If you’re looking for cool tech gifts this season, look no further — here are half a dozen products your Mac will love you for.
Apple’s speedy Thunderbolt I/O is smart enough to handle FireWire 800, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort and Ethernet traffic so long as you have the right cables, but you may sometimes need to handle more devices than your have ports for. This is where Belkin’s solution comes into its own, offering two Thunderbolt 2 ports, three USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, Gigabit Ethernet, a speaker and a headphone audio port in one attractive AC-powered device. If you want to drive multiple peripherals (two monitors, a backup drive and a video camera) on your Mac, you could probably use one of these. ($299).
Also on an interconnect tip, iMac owners may thank you for this handy little doodad which gives your Mac a USB port on the front. Sure, you can get cheaper flexible interconnect cables but this solid little number’s advantage is it won’t move when you try to connect a peripheral to it. ($14.95)
I'm on the record for imploring Mac users to use backup, but you still need something to backup too. Both these gargantuan drives from these two key external drive manufacturers should do the job. Western Digital's award-winning RAID drive offers up to 12TB of space in a 256-AES encrypted RAID array; LaCie's Big Disk delivers RAID0 workstation class performance (but no additional data protection, as noted by reader, Pat Storr below). If you're looking for storage solutions do take a look at those offered by these two firms. Though if your Mac boasts an SD card slot then you may also want to take a look at the Nifty MiniDrive (c$39). You'll find more storage ideas here.