Annual 12 Suggested Xmas Techie Toy Gifts for the last minute shopper.
Dec. 8th, 2004, by Angel Lee and Keith Benicek - Editor
So you're one of
those down to the wire shoppers for you Christmas and holiday gifts,
aren't you? Worse yet, you need to buy something that your favorite
Tech Geek will not only want, but have have a insatiable desire for.
Well that's what Santa's little helpers here at Tech-Edge E-zine are
We carefully looked
through all the hardware that we have tested and tried out in the last
few months or that were reviewed this year. Only the best, most desirable
and still hot technologies are included here.
Whether it is for
your wife, husband, children or parents; maybe your best friend or loved
one, I'm sure that you'll find some great suggestions in our 4th Annual
12 Toys of Xmas for Techies. So lets just jump right into Santa's bag
of goodies to see what we picked!
Toy of Xmas - everyone
Move through menus
with ease using the new style click wheel. 40GB capacity holds up to 10,000
songs or 15,000 photos, 2 inch color backlit screen with higher resolution
and 65,000 colors, video out through headphone jack, click wheel, 4.1"
x 2.4" x 0.75", included iPod Photo dock, up to 15 hour battery,
USB 2.0 + FireWire connections.
iPod Photo 40GB (M9585LL/A)
Carry your favorite digital images along with your
favorite songs. The clear, bright color display brings images to
But if you get this, you have to have this too ...
Share you iPod music with everyone in the room. Actually it will
work with any music player using a standard "mini" 1/8-inch
stereo jack. Sounds great and more portable that most of the other
much bigger clunky units.
•ON/OFF switch to save battery
•Single AA battery (included) lasts up to 8 hours of use
•500mW power output per channel
to see how it looks
Toy of Xmas -
Products' Radio YourWay 32MB
full review of Radio YourWay here.
everyone is into listening to recorded music. A lot of Techies
prefer live radio whether it's sports, talk or special programs.
But, if you can't listen live, Pogo's Radio YourWay can be programmed
to record AM or FM any time, or right at the moment. It'll even
record digital voice and play MP3's copied to an optional MMC/SD
will fit into your shirt pocket and record for 4.5 hours.
Toy of Xmas -
1GB 2.0 JumpDrive™ JDA1GB-275
Thumb sized and can carry the equivalent of 712 Floppy Disks! Compatible
Mac or Linux
systems. JumpDrive Sport USB flash drive is built for the rugged
life. Surrounded by a durable rubber cap, the JumpDrive Sport
is impact-resistant and can be secured to a backpack or a key
chain. The drive is removable and features USB 2.0 for high speed
file transfers in capacities of 128MB, 256MB, 512MB and 1GB. Price:
$59.95 after mail-in rebates
Toy(s) of Xmas -
Stylus R Series Photo Printers, two of them impressed us so much that
we had to recommend both depending on your budget ....
Stylus R200 Photo Printer, 6 colors cartridges system with
BorderFree™ Printing System, uses individual cartridges, prints
directly on ink jet printable CDs/DVDs solution. Price:
Stylus R800 Photo Printer 8-Color UltraChrome Hi-Gloss pigment
inks, · world's first 1.5-picoliter droplets up to 5760 x 1440
dpi True BorderFree 4x6 to 8x10 inch photo quality prints. USB 2.0
& FireWire Price: $399.99
Toy of Xmas
Toshiba Satellite A75-S226, ~$1299.99
Satellite A75-S226 is amazingly light for it size, which is very unlike
the current crop of wide 15.4-in PC notebooks. This model weighs in
at a mere 7.96 lbs (14.4”W x 10.8”D x 1.54”/1.82”H
for Business, Education, Home or some light game play, the Toshiba
Satellite A75-S226 is equipped for most anything you want a notebook
to do with a 3.06 GHz Intel Pentium 4. Read more in our recent
"Best 3 Fall Notebooks" here.
Toy of Xmas -
Simple backup and storage with Maxtor DriveLock™ to
protect the contents of your drive if lost or stolen. With 300GB,
there’s ample room to store your videos, photos, graphics, music,
and more in one convenient location!
drive features a simple Maxtor user-interface for drive management,
security, and backup, a whisper-quiet 7200 RPM hard drive with 16MB
cache and is equipped with both FireWire and USB 2.0 interfaces for
easy connection. For PC and Mac. Read our full review, here
Price: $299.99 (street)
Toy(s) of Xmas
There are so many great new digital camera this year to recommend, so
we picked three in different price and user proficiency ranges. One will
be perfect for you special gift recipient -
C-7000 7MP Digital Camera #225510 Price:
$469.00 street ·
7.1 megapixel resolution for photo-quality poster-plus sized enlargements.
5x optical zoom lens combines with 6x digital zoom for 30x total seamless
zoom, 2-inch semi-transmissive LCD features glare-reduction technology.
· TruePic TURBO image processor and PictBridge. Only 2.16 lbs
images for enlargements
Cybershot DSC-F828 Price: $770.11 Street
The first consumer camera to incorporate four-color filter CCD technology
and a Real Imaging Processor. ™. The new (RGB+E) filter adds
an emerald-colored pixel to the filter pattern, realizing color fidelity.
Images can be
stored onto CompactFlash® Type I and Type II media, as well as
a Microdrive® hard disk drive or Memory Stick PRO™ media.
Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T* Lens, 5 Area Multi-Point Auto
Focus, RAW Mode & Data Converter. See our full review from this
summer, right here.
E-1 - Price: 1,079.55 (street)
Lens extra, an Zuko excellent 14- to 54-mm lens ($500 street)Unlike
the other digital SLRs currently available, the E-1 is based on the
new four-thirds system, a system for
lenses designed by Fuji, Kodak, and Olympus. One of the most pioneering
developments to hit the professional digital photography
industry in some time. No other camera has the "component system"
capabilities of the Olympus E-1 and it's accessories.
5.0MP CCD -
2560 dpi x 1920 dpi, IEEE 1394 - 4 pin Unpowered, USB - Universal
Serial Bus, JPEG & TIFF, CompactFlash or Microdrive, Shutter
Speed - 180 1/f to 4000 1/f, wt. 23 oz.
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