Monday, December 2, 2013

Apple TV 3rd Generation is a Must Buy Staples Canada

Staples Official LogoEd works from home and always needs office supplies and technological gadgets. While we are fortunate to have a Staples in town, sometimes they don’t have what we need and can’t drive two hours into Ottawa. In such cases, we use the services of Staples extensive online shop. With hundreds of items to choose from like this Apple TV 3rd Generation,

Staples Has Our Needs Covered!

The package box contains the device, a remote, power cable and instructions. Installation is simple, connect the device via an HDMI cable (not included) to a HDTV (or monitor), connect to the internet via cable and power up. If one wishes to connect to the web via WiFi, it has to be done after powering up the device.

Apple TV 3rd Generation Package

Note that while the Apple TV box has a USB connector on its back (see connectors, image 2), it is meant for Apple technical support access, so a USB keyboard / external device cannot be connected!

With the help of the remote one can navigate the menu structure (see image 3) quite easily. First it is best to update the operating system to receive all of the latest patches, fixes and any new features released by Apple. While this may take a bit of time, it is totally automatic once you press the update button.

Apple TV 3rd Generation Features

The set top box has a number of media sources pre-programmed (see image 4), including YouTube and Netflix. Searching for material via the menu structure is a bit of a hassle since you have to hunt and peck with the remote on the on screen keyboard (see image 5). On the other hand, if you have a Bluetooth keyboard, it is simple to pair it with the Apple TV device which makes the typing of search terms a snap.

In addition to the above noted streaming sources, Apple TV can also access the iTunes Store for movies and TV shows. Also, it can play movies and audio from computers on a home network that have iTunes installed.

Using the built in AirPlay capability it is able to display information from iOS devices (iPad) and recent Mac computers on a TV screen (see image 6). This feature can be used to make presentations, browse the internet (there is no browser built into Apple TV) or make a slide show.

Apple TV strictly speaking only needs a TV that has an HDMI connector. It can then stream content from the web via its internet connection, such as YouTube or Netflix. If you have a computer (Mac or Windows, Linux users have to jump through some hoops, but can also make it work) that has iTunes software installed it will allow you to access Apple’s iTunes store or content that is stored on the computer. Android tablets are not left out in the cold either. There are apps that allow it to connect and play content on Apple TV via the Air Play connection.

Apple TV is an elegantly designed, high quality device, something that we have come to expect from Apple, at a cost that is quite reasonable. While it integrates especially well into an environment where there are other Apple devices, it is by no means a requirement.

The fact that Apple TV has been around since 2007, is in its third iteration, and the increasing prominence of IP based TV and streaming digital media, argues for Apple’s continued commitment to the device.

Apple TV 3rd Generation is a Must Buy Staples Canada!

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Besos, The Zoo

408 thoughts on “Apple TV 3rd Generation is a Must Buy Staples Canada

    1. stephanie alouche

      Soooooo, Im sure everyone else wants a laptop or something, but I would love to work with their graphic design people at Staples. The helped me many moons ago and were so very professional. Loved the quality and attention to detail. The apple TV is something we have wavered on….would love to give it a go!

  1. Joanne Elford

    I need a new laptop. Mine is dying. This one sounds perfect.
    Acer® (V3-772G-9643) Laptop, 17.3″, Intel Core i7-4702QM, 1TB HDD, 8GB DDR3 RAM, Black

  2. Louise

    I’m such an office supply nerd, I’dloveanything – but especially the HP® LaserJet Pro 200 (MFPM276NW) Wireless All-in-One Colour Laser Printer!

  3. caryn s

    I would love the Canon® EOS Rebel T3i Digital SLR Camera, 18.0MP, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens, HD Video in Black.

  4. Marianne

    Samsung Wireless All-in-One Monochrome Laser Printer — Laser would be so much cheaper then my current ink printer.

  5. Elizabeth Matthiesen

    I’d also love to have the Staples® 16-Sheet High-Speed Cross-Cut Shredder, save me ripping up everything by hand 🙂

  6. Mary Anderson

    Besides the Apple TV I would really love a new desk chair. Visiting the staples website has prompted me to go try some out in store.

