Trade in your old desk for a PreSonus StudioLive AI mixer

Trade in your old desk for a PreSonus StudioLive AI mixer

Is your digital desk sitting gathering dust? Until 30th June, we’re offering £800 off a new PreSonus StudioLive AI Series digital mixer when you trade in your old desk. With a free copy of Presonus Studio One Professional thrown in for good measure, it could be time for an upgrade.

What’s on offer?

You can opt for any of the PreSonus StudioLive AI Series digital mixers, including the 16.4.2AI, 24.4.2AI and 32.4.2AI and receive a saving of up to £800. The mixers are ideal for either live sound or studio recording, being both fully-featured and flexible. They’re really intuitive and easy to use in a live environment too, with fewer menus and more hands-on controls than other digital desks.

Save £800 on the PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI when you trade in your old digital mixer.

Save £600 on the PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2AI when you trade in your old digital mixer.

Save £400 on the PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI when you trade in your old digital mixer.

How does it work?

You bring your old digital mixer to us to trade in. The traded-in mixer can be either an original PreSonus StudioLive, or any other brand of digital mixer, but should be in good working order and in reasonable cosmetic condition (oh, and digital mixers only, sorry). We then give you the saving off the new PreSonus StudioLive AI digital mixer of your choice.

The deal runs from 1st May until 30th June 2014, so get in touch with us today to upgrade your old digital mixer to a PreSonus StudioLive now.

Want to know more about the PreSonus StudioLive AI Series digital mixers? Call 03332 409 306, email audio@Jigsaw24.com or leave us a comment below. You can also keep up with more news, reviews and offers on our Twitter (@Jigsaw24Audio) and Facebook page.

An apology: Autodesk Softimage final release announcement

An apology: Autodesk Softimage final release announcement

An apology: On Tuesday 4 March 2014, we ran a story on our blog detailing Autodesk’s announcement of the final release of their Softimage software.  

All at Jigsaw24 would like to apologise for the mistiming and tone used in this article. We try to keep our brand’s style light-hearted, but understand a more considered approach was needed here. Sorry to any of the dedicated Softimage users who happened to find this news out from us in this way, rather than from the official Autodesk press release. We have posted the official announcement from Autodesk below, including details and FAQs on everything Softimage users need to know about the future of Softimage. We will also continue to support our loyal Autodesk and Autodesk Softimage users with advice.

 

Softimage final release announcement

We regret to inform you that the upcoming 2015 release will be the last one for Softimage® software. This final version is expected to ship on or around April 14, 2014. Autodesk will continue to offer product support until April 30, 2016. We will also provide Softimage support services (including Hot Fixes and Service Packs) to all Softimage customers with Autodesk Subscription, at no cost, until April 30, 2016.

We understand that you will now need time to re-evaluate your production capabilities. To help you, we are offering Autodesk Softimage Subscription customers special no-cost options to migrate to either Maya or 3ds Max software while continuing to use Softimage in production. These options will be available until February 1, 2016. Upgrade paths are also available for customers who are not on Subscription.

Although this decision is a difficult one, we do believe that by focusing our development efforts, we can better serve the needs of the media and entertainment industry and provide customers with better products, faster. Autodesk wants to continue its relationship with you into the future. We regret any inconvenience that this may cause; however, we believe that you will find our new transition product offerings very attractive.

FAQs
What is happening to Softimage?

Autodesk Softimage 2015 will be the last version release of the software. As of March 28, 2014, customers will no longer be able to purchase new standalone licenses. For Softimage customers who are currently on Autodesk Subscription, there will be options to migrate to transition offerings that include either Autodesk Maya or Autodesk 3ds Max for no additional cost.

How long will Autodesk provide support services for Softimage?

Autodesk plans to provide support and maintenance services to Softimage customers with active Autodesk Subscription contracts until April 30, 2016 or until the end of their contract in cases where an existing contract has a later expiry date. Customers renewing Subscription contracts will be able to continue to do so until April 30, 2016. Where necessary, contracts after March 28, 2014 will be prorated to end on April 30, 2016.

