5 geek gifts I would like to find under the tree this year

Summary:The geek in your life would be happy finding any of these five gifts under the tree this year.

ZDNet 2011 Holiday Gift Guide
It's that time of year when my family scratches its collective heads trying to figure out what to get me for Christmas. I am the hardest person on the planet to buy for, given my total geekiness and the fact I see most every lust-worthy gadget through the course of my job. Even though I see so many cool gadgets throughout the year, there are five things I wouldn't mind finding under the tree this year. I present my wish list in no particular order.

ASUS Transformer Prime with laptop dock. I am in the camp that believes you can't have enough tablets, and the Transformer Prime is on my "want to have" list. That Tegra 3 quad-core processor is hot, and is even better encased in a thin, light slate form. Throw in the laptop dock that turns this thing into a serious writing machine and it is no surprise the Transformer Prime makes my list. Let's hope the rumors it is delayed until next year are unfounded.

MacBook Air. The 13-inch MacBook Air is on my wish list, and not the entry level model. No, for me only the top configuration: 1.8 GHz Core i7 processor. That baby would fly, and I wouldn't mind finding it under the tree on Christmas morning.

MacBook Air sleeve from Vaja. That MacBook Air would look good nestled in this leather sleeve from Vaja. The rich leather used in Vaja cases is buttery smooth, and this sleeve would look stylish stepping out with the MBA. It's not cheap but then, I'm worth it.

Mophie Juice Pack Air. My iPhone 4S is not suffering from battery problems like some, but I could see the need for some extra juice when traveling. The extended battery case from Mophie is the gold standard when it comes to making the iPhone battery last longer. I love the way it becomes a thin case for the iPhone while almost doubling the battery life. That it also charges the phone battery while keeping it going is just icing on the cake.

Booq Mamba Shift backpack. A good pack to carry lots of gadgets around is priceless, especially when someone gives you one for the holidays. The Booq Mamba Shift M is the perfect combination of small size and rugged construction to keep everything safe and easily accessible. The thin profile is perfect for all day excursions and business trips.

Topics: iPhone, Hardware, Laptops, Processors, Smartphones, Tablets


James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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