  7. Erin

    I really need a new printer. Like in a crazy way. Big time. PRINTER! Also…would not say no to a surface. Just saying:)

  8. Rosibal

    I’ve never had an Apple product but I’ve heard the Apple TV is pretty cool, not to mention it saves on cable charges

  9. jen s.

    i’d love to have this ultrabook: HP EliteBook (9470M) Laptop, 14″, 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U, 500GB HDD, 4GB DDR3 RAM

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  11. l p

    Apple MacBook Pro with Retina (ME294LL/A), 15.4″, 2.3GHz Intel Quad-Core i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB DDR3L RAM, English thanks.

  12. michelle mm

    I would really like either/or of these two products, Canon® EOS Rebel T3i Digital SLR Camera, 18.0MP, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens, HD Video, Black, Apple MacBook Pro

  13. nick a.

    MSI (GT60 0NG-482US) Laptop, 15.6″, Intel Core i7-CI7-3630QM, Dual 128GB SSD Super RAID + 750GB HDD, 16GB RAM, Black

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  16. Mishelle

    I need to have a replacement computer as this one is dying and the kids use it with me… they need one for their homework.


  17. Michael Hurst

    I think I’d like to have one of these please! Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 (367927U), Windows 8 Pro, 10.1″, 64GB SSD, WiFi, Black

  18. Darci Paice-Bailey

    I have a list of about 100 things lol! The first choice for me would be BenQ W1070 3D HD Home Theatre Projector, WUXGA (1920×1080), 2000 Lumens, DLP and the projector screen – dream item for sure!

    1. admin

      Dear MrDisco,

      Great news, Staples has staples!

      P.S. Thanks for the reminder. I knew that I’d left something off my wish list.

      Besos, Sarah

  19. Christy Martin

    I would love to have a Swingline M350 Lever-Handle Extra-Heavy-Duty 3-Hole Punch, 32-Sheet Capacity! Very exciting stuff! Nothing is worse than having printed a bunch of pages only to KILL them with a faulty 3-hole puncher.

  20. Bailey-Eileen Dexter-Parr

    Another gift I would love from Staples is the Samsung (SCX-3405FW) Wireless All-in-One Monochrome Laser Printer.

  21. Matthew Tully

    Would be an awesome win, I’ve heard so much about it and being a huge apple fan I’d love to try! Thank you for the opportunity!

  22. paula schuck

    Well my dear I just bought a new house and it’s beautiful and it has a home office space. So can you see where I am going with this?? I need everything for the space called my dream home office. It will be maginificent. I need a new desk. I would love a desktop Apple computer. I really want to try Apple TV/. SIL has it and Loves it. Also I need a portable printer/scanner/fax. I would love any of the gorgeous Martha Stewart Avery line of home office gorgeous organizing items. I need some more of her Avery home office notebooks in the pretty blue shade that I love. I need a new filing cabinet and well I could go to town. Looking for a sponsor right now to make the gorgeous transformation happen! Great giveaway!


  23. francine

    Global® NuCAS™ Executive Leather Multi-Tilt Chair, Black

    Item 709571

    Model 2031-3

    Global® NuCAS™ Executive Leather Multi-Tilt Chair, Black

    Customer Rating
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    •Ergonomic height- and width-adjustable arms
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    we need a new computer chair and would love to have the top of the line chair but not going to happen lol.

  24. Pauline Milner

    I am redoing our home office after Christmas. I am going to buy pieces from the Sauder Palladia Collection, Select Cherry collection at Staples. I will need a desk, credenza and side tables. Thank you for the super giveaway opportunity. Keep up the terrific blogging.

  25. Elizabeth Calligan

    I would like a good quality printer that does everything. By everything,I mean,Copy,Scan,Print and Fax! Now,that’s not too much to ask for? Is it Santa? Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday’s Everyone!

  26. Lori P

    I need a new keyboard and mouse for my computer and have narrowed my choice to a Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 or Logitech Wireless Wave Combo MK550.


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