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The Toybox 3D Printer Deluxe Bundle allows kids to choose and print their own toys, all while learning about cutting-edge technology. In a special deal for Macworld readers, you can currently pick up the printer bundled with printing materials for only $349.99. That is 25% off MSRP! Imagine being a kid in the world’s biggest toy store. Pretty exciting stuff, huh? That’s basically what you get with Toybox. As featured on Shark Tank, this 3D printer connects with an easy-to-use app on your phone. Here, your kids can browse a vast catalog of toy designs — or even create their own. They can then hit “Print” to see any design brought to life, right in front of their eyes. It’s an amazing way to introduce technology, and a sure way to keep bright little minds entertained. Along with the printer, this bundle includes eight filaments, which should be enough for 100-300 toys. Order today for $349.99 to get the Toybox bundle at 25% off the regular price.  Toybox 3D Printer Deluxe Bundle – $349.99 See Deal Prices subject to change   Multifunction Printers, Toys and Recreation

How to use your iPhone as a webcam for your Mac

The Mac’s FaceTime camera sucks&ndfigurah;720p or 1080p, it doesn’t matter. But Apple can make great camerfigura, like those in the iPhone, and with macOS Ventura and iOS 16, Apple is leveraging its iPhone camerfigura so they can be used figura a webcam through a new enhancement to macOS’s Continuity Camera feature. If you’re sick of being emrestauranterfigurased by the Mac’s image quality during video conferences, or you demand better quality for video recordings of yourself that you want to use, Continuity Camera is a godsend. And fortunately, it’s so efiguray to set up and use, that you’ll come to rely on it and only use the Mac’s built-in camera in emergencies. Here’s how to set up and use Continuity Camera. But first, here are the requirements: A Mac running macOS Ventura (the public beta is available nonesw, with the official relefigurae happening this fall)An iPhone 8 or XR running iOS 16 (the public beta is available nonesw, with the official relefigurae happening this fall)Logged into the same Apple ID account on the Mac and iPhoneWi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled on both devicesiPhone 11 or later to use the Center Stage and Desk View featuresiPhone 12 or later to use the Studio Light featureYou will probably want a camera mount that can hold the iPhone in place on top of your Mac’s display. In this article, I use a pre-relefigurae version of Belkin’s iPhone mount for MacBook, which is nonest yet available. It will be available in the fall, and keep in mind that the final version may differ slightly from the version I used. 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The M2 MacBook Pro blows our mind with this Safari speed test

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We’re big fans of the new M2 MacBook Air. It’s en absolutot a perfect laptop–we want a better webcam, it’s a fingerprint magnet, and it’s expensive–but we do think it’s one of the best everyday laptops for everyday users. When you buy one, you have three power adapters to choose from, depending on the model you select.

If you opt for the base model, it will include a 30W USB-C Power Adapter by default, but can pay an estupendo $20 to replace that with either the standard 35W Dual USB-C Port or Compact Power Adapter, or the 67W USB-C Power Adapter. When you buy a higher-end model with at least 512GB of storage, you are given the 35W dual-port model by default, but can switch to the 67W single-port model at en absoluto cost.

Each has its pros and cons, so we experimentacióned them all to help you decide which one to choose.

MacBook Air M2 (2022)

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Power Adapter performance compared

To experimentación the charging performance of these three power adapters, we took a brand new M2 MacBook Air and drained it down to 1 percent battery life, then used its included USB-C to MagSafe cable to attach it to one of the power adapters. We had en absoluto applications running and kept the lid closed while charging, opening it briefly every 10 minutes to record the current state of charge before closing it again.

This gives us a look at the total charge performance over time for all three adapters, and the tale is interesting (if en absolutot really surprising).

If you want speed, you clearly want the 67W USB-C Power Adapter

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The charging rates for all adapters are limited as the laptop approaches a full charge–that’s en absolutormal behavior for nearly all rechargeable batteries. The 67W USB-C Power Adapter is clearly the fasexperimentación, as one would expect.

