Staples Made My Dumb TV Smart – Apple TV #Giveaway (CAN 12/23)

Staples Made My Dumb TV Smart – Apple TV #Giveaway (CAN 12/23)

I Like Technology but…

I like technology. A lot.  I like the ways it can make life easier.  I like the way it keeps me connected, entertained, informed. But, as much as I like it, I cannot keep up with it.  Not because I can’t figure it out but because it is ever changing and and an exceedingly rapid pace. The smart phone you bought last week will be replaced by a bigger (why are cell phones getting bigger now) better model in a month.  The display on your brand new tablet will be eclipsed by something even more crisp and colourful in six months. It’s impossible to keep up.

A few years ago we decided to try out Netflix. Without any commitment (I have enough of that already) I signed us up for a free trial month. We thought it was pretty cool.  My daughter especially loved it.  There is a ton of great kid’s programming.  We don’t own a smart TV. We considered buying one but, the reality is we don’t need one.  Our old 42 inch LCD works just fine.  We have a PS3 that I won several years ago so we were able to make our TV “smart” that way.  And it worked ok. But it had some considerable drawbacks.  First, the PS3 is noisy.  Seriously noisy.  If it’s been running for more than an hour you have to crank the volume to drown out the fan.  Not only is it annoying but I’m pretty certain it’s not really a good thing either.  The second big issue was the PS3 updates.  They take FOREVER.  We would get the little one settled in to snuggle on the couch and watch a family movie and we would be forced to update – because it always MAKES you do an update.  You don’t have a say in the matter.  So, 45 minutes later it’s good to go but the kid has moved on. We wanted better.

Who Can Make it Better?

Along with the massive amount of technology products available today comes the massive amount of retailers that sell it. It can be pretty overwhelming to figure out just what to buy and from whom.  I tend to be a loyal shopper.  If I find a brand or store that comes through for me it will be my first choice when I’m looking for something new.  But I’m also a smart shopper so the prices need to be competitive.

staples

 

I have been a loyal Staples shopper for years.  Many years.  As an Office Manager I have purchased thousands and thousands of dollars in supplies and technology.  Staples has always been my go to source. They have convenient locations, awesome online shopping, friendly and helpful staff and a great price match guarantee.

If you find a lower advertised price on an in-stock, new identical item from an Authorized Canadian dealer, now or within 14 days of your purchase, just show us the price and we will match it.

If our competitor has a bonus offer with an item that we carry, we will match the competitor’s price and provide the identical bonus item where possible. If our competitor offers a free gift card with an item that we carry, we will match the competitor’s price and provide the same valued gift card.

Staples has a pretty big selection of devices to stream media to your TV. I am a HUGE Apple fan.  Anything computer or phone related in my house is an Apple. So when we were looking at options to connect our TV to our wireless system the choice was pretty clear. Not only do I trust Apple products to be reliable and superior, but having everything in the house Apple just makes sense.  Everything works so well together. So the Apple TV was a perfect fit for our needs.

What can you do with an Apple TV?

  • Rent from the largest selection of HD movies and buy commercial-free HD TV shows on iTunes
  • Watch Netflix
  • Browse and play YouTube and Vimeo videos
  • Access online Flickr photos
  • Watch HD podcasts, and listen to Internet radio
  • Wirelessly stream content from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your TV
  • View photos from your iOS device (in your Photo Stream in iCloud)
  • Watch live and archived MLB and NHL games in HD

There’s a lot to love here.  The Apple TV is tiny. Seriously tiny.  It take about less than 1/4 of the space that my old PS3 does. It’s quiet.  No more turning up the volume to drown out the fan or worrying that my device is going to burst into flames.

apple tv

 

It’s easy to set up and easy to use. It literally took a few minutes, from opening the package, plugging it in and setting it up to get the Apple TV up and running on our TV.  It recognized and connected to my wireless network with no problem. I simply had to type in my network password.

