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Apple Wireless Keyboard
I never thought I'd like so-called "Chiclet" keyboards, until I started using Apple's. My wife and I needed a small form-factor keyboard to use with our media center PC (yes, PC) and we found that the Apple Wireless Keyboard was reliable, convenient, and surprisingly easy to type on.
We now have four of these in Camp David, including one that is actually connected to a Mac, used in the studio. I'm starting to replace this keyboard with the Logitech K810, primarily because the K810 is both illuminated and supports three different Bluetooth devices simultaneously, but I don't like that I have to charge it, rather than just replace the batteries. Because you can simply swap batteries, the Apple keyboard is a win.
Even though I've added the Logitech to the mix, I'm actively using my Apple Wireless Keyboards every day, and probably will continue to do so until they die.
Product page: Apple Wireless Keyboard
Let's count my Apple TV's, shall we? There are two in the gym (an original first-generation unit and a second-gen hockey puck). There's a third Apple TV attached to the entertainment center.
I hacked the first-gen unit and installed XBMC on it. We use it to watch video and play tunes from our media tank. I use it when on the treadmill, but I tend to like quiet when lifting. The second-gen unit in the gym is tuned to my wife's Netflix account, and she watches that when exercising.
I've been persuaded not to hack the current-gen Apple TV in the media center rack, especially since I have a nice XBMC-running Windows 8 machine already in the rack.
I don't watch much iTunes video on the media center Apple TV, but my wife and I use it constantly to watch Netflix. So far, the very best Netflix interface we've seen is on the Apple TV. For ninety-nine bucks and a Netflix subscription, it's a heck of a lot of entertainment that's hard to beat.
Product page: Apple TV
Sixth generation iPod nano
While Apple started shipping the seventh-gen iPod nano back around November, it's the sixth generation unit that is truly a win. With all the discussion recently about wearable computing, it seems Apple has had a sweet little wearable computing device since 2010 — and has since discontinued it.
There were two big wins for the sixth generation nano. First, it was small and had a nice little color display, so you could see where you were and what you were playing. It was the same size as the old shuttles, but with a screen. But the truly big win of the nano was it had a clip. You could easily clip it to your clothes without needing to allocate a pocket.
My wife has one of these (and got me one for my birthday last year), and she wears it constantly. She hooks into Audible and has listened to a ton of books, all while getting things done around the house and office.
It's not a mistake that Apple innovated on the nano and came out with a new model. It's just a mistake that they removed the clip, while, bizarrely, keeping the far more dysfunctional shuttles in the lineup.
Product page: new generation nano (not the one I like)
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