What about Service Packs?

Ongoing maintenance development (Hot Fixes and Service Packs) will continue for all Softimage customers (Subscription and non-Subscription) for a two-year support period (until April 30, 2016). All customers will be entitled to any Hot Fixes or Service Packs released for their version of software. However, an Autodesk Subscription contract will be required to access any additional customer support.

Want to know more about Autodesk productsGive us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Jigsaw24’s top tech bloggers

Jigsaw24’s top tech bloggers

We love a good blog as much as the next person, and are constantly on the lookout for the latest Apple news, Mac Pro reviews and other creative bits and bobs. So we thought it’d be a good idea to round up all our top tech bloggers into one place, and for each of the chosen bloggers, we designed a custom Jigsaw24 badge to show our gratitude (there was a bit of a fight over who got the rabbit).

These guys are all well worth a look into if you’re interested in anything technology-related. You can see their bios and Twitter profiles below.

 

@BrianatPC
Brian Westover – PCMag.com

Bio: “Brian Westover is an Analyst for the Hardware Team, reviewing laptops, desktops, and storage devices. Brian has been writing professionally since 2007, and his work has appeared in business newsletters, websites, textbooks, and magazines.” Twitter: @BrianatPC

@DaveNeal33
Dave Neal – The Inquirer

Bio: “Thyroid Cancer Enduring Technology Journalist & Geek. Of Mice, Memory and Chemotherapy.” Twitter: @DaveNeal33

 

@NeilBennett
Neil Bennett – Digital Arts

Bio: “Editor of Digital Arts. Man about town. Music snob. Father. You know the rest.” Twitter: @NeilBennett

 

@PierceDavid
David Pierce – The Verge

Bio: “Senior Reviews Editor at The Verge. Formerly an analyst at PCMag. Written for Wired, The Washington Post, PC World, and others. Zog Sports soccer champion. I live in Brooklyn, studied politics at the University of Virginia (properly known as Mr. Jefferson’s University), and have been known to eat Ramen from time to time.” Twitter: @PierceDavid

@gethill
Matt Hill – T3.com

Bio: “Tech! Games! Films! Magazines! Tablets! Spurs! Monsters! Own views! Live! Editor, T3 Magazine & Digital Editions.” Twitter: @gethill

 

@gak_pdx
Greg Koenig – Atomic Delights

Bio: “I’m a product designer living in Portland, Oregon. Eventually I’ll tell you more, but the only germane thing to know is that I love making things and appreciating how others make things.” Twitter: @gak_pdx

@sathinator
Sanjiv Sathiah – Electronista.com/MacNN.com

Bio: “News Editor at Electronista.com/MacNN.com, Transport for NSW, muso, music lover, movie lover.” Twitter: @sathinator

 

@TechPunk316
Khidr Suleman – ITPro

Bio: “Khidr Suleman is the Technical Editor at IT Pro, a role he has fulfilled since March 2012. He is responsible for the reviews section on the site  – so get in touch if you have a product you think might be of interest to the business world. He also covers the hardware and operating systems beats.” Twitter: @TechPunk316

 

@geegeemidnight
Gerald Lynch – Tech Digest

Bio: “News Editor @ Gizmodo UK . Successful tech blogger, failed guitar hero. WL2M Iggy Pop, Reeves and Mortimer. Keep the Faith.” Twitter: @geegeemidnight

 

Hunter and Tom at Digital Spy Tech
Hunter Skipworth and Tom Mansell – Digital Spy Tech

Hunter: “Technology Editor for Digital Spy. Not related to Hunter from Gladiators. Views my own. I like tech, turtles and cars … sorry.” Tom: “Video Producer for @digitalspy All views expressed here are my own. More moderate in real life.” Twitter: @HunterSkipworth/@Mansellto

@jonnyevans_cw
Jonny Evans – Computerworld

Bio: “Word-miner, watching iChange since ’99. Watching Apple since ’99.” Twitter: @jonnyevans_cw

 

