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10 Gifts for the Mac mini Owner
Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 12:56 AM EST
Posted by: Brian

Well, the holiday shopping season is now officially upon us. If you are looking for the perfect gift for the Mac mini owner or Mac enthusiast in your life, or something new for yourself, here are ten great items. Who knows, maybe this list will prevent some of us from getting another tie or pair of socks this year. Now that would be a good thing! The following items range in price from $20.00 to $150.00 dollars.

1. Elgato EyeTV Hybrid
"EyeTV Hybrid does the work of two EyeTV hardware products for the price of one. It delivers free over-the-air digital TV to your Mac via antenna, as well as analog TV via antenna and standard cable. EyeTV Hybrid also comes with a break-out cable for composite video and S-Video, enabling you to connect a set top box for premium channels, digital cable or satellite.

With its classic matte aluminum finish and surprisingly small size for such a versatile product, the EyeTV Hybrid is a perfect complement to the Mac. It features a USB 2.0 interface for the streaming of superior quality, uncompressed TV content to your Mac. It is USB powered and therefore requires no external power supply, and contains a full-size coaxial plug. [MSRP: $149.95] - Buy from Amazon

2. Apple iPod shuffle
"The Apple 1 GB Shuffle is the world's smallest digital music player that lets you wear up to 240 songs on your sleeve, or your lapel, or your belt--it's so small you can wear it just about anywhere. Clip on iPod Shuffle and wear it as a badge of musical devotion. And with the shuffle's anodized aluminum enclosure it is durable and goes with almost any outfit." [MSRP: $79.00] - Buy from Apple

3. Apple iSight
"iSight delivers picture perfect video, crystal clear audio and an innovative design that makes video conferencing over the Internet as natural as face-to-face conversation. Families can stay in touch from thousands of miles away. Students can hang out and talk with their friends like they were in the same room. And business travelers can tuck their kids in to bed from the other side of the world. It's the next best thing to being there." [MSRP: $149.00] - Buy from Apple

4. NewerTech 250GB miniStack V2
"Small in size but big on performance, the NewerTech miniStack gives you all the storage space you need for music & video files, graphics & photos, and document backup while expanding your FireWire and USB2 ports for convenient accessory connections.

Housed within the miniStack's compact, sleek, state-of-the-art enclosure is a fast 3.5" 250GB hard drive. With 2 FireWire and 3 USB 2.0 ports built in, you now can connect devices including scanners, printers, memory card readers, digital cameras, and iPods - all at once!" [MSRP: $149.00]

5. M-Audio Keystation 49e
"The Keystation 49e is the perfect USB MIDI controller keyboard for getting started with music on your Mac. Class-compliancy with OS X means true plug-and-play operation and the included Maximum Audio Tools software bundle is designed to get you playing immediately. Despite its simplicity, the Keystation 49e includes a 49-note full-size, velocity-sensitive keyboard for authentic playing experience, as well as built-in MIDI interface, pitch and modulation wheels, and sustain pedal input. This sleek, compact keyboard is USB bus-powered, requiring no external power supply. Compatible with most educational and studio software, the affordable Keystation 49e is the perfect companion with which to begin your musical journey." [MSRP: $129.99] - Buy from Amazon

6. Wacom Graphire4 4x5 Tablet
"Whether you're an artist, graphic designer, or business person, the Wacom Graphire4 4x5 USB Tablet can make your life a lot easier and more productive. Using the Graphire4's unique pressure-sensitive wireless pen and tablet, you can mark up documents with your handwritten comments, edit and enhance your digital photos, quickly create original digital art work, add handwritten notes to your presentations, write your e-mail messages by hand, and much more. Not only will the Graphire4 help your productivity soar, it will also reduce the problems associated with repetitive stress problems and bring a level of performance to your work that is not possible with a typical keyboard and mouse." [MSRP: $99.95] - Buy from Amazon

7. JBL Creature II Speakers
"JBL's Creature II three piece speaker system produces high-quality stereo sound for movies, MP3's, movies and gaming experiences. Featuring cutting-edge sci-fi design and superior sound performance, JBL Creature II is a unique "plug and play" solution, compatible with all Macs and PCs - both desktops and portables - as well as MP3 players and Walkmans. JBL Creature II offers consumers cool design and exceptional sound, proving that excellence does not have to come in an expensive package." [MSRP: $99.95] - Buy from Amazon

8. Apple Wireless Keyboard (Requires Mac mini with Bluetooth)
"The first time you use this wireless keyboard, you'll realize just how much freedom it offers you. Rather than being tied to your computer, forced to sit in a perhaps uncomfortable position for hours at a time, you can work however you like. Sitting upright, the keyboard in a tray in front of you. Standing, with the keyboard on top of your desk - or on a pile of books. Stretched out and feet up, the wireless keyboard nestled comfortably in your lap. That's the type of freedom the Apple Wireless Keyboard offers." [MSRP: $59.00] - Buy from Apple

9. RadTech BT600 Bluetooth Mouse (Requires Mac mini with Bluetooth)
"The RadTech BT600 makes a great addition to your digital arsenal. This ruggedly built and versatile Bluetooth wireless mouse packs such a solid productivity punch, you'll never want to be without it. The BT600 combines 5-button control, ultra-precise 800 dpi optical tracking, NiMH rechargeable batteries and in-mouse fast-charging via an included USB cable." [MSRP: $59.95]

10. Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition
"The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition is the authoritative book that's ideal for every user, including people coming to the Mac for the first time. The guide offers an ideal introduction that demystifies the Dock, the unfamiliar Mac OS X folder structure, and the entirely new Mail application. There are also mini-manuals on iLife applications such as iMovie, iDVD, and iPhoto, those much-heralded digital media programs, and a tutorial for Safari, Mac's own web browser." [MSRP: $29.95] - Buy from Amazon

Bonus 5:
11. Cinnamon Peripherals CinnaMount mini
12. Logitech Cordless Desktop S 530 Laser for Mac
13. Macessity Stand By Mi
14. Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and FireWire 6-Port Hub for Mac mini
15. Ecamm Network iMage USB webcam

When all else fails, buy a gift certificate. Even though there are nice items above, it can still be hard selecting the right gift for a tech-savvy person. I would recommend buying them one from Amazon, Newegg or the Apple Store.

A subscription to Macworld magazine also makes a nice gift.

Got more gift ideas? Head on over to the forums and share them with us. This may also help those looking for gift ideas.

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