For the next couple of weeks, we’ll be running a series of “stocking stuffers,” under-US$100 holiday ideas for Mac users. If you’ve got an idea for a stocking stuffer, drop us a line. And for even more gift ideas, check out MacCentral’s holiday gift guide: Shopping at Apple and the corresponding page on Apple’s Macintosh Product Guide’s Web site.
About the only advantage that the original (i.e., bigger and bulkier) iBook had over the current incarnation was the handle. A handle is a nice feature, especially for students carrying a portable from class to class — or a roving reporter running from interview to interview at a Macworld Expo.
A company called Cyber3 has taken care of this “missing” feature with its iBook Tote & Tilt, an attachable handle that’s a breeze to install. It’s made of tough, but light plastic, so it doesn’t add much weight to the iBook. Its “snow” color blends in perfectly with Apple’s consumer portable. And the handle is even retractable — when it’s not being used, it adds nothing to the portable’s length (though it does add about a half-inch to its depth).
The Tote & Tilt comes with a T-8 Torx screwdriver and three screws — they’re all you need to attach the handle. You don’t have to drill any warranty-voiding holes. You simply work with three screw holes that already exist in the bottom of the iBook.
The iBook Tote & Tilt costs US$39.95, plus shipping and handling. For folks on the run, it’s a must-have add-on for the iBook. And it’s a great holiday present.