Christmas is closing in on us, but according to the stores and malls it kinda looks like it’s Christmas already. It’s amazing how they manage to make everything look Christmassy sooner and sooner almost every year.
Anywho, what’s a Tech blog without a top 10 list of all the greatest gadgets that most of us would love to see under the Christmas tree? Except for just a tiny problem of course: Price! The price tag on many of these gadgets might be a quite a hurdle for most of us. But then again, it’s Christmas and you’ll never know what Santa might bring…
Let’s get on with the list. Cheapest items first…
Magic Mouse from Apple
What’s a gadget wish list without a product from Apple? Obviously the new 27″ iMac could easily be the Apple product for this wish list, but I don’t need it. I’m happy with my MacBook Pro and I don’t need another computer to maintain – after all, I can only just use one computer at a time. So I’m gonna have to go with the new Magic Mouse on this one. It’s wireless, it’s multi-touch, it has no visible buttons and it’s $69. Actually, I might cheat on this one and get it before Christmas. We’ll see.
At less than $250, the PSP GO could easily be worth its price, considering how many hours of gameplay you could squeeze out of this thing. I had the first PSP when it came on the market and it was just like the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii – fun at first, then it started to get boring. For me, at least. I would like to try out PSP GO because of it’s beautiful 3.8″ screen and downloadable games – no longer necessary to run around with all your games in a backpack.
iRobot 500 Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robot
I have one of the older Roombas from 2004-2005 or something like that. It’s not so good any more so I rarely use it. But I love the idea of having “somebody” clean the floors for you – even if you’re not home. I could probably wish for a really fancy Roomba but I think just an regular 500 series Roomba would be enough for me, they come in at just $260, not too bad for (almost) never having to clean your floors, right?
Garmin Forerunner 310XT
Running is not for me, but dieting is, so taking walks and a 3-minute run every now and then is what I strive to do. Having a gadget with me, just makes it a little bit easier and more interesting. This cool-looking Garmin Forerunner 310XT watch also has a built-in GPS and syncs with your computer. At around $400, it’s…. well, let’s be honest, I have no idea if it’s worth that price or not. But I’d still like one.
I’m not crazy about Nokia, especially not their operating systems (S40 and Symbian S60), but Nokia N900 is based on Linux Maemo and it looks so cool that I would really, really like to try it out. Just for a day or two till I start missing the App Store and “slide to unlock”… N900 has a 3.5” touchscreen display and a QWERTY keyboard that slides out from underneath. Cool.
It’s available for pre-order at less than $600, will it be out in time for Christmas?
DeLonghi Magnifica Espresso Machine
Enjoying a cappuccino, or espresso, every now and then is great. Being able to make them yourself, is great too. Unfortunately, my espresso maker is crap. I have no idea how great this DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica really is, but the price of $745 suggests that it has a thing or two up its sleeves. I could probably settle with a less expensive one, but I’ve heard good things about the brand “DeLonghi”…
Sony HDR-XR500V Camcorder
The XR500V is the successor to my current HD cam, Sony HDR-SR11E. One of the features I’m really digging about the XR500V is the built-in GPS receiver to tag where your videos are shot. I don’t think that it’s supported by iMovie on Mac yet, but I still like the idea of geotagging not only pictures, but also video. HDR-XR500V comes with a built-in 120GB hard drive for storing your recordings and a 3.2″ touchscreen display. Price: $1,249.
Listening to music is great, having some quality headphones is a must. I’m really happy about my “Beats by Dr Dre” headphones (I don’t listen to Dr Dre’s music, but the headphones are great), but if the Beats went head to head with HD800, I wouldn’t wanna be the audio cable connected to the Beats cause they’re gonna get beaten (no pun intended). Sennheiser HD800 comes with a price tag of, hold on, $1.400. Crispy!
Canon EOS 7D
It’s new, it’s expensive, it’s gorgeous. Shooting 8 pictures a second plus video in HD, does it get any better? Yes it does, EOS 7D has 18 million pixels and it’s somewhat weather proof too.
Price? Oh, only $1,899. And that’s just for the body. Maybe next year…
Philips Cinema 56″ (21:9)
Must I really explain why I want this TV? Okay, then. First of all, it’s the world’s first cinema-proportioned TV( 21:9). Second, it’s huge (56″). And third, there is no third. It’s 21:9 and 56″, that’s all it takes. Price, I’m not sure, but I’ve heard it to be around $6,000. Maybe next year, must be cheaper by then…
What’s Your Most Wanted Gadgets?
Those were my top 10 most-wanted gadgets for this Christmas. Now it’s your turn. Feel free to comment, do a blog post and link to it or whatever you like – let us know what you’re interested in, it doesn’t even have to be tech gadgets.