Best Electronic Gift for Christmas 2012 (Part II)

In the last post – Best Electronic Gift for Christmas 2012 (Part I), we introduced some the best gifts in few of the categories. Let us continue with few more categories here.

Laptops

Laptops are the best gift for the students who are in school or in college. School students can be given a low end laptop which may be cheap and still pretty good for them, while for the college guys you may still require a better and high end laptops.

Now the question is if one should go with a Mac or a PC.

A PC as a gift would be the best if budget is a factor to be considered, and if you want to gift a simple and basic laptop. On the other hand, Macs have a big price tag, and are good for innovators and people who like to think a lot.

In the category of PC’s you may go ahead with the Dell Inspiron. For a cheap option, you would like to consider the Samsung Chromebook. It is a cheap and a light system, with cloud storage and is the best seller in the year 2012.

Also read “Christmas and New year gift ideas for husband

Samsung Chromebook

  • 11.6 inches Display
  • Samsung Exynos 5250
  • 2 GB DDR3L RAM
  • 2 USB Ports: 1 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 2.0, HDMI Port
  • Built-in dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n

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Dell Inspiron

  • Intel Intel Core i3-2370M 2.4GHz 2.40 GHz
  • 6 GB DIMM
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen,
  • Wireless 1702 802.11b/g/n
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

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The best laptops which you may ever find would be from Apple. And the best one in this category would be the Apple MacBook Pro. For another option, you may go ahead with Apple MacBook Air, which is very thin, very light and has awesome looks.

MacBook Pro

  • 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache
  • 8 GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory
  • 128 GB Flash Storage
  • 13.3 inch LED-backlit Retina display, 2560-by-1600 native resolution, Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Mac OS X Mountain Lion, 7 Hour Battery Life

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MacBook Air

  • Faster Flash Storage; USB 3.0.
  • 720p FaceTime HD Camera
  • 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor
  • 256 GB Flash Storage; 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000; 13.3-inch LED Display

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Video Cameras

Video Camera or Camcorders are one of the best gifts to record memories, and to revisit them as time flies by. You may choose from different types of cameras – Shoot and Share Cameras or a Standard or Pro Camcorder.

The Shoot and Share cameras are meant to quickly capture the moments and to share them easily. You simply point the camera and shoot the video, and no need to know a lot about video recording.

Sony Bloggie Touch

  • USB Connection Support Cable
  • Wrist Strap

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Kodak Mini

  • One Touch Video and Audio Recording
  • Focus-Free
  • Simple Button Layout
  • Expandable Flash Memory (2 GB Micro SD Memory Card included)
  • Built-in Rechargeable Battery

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Kodak PlaySport Zx3

  • Waterproof up to 10 ft. (3 m)
  • Full 1080p HD video
  • Electronic image stabilization
  • Brilliant 2.0 in. color display
  • Capture 5 megapixel HD stills (16:9)

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Flip UltraHD

  • Shoot up to 2 hours of better-than-ever HD video on the easy-to-use, now even slimmer UltraHD
  • Press the big red button to start capturing vibrant HD video (720p / 60fps) on the super-simple user interface
  • Keep your video steady with image stabilization, UltraHD’s newest feature
  • Connect the built-in USB arm to your PC or Mac to launch pre-loaded FlipShare software
  • Organize, create and share your videos with FlipShare software

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To have more control over the quality of video you shoot, and to facilitate the shooting of videos under low light conditions, you may go ahead with the traditional camcorders.

Panasonic HDC-TM90K

  • 28mm wide-angle lens
  • Intelligent 40x Zoom and Hybrid O.I.S.
  • 2D & 3D video capture capability
  • 16GB built-in memory
  • SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card Recording

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Canon VIXIA HF M41

  • 32GB internal flash drive and 2 SDXC-compatible memory card slots
  • Genuine Canon 10x HD video lens
  • Canon HD CMOS pro image sensor
  • Canon DIGIC DV III image processor
  • Dynamic SuperRange OIS corrects a full range of motion

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Sony HDR-CX160

  • 1920×1080 Full HD 60p Recording w/3MP still image
  • 16GB embedded Flash Memory for up to 6 hours of recording
  • Wide Angle G lens to capture everything you want
  • 42x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action
  • Back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS sensor for superb low-light video

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Toshiba Camileo X100

  • 1080p / 30fps and 1080i / 60fps resolution video
  • 10x optical zoom + 10x Digital zoom, total 100x zoom
  • HDMI digital AV output
  • 3.0-Inch LCD touch-screen
  • 4 GB internal flash memory
  • 3-inch LCD display

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If you are the one who has to shoot some professional and high quality videos, then go ahead with pro camcorders. These cameras will have a good price, and you would like to have these only if you are some filmmaker or a professional videographer.

