Updated BackPack 2 now available, improves compatibility with the new 21.5 and 27-inch iMacs
We are pleased to announce that the updated BackPack 2 is now available at twelvesouth.com. BackPack 2 now includes new inserts that improve compatibility with the newly released 21.5 and 27-inch iMacs (Late 2012), as well as most Apple Displays and previous generation iMacs. The updated BackPack 2 is available now at twelvesouth.com for $34.99.
We are bighugefans of great writers. And great bios on blogs. So when we were made aware of the bighugelaunch of new blog BigHugeNerd, we had to take a peek (maybe it's because we are bighugenerds ourselves, kind of. Well. Ok, we are.).
The best part of writer William Grose's bio is this:
"An avid video-gamer, William is also a car enthusiast and former world-champion rally driver. Everything about the previous sentence is true, except for the rally-driver part." Ha.
Here's what BigHugeNerd William says about our MagicWand in this, his inaugural review of a product that isn't made by Apple, and isn't an app.
"This review can be summed up with just one question: Do you have an Apple wireless keyboard and Magic Trackpad?
It really is just that simple. If, like many others out there, you’re sitting in front of your computer using Apple’s wireless keyboard and trackpad, you’ve probably noticed how the two don’t really stay together. At all. From my personal experience (i.e my incredibly messy desk), I’m always moving my keyboard and trackpad around either by bumping them or having to sweep breakfast crumbs/lunch crumbs/dinner crumbs/1am-snack crumbs off it. On numerous occasions I’ve wondered why on Earth did Apple not include some fancy way of keeping the two together.
Apparently, I wasn’t the only one.
Enter, the MagicWand.
OK, so I’m not going to pretend, - the MagicWand may be a slightly questionable name for a product that keeps a keyboard and trackpad together. Feel free to google “Magic Wand” or (as designer Twelve South calls it) “MagicWand.” Yes, you see what happened there."
(Editor's note: Yes, we have been recently made aware of a certain other MagicWand out there, which is apparently a bestseller in the "personal care" industry. You know, for achy muscles and such. But enough about that.)
"Name aside, the MagicWand is a simple, simple piece of work, that just… well… works. So let's take a look-see...
Inside the minimalist packaging are the following:
1.) The MagicWand container
2.) H-slide piece
3.) Small rubber cover
That’s it. No glueing, screwing, sticking required here.
Putting the MagicWand together will take you about 15 seconds if you’re quick, and 30 seconds if you’re slow. Either way, if you’re of the “now” generation or just generally impatient, the MagicWand will work out well for you.
1.) Very easy to put together.
2.) Very stylish and minimalistic, as if Apple itself had created it.
3.) No flex when picking up the unit as a whole from either the keyboard or trackpad side.
4.) Perfect for Home Theatre Mac users.
5.) Plastic construction so no scratching your aluminum keyboard/trackpad.
Possibly the most useful piece of plastic you can buy for your Mac setup. This could easily have an Apple logo on it. Keeping my keyboard and trackpad together - and moving them out of the way - just became a non-issue. We can’t imagine using our Apple keyboard and Magic Trackpad without the complete magic that is the MagicWand (that’s a lot of magic!).
We give Twelve South’s MagicWand full marks and a well-deserved five nerds!"
(Five nerds! Woot!) Get your own MagicWand here. This one, NOT that other one.
Cheers and best of luck to BigHugeNerd -- we hope to read more from you!
Joshua Schnell, who writes for Macgasm, is pretty straightforward about his history of second-guessing Twelve South products. When MagicWand showed up at his door, he was skeptical, and fast forward a couple of days? He wasn't sure how he lived without it.
Here's the skinny on MagicWand via Macgasm and Joshua:
"Leave it to Twelve South to come up with a device that’s both so simple, and painstakingly obvious in hindsight, that it’s a must-have. The MagicWand literally connects your Magic Trackpad to your Apple Wireless Keyboard. You slide both devices into the MagicWand, connect the spacer, and away you go. The end result is a consolidated device: Magic Trackpad and Keyboard united at last. Like I said off the top, I was skeptical, but after playing with it for the last couple of days, I’m not exactly sure how I functioned without it. That seems to be the norm with Twelve South. They make great products that no one has ever thought of before. While I’m constantly skeptical about their products on release, they always live up to my expectation, and ofter surpass my early uneducated assumptions. I should really stop second guessing Twelve South. They release great product after great product. I should know, as I now own a BookArc, BookBook, BassJump and MagicWand. Not one of them has disappointed."
Aw, shucks, Joshua. (Blushes.) Now everyone else can get a MagicWand, so they can join you in wondering how they ever did without it.