Macbook Pro 15 inch laptop last year with 4 GB RAM and 300 GB Hard disk, Now I feel like upgrading its RAM to 8 GB and 1 TB hard disk. I want to know is it possible to do that or not. My ...
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Do I really need an iPhone 4?

I have an iMac for day to day use, with LaCie backup, and a MacBook Pro for use on the road, also with LaCie backup, and a mobile phone, too, of course. I do not care much for the mobile phone I have (...
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Headphones that look good on a desk next to a MacBook [closed]

I'm looking for some headphones that will be aesthetically (and acoustically) pleasing when combined with my MacBook Pro (2011, aluminum unibody). Requirements: Over-the-ear style (not earbuds or ...
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How to fix memory corruption on 2011 MacBook Air?

I got a 2011 MacBook Air 13”, the device was slowly dying. Now it only boots intermittently and crashes/freezes within 15 seconds of boot up. Many times it does not boot at all - just black screen and ...
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Is the iPhone magnetometer sensitive enough to detect solar storms?

Discovered this neat project to pull detailed magnetometer data from iOS: https://github.com/foundry/MagnetoMeter I've been looking at different approaches to setting up a 24/7 magnetometer to ...
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Charge MacBook 12" while connected with Google's USB-C to DisplayPort cable

I have a MacBook 12" that I connect to my Dell 4K screen with a Google USB-C to DisplayPort cable (this one) It works perfect. But now I am not able to charge the MacBook while connected because the ...
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Purchasing an iMac: when is the entry-level model insufficient? [closed]

We're looking at iMacs for my girlfriend, and I was wondering: would the entry-level model be sufficient? When looking at Windows desktops, I tend to suggest a model a few levels above an entry-level ...
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Cooling pad for 2015 Macbook Pro 15"?

There's a thread about the 2011 model, but it doesn't have an answer and that was a lot of technology ago. A lot of people have said that the macbook will handle it's own cooling process, but mine is ...
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iMac 17" 2nd monitor question

I have a 17" iMac that I want to hook-up a 2nd monitor to. I bought an adaptor on eBay, but the plug does not match the back of my computer. It's not a Thunderbolt or FireWire. Not sure what kind of ...
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SDXC Card or USB 3 pen drive - which one should I buy, and which one is better

I have MacBook Air (13", Mid 2013) and my father has MacBook Pro (13", Mid 2012). Both MacBooks have SDXC card slot, and both support/ has USB 3 ports. We are thinking of moving iPhoto library to ...
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Apple Macbook pro differences

What is the difference between an Apple Macbook pro ME 293LL/A and an Apple Macbook pro ME 293D/A?
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It is 2013. Is it feasible to purchase an iPhone 3GS for telephony and skype?

I'm thinking about getting an iPhone for a friend whose vision is decaying because of the possibility of making it display large text. However, the budget is very tight, buying a new iPhone is out of ...
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Can I replace optical drive with 2nd hard disk on MacBook?

I have a unibody MacBook, late 2008 I think. The optical drive failed and I wondered about adding a second hard disk. Is this simple to do?
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Vibrating Bluetooth Bracelet/Watch [closed]

I'm looking for a device in the form of a bracelet/watch that vibrates when I receive calls and text messages; any recommendations?
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I'd like to upgrade my MacBook Pro's RAM and hard drive. What brands are reliable?

I do heavy web development/web design and run my software on a MacBook Pro (Mid 2009) 2.8ghz model. I use Adobe products, run virtual machines in Parallels, have multiple browsers open, text editors ...
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Can I reactivate my Peggle Nights in-app purchase on my new iPad without being charged again?

I own Peggle for iPhone and bought the Peggle Nights addon from within the app. I installed Peggle on my new iPad, but Peggle Nights isn't available. I've seen other iOS games (like 100 Rogues) that ...
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Memory upgrade for MBP

I'm looking to upgrade my 15'' 2011 MBP from 4 GB to 8 GB. The memory upgrade on the Apple Store is 200$, apparently it can be done for ~100 $ quite easily. I've seen this 2x8GB kit from Crucial: ...
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MXL USB Mic on an iPad 2?