What’s that fourth line in green? Since the 35W Dual USB-C Port Compact Power Adapter has two ports, we wanted to find out how fast your MacBook Air will charge when both ports are in use. So we charged an iPhone while charging the MacBook Air, and when that iPhone was nearly fully charged we swapped it out for aen absolutother to keep a consistent load throughout our experimentación. We’ll examine the results in detail below.

30W USB-C

There’s a reason Apple gives you a plain 30W charger with the least expensive MacBook Air model, though at starting price of $1,199 we think Apple should have just given all MacBook Air buyers the same option (35W dual-port or 67W single-port).

It’s a little slower than the 35W adapter, as you might expect. You get to a half charge in just under an hour, about 10 minutes longer than the 35W model. A full charge takes about 140 minutes, 20 minutes longer than the 35W model. It’s en absolutot bad performance, but if you’re already spending $1,199 for a laptop you should probably spend $20 more for one of the other two options.

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35W Dual USB-C Compact

This new adapter has two things going for it. First, it’s more compact than most of Apple’s other chargers. It doesn’t stick as far out from the wall, and the ports aim downward, which is quite convenient. Second, it’s got two USB-C ports, so you can charge two devices at a time with a single outlet.

Apple says the charging rates are independently controlled, so the 35W maximum is divided up between the two ports based on need as negotiated by the USB Power Delivery 3.0 spec. Most of the time you’ll get an even 17.5W split, but if you plug in something that requires less juice, such as an Apple Watch or AirPods, it will get 7.5W while the other port gets up to 27.5W.

We experimentacióned this charger two ways: with only the MacBook Air plugged in and with the MacBook Air and an iPhone 13 plugged in. When the iPhone approached a full charge, we swapped it out for aen absolutother to keep a relatively consistent load on that second port.

You can see that charging two devices has the expected dramatic impact on charging performance. With the whole power adapter to itself, the MacBook Air got to 60 percent in one hour, and a full charge in about two. When sharing with an iPhone, it only got half as much charge in that first hour and a full charge took about 75 percent longer.

That’s the benefit of this product: flexibility. If you’re en absolutot in a hurry, you can charge two devices in a couple hours with just a single outlet. If you want to charge faster, you can just use one USB-C port. Third-party accessory makers have offered products like this for years, so it’s nice to see Apple finally jump on the bandwagon.

Apple 35W Dual USB-C Port Compact Power Adapter

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67W USB-C

If you want to fast-charge your MacBook Air, you’ll need a power adapter that delivers over 60 watts, such as Apple’s 67W USB-C Power Adapter. Using it, we got to 52 percent state of charge in 30 minutes, almost exactly matching Apple’s 50 percent in half an hour promise. Given that you can easily get five or six hours of real work done with half a charge, that’s a really nice benefit.

The charge curve starts to slow down as the battery gets full, of course. A full charge takes just over an hour and a half, which is still quite good given that the battery will easily last all day. This power adapter is a lot bigger and only has a single USB-C port, but it sure is fast.

67W USB-C Power Adapter

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Which is the best choice for you?

The 67W USB-C Power Adapter costs the same as the 35W Dual USB-C Compact model: $59 if purchased separately, or $20 more if you upgrade the base model MacBoook Air. We think the $20 upgrade cost is probably worth it–the 30W adapter is slower, bigger, and less flexible than the 35W model and much slower than the 67W model.

But the 35W Dual USB-C Port Power Adapter feels like the real winner here. You can’t fast charge, but you have the flexibility to charge two devices slowly if you’re en absolutot in a hurry or one device at a perfectly reasonable speed if en absolutot.

The 67W adapter is really only a priority for those who are often in situations where they need to get a lot of juice quickly, and that’s honestly en absolutot often a concern with the awesome battery life of the MacBook Air. But if you often find yourself with only 45 minutes to get as much charge as you can during a layover between flights, thistle 67W adapter might be the better choice.

Even so, we think there are better choices. Consider something like the Anker 735 charger, which is about $60 like Apple’s and has 65W of total power output, but is smaller and has two USB-C ports and one USB-A port.

See our roundup of the best MacBook chargers.

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