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.

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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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  • Janice Chen - Digital Cameras & Camcorders: Though it will be ripe for an upgrade in early 2012, the Canon EOS Rebel T3i is still the entry-level dSLR to get this holiday season. Like its predecessor the T2i (one of my holiday dSLR picks last year), the T3i gets high marks across the board for image quality. But the T3i's flip and swivel articulated LCD and top-notch 1080i HD video recording capabilities make it the budget dSLR of choice, even eight months down the line (an eon in the fast-paced digital camera market).

    See: Canon
    Price: $899
    Gift Pick by: Janice Chen - Digital Cameras & Camcorders

    Also:
    My favorite Point and shoot: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3
    My favorite pocket camcorder: Kodak Playsport Zx5

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

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

    No more netbook, please. Apple iPAD and tablets are much more fun and productive.
    Netteligent
  • 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.
    wr230746
  • 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.
    vancevep
  • woaw...

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

    Glad I'm not on your gift list, you are a cheap bugger.
    Wman
  • 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!
    robjthom
  • Meh...Here's REAL INNOVATION, folks....

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

    http://www.orangeopc.com/
    Feldwebel Wolfenstool
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