@matthewbbolton
Matthew Bolton – MacFormat/TechRadar

Bio: “Deputy Editor of MacFormat and Future’s Apple Specials (and tech journalist). Opinions expressed are entirely my own folly.” Blog: MacFormat Twitter: @matthewbbolton

 

@ISO50
Scott Hansen – ISO50/Tycho

Bio: “I am a San Francisco, California based musician (Tycho) and artist (ISO50). I created the ISO50 site originally to house my design work in a portfolioformat but over the years it has grown to encompass a shop, clothing line, and blog.” Twitter: @ISO50

 

@LarryJordanFCP
Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.biz

Bio: “Meet Larry Jordan, an internationally-renowned consultant and Apple-Certified trainer with over 35 years experience as a television producer, director and editor with national broadcast and corporate credits.” Twitter: @LarryJordanFCP

 

@markprigg
Mark Prigg – MailOnline/StuffTV

Bio: “US Science and Technology Editor @MailOnline, Welsh, Cardiff City fan, primate enthusiast.” Twitter: @markprigg

@ijosborne
Ian Osborne – MacFormat/TechRadar

Bio: “I’m the reviews editor for MacFormat. This is my personal Twitter account, so all opinions expressed here are my own and not those of my employer.” Twitter: @ijosborne

@TheRegister
Stephen Dean – The Register

Bio: Tech writer and reviewer at The Register, specialising in Apple Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhone news and review. Twitter: @TheRegister

 

@drizzled
Darrell Etherington – TechCrunch

Bio: “A writer focused on covering early-stage startups, especially those with a technology focus.” Twitter: @drizzled

 

@videomaker
Jackson Wong – Videomaker

Bio: “I keep Star Wars stuff on my desk and love video production. I also appreciate foley and sports broadcast. And I usually know how to write longer sentences…” Blog: Twitter: @Videomaker

@flargh
Peter Cohen – iMore

Bio: “Managing editor, iMore.com. Freelance tech journo. Husband to @fletchen, dad to three kids.” Twitter: @flargh

 

@danawollman
Dana Wollman – Engadget

Bio: “Engadget managing editor (still overseeing reviews), native Brooklynite, marathoner, lover of puns. No Twitter pitches, please.” Twitter: @DanaWollman

 

Want more of the latest news on Apple, Mac and iPad and the hottest new creative technology? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest festive news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

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4 top tips for mastering Microsoft Office

4 top tips for mastering Microsoft Office

We all love Microsoft Office – from everyday word processing in Word to creating dazzling presentations in PowerPoint (give us a good wipe with a gunshot sound effect and we’re yours). There’s more to Office than meets the eye though, and here we’ve picked out some of our favourite little tricks and hacks that’ll turn you into a Microsoft Office ninja.

These tutorials come courtesy of Microsoft’s Help and How-Tos blog, and you can also pick up some great tips over at the Office Blogs. If you’re looking to buy Microsoft Office, you can now get 15% off Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. See here for some great Mac bundle offers.

Retouch your photos in PowerPoint

Did you know that you can actually retouch photos directly in PowerPoint? Check out this video to see how you can edit your photos right in a presentation.

Spot trends with sparklines in Excel

Possibly the greatest addition to Excel of all time, sparklines are handy little charts that sit in cells and help you spot trends in your data. Here’s how they work…

Maximise your space for reading and writing in Word

Word now has a full screen mode, which makes reading and editing documents a lot easier. This video shows you how to activate it.

Organise messages by conversation in Outlook

You can now organise emails in Outlook more easily by grouping them into threads or conversations. Here’s how…

Microsoft Office and Mac bundles on Jigsaw24

Want to save 15% when you buy Office for Mac 2011? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest festive news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

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New firmware updates available for Sony PMW camcorders

New firmware updates available for Sony PMW camcorders

Sony XDCAM camcorder users, here’s a little update just for you. Sony have released a few firmware upgrades for their excellent PMW-300K1, PMW-200 and PMW-EX3 camcorders. And just to top it off, they’re all free of charge too.

