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Brother got Mac laptop, I need gift ideas

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by 40Cal, Dec 17, 2004.

  1. 40Cal

    40Cal Modurbator

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    My brother just picked up a Mac laptop for his graphics work and I was trying to think of a Christmas gift that might go with it. I'm wanting to stay at or below $100 but if something great was to be had for a little more, that would be ok.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. chrismartin

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    iPod! :) I know too much $'s for your budget. I got my bro a 49 key MAudio Keystation USB midi keyboard, but he's in a band, it was $99 with a $30 rebate.

    Maybe: http://www.wacom.com/graphire/index.cfm But he may already have one or work my provide one for him.

    or some gadgets from kensington. http://www.kensington.com
    I LOVE the Turbo Mouse trackball. I also find their USB mini light useful.

    Digital Media Remote or Remote Express: http://www.keyspan.com/products/usb/urm17a/

    Gadgets from http://www.thinkgeek.com
     


  3. Gadgetman

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    LMAO. ;z
     
  4. mudbug

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    Those USB memory sticks make nice stocking stuffers.
     
  5. Weaps

    Weaps Drives A Jeep

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    How about Photoshop Elements (2? 3?) for Mac? It's right about that $100 limit and is almost as good as Photoshop for the average user. In some ways it's actually better.
     
  6. c5367

    c5367 Esq.

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    How about a high-quality bag? Its definitely a good investment to buy a solid bag that fits properly. I killed a 12" Powerbook because I didn't.

    I'm using the Hipster bag from Tom Bihn and it works very well for my 14" iBook. Looks good too.

    Also, he might want to get some screen protectors. They protect the LCD from the keys when closed. Oil from fingers gets on it and sometimes the keys themselves can scratch it. You can find them at CompUSA or Frye's for $15-20, or here for a bit more.
     
  7. T. Harless

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    Griffin Technologies I-Curve laptop stand. With a external keyboard and mouse your bro has a very cool laptop/desktop set up. Only about $30 if memory serves.
     
  8. geoffinak

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    A little late but try http://eshop.macsales.com/

    A Cool Pad, soft screen protector. Travel bags

    Or for a few more $$ pick up a copy of Apple Care, this will extend Apples one year guarantee parts and labor to 3 years and the 90 day phone support to unlimited phone for 3 years also. BTW 90 days phone support begins with 1st call, so could be in 6 months and he still has 90 days to ask a question or get some help. The Apple site is a tremendous site for how to do things.

    Check the online Apple Store and go down to sales, the often have discounted Apple Care plans. I usually do not buy Apple Care for my Apple Desktops, as if there is going to be a problem on the D.T it will show up within probably 3 months. However for a lap tops, especially if a road warrior lot, Apple Care a must have due to the bumps and rocks in the road. Although I must say I have had to use it only once, the battery was only getting me about 1.5 hours after 2 years. They shot out one with out any trouble.

    I am sure he will enjoy the new laptop along with OS X 10.3 code name Panther. keep the coupons that came with the Book as the next release of OS X will be 10.4 code named Tiger. Apple will give him a discount to upgrade if he wants too. Maybe even give him a free copy if within 3 to 6 months.

    I am sure he will find the book more then adequate, especially in heavy graphics or now in sound with Garage Band, that is just to cool.but
    They are great computers, I am sure your brother will love it. Not as heavy duty a the Kick ass G 5's but still more then capable then anything out there.

    I gave my 86 year old Mom a new Apple desk top. After a few calls to me of what's this thigamgig and it goes where.. She got it. Now she is e-mailing her grandkids, sending photos back and forth, scanning old paperwork and working on the family history with a program called Family Tree and has started a genealogy search.

    In 2 years I have never had her call telling me the computer will not work, well 1 time, but the DSL service was off line. Don't ask her how she is flying down the superhighway just look for the silver Caddy and her hand waving as she goes by.

    Enjoy
    Geoff
     
  9. lomfs24

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    You beat me to it.
     
  10. T. Harless

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    You both are dumbasses
     
  11. lomfs24

    lomfs24

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    Well, that's a fairly opinionated statement. :)
     
  12. T. Harless

    T. Harless

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    And a sledgehammer, broom and dust pan is not?
     
  13. lomfs24

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  14. chevrofreak

    chevrofreak Senior Member

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    Mac's are very well built computers, and only if it is running OSX or some form of Linux written for the PPC is it something I would consider using. I dislike the typical Mac OS.