Holiday Gadget Gift Guide 2011

Tech Tilt 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

Want to know which gadgets are gift-worthy this holiday season?  Sit tight and hang on, because we’ve put together a list of the best gifts worth giving to your friends, family and anyone else that might be on your holiday shopping list.

We’ve got the guide broken down into a few price categories, as well as some product categories later on down the list.  Check it all out below.

Gadget Gifts Under $25

Joby Gorillapod:  These are great little flexible tripods that let you mount a camera just about anywhere.  They even make ones with magnetic feet that you can stick to a car or any other magnetic surface.  And for the ladies, they also come in pink.

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Sennheiser HD 202 Headphones:  Do you spend a lot of time with headphones or earbuds on your ears?  Want something a little cozier and cheaper.  Theses Sennheiser headphones offer good insulation against ambient noise and a deep bass response.

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HDMI Cables: These make great stocking stuffers if there’s a big ticket gift like a Blu-ray player, game console or an HDTV to unwrap.  Don’t get hung up on silly $100 cables from Best Buy, pick up one online for less than $10 and the only difference you’ll see is in your wallet.

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Gadget Gifts Under $50

Apple iPod Shuffle 2 GB: iPod shuffles are great for taking tunes on the go.  With the built in clip you don’t have to worry about holding it or stuffing it a pocket and the controls are simple and easy to get to.  With 2GB of storage there will be plenty of music where ever your day takes you.  The iPod Suffle comes in silver, blue, pink, orange and green.

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Transcend 32GB SDHC memory card: All you photo and video buffs out there can always use more storage for your cameras.  The Transcend 32GB class 10 card is a solid performer that wont break the bank.

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Gadget Gifts Under $100

Western Digital Elements External Harddrive:  This 1TB external hard drive will store a ton of photos and videos. Anyone with important data owes it to them self to use a quality backup drive.

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Roku 2 XS 1080p Streaming Media Player: Offers up over 300+ channels, the most live sports available and tons of movies, shows and music for streaming onto your television set. All that’s needed is a wireless or wired high-speed Internet connection. The Roku 2 XS works with most TVs and is small enough to pop into your pocket. It’s capable of playing 1080p full HD video and it even comes with free movie service form Crackle with hundreds of Hollywood movies on demand, as well as a free full edition of Angry Birds.

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Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910: If you need a quality webcam logitech has a solid solution in the C910.

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Cameras and Camcorders

 

Sony Bloggie Camcorder: The 8GB Bloggie Touch records up to 4 hours of high def video to its internal flash memory. But, in addition to recording HD video, the Bloggie as does double duty as a 12.8MP digital still camera. Don’t forget, if the Bloggie Touch is not the only model available. There is also the Bloggie 3D, Bloggie Duo, Bloggie w/360° lens and the basic Bloggie if the Touch model is not for you.

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Panasonic TM90 Camcorder:  Want a more full-featured camcorder.  The Panasonic TM90 delivers at a price that is hard to match.  Through November 19th, $369 is all coin you are going to need to pick this steal.

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Sony HX9V Compact Camera: A compact camera loaded with professional-quality features guaranteed to bring passion to your photography with a 16.2MP high-resolution back-illuminated CMOS sensor, a 16x wide-angle 24-384mm (equivalent in 35mm format) super zoom lens and 10 frames per second shooting at full resolution .  Full 1920 x 1080 HD video makes possible crystal-clear movies with stereo sound.

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Sony NEX-5n: The “mirrorless” camera format is among the latest technologies in the photography world, putting some pretty serious power in a small package, relatively speaking.  The NEX-5n comes in black and silver.  This one is my personal wish list.

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Home Entertainment Gadgets

Apple TV: $99 gets you streaming of all your iTunes content, Netflix instant streaming titles, YouTube, and more.  All wrapped up in Apple’s polished interface and hardware form factor.

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Western Digital WD TV Live Hub: A network device that connects to your HDTV. You’ll be able to use it to stream movies, music, and photos that are stored on your home computer over your network and display them on your TV. It features a wired Ethernet port, and an optional Wi-Fi adapter is available. A 1TB hard drive is installed in the unit, allowing you to store files locally.

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Panasonic DMP-BDT210 Integrated-Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray DVD Player: This player from Panasonic has all the good stuff pack in, from integrated WiFi for network streaming to 3D Blu-ray down to standard DVD playback.

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Samsung 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV: Samsung really knocked it out of the park with the thin chrome bezel line of 3D LED TVs.  The picture is ultra sharp and the entire set is razor thin.  The 0.2 inch bezel gives the screen a seemingly infinity edge. Integrated internet and WiFi make this TV a great option for 3D connoisseurs.

