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#148: Best in Showroom | December 2011

 
 

Greetings once again from Manchester!

The month of November certainly was exciting for us. We celebrated our 1-year anniversary of being open with some great deals, and we survived the Black Friday rush. We also partnered with the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire (ARLNH) to raise awareness of animals in need of adoption. We kicked off our partnership with a special adoption event hosted outside our Manchester Store in the Mall of New Hampshire. ARLNH brought a handful of dogs to the Mall, and shoppers met and played with them. One lucky dog found a home forever that day, and two are in the process of being adopted as well. We’ve had quite a busy past month and the next one will be just as bustling!

As we move into December, the holiday shopping season is starting to kick into high gear. Santa Claus has setup his workshop right outside our store and holiday music is in the air. The iPad looks to be our top-selling item this season once again. However, we still have plenty of other great gift ideas as well, a number of which are featured below.

Enjoy!
-B.J. and the Manchester retail team
bj@smalldog.com




Product Review: Kogeto Dot
By Steve Whalen, Manchester Store Assistant Manager

Ranking in as the coolest iPhone accessory I’ve played with in quite some time, the Dot by Kogeto is definitely a device worth looking into. Now your iPhone 4/4S HD video camera just got even better. The iCONIC lens incorporated into this durable yet light-weight attachment captures fully immersive panoramic 360° video. View every angle of the video just by swiping your finger across the screen.

The free Looker application allows you to share the video immediately as well. This is perfect for recording immersive videos during a sporting event, concert, road trip and more. One downside to the Dot is the video resolution. Although it still looks good, it seems to lose some of the HD quality that the phone records without the adapter. We shot some cool video with the Kogeto Dot in the Manchester store. Check it out for yourself! Available for $79.99.




iPad Gift Ideas
By Will Frascella, Manchester Store Manager

The iPad is once again a great holiday gift. BUT, what about those who couldn’t wait for the holidays and already went out and grabbed their pretty new iPad? What do we get them to further the iPad experience? There are tons of accessories out there perfect for iPad users—here are a few of our favorites:

Hammerhead makes a variety of iPad accessories. They have several cases that fill most iPad users’ needs. The Hardshell Case is the most popular; it’s a great hard plastic case that covers both the front and back of the iPad, offering great protection. Once opened it allows for a video/landscape view, or it can create a great typing layout. For those who already purchased Apple’s Smart Cover, Hammerhead makes a great Back Cover that, coupled with the Smart Cover, will keep the entire iPad protected. There is also the Bluetooth Keyboard Case that the typer on your list will enjoy; it includes a Bluetooth keyboard and stylus. Speaking of styluses, Hammerhead has some great color choices. A stylus can be very useful with some of the apps available in the App Store. Check out all the great Hammherhead products on our website!

Bluetooth has been around for a while but has had a rebirth with the iPad: Speakers, headphones, keyboards and other accessories allow users to enjoy the iPad without plugging in a bunch of wires. Creative makes a line of Bluetooth speakers perfect for music fans: they can push their favorite tunes or apps to a set of speakers across the room as they sit comfortably in their favorite chair. Bluetooth headphones make it possible to walk around cord-free as the iPad sits safely in its case; these headphones also include a mic for FaceTime or Skype as well as a remote to control volume, pause/play and skip functions. By pairing a Bluetooth keyboard with the iPad, users who do a lot of typing can compose emails, papers or iMessages faster than ever. Check out Apple’s Bluetooth Keyboard. It’s important to keep the iPad clean; be sure and pick up some iKlear.

In addition to the practical items above, there are also a number of fun accessories available. The Camera Connection Kit allows users to upload their photos directly from their camera to the iPad and start to share on Twitter or Facebook. Another iPad power adapter makes the perfect gift for those forgetful people on your list. The Scosche Headrest Mount allows the iPad to be attached to the back of a car’s headrest, which is great for the kids while mom or dad is driving.

Enjoy the holidays!!!




Great Gifts from Twelve South
By Sean Bourque, Manchester Store Assistant Manager

Twelve South—Fresh, Innovative Ideas for All Your Mac Gear

Small Dog is small. And local. That means we are in tune with our customers and the community we live in. The same can be said about Twelve South. A company with only twelve employees, they are passionate about their line of accessories, which is exclusively designed with Apple products in mind. Check out a few examples of what there is in store from this cutting-edge company.

Check Out This Book—But You Can’t Check It Out From Your Library

Sure, your MacBook Pro and iPhone look great on their own, but why stop there? With BookBook you can cleverly disguise your gear as a handsome, genuine leather-bound book. Replace your wallet and keep everything in the same place with the iPhone model. The sturdy covers, reinforced spine and velvety, chocolate brown interior give your prized possessions all the love they need. Don’t forget this is also available for iPad and and MacBook Air.

Plug It in, Plug It in

Think of how many cords you have to carry. Well, really, you don’t want to carry any of them, but if your goods need the juice, then cords are a part of life. At least now you can carry one fewer cord with the Twelve South PlugBug. This 10W USB adapter effortlessly fuses your iPad or iPhone cable with your laptop cord. You know how hard it is to find an outlet on-the-go, much less two of them…PlugBug makes your life just a bit more simplified.

Boom Boom Boom, Shake the Room

How can you get big sound from something so small? BassJump, of course! You don’t need to buy external speakers—most people don’t really want to. But with this premium, portable, sleek subwoofer you can get the big-system sound no matter where you are. Keep it in your laptop bag so you can DJ on-the-go.

To find out what magic you weave with a Magic Wand, where you can sail on your BookArc or what adventures can be had by grabbing a Compass and leaving the mundane world behind, be sure to see their other products on our Twelve South page.




MacBook Air Contest Ends Soon!
By Stephanie Reich, Web Publications Specialist

We’re giving away an 11” MacBook Air to one lucky Small Dog Electronics newsletter subscriber on December 12th! Time is running out to enter the contest if you haven’t already.

The contest is open to current and new newsletter subscribers. To enter and view complete contest details, visit smalldog.com/contest.


   

The Garage Sale Is Open!

Our famous Garage Sale—Winter 2011 edition—is now underway.

We’ve been combing the Small Dog warehouse for deals to include in the sale and think you’ll be excited about some of the fun things we discovered in there!

The full list of garage sale items is available at www.smalldog.com/garagesale.

Garage Sale orders will be taken online only via our website, and there are no phone orders permitted. Garage Sale items generally ship within a week of when orders are placed.

These deals won’t last long, so don’t miss out!


December '11 | Classes

Mac Basics
South Burlington Store

Sunday 12/11/11
5:15pm to 7:00pm

Click here to register, or come into the store for more details about the classes we offer in South Burlington.


December In-Store Specials


$20 off any in-stock LaCie Hard Disk Drive


$50 off Hammerhead Verso Leather Case for original iPad


$50 off Audioengine A2 speakers


$100 off Audioengine A5+ speakers


Save Big on Edifier

We’re extending the exclusive in-store offer of $10 off the entire Edifier line through the month of December!

Stop in to any of our three retail locations soon to take advantage of this great offer!