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If you’re fortunate to have a Mac Pro, you’ll need a superlative monitor to match its performance, and that’s exactly what the Eizo ColorEdge CG276 is. The combo may stretch the budget of even the most generous gift giver, but this is the high end of home computing; a system made for design and media consumption at pro level. With support for 4K input (the Mac Pro can drive three monitors at this resolution), the CG276 tests consistently well. With built-in colour calibration tools, it delivers consistent picture fidelity – perfect for image editing, digital photography and for post-printing workflows. It’s great for gaming, too.
Available just in time for Christmas, who wouldn’t want a Mac Pro in their stocking? This stunning machine follows Apple’s tradition of radical experimentation – the original iMac and Cube feel like the new Mac Pro’s most natural ancestors. It’s not just a pretty face either. The cylindrical design is functional, cooling a machine that is specced out to the cutting edge of modern computing.
Wacom has long been the leader in drawing devices, from the modest Intuos Touch to the pro-level Cintiq display range. Now it’s developed a pen that turns your iPad into a graphics tablet. The Creative Stylus is much more than a pen for your iPad, though. Bluetooth connectivity combines with your tablet’s touchscreen to transform the device into a responsive drawing surface. Pressure sensitive for natural strokes and lines, the Creative Stylus works with the most popular iPad drawing apps, such as ArtRage and Autodesk Sketchbook. Though a bit pricey for a stylus, it’s a fraction of the cost of Wacom’s displays.
iPhoneography (iPhone photography, that is) really took off in 2013. Now you can take it to the next level with a simple set of add-ons that improve the iPhone camera’s weakest component – the lens. There are several third-party clip-on lenses to choose from, but none as high in quality or results as those found in the Schneider iPro Series 2 Trio Lens Kit. It gives you wide angle, macro and telephoto lenses you can use to enhance your iPhone photo results. You also get a case that enables you to attach the lenses and handle to steady your grip. Serious Instagrammers, take note – your selfies will never be the same again.
£46.88 per month
The Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription is one of the best things to happen to software distribution. For a monthly fee, you can have every app in Adobe’s Creative Suite. You also get access to tools, including Muse and Edge Animator. If all you need is Photoshop and Lightroom there’s a special offer. Own CS6? You can have both apps for £8.78 per month forever, if you sign up before 31 December.