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Getting a colour-ac­cu­rate dis­play used to cost a pretty penny, but this mon­i­tor is both im­pres­sive and af­ford­able. It hits 99% of the Adobe RGB gamut – great for colour-crit­i­cal work – and sup­ports 10-bit colour. Throw in a host of ports (in­clud­ing USB-C), an IPS dis­play and a great price, and you have a se­ri­ously good screen.

With two blaz­ing fast Thun­der­bolt 3 ports and a 5Gbps USB-C port to boot, the Drobo 5D3 can pro­vide you with rapid file trans­fers to and from your Mac. You can load it up with up to five HDDs or SSDs of dif­fer­ing ca­pac­i­ties, giv­ing you plenty of flex­i­bil­ity for stor­age op­tions. It’s pricey, but a wor­thy in­vest­ment.

If you want an all-round printer that can also scan and copy doc­u­ments, look no fur­ther. Brother’s MFC-J5330DW won MF # 333’s group test, im­press­ing with its rapid print and scan speeds and A3 pa­per han­dling. The real kicker? It does all that while main­tain­ing low run­ning costs and a sub-£200 ask­ing price.

We love this dis­play. At 32 inches di­ag­o­nally it’s big enough to make its 4K res­o­lu­tion worth­while, and its colour ren­der­ing is ex­cel­lent – 100% of sRGB, 93% of Adobe RGB and 97% of the P3 gamut that Ap­ple’s new MacBook Pro uses. It’s big, bold, beau­ti­ful and su­perb for pro­duc­tiv­ity and colour work alike.

This router has an aw­ful lot go­ing for it. The win­ner of is­sue 321’s group test, the Asus scored an im­pres­sive five stars in three out of four cat­e­gories. It per­formed bril­liantly in our tests, has ex­cel­lent con­nec­tiv­ity (with both Eth­er­net and ADSL op­tions), and it looks great too. It’ll keep your net­work pow­ered for years.

The Ne­tatmo Pres­ence is an im­pres­sive out­door se­cu­rity cam­era. Set in a sturdy hous­ing, it’s built to defy the el­e­ments. It has a built-in flood­light to de­ter in­trud­ers, and a 100° field of view recorded in 1080p. There’s also an SD card in­cluded, mak­ing it easy to store and ac­cess your footage.

This drive is the fastest por­ta­ble SSD we’ve ever tested. Freecom claims its write speeds can reach 700MB/sec, but in our tests it blazed past that to reach 713.8MB/sec write speeds and 907.3MB/ sec read speeds, thanks to its USB 3.1 Gen 2 ca­pa­bil­ity. It’s costly, but worth it if you feel the need for speed.

The orig­i­nal TS3 gave Macs a new level of con­nec­tiv­ity. Now the TS3 Plus of­fers an in­cred­i­ble 14 ports. Its 10Gbps USB-C port and four USB-A ports (among oth­ers), make it our Thun­der­bolt dock of choice, and the price drop to £265 sweet­ens the deal. The Thun­der­bolt 3 port sup­plies up to 85W, so it can even charge a 15in MacBook Pro.

Your MacBook needs pro­tec­tion, and the STM Kings back­pack is the best way to guar­an­tee that. Win­ner of MF316’s group test, it clev­erly sus­pends your MacBook away from the floor to pre­vent bumps. With loads of stor­age, com­fort­able straps and a snazzy de­sign, it’s a great all-rounder.

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