Once it’s up and running using it really is  a breeze too.  It only takes a moment to get a feel for the menu.  Everything is very intuitive, even if you are not already an Apple user.  The Apple TV comes with a sleek little remote but I was thrilled that I was also able to program it, very easily, to work with our universal remote.  That is a huge deal for me.  I hate having 50 remotes floating around. I also downloaded the Apple TV remote app on my iPhone and it works flawlessly as well.   As long as my phone is connect to the wifi in my house I can control the Apple TV with it. Now you might wonder what the point of that is. I know I did.  If you are watching something on your TV you do you need another remote to control it. But actually it does come in handy if you are streaming music from your computer (which is something you CAN do).  So you might be in a different room but listening to music through your home entertainment system and if your phone is handy you can control the music.  Kind of cool!

I also really love the fact that I can stream my pictures from my iCloud to my TV. My little one things it’s pretty cool to see pictures of herself, or other familiar people and places on the big screen!

I could go on here for quite a while about all of the features and how much I love the Apple TV. But ain’t nobody got time for that!  You can read all about it on the Staples website.

Win Your Own Apple TV

Ok I’m pretty stoked to tell you that one lucky Mommy Outside reader is going to win their very own Third Generation Apple TV for the great folks at Staples Canada!

Giveaway is open to Canadian residents(excluding Quebec) age 18 and over.  Enter in the Rafflectoper form below.

Good luck!!!

Disclosure:  Mommy Outside received a copy of this product in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions are 100% our own. 
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This article has 109 comments

  1. every single post it note they have! 😀

  2. i would love a tablet

  3. Does it work on a tube TV? I love technology too… but… I might need to win a TV too. I'd love it and give it a good home, I promise!

  4. Cheryl (@loucheryl)
    Tuesday 3 December 2013, 11:54 pm

    They carry a Brother Printer I want badly!

  5. This sounds cool, though I don't completely understand the whole Apple thing.

  6. Staples has so many great things! One thing I would love is the Staples® Heat Seal 9.5" Laminator

    Rafflecopter name – Jonnie J

  7. I would love a Canon® PowerShot SX50 HS from staples.

  8. I would pick a few things to buy from staples… ink for my printer.. accesoires for my I pad… too many choices.

  9. I'd love a Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-Reader, 6", WiFi, Black

  10. I would love to have the Apple iPad Air 9.7”, A7 Chip, 16GB, Wi-Fi, Space Grey
    thanks

  11.  Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is awesome
    thanks for the chance

  12. well I pretty much love the whole store lol but I Have had my eye on the Mac computers for a long time a MacBook air would sure be awesome

  13. The iPad air looks great!

  14. I would like HP Envy (E0K89UA) Laptop.  

    Any mid level laptop would do.  

  15. I would love the Apple iPad Air 9.7”, A7 Chip, Wi-Fi, Space Grey

  16. I would love the Brother MFC-J470DW Wireless Inkjet Multifunction Printer. A wireless printer would be so useful and helpful 

  17. I would love to have the Apple iPad Air (MD785C/A) 9.7”, A7 

  18. I'd like to have an LG 27" IPS LED Monitor.

  19. I would love an iPad Air! I can dream!

  20. i'd love to have the Jabra Supreme + Bluetooth Headset

  21. The Xbox one! My boyfriend would love it… though it would not be a good idea because it might distract him from housework! hehe

  22. Heys® Disney® Rolling Kids Carry On Luggage, Assorted Designs. so cute and durable. and they are the daily deal today only 24$.

  23. I'd love to have a wireless printer from HP 🙂

  24. Would love a Canon Powershot Camera

  25. I would like to have the Dell Inspiron (i17RV-6818BLK) Laptop,
    pam w h

  26. A wireless printer would be nice, Staples has lots of choices…I can always find something to buy for me or for gift giving from their store.

  27. I would love to have my own tablet

  28. I would love a scanner to back up old photos.

  29. Staples® FSC-Certified Copy Paper, 20 lb!

  30. I would love to get the Windows Surface Tablet because of the attached keyboard

  31. A photoprinter would be great

  32. This would be great to win.

  33. I'd like the ASUS-Desktop-4th-Generation-Intel-Core-i7-4770K since I love to game.

  34. Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (7EX-00001) Tablet, 10.6", Windows 8.1 Pro, Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8GB RAM, WiFi, Dark Titanium
    Item: 303979    Model: 7EX-00001

  35. Looking for a tablet

  36. I would love to have a Hp wireless printer, mine doesn't scan anymore

  37. I would love a iPad mini.

  38. I would love to get the Samsung (SCX-3405FW) Wireless All-in-One Monochrome Laser Printer!

  39. I really need a laptop.

  40. I could use office filing cabinets and a locking storage cabinet.

  41. i would love a new digital camera.. the one we have has the smallest viewfinder.. it's so hilarious!