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Tablet Devices

Apple iPad 2:  This one’s a no-brainer, right?  The iPad 2 is king of the tablet hill right now.  With Wi-Fi and 3G options, there are plenty of configurations to choose from.

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Amazon Kindle: Pre-order the new Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch or enjoy the recent price reduction one the wildly popular Kindle with keyboard.  If money is tight the the basic $79 wifi Kindle may me just the ticket.

Motorola Xoom: The tablet features a large 10.1″ widescreen display, Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) operating system, 1GHz dual-core CPU, features 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal flash storage.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab: A 10.1 tablet only 0.34″ thick features Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS and gorilla glass covered 1280 x 800 pixel resolution display with a 1.0GHz processor and 1GB of RAM.

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Cell Phones

Samsung Epic Touch 4G Android Phone (Sprint): A premium Android-powered smartphone with ultra-fast 4G connectivity and brilliant 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus multi-touch display featuring a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, GPS for navigation and location services, Wi-Fi networking (with optional hotspot capability), 8-MP rear camera, full HD 1080p video capture, 2-MP front camera for video chats, Bluetooth 3.0, personal and corporate e-mail and 8.7 hours of talk time

BlackBerry Torch 4G 9810 Phone(AT&T): A 4G-enabled professional smartphone with 3.2-inch touchscreen, slide-down QWERTY keyboard, and BlackBerry 7 OS, featuring a 1.2 GHz processor and Liquid Graphics technolog, Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking, GPS for navigation and location services with a 5-MP camera with HD 720p video capture, Bluetooth stereo music, 8 GB memory, microSD expansion, HTML5 web browser and 6.5 hours of talk time.

HTC DROID INCREDIBLE 2(Verizon Wireless): Features a 480 x 800 4″ WVGA capacitive touch screen, 8 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and dual LED flash, Android 2.2 operating system andfull HTML Browser with support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1

Audiophiles

Sennheiser RS 180 Digital Wireless Headphone System with Dynamic Surround Sound: What’s better than to be able to cut the cord on our electronics?  Sennheiser has address that need with a quality wireless headphone for audiophiles.

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Bose Acoustimass 5 Series III Speaker System: Bose has been making speaker systems for a long time and the Acoustimass series has been a staple in the home theater market for many years.  The Acoustimass systems have been a personal favorite.

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Computers – Laptops

Apple MacBook:  While mobile devices are taking the world by storm, a great laptop just cant be replaced in many situations and the MacBook Pro is great companion to have around when you just need a bit more.  Available in 13 inch, 15 inch and 17 inch models there is a size to fit most everyone.  If something slightly more portable is in order the MacBook Air may be just the ticket, with 11 inch and 13 inch sizes available.

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Computers – Desktops

Apple iMac: The Apple iMac may be the perfect blend of form and function.  Everything is packed neatly into a monitor-sized housing, which results in a clean workspace without the need to have cables strewn about.  The available power in the iMac line makes it a doable computer for those who want to take their photo and video editing a little more seriously.

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Apple Mac Mini:  With a compact form-factor and the wonder OS X interface, the affordable Mac Mini covers just about every casual computer user’s needs.

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Blu-rays and DVDs

 

Captain America: The First Avenger

Cars 2

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

The Lion King

Software

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3: Bring out the best in your photography

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Microsoft Office Home & Student 2010 – PC: From document to spreadsheet creation, the Office suite can handle the task.

Microsoft Office Home & Student – Mac:  Mac users are not left out.  The great Office tools available for PC are available for Mac too.

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Windows 7: Upgrade your XP or Vista machine to Windows 7 Home, Professional or Ultimate

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Video Games

Microsoft Xbox: Features include 4GB internal memory, built-in Wi-Fi, whisper quiet opersation.

 

 

Playstation 3: Along with the traditional AV and composite connections, the 160GB system also boasts an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port, which delivers uncompressed, unconverted digital picture and sound to compatible high-definition TVs and projectors. It’s a Blu-ray player too.

Nintendo 3DS: Nintendo 3DS offers a new way to play, 3D without the need for special glasses. The 3D Depth Slider lets your determine how much 3D you want to see. Connect to a deeper wireless experience with SpotPassTM and StreetPassTM, giving you more exclusive content and connecting you with other Nintendo 3DS players.

If All Else Fails…

Magazine Subscriptions:  There is a magazine for just about anything you can think of out and that’s why magazine subscriptions make great gifts.  Everyone likes to relax and read a good magazine to find the perfect article, waiting, or just lounging around.

Just get a freaking gift card.  Gift cards are a great way to show that hard to buy for person that you care enough to let them get what they really want anyway.  They’re quick and easy, and there’s really no one out there who can’t find something worth buying at B&H or Amazon.

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