As the last remaining holiday shopping days quickly dwindle down, we’ve gathered what we consider some of the coolest gadgets, worthy of any tech-lover on your gift list! For the guy or gal who seems to just about have it all, we’ve pulled together a round-up that includes some of 2012′s most innovative products, as well as some that are just plain fun.
Below you’ll find holiday gift ideas in every price range and for techies of all levels – whether the focus is on entertainment, enhanced functionality or just overall “wow factor” – see what made our top tech gifts for the season:
ES8000 Series 8 LED TV, by Samsung Electronics
What it costs: Around $2,100
Why it rocks: Impressive tends to be an understatement, when describing Samsung’s flagship television. The ES8000 LED sets, available in sizes ranging from 46 inches to 65 inches, feature an ultra-slim design with silver trim around a floating screen perched atop an attractive stand. The Smart Hub portal connects the TV to Netflix and other Web services, including Skype video calling through a built-in camera. It’s the first to feature voice and gesture control to change basic functions, such as saying “Hi, TV” to turn it on or waving your hand to adjust the volume. A silver-and-black touchpad remote also has a microphone inside so your TV can recognize your voice in a noisy room…can you say awesome?
iPhone 5, by Apple
What it costs: Starts at $199
Why it rocks: Let’s be serious, when has an upgrade or next-gen product from Apple not been a good thing? Once again, as consumer need grows, so does the functionality and sophistication of the iPhone – this rendition offers both brains and brawn wrapped in a sleek, compact package. The new iPhone with its slightly larger screen also boasts an upgraded processor, faster LTE data network connection and improved camera. Many have also awarded Apple special kudos for delivering stronger, extended battery performance this time around.
Moverio BT-100 Wearable Display, by Epson America Inc.
What it costs: $700
Why it rocks: Techies of all ages are going gaga of the idea of smart glasses and Epson’s Moverio BT-100 – an Android-powered micro-projection personal-viewing headset - certainly fits the bill as it can deliver YouTube clips and other HD content. Interact with apps and games in a whole new way. Featuring a head set with micro-projection technology and a compact Android-powered controller, Moverio allows you to privately view video, experience side-by-side 3D content, play games and enjoy content on a “floating” see-through display projected into your environment. With nearly six-hours of rechargeable battery life1 and 1GB internal storage plus a microSDHC card slot, Moverio lets you enjoy movies, books, music, photos and more virtually anywhere, at any time.
Portable, Folding On-Ear P3 Headphones, by Bowers & Wilkins
What it costs: $199
Why it rocks: Portable. Folding. On-ear. Did you get all that? Not only are the Bowers & Wilkins P3s ultra convenient, elegantly designed headphones are capable of providing a remarkably natural, detailed sound for quality listening on the go. The B&W P3 slimline headphones fit lightly and snugly on your head, then fold up to stow away in your pocket or inside the included protective carrying case. Even better, a remote built into the headphone cable lets you conveniently control music playback without having to dig your iPod® or iPhone® out of your pocket. You can even take calls on your iPhone hands-free, thanks to the in-line microphone. The removable headphone cord attaches to just one earcup, so you won’t have to deal with tangles.
Control4-Enabled Sony A/V Recievers
What it costs: STR-DA5800ES ($2,099 MSRP) and STR-DA2800ES ($999 MSRP) include Control4 automation out-of-the box to create and control a single-room home entertainment system, and are available for order now through authorized Control4 and Sony ES dealers. The Control4 Activation License to enable full-controller functionality is an additional $300 when purchased together with the new ES receivers in the U.S. from Control4.
Why it rocks: Say hello to the industry’s first-ever AV receiver with built-in home automation. Sony has integrated Control4® automation technology into its new ES receivers (introduced at CEDIA Expo) – delivering best-in-class AV performance and home automation within one easy-to-install and easy-to-use product. The partnership made waves at this year’s CEDIA Expo as the new ES receiver are set to redefine the AVR category by delivering an unprecedented integrated AV and automation experience in a single device. Consumers can njoy top AVR performance, unmatched 4K content and a stunning selection of streaming media services, plus the added lifestyle benefits of personalized automation that can transform a house into a smart home.
SANUS VTM5 iPad Mount
What it costs: $79.99
Why it rocks: SANUS actually offers a number of diverse iPad mount accessories, giving you multiple options for placing your iPad up and out of the way while keeping it protected, yet accessible. Whether you choose to attach your iPad to the wall or under a cabinet, each mount comes with a specially engineered case, making it easy to take your iPad on the go.Our current favorite is the SANUS VTM5 iPad mount, which makes it easy for you to mount your iPad to a wall or on a flat surface underneath a cabinet. By mounting your iPad up high, and out of harm’s way, you are protecting it from potential hazards, such as heavy books being placed on it or spilt water. The VMT5’s case easily attaches to the mount arm’s pivoting connector, which provides 360 degrees of fluid rotation, so you can effortlessly change the view of your iPad. Designed to work with the Apple® Smart Cover®, this mount is compatible with both the iPad 2 and iPad (3rd generation).
Don’t see something you’re looking for, but think it would be a great addition to our holiday gift guide? Send it our way! Be sure to email your favorite tech gifts to firstname.lastname@example.org or share your thoughts with us on Facebook. From everyone at HDLiving, Happy Holidays!