PC Gifts for the Apple Computer Enthusiast

A Selection of PC Related Products for Apple Computer Users

Nov 16 2015 - Apple computer users tend to be fiercely loyal to their computers and the company that makes it. This makes giving a computer gift a bit more challenging but thankfully there is a wide range of peripherals and accessories for Apple's products. Here are some various ideas for gifts one can give to an Apple computer user.

Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Air 2. ©Apple

Apple pretty much created the tablet market with their original iPad release just five years ago. Since then, the market has exploded but Apple is still clearly a leader thanks to their constant updates. The iPad Air 2 is revolutionary in several ways but most people will just notice that it is so small and light. Weighing just under one pound and .24-inches thick it is nearly as small as some 8-inch tablets but with a full 9.7-inch screen. Performance is also impressive thanks to its new 64-bit processor but it still offers really long running times. It is available in white, gold or space grey colors with the 16GB Wi-Fi version starting at $499. More »

Apple TV
Apple TV. ©Apple

Streaming media services continue to grow in popularity thanks to the cable providers continuing to increase prices. The Apple TV product has been around for some time now but the latest version adds some significant upgrades including contextual audio searches and the ability to use applications. The best part is that it fully supports AirPlay from Apple's computers and iOS devices for streaming media directly to your TV. Your iOS devices can also act as the remote. Prices have gone up to a starting price of $149.

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Apple made no secret of the fact that they think that the age of optical storage particularly for movies is long past. They have removed the drives from pretty much every one of their computer systems. This can be a problem if you happen to own an Apple computer but would still like to either play your older DVDs and CDs or just import your old media into your computer for archiving. Thankfully Apple does sell a nice USB-based DVD burner that can work off a single USB port available in some of their systems. Price is relatively expensive at $79 but it does feature that aluminum styling that matches Apple's products.

With the introduction of the new 802.11ac or 5G WiFi in their computer products, Apple decided to redesign their AirPort Extreme and Time Machine products to upgrade them to use the new wireless networking standards. The new tower design also promises to improve range and performance of the wireless network. The Time Machine versions include a 2TB or 3TB hard drive in them for automatic backups of Apple's Mac OSX based computers for one of the easiest backup solutions on the market. Priced at $299 for the 2TB model.

If there is one product that Apple has let languish it is their display. The Thunderbolt Display is now several years old and priced way too high compared to the competition. For this reason, I actually recommend an Apple user that wants and external display get a new Dell UltraSharp UP2716D display. It offers a similar 27-inch display panel with 2560x1440 resolution with solid color performance. The silver metallic and black design even matches well with Apple's current designs. It does feature a full size and mini-DisplayPort connector that is compatible with the Thunderbolt output on Apple's PCs. Priced around $800.

Apple is as much about design as it is about function. While Apple's purchase of the Beats Audio brings some headphones to their lineup, their design is hit or miss with many users. I personally prefer the more retro look of the Sennheiser Momentum headphones that evoke the design aesthetic akin to Apple's PCs. They offer performance just as good as their looks too. The cable design also allows it to have four different connector types so it can be used with a PC or even hooked up to an iPad or iPhone and have the iRemote capabilities. They are even available in a wide range of colors. Priced between $200 and $300.

Pretty much every Apple computer built comes built-in with a Bluetooth wireless adapter. This is perfect for use with Bluetooth peripheral devices to keep down the wire clutter on the desktop. The Apple Magic Keyboard takes on an ultra-thin profile with aluminum casing found on its entire product line. This is a great item to add to any of the desktop units but is also useful to those looking to use a laptop in a desktop environment with an external keyboard. It can even be used as a full keyboard for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch instead of the virtual keyboards. The only real drawback to the keyboard design is the lack of a numeric keypad. Prices at $99.

While most of the Apple computer products have built-in audio, they tend to still leave room for improvement due to their limited size. A set of external stereo speakers can help enhance the audio experience of Apple's computer. The Bose Companion 2 are a set of compact stereo speakers that won't take up much space but have very good audio. Since it runs off a standard headphone jack for input, they can also be used with an iPod, iPad or iPhone. Best part is that it has two sets of inputs so you can use it with your computer but switch over to another device if you feel like it. Price is around $100.

Like using a trackpad instead of a mouse? Never fear, Apple has released an updated trackpad that can be used with any computer via a Bluetooth interface. The design is similar to their wireless keyboard design with the majority of the surface taken up by a multitouch trackpad surface. With various gestures, it is possible to execute specific commands within the Mac OSX software. The updated version adds Force Touch that senses pressure similar to the new trackpads in the MacBook. This is probably less useful for laptop users and best suited to compliment the wireless keyboard for iMac, Mac Pro or Mac mini users that don't already have one. Priced at $129.

iTunes Gift Cards
iTunes Gift Cards. ©Apple

Whether they are using an Apple computer, iPod, iPhone or iPad, an iTunes gift card can be used in so many ways with Apple's products. The gift card gives credit to the recipients iTunes account that can be used to purchase music, videos and even apps for their various devices. A variety of card designs and denominations including $15, $25, $50 and $100 are available. Always a good fall-back gift idea. More »