Details of the new and improved functionality on offer in the free firmware updates for Sony camcorders, plus the all-important links to where to download them, are below. Enjoy:

New firmware version 1.12 for PMW-300K1

For the PMW-300K1, Sony have now added an ALAC (Auto Lens Aberration Compensation) feature improvement. Compensation in vertical direction is now available in addition to the horizontal direction. Download Sony’s PMW-300K1 v1.12 firmware here.

New firmware version 1.32 for PMW-200

With this latest firmware, the lens aberration compensation function on the Sony PMW-200 is now improved by optimising the standard setting. Download Sony’s PMW-200 v1.32 firmware here.

New firmware version 1.30 for PMW-EX3

The slow zoom function with the lens which is supplied with the PMW-300K1/300K2 has been improved. Compared to the lens which is supplied with the PMW-EX3, the new lenses which are supplied with the PMW-300K1 and 300K2 have been improved electrically and the slower servo zoom is possible. If the PMW-EX3 is used with the new lens, the slow zoom is also possible with this firmware upgrade. Download Sony’s PMW-EX3 v1.30 firmware here.

Sony camcorders

Want to find out more about Sony camcorders? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

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Telestream Episode v6.4.2 free update is available now!

Telestream Episode v6.4.2 free update is available now!

Telestream have released a brand new free update for their media encoding application, Episode. The big talking points in Episode v6.4.2 are support for x264 encoding in every version (the previous x264 option is no longer required), support for Apple’s OS X Mavericks (10.9) and a few other welcome fixes and enhancements.

Features previously available in the Advanced API integration are now available in every version too, although Telestream do point out that these features still require API integration to access them, but will no longer require a separate licence to enable them. Here’s everything else that’s new in Telestream Episode 6.4.2, for both the Mac OS X and Windows versions:

Telestream Episode 6.4.2 updates

– Added new ‘manual’ connection method for connecting to clusters on different subnets (Mac OS X & Windows).

– x264 encoding included on all Episode licence levels (Mac OS X & Windows).

– Added support for Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) (Mac OS X).

– Added a checkmark to the Preview menu to indicate size selected (Mac OS X).

– “CHANGED” banner now disappears after saving modified workflow (Mac OS X).

– Fixed encoder inspector scrolling issue (Mac OS X).

– Fixed issue causing a green line to appear after transcoding from AVC Intra 100 progressive source files (Mac OS X & Windows).

– Fixed priority slider in Status window not drawing correctly in OSX 10.9 (Mac OS X).

– Fixed intermittent stop button failure in cluster configuration (Mac OS X & Windows).

– Task history now loads on re-launch when status window is in task-only view (Mac OS X).

– The cluster browser will no longer be displayed on top of other applications and windows if it is left open (Windows).

– Fixed issue causing an error re-installing after removing Episode using the procedures outlined in the manual (Mac OS X & Windows).

If you already have Telestream Episode 6, it’s easy to get the free Episode 6.4.2 update. Just head to Episode Preferences License in Episode, click on ‘+’ and then click the Purchase button.

Want to know more about Telestream Episode? Give us a call on 03332 400 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

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Video: New Mac Pro and Resolve performance test

Video: New Mac Pro and Resolve performance test

 

We recently helped post house and close pals Mytherapy get their hands on one of the first new Mac Pros in the UK. The first thing expert colourist Dado Valentic wanted to do was test how it performed under the stresses of realtime 4K colour grading and multiple layer effects playback, using DaVinci Resolve.

The Mac Pro in question is a brand new 3.5GHz 6 Core Intel Xeon E5 64GB RAM model, sporting a Dual AMD Firepro D500 graphics card with 3GB RAM. Dado kindly captured his test on video, so click below to see how his Mac Pro got on with HD playback, multiple layer blur effects, render speeds and 4K playback and grading.

– You can browse our full range of Mac Pros and order your ideal config here.

Want to know more about Apple’s new Mac Pro? Give our team a call on 03332 409 306 or email MacPro@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

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Video: Unboxing the Wacom Cintiq Companion

Video: Unboxing the Wacom Cintiq Companion

When the first Wacom Cintiq Companions arrived at Jigsaw24, our marketing team couldn’t wait to get their hands on them. After all, it’s an all-in-one graphics tablet that comes in its own neoprene sleeping bag – what’s not to get excited about?

