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Last Minute Technology Holiday Gift Guide

By:Christine Fettinger

Whether you are buying for a small business owner, a tech enthusiast, or even yourself, choosing the right tech gift in a huge market can prove a challenge. While websites galore review and rate electronics, their opinions differ across the board. So, to help guide those who are drowning in a sea of brushed aluminum and plastic, I asked our team of engineers to recommend their favorite current gadget.

Mark Jagger.:

“I’ve been using the 13-inch MacBook Air running dual-booted Windows 7 Ultimate with Apple Boot Camp for over a year now. The hardware is light, portable, fast, and durable. I’ve dropped it couple times with only aesthetic damage, so the forgiving but strong aluminum unibody has proven to be an excellent choice by Appleā€¦it’s easy on the eyes as well. The Intel Core Dual 2 processor, sufficient 4GB memory, and Intel HD Graphics 3000 provides more than enough performance for all my business requirements. The 256G solid state hard drive and LED lit widescreen allows for a lightning quick boot-up and shutdown experience. I’ve had a few infrequent bugs with the Apple Boot Camp software, but outside of that it has comprehensively fit my business needs extremely well. This probably won’t ideally meet the performance requirements of an engineer or developer, but I would highly recommend this laptop for executive business use ONLY if you were going to run Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate operating system for primary business purposes.”


Eric M.:

“The ‘Voyager’ series of Bluetooth hands-free headsets, currently the ‘Voyager PRO HD’ or the ‘Voyager PRO+’ [boast] fantastic sound quality, [and] work extremely well. Very important accessory for anyone with a cell phone!”


Brian G.:

“My favorite awesome gift for Christmas is the IOGEAR USB 2.0 External DVI Video Card (Part# GUC2020DWG). It’s under $60, and allows you to add another monitor to any workstation or laptop with so much ease.”


Chris M.:

“If you’re considering purchasing a new CPU, steer clear from the new Bulldozer lineup from AMD and opt for the tried and true AMD Phenom II X6 1090 at $169.99, or go faster with the Intel i5-2500K at $219.99. You just can’t debate with the evidence from the benchmarks published on the web, and it appears Windows 8 changes aren’t going to save the current Bulldozer models.”


Miles E.:

Kindle Touch with Special Offers is awesome beyond words. It has re-ignited my love of reading, no pun intended, and being able to check out both public library books and Kindle Owners Lending Library books for free is awesome. I can even log into Safari Books Online to access technical reference materials “on the go” with the experimental web browser feature. Best $99 gift EVER.”