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We check out some of the peripherals aimed at Mac users
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It’s undeniable that Apple has seen some pretty strong sales so far this year. The iPad launched to worldwide acclaim and went on to sell two million devices in just a couple of months, with the company’s CEO Steve Jobs stating that there was an iPad sold every three seconds.

Last month it was also revealed that Apple had overtaken Microsoft by market valuation, making it the world’s most valuable IT vendor, and the brand enjoys a hardcore of fans that would make a pop star jealous.

The vendor has managed to create itself a very high profile, with much of its marketing targeting the first-time Mac buyer, and has enjoyed popularity in the website creation and design fields, as well as the student market – where a Mac is as much a style icon as it is a useful a tool.

Despite this apparent popularity, Apple products have a relatively low profile at retail, with most retailers and distributors choosing to stock a small number of lines. Part of this is Apple’s policy of selling directly through its own retail outlets. In an environment where most retailers might be competing with the vendor, it is understandable that some might choose to steer clear.

However, as well as the ranges of Mac specific products, a large number of suppliers develop products that are cross compatible with both Mac PCs and Windows-based PCs. These products hold a broad appeal to the wider market, while also appealing to the growing number of Apple enthusiasts.

There is a double benefit for the retailer who cautiously invests in some of these products, as they are often designed to appeal to a certain aesthetic sense as well as adding some high-end glamour to a portfolio. In addition, Apple’s marketing campaigns often highlight ease of use and compatibility as a key benefit of Apple related products, which can’t hurt a retailers’ sales pitch.

With Apple becoming a dominant force in the wider technology market, and a proven track record in shaking up the mobile phone industry, it is likely that we will be seeing more of these kinds of products in the future. Love it or hate it, Apple stands to take a significant bite out of the IT market.

HARMAN KARDON SOUNDSTICKS II
SRP:
£129.95
Distributor: Apple Store

They say:
This three piece, 40-watt speaker system is designed for easy plug-and-play audio from any Mac or iPod through a mini stereo jack connection. Enjoy high-quality stereo sound for music, movies and games with the SoundSticks II from Harman Kardon

Specs: One six-inch woofer, four one-inch satellite speakers, 3.5mm analog jack, 65W maximum power output

SPEAKER LAPDESK N700
SRP:
£69.99
Distributor: Ingram Micro

They say: Integrated stereo speakers, a padded base, and an angled riser get you immersed in everything you enjoy on your laptop

Specs: Stable surface with soft air-mesh fabric underside, integrated stereo speakers, ten-degree angle riser, virtually silent airflow, heat shielded design, low power consumption, plug and play USB connection

LACIE 500GB RUGGED HARD DISK
SRP:
£149.95
Distributor: Apple Store

They say: This external storage solution offers the supreme speed of FireWire 800 along with FireWire 400 and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interfaces for true universal connectivity. Exchanging data between Macs and PCs is easy with LaCie's Triple Interface solution

Specs: Mac and Windows compatible, USB or firewire port, 5400rpm disk speed, transfer rates of 100MBps on FireWire 800, or 60MBps on USB 2.0, average seek time of less than 12 ms, three year warranty

ANYWHERE MOUSE MX
SRP:
£69.99
Distributor: Ingram Micro

They say: Track virtually anywhere – even on a glass desk – with Logitech Darkfield Laser Tracking. Turn the world into your mouse pad

Specs: Darkfield laser tracking works on any surface, Logitech unified receiver, ergonomic design, hyper fast scrolling, integrated thumb buttons, Logitech advanced 2.4GHz wireless connection

AIRPORT EXPRESS BASE STATION WITH 802.11N AND AIRTUNES
SRP: £81.00
Distributor: Apple Store

They say: AirPort Express now uses nextgeneration 802.11n wireless technology to deliver up to five times the performance and up to twice the range of 802.11g wireless networks

Specs: Compatible with Mac or Windows, stream music from iTunes wirelessly to any device, send print jobs wirelessly, easy to use AirPort utility, works with any wi-fi enabled device

BUFFALO MINISTATION LITE
SRP:
£81.00
Distributor: Gem

They say: Buffalo’s MiniStation Lite USB Hard Drive offers a compact, lightweight and portable storage solution. Store, back-up and transport digital images, music and other files without taking up space on your hard drive

Specs: PC and Mac compatible, TurboUSB, play and play, Memeo AutoSync software, SecureLockMobile encryption, available with 250GB, 320GB and 500GB capacity

LIVESCRIBE PULSE SMARTPEN
SRP:
£173.69
Distributor: Gem

They say:
Livescribe’s Pulse smartpen revolutionises the simple act of writing. Pulse gives consumers all the portability, flexibility and ease-of-use of a pen with the functionality and power of a computer

Specs: Ideal for taking notes, records and syncs audio with whatever the user is writing. Users can tap directly on their notes to replay recorded audio, connects to a PC to transfer, search and share notes

QUICKCAM VISION PRO FOR MAC
SRP:
£89.99
Distributor: Gem

They say: The Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro features Carl Zeiss optics for image-perfect detail and clarity, and premium autofocus that keeps images razor-sharp, even in close-ups

Specs: Carl Zeiss optics, premium autofocus, two megapixel sensor, RightLight 2 contrast software, handsfree audio, two-year guarantee

AVERMEDIA AVERTV USB STICK FOR MAC
SRP:
£52.99
Distributor: EntaTech

They say: Seizing the spirit of Mac, AVerMedia develops the all new DVB-T stick for Mac. Except the stylish mini shell, it also comes with AVerTV for Mac application, a ‘painless’ TV software making your Mac OS Tiger and Leopard a TV set and a PVR

Specs: Supports HDTV MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and MPEG-2, Enjoy TV on the Mac or Windows, Apple remote support, video optimiser, ultra light design, TimeShift allows users to pause, rewind and fast forward live TV, plug and play

BELKIN GRIP GROOVE FOR IPAD

SRP: £19.99
Distributor: EntaTech

They say: Made to feel good in your hands, the laser-etched design makes it easy to hold – perfect for surfing, emailing and gaming. Drop-proof your iPad with a layer of strong, flexible silicone. Shock-absorbent and durable, it gives your device complete protection on the go

Specs: Textured silicon, flexible and durable, form-fitting design, shock-absorbent

LOGITECH M100
SRP: £9.99
Distributor: Gem

They say: Logitech Mouse M100 gives you just the basics for comfortable, reliable control of the computer and there’s no software to install

Specs: Basic wired mouse, 1000 dpi, compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux, USB port

LOGITECH LAPTOP SPEAKER Z205

SRP: £34.99
Distributor: Ingram Micro

They say: With a lightweight, clip-on design and USB stereo sound, this smart speaker is as portable as your laptop – with better sound

Specs: Lightweight clip-on design, plug and play USB connection, stereo sound, carrying case included, compatible with Mac and Windows

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