Canon XH-A1S

  • Genuine Canon 20x HD video zoom lens with Professional L Series Fluorite.
  • Independent manual focus. zoom, and iris ring
  • Three 1/3-inch native 16:9 CCD with 1.67M pixels (1440 x 1080).
  • 1080 HD resolution with choice of 60i, 30F, and 24F frame rates
  • Canon DIGIC DV II HD Image Processor
  • Complete Customization: Iimage adjustments, display adjustments, custom functions.
  • Nine custom presets and two custom keys
  • 2.8-inch Widescreen LCD (207,000 Pixels) and 0.57-inch Color Widescreen EVF (269,000 Pixels)

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Sony HDR-FX7

  • Record and play back HDV 1080i video.
  • Switchable recording in standard definition
  • ClearVid CMOS sensor; 20x optical zoom
  • Wide 3.5-inch Hybrid Touch Panel Clear Photo LCD Plus display
  • Capture 1.2-megapixel stills to Memory Stick Duo
  • Professional 62mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens

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Panasonic AG-HMC40

  • Three newly designed 1/4.1″ Progressive 3MOS Imagers for full HD resolution.
  • Extremely slow, smooth zoom for the precise control needed for dramatic sequences
  • Time Date Stamp enables shooting Legal Depositions or Surveillance
  • The HMC40 is a versatile HD camcorder offering high-quality AVCHD recordings and high-resolution still photo capture
  • The compact camera is also packed with professional video and audio features

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Panasonic HDC-SDT750

  • World’s first 3D Shooting Camcorder
  • Fulls HD 1080/60p Progressive Movie Recording
  • Advanced 3MOS System
  • Intelligent Auto
  • Hybrid OIS

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GPS Navigators

A GPS is an awesome gift for people who have a hard time remembering the routes and the drive ways.

If cost is no problem with you, then you may go ahead with the Garmin nüvi 3590T. It has awesome graphics and has features like that of a smartphone. This is one of the best GPS available in the market today.

If you want some cheaper options, then you might consider Garmin nüvi 2555LMT, Magellan RoadMate 5045-LM or the TomTom GO LIVE 2535M.

Garmin nüvi 3590T

  • Dual-orientation 5.0″ color touchscreen
  • Subscription-Free Garmin 3D Digital Traffic2 updates as often as every 30 seconds
  • Multi-touch glass display with pinch to zoom
  • Hands-free calling compatible
  • Safe texting capable, reads text messages to you, Limited 1-Year parts and labor warranty

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Garmin nüvi 2555LMT

  • Lifetime map and traffic updates
  • Speed limit indicator – unit displays speed limits for most major roads, Card Reader: microSD
  • Lane assist with photoReal junction views, Display resolution: 480 x 272 pixels
  • Over 8 million points of interest and see branded icons on the map as you navigate.
  • Park position recall – find your car where you left it, Battery Run Time up to 2.5 hour(s)

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Magellan RoadMate 5045-LM

  • System Requirements: only compatible with Windows
  • GPS for larger vehicles including SUVs, RVs and trucks; features large five-inch touchscreen
  • Features include lifetime map updates, lifetime traffic alerts, highway lane assist, OneTouch favorites, highway exit POI and AAA TourBook
  • Pre-loaded maps of U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico with six million searchable points of interest
  • OneTouch favorites menu affords instant access to your personalized bookmarks of favorite places
  • Highway lane assist points you to the right exit with realistic highway signs

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TomTom GO LIVE 2535M

  • Get over 1 million more miles of mapped roads in the US
  • Outsmart delays with Free Lifetime Traffic Updates, without advertising
  • Stay up-to-date on road changes with Free Lifetime Map Updates
  • Navigate with ease using premium maps of the US, Canada & Mexico
  • Travel in style with the new, slim design and integrated Fold and Go EasyPort Mount

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Let us talk about the best GPS devices for the runners.

The best one is Nike+ SportWatch GPS by TomTom. It tell you information such as your speed, distance, calories burnt, pace, heart rate and what not. The best part of this is that you can store all these data and see them later. You may even view the map you have made a run on.

The best seller for GPS on wrist is the Garmin Forerunner 305. It has a new version Garmin Forerunner 110 launched, but the old version still holds the market.

The Garmin Edge 800 Cycling GPS is one of the best gifts for cyclists. It attaches itself to the handlebar or the stem of the bike, and keeps a track on the distance, speed, location, and the elevation and lets you compare your successive rides.