So this isn’t your conventional unboxing video. If you’d like to know more about the differences between the different Windows 8-based and Android-based Hybrid versions, storage options and pressure sensitivity, have a read of our bitesize guide to Wacom Cintiq, Companion, Intuos and stylus options. If you’d like to see the team get a bit too touchy-feely, and senior designer Paul seriously putting the Companion through its paces by drawing a smiley face in MS Paint, this is the video for you…

Wacom Cintiq Companion on Jigsaw24

Want to know more about the Wacom Cintiq Companion? Call us on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com to find out more about the different models from Wacom available or the best graphics tablet for your creative workflow.

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Can’t control your Companion? Your Wacom questions answered…

Can’t control your Companion? Your Wacom questions answered…

So you’ve just taken delivery of your Wacom Cintiq Companion, or are hooking up your brand new Wacom Intuos Pro tablet when you hit a snag. How do I plug that into here? Why won’t this show up on there? Or perhaps you’re just doing a bit of pre-purchase Wacom graphics tablet research.

We’ve rounded up some frequently asked questions about Wacom’s range of tablets, from specific product and accessory questions to your Wacom purchasing options. So if you do have a Wacom question, you might be able to find it below or, alternatively,  get in touch with the friendly folk at Wacom tech support on 0207 744 0831!

Wacom Cintiq Companion/Cintiq Companion Hybrid

Q. Can the Cintiq Companion be connected to other desktop Cintiq tablets or computers?

A. It certainly can. Using the Cintiq Companion’s mini DisplayPort and two USB 3.0 ports, you can easily connect it to other devices, including an interactive Cintiq display like the Cintiq 24HD. If you do want to connect it to other monitors, you might need a separate adaptor, which you can pick up easily and cheaply.

Q. Am I able to map the Cintiq Companion Hybrid’s Express Keys to specific Android apps?

A.  Express Keys need to be set by the application itself, so if you want to use shortcuts in those apps that you find yourself working in most regularly, you’ll need to check with the developer of the application whether they’re able to implement this support.

Wacom Cintiq 13HD

Q. Can the Wacom Cintiq 13HD be properly colour calibrated using a colourimeter?

A. In terms of colour calibration, the Cintiq 13HD can, as the screen is a lot brighter and has a higher resolution compared to previous Wacom tablets.

Q. How do I get to the display settings on the Cintiq 13HD?

A. You can access the settings for brightness, contrast etc through the Wacom display settings application on your computer, which you should be able to see in the applications folder on a Mac or in the program files on Windows.

Wacom Cintiq 22HD/24HD/24HD Touch

Q. What’s the difference between the Wacom Cintiq 24HD and the Cintiq 24HD touch?

A.  The only differences between the 24HD and the 24HD touch are that the touch model has now upped the colour space to 97%, and added multitouch capability to the feature set so you can navigate and manipulate designs using your fingers (think the same kind of gestures you’d use on a MacBook Pro trackpad).

Q. Video editing on the Cintiq 24HD touch is an intriguing idea. What about music production?

A. Unless the music production software can detect different levels of pressure using the pen input, we wouldn’t see the need for it. The Wacom Cintiq is designed for digital visual design work that can take advantage of the software’s ability to detect the different levels of pressure while working directly on the screen. It may help your workflow to use a tablet as it’s ergonomically designed for comfort, though.

Q. Does the Cintiq 24HD touch have an option to disable multitouch to be able to rest your hand on the screen without it affecting drawing?

A. There’s actually an additional button on the touch model at the top right of the display that lets you turn the functionality on and off. If you take a look at the 24HD touch review video here, and skip to 2:25, you can see what we mean.

Wacom Intuos Pro/Intuos 5

Q. How do I set up custom functions on Wacom’s Intuos graphics tablets?

A. It’s actually incredibly easy to set up your own custom functions on Wacom’s Intuos tablets. This tutorial video we’ve put together shows how the Wacom Intuos5 tablet’s customisation features for Express Keys and multitouch gestures work.

