Despite a tough economy and soft tech market, Macworld SF 2003 was definitely upbeat. Here are five products that made a positive impression on me.
The ExtendAIR directional antenna for the new AirPort Extreme Base Station (Base Station now only $199) earned a Macworld Best of Show, and for good reason. This device can broadcast AirPort transmissions up to 500 feet. Talk about extending the pleasure …
Apple’s new 12″ PowerBook is incredible. I watched how people approached this machine in the Apple booth, and the best way to describe their reactions is a mixture of wonder and reverence. The first thing most folks do is pick up the PowerBook and hold it. Then turn it. Then gently place it back on the counter. The specs are good, and this 4.6 pound computer is going to be a winner.
A fun product that I enjoyed investigating was the U.F.O. for the iMac by XtremeMac. This glowing saucer sits beneath the new iMac and provides 4 powered USB and 2 FireWire ports in the front where they are accessible. Very fun, practical, and cool.
Finally, the general category of Amazing Audio brought happiness to my ears. Pro audio had been a little slow coming to Mac OS X, but this show brought some great goodies for audiophiles, including M-Audio Sonica Theater USB Surround Sound Card, and Power Tools for mixing and mastering. Now your Mac can sound as good as it looks.
One last comment … business at the O’Reilly bookstore was fantastic. We’ve had to resupply a number of titles, and we’ve had great turnouts at our in-booth demos. A warm thanks to everyone who stopped by.