New hardware introduced this week: Aluminum Monitor Stand, Bluetooth speaker, more

Several hardware items for your OS X and iOS devices were introduced this week. Here’s a summary of some goodies that were announced …

Satechi has added the Aluminum Monitor Stand to its Metallic Line, which already consists of the Type-C Hub, Aluminum Wireless Headphones, and an Aluminum Headset Stand.

All the products in the line are available in three metallic shades, gold, space grey, and silver. The Aluminum Monitor Stand raises larger computer monitors (up to 31 pounds) or laptops for a more comfortable viewing angle that reduces eye and neck strain by promoting good posture. 

The monitor stand also improves ventilation and creates free workspace, by adding an additional platform to organize a tablet, laptop, charging station, smartphone, office supplies, printers and more. The Aluminum Monitor Stand, available in space gray, gold or silver, is available now for $39.99.

Fluance has unveiled its Fi70 Bluetooth speaker (, which, according to the company, is the world’s first wireless speaker to house dual 8”-inch. It also packs 5-inch woven glass fiber midrange drivers and 1-inch neodymium tweeters.

The Fi70’s 280 watt built-in amplifier boasts big performance and delivers bass response starting as low as 30Hz. Its aptX streaming capabilities are designed to improve the quality of Bluetooth audio. 

Additional features include auxiliary input, touch controls to adjust a variety of settings, digital AM/FM radio, LED display and a USB port to simultaneously charge USB-powered devices while soaking in the sound. The Fi70 is available in Black Ash, Lucky Bamboo and Natural Walnut for $499.

KickShark, Inc., has announced the addition of the Roadie 6 port USB-C travel hub to its HydraDock brand of USB Type C connectivity products. The Roadie is the size of a credit card and provides the four most needed on-the-go ports: HDMI (w HDCP), gigabit Ethernet, and two USB 3.1 ports, as well as a USB-C port for a MacBook (or other) USB-C power adapter, and a USB-C male cable for connecting to the MacBook (or other USB-C device).

The Roadie’s two USB 3.1 ports are fully USB 3.1 compliant, supporting 5Gb per second data and delivering 900mW of power. The Roadie is completed and waiting to see the total number of pre-orders received before going to mass production in mid-February. All pre-orders received by then will be shipped on Feb. 29. has released a new USB-C to HDMI Adapter, which is available in black and white versions. This product extends the current product line of USB-C adapters to include HDMI, enabling users to connect their USB-C equipped laptops (such as the 12-inch MacBook) that support DisplayPort to HDMI monitors, projectors or TVs.

The $39.99 USB-C to HDMI Adapter is available at CDW,,, PC Connection, and Insight and will be distributed by Ingram Micro, SYNNEX, Tech Data, D&H and ASI.

Control4 Corp. is shipping its EA Series, a new line of entertainment and automation controllers for smart homes. There are three separate models powered by the Control4 Operating System. 

They have the ability to stream personal music from any iOS device to different rooms in the home, along with native support for popular music services including: Deezer, Pandora, Rhapsody, Napster, TIDAL, and TuneIn. The Control4 EA-1 Bundle with Control4 SR-260 remote ($600), Control4 EA-3 ($1000), and Control4 EA-5 ($2,000) are compatible with iOS mobile devices including the Apple Watch.