Accessories

Q. Is this pen compatible with that tablet?

A. Wacom offer an extensive range of accessories and we can get our hands on most of them. Typically, the clue is in the title, e.g, Intuos3 pens work on Intuos3 tablets, and will not work on newer Intuos4, 5 or old Intuos2 tablets. But since Wacom launched Intuos4, they’ve used the same technology in those pens and tablets on Intuos5, Intuos Pro and Cintiq 24HD, 22HD and 13HD – so all pens that work on Intuos4 or 5 will work on the newer Intuos Pro and Cintiq tablets (2013 models). However, Bamboo/Intuos (2013) pens will not work on Intuos Pro or Cinitq tablets. It can be a little confusing now since some of the product names are similar (Intuos (2013) is now a Bamboo and used to refer to the pro range!), so best thing is to contact us if in doubt.

Purchasing options

Q. Can we get a loan unit to demo or ‘try before we buy’?

 A. We do have certain units available for demo and short term loan basis. For a demo from our in-house Wacom expert, contact us to arrange an appointment (we tend to only do demos on the Cintiq range). If that’s not possible, we can arrange a short term loan of one of our demo units.

Q. Can I lease Wacom tablets?

A. You can! We offer leasing options on a range of Wacom tablets – get in touch with us on the details below to find out the best option for you.

Q. Is there education pricing available on any Wacom tablets? 

A. Yes, we do offer education pricing on the full Intuos and Intuos Pro ranges, but unfortunately not on the Cintiq range.

Q. Can we get quantity discounts on Wacom tablets?

A. If you want to get the latest and best prices, the best thing to do is give the sales team a call on the details below, and see how they can help.

 

– Got a burning Wacom question that’s not covered here? Get in touch with Wacom tech support on 0207 744 0831!

Want to know more about purchasing from Wacom’s range of graphics tablets? Call us on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com to find out more about the different models from Wacom available or the best graphics tablet for your creative workflow.
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Which iPad is for you? Jigsaw24’s iPad buyer’s guide

Which iPad is for you? Jigsaw24’s iPad buyer’s guide


iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad 2, what features you can expect from each, what uses we’d recommend them for, and a little on the all-important price factor too.

It was only in 2010 that Apple first introduced iPad, and since then the device has evolved in every way, becoming the biggest selling tablet in the process. iPad Air, the most recent addition to the line-up (from late 2013), is at the top end of the spectrum, with a great-looking Retina display, while iPad mini and its iPad mini with Retina display sibling are slightly smaller versions. You can also still get hold of the slightly older Apple iPad 2, which is a great option if you want to keep your costs down.

That’s a lot of tablets to choose from, and that’s before you even think about whether you need Cellular data support or are happy with just WiFi, or had a think about what storage capacity you’ll need (iPad storage ranges from 16GB to 128GB). Oh, and the most important consideration of all: what colour should you go for?

To find out which is right for you, have a read of our comparison below, or alternatively get in touch with us for advice, or just have a click around on our site to compare different iPad models.

Apple iPad Air
Apple iPad Air

iPad Air is Apple’s lightest and most powerful of the larger devices, and is where the Retina display and speedy processor really come into their own. 20% thinner and 28% lighter than the 4th gen iPad (weighing in at half a kilo), iPad Air is more portable, and its A7 processor and 64-bit architecture give it a significant performance boost. The Retina display’s 2048×1536 pixel resolution (264 pixels per inch) is higher than that of an HD TV, which makes for crisp photos and text. And all with a ten hour battery life!

We’d recommend for… Multimedia content. Consuming high quality HD video and images are where iPad Air’s Retina display and speedy processor really come into their own.