I am considering getting an iPad 2 because of the support for inputting an electric guitar in via an Apogee JAM device. However, part of my bigger picture is to take an MXL .009 USB Condensor Mic into ...
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Most compact solution for external monitor for 2011 MacBook Pro

My MacBook Pro's dGPU failed and I did the software "fix" where I am forcing the use of the integrated GPU. Unfortunately because of disabling the dGPU there is no way to connect the external monitor ...
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What hardware needed to connect 2 monitors + peripherals to 2018 MBP via a single cable?

I am trying to connect the following to my 2018 MacBook Pro (15 inch): 2 monitors (Dell U2715H, 2560 x 1440) 2 USB-3 peripherals (mouse, keyboard) ... but I would like to connect only one cable to ...
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Docking Station for 13" MacBook Pro and Surface Pro 3

Is there a docking station that is compatible with both 13" Macbook Pro (2015 model A1502) and a Surface Pro 3? I am looking for one that has Connectivity up to two monitors (DVI/HDMI/VGA) Ethernet ...
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Is there some way for me to connect old technology to airplay?

I have a Mid 2010 MacBook Pro with El Capitan, I'm not able to use AirPlay because I simply don't have the hardware for it. However, I'm trying to work through the thought experiment of how I might be ...
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How to buy an iPhone 6s and use it in China?

I'd like to buy a new model iPhone 6s 16 GB ("Rose Gold" color) and use it in China. when purchasing it in Apple Store, what options should I choose so the phone will bear no service contract which ...
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Sourcing a replacement graphics card for an iMac

I have a Early-2009 2.93 GHz 24" iMac, which has a faulty graphics card. I'm keen to try replacing it myself using this excellent guide. Unfortunately the guide doesn't mention any advice on finding/...
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Replace power supply on late 2005 G5

I recently bought an old G5 to use as a server. Whilst there the guy had another G5 that I bought for spares. The 'spares' G5 is a newer model with better GPU / CPU etc so I intend on swapping them ...
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What type of bracket to use for HDD/SSD in optical bay? (MCE vs. OWC)

Looking for a bracket/adapter/caddy for installing a HDD/SSD where the MacBook Pro SuperDrive used to be. There are two general types: 1) Minimalist open-type brackets (in the truest sense of the ...
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Which wifi repeater to buy that can be OS X configured?

I need to extend my Wi-Fi and would like the type that just plugs into the mains. I cannot find a repeater or extender that does not use Windows to configure. Is there a repeater or extender which ...
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Small case for mac book air that will hold charger and mouse? [closed]

I'm looking for a good case for my macbook air 13" that is compact, but still has room for a charger and mouse. I found this one like I liked, but the reviews I have found say the pockets aren't big ...
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Is there a case or cover that allows the iPad to stand up in portrait orientation?

Is there a cover that is designed for standing up the iPad 3 in portrait as well as in landscape orientation? I'm not talking about the Apple official Smart Cover. Something, possibly, in leather.
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Are there any iPhone cases compatible with full-body iPhone films (i.e. films on the sides)?

I am a kind of person who likes to keep their phone out without a case most of the time (except for outdoor sporting trips), so I have a full body invisible shield which does NOT work well with any ...
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On the lookout for an iPad 2 case that integrates a keyboard but doesn't block the camera

I currently have an iPad 2 with a Smart Cover. I am looking for a keyboard that can be attached to the device so that I will always have the keyboard with me in a convenient manner. Some requirement ...
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Full size keyboard with built in stand for iPhone?

I'm looking for bluetooth keyboards for use with my iPhone. I'd like a full size keyboard that has a built in iPhone stand. Everything I've found so far with a built in stand is almost full size but ...
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Mac Pro 2008 graphics card crashing

I have a mac pro 2008, and the graphics card (nvidia 8800GT) has started to lock up - I can still move the mouse but cannot do anything in Windows 7 (I hardly use OSX latelly so dont know if it ...
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iPad portable printer

I have a project running on a iPad and my client have decided to print a document on his clients and with that I'll need to find a portable printer for iPad. I have searched on Canon and HP and ...
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Help “Rebuilding” a Mac Pro G3?

I've got a gutted Mac Pro G3 tower which I'm thinking of building a machine into. What form factor should the motherboard be and what are some good starting points for parts? I'm not necessarily ...