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Our 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 for.

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!

 First Toy of Xmas - everyone wants one.....

Apple iPod Photo 40GB (M9585LL/A)
Price: $499.99

Carry your favorite digital images along with your favorite songs. The clear, bright color display brings images to life.
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.

  But if you get this, you have to have this too ...

Macally WavePod
Price: • US $39.00

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


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 Second Toy of Xmas -
Pogo Products' Radio YourWay 32MB


Catch our full review of Radio YourWay here. Price: $149.99

Not 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 card.

Radio YouWay will fit into your shirt pocket and record for 4.5 hours.

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 Third Toy of Xmas -
Lexar 1GB 2.0 JumpDrive™ JDA1GB-275
Thumb sized and can carry the equivalent of 712 Floppy Disks! Compatible with  Windows,

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


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  Fourth Toy(s) of Xmas -
Epson Stylus R Series Photo Printers, two of them impressed us so much that we had to recommend both depending on your budget ....
Epson 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: $99.95
Epson 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
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  Fifth Toy of Xmas
Toshiba Satellite A75-S226, ~$1299.99 (street)
The 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 front/back).
Perfect 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.
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  Sixth Toy of Xmas -
Maxtor OneTouch™ II
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!
The 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)

 Seventh 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 -

Olympus 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




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Sony 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.
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Olympus 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

interchangeable 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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