The Garmin Approach G6 Handheld Touchscreen GPS is another great gift for a golfer. It gives you good stats on your golf game as you make your moves, and really helps you a lot to plan your further moves.

Nike+ SportWatch GPS by TomTom

  • Water resistant Nike+ SportWatch features TomTom GPS for accurate speed and distance information, indoors or out–even if the GPS signal gets interrupted
  • Track your time, distance, pace, heart rate (with optional sensor), and calories burned.
  • View your mapped route with pace data/changes in elevation on Nikeplus.com
  • Rechargeable lithium polymer battery charges via USB, provides eight hours of run time with the GPS and sensor both turned on, up to 50 days of standby power
  • Personal coaching features help keep you at your best–reminds you to run, stores your run history, and remembers your personal records

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Garmin Forerunner 110

  • GPS-enabled trainer watch accurately records your distance, time and pace
  • High-sensitivity GPS receiver stays locked on satellites, even near tall buildings or under tree cover
  • Rechargeable battery provides 8 hours life in training mode, 3 weeks in power save mode
  • Upload data to Garmin Connect site to view workout summaries, create goals and more
  • Includes heart rate monitor for heart rate-based calorie computation

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Garmin Edge 800

  • High-sensitivity receiver
  • Barometric altimeter
  • Touchscreen & simple to use interface

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Garmin Approach G6

  • Preloaded with over 25,000 worldwide courses – no subscriptions required.
  • Slim, rugged, waterproof design.
  • 2.6″ glove-friendly touchscreen display and adjustable backlight.

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External Hard Drives

In today’s world, the more digital store you have, the better it is. External Hard Drives are the best gifts as a tech gift.

Few years back, even 40GB used to sound huge, and 80GB was like infinite. But today, even TB’s seem that they are less. We need more and more space every day, and would never mind if we got some extra as well.

The External hard Disks are of two types – The Pocket Version, and the Bigger Desktop Version.

The Pocket version is small, and can be fit in to your pocket, and the name suggests. The smaller size gives you the more space as well. No external power supply is required, and you just plug it up, and use it.

Western Digital My Passport

  • Sleek, compact design
  • Automatic backup software
  • Password protection and hardware encryption

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Seagate Backup Plus

  • Keep copies of your precious digital files, in case disaster strikes
  • Impressive 1 TB storage capacity, Spindle Speed 5400 RPM
  • Save feature enables user-generated content to be backed up from your favorite social network
  • Share feature allows multiple files to be uploaded to social networks at once from your computer
  • Install the pre-loaded NTFS driver for Mac and use the drive interchangeably between PC and Mac computers without reformatting
  • Features USB 3.0 for quick data transfer rates.
  • Upgrade to Thunderbolt technology or FireWire 800 with the available additional adapter

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Western Digital My Passport Edge

  • Ultra-fast data transfers
  • Automatic backup software
  • Password protection and hardware encryption

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Western Digital WD Elements

  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connectivity
  • Maximum data transfer rates
  • Massive capacity in a compact design
  • Plug-and-play ready for Windows PCs

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The Bigger Desktop Versions are bigger in size than the pocket version. These require an external power supply, but have got more storage capacity.

Western Digital My Book Essential

  • Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0
  • Automatic, continuous backup
  • Password protection and 256 bit AES hardware encryption
  • Power Requirements AC: 100-240VAC, 47-63Hz

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Seagate Backup Plus

  • Keep copies of your precious digital files, in case disaster strikes
  • Impressive 4 TB storage capacity
  • Save feature enables user-generated content to be backed up from your favorite social network
  • Share feature allows multiple files to be uploaded to social networks at once from your computer
  • Install the pre-loaded NTFS driver for Mac and use the drive interchangeably between PC and Mac computers without reformatting
  • Features USB 3.0 for quick data transfer rates. Upgrade to Thunderbolt technology or FireWire 800 with the available additional adapter

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Western Digital WD Elements

  • Simply affordable
  • Plug-and-play storage
  • USB 2.0 interface

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Seagate Expansion

  • Instantly add 3 TB of storage space to your computer
  • Simple plug-and-play connectivity via USB cable
  • Power supply and USB 3.0 cable included
  • USB 3.0 interface for extremely fast data transfer speeds (USB 2.0 compatible)
  • Drive is automatically recognized by Windows. No software installation required

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The best companies for the External Hard Drives would be Western Digital and Seagate. The other brands are not as good as these are.

If you are gifting an External Hard Drive to any tech guy, then the higher the more, the better it would be. Try to get the largest storage possible External Hard Drives for such person.

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