  42. I would like a new laptop for my wife!
    Dell Inspiron (i17RV-6818BLK) Laptop, 17.3in.,

  43. I'd like to have the Sonax Bromley Collection 75" 2 Tier TV Bench, Ravenwood Black

  44. Samsung (SCX-3405FW) Wireless All-in-One Monochrome Laser Printer

  45. I would like to have the Apple iPad Air (MD785C/A) 9.7”, A7 Chip, 16GB, Wi-Fi, Space Grey

    Londia

    silverneon2000 at yahoo dot com

  46. I would love a fellows shredder for my nephew

  47. I really want a Apple iPad mini

  48. An iPad would be nice

  49. billiondollarprincesss
    Saturday 7 December 2013, 4:28 pm

    I would love to have a wireless printer.

  50. I would love a laser printer and new home phones

  51. I would love an Ipad Mini

  52. I'd love a new wireless HP printer from Staples.

  53. I would love the Sauder Heritage Hill Desk.

  54. Another product i'd like to get from Staples is a new laptop.  Surprisingly they have decent laptops and prices aren't too bad.

    Kevin Linkie

  55. Christopher Ollivier
    Sunday 8 December 2013, 10:40 pm

    I would love to own one of their Ipads (preferably the air). Staples is a great store – I do all my office shopping there.

  56. Samsung galaxy 3! 

  57. MacBook Pro would work for me LOL – keeping with the fruit theme

  58. I'd love to get an iPAD Air

  59. I really need a hard plastic mat for my roller chair to be on under my desk…does that make sense?

  60. I would also love the iPad air!

  61. I'd also love to have the Canon EOS Rebel T4i Digital SLR Camera

  62. A samsung tablet

  63. Brother Printer I

  64. I would love the new ipad

  65. I would love an eREader

  66. I'd love an iPad!

  67. Staples® 8-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder

  68. Bush Salinas Collection Mission Desk & Hutch, Aged Tobacco – it is a beautiful desk

  69. I would like the iPad Air!

  70. I'd like an Ipad Mini!

  71. I'd love just about anything from Staples.  A wireless printer would be perfect.

  72. I`d love to have the Staples® Vertical Wood Legal File Cabinets, 4-Drawer

  73. I would love to win an Apple Tv third generation

  74. 3 in 1 printer

  75. I would love to have the iPad Air 🙂

  76. I woudl like the Keurig!!

  77. I'd love to get a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1" Tablet.

  78. I would like a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.

  79. I would love a Kobo Arc from Staples. I love staples. So much great stuff!

  80. would love the Apple iPad Air

  81. Would love to have an iPad from Staples.

  82. I would love the apple ipad!

  83. I'm interested in some of their convertible laptop options….once the prce point comes down a little bit.

  84. Apple iPad 4 Retina display

  85. A MacBook Air!

  86. papermate stick pens are my fave <3

  87. My husband really wants a laminator.. so I'll go with that 🙂

  88. I've always had my eye on the Apple Ipod Touch – 5th Generation @ Staples. Thanks.

  89. Love to have the Hirsh IRON HORSE Industrial Steel Shelving

  90. I like so much there. LOVE the routers wireless. 🙂

  91. id love a tablet

  92. KIndle or ipad air

  93. I would love a new wireless printer 🙂

  94. I've always wanted one of these: Danby™ Countertop Dishwasher

  95. I would like an Xbox 360.

  96. I'm eyeing up a nce briefcase on wheels for work from staples! 

  97. A Brother Printer! Love their products!

  98. iPad air please!

  99. Ipad Air

  100. I like the Klutz® Nail Style Studio – who knew they sold such things?!?

  101. Would love an Acer netbook for my daughter.

  102. I had never heard of the ipad Air – I want one!!!

  103. I would love a Canon® EOS Rebel

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