Tech for the Holidays: Cool Gadgets for Everyone's Wish List

By Jules, Brandy | Success, December 2010 | Go to article overview

Tech for the Holidays: Cool Gadgets for Everyone's Wish List


Jules, Brandy, Success


Remember that tie you got three years ago? Neither do we. That's why we compiled this gift list to shake things up a bit this year. Instead of a predictable standby, why not give something that adds productivity and efficiency to work or play?

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Work Flow

Give your loved ones the competitive edge this year with tools to upgrade their offices.

Echo Smartpen

Taking notes during business meetings, conferences or seminars means drudging through the task of retyping them. There is a solution. The Echo smartpen by Livescribe will transfer written notes from the pen to a computer and will record clear crisp audio during note-taking. Extend the use of the smartpen by downloading applications that range from reference tools, such as a dictionary, to study aids and games. It holds 400 or 800 hours of recorded audio, in 4 GB and 8 GB versions. $170-$200

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Epson Workforce 635

Simplifying daily office tasks could increase work productivity. The Epson Workforce 635 all-in-one printer can cut printing time and save paper along the way. It produces fast print speeds, has automatic two-side printing, and scans, copies and taxes two-sided documents for maximum efficiency. It has built-in Wi-Fi and stores up to 60 names and numbers so faxing can be a breeze. $230

IDAPT i4

With all the gadgets a business owner juggles at home and in the office, it would make things a lot easier to have one charger that does all the work, The IDAPT i4 can be a one-stop charging source. It charges up to four gadgets simultaneously, and it's compatible with more than 4,000 electronic devices. All that's needed is one outlet to charge every gadget--without the hassle of multiple cords, $60

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Ergo Motion Laser Mouse

If your loved one sometimes experiences hand or wrist discomfort from using the computer mouse for long periods, reach for this gadget, The Smartfish Ergo Motion Laser Mouse naturally adapts to hand and wrist movement. The mouse rocks, swivels and pivots so the hand and wrist are never in the same position. The added motion reduces the risk of repetitive stress injury, $50

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It's All in the Journey

Traveling should be fun. Take some of the stress out with these gadgets that make great traveling companions and gifts.

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Philips PD9016

Turn a long family road trip into fun. The Philips PD9016 lets families watch movies, enjoy photos and listen to music while on the road or on vacation. With 9-inch dual DVD players, passengers can watch two movies separately, or they can share one movie on both DVD players. It comes with built-in stereo speakers and mounting straps so you can attach the player to your car headrest for easy viewing from the backseat. $200

Cruise Contro

Do you know road warriors who work from their cars all day? Give them a gift that can help ease their workload on the road.

Kensington Pocket Battery

Let your loved ones carry power in a pocket wherever they travel. The Kensington Pocket Battery charges smartphones and laptops on the go. If they forget their charger at home or get stuck in a place where an outlet isn't available, the Pocket Battery can be a portable backup when power is needed. It fits in a purse, car compartment or a pocket. $40

Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS

Taking pictures is one of the best parts of traveling. The Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital Camera can help capture those memories, whether for work or play. It has a 10x optical zoom for shooting close-ups from far away. The PowerShot captures quality pictures in low lighting and even boasts HD video recording. $350

Cobra Case

A frequent traveler needs a bag that holds up through everyday wear and tear The Cobra case by Booq has pockets galore that fit a laptop, camera, cell phone and other accessories into one carryall. …

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