Options:

Buy iPad Air 16GB here – From £317 (£380.40 inc VAT)

Buy iPad Air 32GB here – From £384.50 (£461.40 inc VAT)

Buy iPad Air 64GB here – From £448.50 (£538.20 inc VAT)

Buy iPad Air 128GB here – From £513 (£615.60 inc VAT)

 Apple iPad Air on Jigsaw24
Apple iPad mini
Apple iPad mini/iPad mini with Retina display

If you’re after something even more portable, you’ll want to look at Apple’s iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display. These measure just 7.85″ compared to the 9.7″ screen size of iPad Air and iPad 2, so they’re both more portable and a bit more comfortable for one-handed use (reading iBooks and using FaceTime, in particular). The iPad mini with Retina display, for a slightly higher price tag (for the 16GB base model you’re looking at a difference of about £70), ramps up the resolution from 1024×768 pixels to the same 2048×1536 pixels you get from iPad Air too, for a better reading and viewing experience.

We’d recommend for… Portability. With its smaller size, Apple iPad mini is perfect for using on the go, and especially reading iBooks.

Options:

– Buy iPad mini 16GB here – From £203 (£243.60 inc VAT)

– Buy iPad mini with Retina display here – From £265.83 (£319 inc VAT)

Apple iPad mini on Jigsaw24

Apple iPad 2
Apple iPad 2

iPad 2 comes with a 9.7″ display with 1024×768 pixel resolution and an A5 processor chip, packing in great features for consuming and creating content. You get back and front-facing iSight and FaceTime cameras for capturing photos and video, and it’s ready for Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 7, which includes tons of useful creativity and productivity apps. You can also pick up some great deals on iPad 2 (see below!).

N.B. One thing to note is that iPad 2 uses Apple’s 30-pin USB cable and charger, rather than the Lightning port that you get with iPad Air and iPad mini, so this could be something you’d like to think about if you’re looking at peripherals to use with it.

We’d recommend for… All uses. Apple iPad 2 is the most affordable option for any buyer who wants a 9.7″ tablet, but also wants to keep costs down. It can easily handle most tasks and is packed with features.

Options:

– Buy iPad 2 16GB WiFi here – From £261.50 (£313.80 inc VAT)

– Buy iPad 2 16GB WiFi and cellular here – From £344.50 (£413.40 inc VAT)

Next, you’ll need to think about…

Storage capacity

iPad comes with storage iterations of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB (iPad mini without a Retina display only comes in 16GB variations), and which you should opt for really depends on what you’re going to be using iPad for. Note that iPad doesn’t support SD cards or expandable storage. If you’re a musician or music aficionado, working with or viewing lots of HD video, or just an app buff and think you’ll need access to large numbers of storage-intensive apps, your media and content is soon going to start taking up a lot of space.

The size of content can vary a bit, but generally an HD movie can be around 3-4GB for HD quality or 1-2GB for standard definition, a TV episode could be anything up to about 2GB in HD (around 1GB in SD), and a standard audio LP around 500-600MB. A few examples of apps could vary from Angry Birds (35.5MB) to Facebook (52.7MB) to Apple’s iMovie video app (635MB).

Of course, once you’ve bought your content from Apple’s iTunes or the App Store, you can save everything to the cloud for backup. That means you don’t have to have all your content on your device at once, and can sync certain content with your iPad as you choose.

WiFi or WiFi + Cellular

The Cellular models are a little more expensive as they let you connect to WiFi and also use data wirelessly on a SIM card in the same way as you do with a smartphone. The WiFi model, as you would imagine, needs to be in range of a WiFi network to be able to access the internet. As a very rough guide, there can be around £80-£100 difference between the two models, so it’s worth thinking about when you’ll need to be using data. The Cellular version will also come with the additional cost of a data plan or a pre-paid SIM, which are usually upwards of £10 per month.

Colour

Last but not least, colour. iPad 2 comes in white or black varieties, iPad mini in white and silver or black and slate, and iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display are available in the more futuristic-sounding space grey or silver. What you choose ultimately boils down to personal taste. If you’re a beige fanatic, or simply must have a device to match your stylish hot pink upholstery, there’s always a wide range of iPad cases and covers to suit you too.

That’s about the long and short of it, but if you still can’t make up your mind as to which iPad is right for you, please do feel free to get in touch! Give the team a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24  on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

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