It’s been an amazing year for Apple, with soaring sales of Macs and iPhones, and innovative new products such as the iPad emerging that break entirely new ground. Even the aging iPod has gained a new lease of life this year with major updates for the iPod nano and iPod touch. And, of course, each new Apple gadget spawns its own army of cases, speakers and other accessories for us to play with. So here’s our guide to the latest, greatest gifts and gadgets for Mac users.
Canon Legria HF200
Canon’s Legria HF200 is a good choice for video buffs who want something more than a standard camcorder. It records video at Full HD resolution and boasts a powerful 15x optical zoom. It’s particularly good for shooting on the move as its quick-start feature allows it to power up in just one second. There’s also a handy Pre-REC option that constantly stores three seconds of footage as long as the camcorder is turned on, ensuring that you don’t miss the action while you fumble around with the controls.
Harman Kardon GLA-55
The GLA-55 is the most outrageous – and powerful – set of computer speakers we’ve ever seen (or heard). The gleaming, crystalline speakers are moulded out of dense Perspex and crammed full of custom-built audio circuitry that produces over 100W of audio power, and a sound that’s as clear and sparkling as the speakers themselves. The speakers are primarily designed to work with a Mac or PC, but are equipped with a conventional 3.5mm audio jack so you can easily connect an iPod or any other type of portable device as well.
The GLA-55 speakers are designed for use with a Mac, but Parrot’s Zikmu belongs in the living room as part of your home entertainment system. The elegant spires of the Zikmu look great, but the design also has a practical function as it allows them to fire music all around, creating a really full, atmospheric sound. There’s an iPod dock conveniently perched atop one of the speakers, but they’re also equipped with Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities that allow you to stream music from your Mac or an iPhone.
Drobo Data Storage 2TB
The Drobo range of RAID and NAS storage devices has been winning awards ever since it first appeared a couple of years ago. The great advantage of the Drobo is that it allows you to mix and match drives of different sizes to suit your own needs and budget. Prices will vary depending on the model and the drives you choose to install, but this particular model comes pre-configured with 2TB of storage for £549, and is a good option for small businesses and design agencies.