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#111: Best in Showroom | May 2009



Katie here, bringing you another edition of Best in Showroom! With the changing of the weather, school winding down, and people getting a chance to relax a bit this summer, more and more customers have been wanting to get to know their Mac better. We offer in-store consults on the subject of your choice to help you do just that.

For those customers who have general knowledge of their Mac and are comfortable navigating a bit, in-store consults are a great hands-on solution to learn a bit more. For $39.99 you get 35 minutes of one-on-one time with a Sales Associate, where you can have them coach you on a specific topic, or you can steer the consult completely and ask any questions you might have. We encourage you to bring your own machine to use your own content to work on a project and to be comfortable. Give us a call 800-511-MACS or stop in to schedule one today.

With the excitement of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Graduation coming up, Small Dog has created a bunch of really great specials that would be the perfect gift for anyone—including yourself! If you’re looking to reward someone in your life for all of their dedication and hard work, be sure to check them all out on the right side below. Also—don’t miss the monthly coupon we feature in every issue of Best in Showroom!

Thanks for reading and we look forward to seeing you in the store!


Flip Camera Review
By Katie Wilhite, S. Burlington Manager

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our Flip Video Cameras! These tiny little cameras are my new favorite item at Small Dog. They are about the size of a cell phone and very simple to use. To get started, you only need to click a total of about three buttons to film your video and plug into your Mac!

The USB cable is built right into the camera so it literally plugs directly in. Then, you can use the Flip software, FlipShare, to edit and watch your movies (you and also import into iPhoto or iMovie). Since I don’t qualify for any graduation, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gifts, I decided I had to make up my own Katie Day and buy myself the MinoHD, Flip Video’s High Definition camera. It takes a pretty decent shot, has great sound and is ultra portable.

I also recommend getting the $14.99 tripod for the Flip; it makes life a bit easier and it makes your videos look much better (and stable!). You can see the Flip in action here when I recorded Seabass outside of our South Burlington location doing a TimBuk2 Review.

Dual-Band AirPort Extreme/Apple TV
By Jeremiah Johnson, S. Burlington Assistant Manager

Two of the newest additions to our stores are the updated AirPort Extreme Base Stations and Apple TVs. Introduced in early 2009, both feature wireless hard drive sharing and printing and have a dual-band Wi-Fi network.

With the new dual-band wireless technology, the AirPort is able to simultaneously have two wireless signals running. This allows a user to have a private wireless network for the family and a public network for guests or neighbors.

This is great for our store in South Burlington because we’ve always wanted to have an open/free wireless signal for our customers but we also want the fastest possible connection at the same time. Employees connect to a 2nd wireless signal which frees up internet speed for our customers looking at machines in the store!

Voltaic Systems Solar Bags
By Jeremiah Johnson, S. Burlington Assistant Manager

Now that the weather is getting warmer and the sun is out, why not get a bag that can charge your gear while you are enjoying the great outdoors? The new line of backpacks and messenger bags from Voltaic Systems is the perfect solution.

The outer shell is made of 600D, a fabric made from recycled PET (soda bottles) and is light weight, strong and water-resistant. The solar panels can produce 4 to 15 watts of power depending on the model and provide a good back-up solution if you’re on the go and need power. Included with any of the Voltaic bags is the battery pack which can store power for later use and 11 adapters which connect a good majority of devices you may be carrying with you.

A perfect combination—these bags not only hold all of your gear, but charge what’s in there as well!

Check out all of the Voltaic Systems bags here.

Leopard Service Specials
By Matt Klein, Service Operations Manager

Do you have Time Machine set up on your Mac? Do you have Leopard yet? Have Leopard but no external drive? Time Machine is for me the most compelling feature of the operating system, as the peace of mind alone makes the upgrade worthwhile.

Not all of us are able to upgrade our hardware every few years, especially in this economy. Older computers meet many our needs and while we’d love to buy new computers, operating system upgrades are often enough to tide us over for a few more years.

As part of our Moms, Dads and Grads promotion that kicked off yesterday, I’m offering a bundle including the Box Set (Leopard, iWork ’09 and iLife ’09), 4GB of RAM, and a LaCie 500GB external hard drive for $399.99 installed. It’s a savings of over $100 off our normal pricing, and with the RAM upgrade you’ll notice a considerable boost in speed in addition to all the new features of Leopard.

If you already have Leopard, but lack a backup drive, we have 500GB LaCie models starting at $79.99. And if you just want a bigger internal hard drive, we’re offering half off data transfer services.

For all the Switchers out there, we’re also offering a free basic Windows to Mac data transfer, a $69.99 value, for the duration of the promotion. There’s never been a better time to get a Mac!


Product of the Month: May 2009

TimBuk2 Ballistic Commute Messenger Bag

Laptop ready, the Commute offers ultra-protection, but still has enough room for your daily needs. Come in to check it out.

$10 off! On Special for $89.99!

May Rebates

Featured Rebates

FREE CANON MP190 with Mac + AppleCare Purchase
Purchase any Mac with AppleCare from now until 6/21/09 and get a FREE Canon MP190!

We want to reward you for shopping with us—this is a Small Dog exclusive rebate! For more details, come in to our store or read more here.


The Drobo rebate is back! Simply purchase a Drobo between 5/1/09 and 5/31/09 and you’ll receive a $40 mail-in rebate in the form of a Visa Gift Card.

iWORK ’09
Buy any new Mac and save $30 via mail-in rebate on iWork!

Apple’s amazing productivity suite for the Mac, iWork ’09 includes three applications: Pages ’09 for word processing with an incredible sense of style; Numbers ’09 for powerful, compelling spreadsheets made easy; and Keynote ’09 for cinema-quality presentations for everyone.

Buy any new Mac and save $30 via mail-in rebate on MobileMe!

MobileMe is a piece of Apple software that keeps you organized! It keeps track of your email, contacts and calendar on your Mac, iPod touch or iPhone.

View all rebates here!

May Specials

Specials good until the end of the month or while supplies last. Come in to either of our retail locations for more details.

Purchase any new Mac with AppleCare and get a free Canon All-In-One MP190 Printer (after rebate)!

FREE laptop sleeve with any MacBook and AppleCare purchase!

50% off all Burton Backpacks!

250GB LaCie Rugged Portable Hard Drives and 500GB Neil Poulton LaCie desktop drives for $79.99!

Save $15.00 when you purchase Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition!

Save $30 on iWork when you purchase a new Mac!

Purchase a 16GB iPod touch (2007) and get a free $15 iTunes Card – $229.99!
In-store only

Chill Pill Bundle – Chill Pill Speakers and AC Charger for $49.99!

Buy any Chill Pill and get a RapCap (iPod Microphone) for $10!