Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Our 20 favorite tech gifts

Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Our 20 favorite tech gifts

Summary: What good is it to have the world's most seasoned line-up of product and IT experts if they can’t help you pick out holiday presents? With that in mind, we tapped our crack crew to help us help you find the year’s best tech gift ideas.

TOPICS: Hardware

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  • Jason Perlow, Tech Broiler: Why did I pick the Kindle Fire? It's simple, really. A $200 7" tablet computer that will take up much less space in my travel knapsack than my 10" iPad or Motorola XOOM, and gives me access to all my Kindle books and other Amazon content, not to mention many thousands of Android applications -- likely rivaling Google's own Android market by the middle of 2012. And with Amazon's curated Appstore for Android, you can be assured that all the software submitted to their own version of a "Walled Garden" will run perfectly on the device. There's no doubt in my mind this is going to be the hottest stocking stuffer for 2011. Note: Although the Kindle Fire won't be available until the second week in November, is taking prep-orders now - from U.S. customers only.

    Price: $199
    Gift Pick by: Jason Perlow, Tech Broiler

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  • Christopher Jablonski, Emerging Tech: Except for hardcore traditionalists who still tote decks and crates full of vinyl records, most DJs have gone digital. I use the M-Audio X-Session Pro USB MIDI controller with my laptop (via USB) for traditional DJ mixer style control across my MIDI-supported applications, like Ableton Live. A great investment if you want to rock the house at your holiday party.

    See: M-Audio
    Price: Varies
    Gift Pick by: Christopher Jablonski, Emerging Tech

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  • Stephen Chapman, SEO Whistleblower: The Razer Blade gaming laptop is the first laptop to pack the amount of oomph and pizazz that it does in a form factor less than an inch thick and just under 7 pounds. At $2,800, it's a bit on the pricy side -- and there are much faster gaming laptops you can purchase for the same price. But it's the form factor and Razer's bells and whistles (like the multi-award winning "Switchblade UI" that you see on the right-hand side of the keyboard) that justify the cost. If you're a gamer -- or if you're looking for a holiday gift for one -- the Razer Blade just might be the device you seek.

    See: Razor Zone
    Price: $2,800
    Gift Pick by: Stephen Chapman, SEO Whistleblower

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Topic: Hardware

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  • RE: Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Our 20 favorite tech gifts

    I love Razer products, but the Switchblade UI is a mistake. Sure it's shiny and nice to show off to folks, but when doing, you know, gaming, it's horrible. It acts as a touchpad, but nobody would use one for gaming. It has an LCD for information, but you can't spare to look at your keyboard while gaming. It has specially programmable hotkeys, but you can't reach them because your hand should most definitely be on a mouse.
  • RE: Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Our 20 favorite tech gifts

    Too expensive thin laptops for Windows. You have to outsmart Apple, not catching up.
  • RE: Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Our 20 favorite tech gifts

    No more netbook, please. Apple iPAD and tablets are much more fun and productive.
  • RE: Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Our 20 favorite tech gifts

    WARNING: Avoid the Acer Aspire One! My workplace ordered over 100 of these and the quality control issues are rampant! Bad hard drives, shoddy keyboards, and even a few with bad displays (dead pixels/lines/color-issues). Couple that with Acer's WORST-in-the-industry customer support and I can't figure out why anyone would recommend these. Pick a different netbook! Try the Dell Mini, or get a tablet.
  • iPod? Really?!

    Come on... I own an iPhone 4 and an iPad2, so I can ask this question. Why, for $199, would you recommend the iPod as a means for escaping data charges? For that price, you are tethered to a wifi connection for data... why not get a Kindle for the same price and a much larger screen is you don't mind having to rely on wifi for your data connection? The iPod's screen is just too small to be a tablet competitor. The iPhone has the same small screen, but that's much more acceptable on a TRULY mobile device such as a smartphone... especially since the retina display makes viewing things on the smaller screen much more enjoyable than its counterparts of the same dimensions.
  • woaw...

    Dude, I'm jelaous if you can afford spending 1200 dollar on a Christmas gift. Really.
  • RE: Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Our 20 favorite tech gifts

    I disagree with your posting on the BB9900. My droid pro has a great keyboard and a much bigger screen.
  • RE: Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Our 20 favorite tech gifts

    Glad I'm not on your gift list, you are a cheap bugger.
  • RE: Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Our 20 favorite tech gifts

    The pic on your Coolmax PS-228 PSU tester is of a LAN tester - very useful for testing ethernet cables, but not PSUs!
  • Meh...Here's REAL INNOVATION, folks....

    ...the Orange OPC, the musician's computer...suck on this, Apple.
    Feldwebel Wolfenstool
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