It’s that time of year, and many on your list might be asking for
some tech goodies this holiday season. Here’s a guide to what’s out
— Motorola Droid Razr HD.
The most compact 4.7-inch smartphone, Droid Razr HD is built withCorning
Gorilla Glass and DuPont KEVLAR fiber, plus a protective layer of
water-repellant nanocoating. It features an 8-megapixel camera and an HD
display. $199.99 with two-year agreement.
— Motorola Razr Maxx HD
has the same features as the Droid Razr HD, but includes a battery that
allows for up to 32 hours of normal use and double the internal storage
to 32 GB. The Razr MaxxHD is $299.99 with two-year agreement.
— Samsung Galaxy Note II
Galaxy Note II combines the features of a smartphone and tablet, giving
users the best of both worlds with its large yet pocketable 5.5-inch HD
Super AMOLED screen. Features a built-in
S-Pen. The Note II
allows users to run two apps simultaneously by dividing the screen in
the Multi Window view. $299.99 with two-year agreement.
— Windows Phone 8X by HTC
in Blue, Red or Black color models for $199.99 with a new two-year
contract. The new Windows Phone 8 OS brings new features to explore and
new ways to further personalize your smartphone. Live Tiles let you
create a Start screen that’s exactly right for you by letting you not
only pin apps but also people, bookmarks and more all on one screen to
view at a glance.
— Nokia Lumia 822
Exclusive to Verizon
Wireless and will be available in Black, White and Grey color models for
$99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and with a new two-year contract.
— LG Spectrum 2
4.7-inch True HD display will make the Spectrum 2 by LG stand out by
enhancing the viewing experience when streaming movies, playing games
and browsing the Web. The HD display, paired with Corning Gorilla Glass,
delivers vivid and accurate colors, crisp, sharp text and clear images.
$99.99 after rebate with new two-year agreement.
for more details.
— ZAGGkeys Flex Bluetooth Keyboard — $79.00
ZAGGkeys FLEX is a standalone keyboard accessory that delivers
convenience and function for smartphones and tablet computers.
ZAGGkeys FLEX is an advanced Bluetooth wireless keyboard and stand, for maximizing a smartphone or tablet anytime, anywhere.
the keyboard and the stand function work with smartphones and tablets
in all shapes and sizes. Designed for fast and accurate typing,
island-style keys are engineered to provide maximum finger space.
— Jawbone Jambox - $149.00
delivers hi-fi audio in a portable wireless speaker. JAMBOX is powered
by a pair of proprietary acoustic drivers able to produce extreme high
(tweeter) and low (woofer) frequencies from a single, ultra-small dome
speaker. They work in concert with a passive bass radiator and airtight
enclosure to deliver shimmering highs and thumping lows that you can
feel - the richest sound all in the palm of your hand.
— Fitbit zip wireless activity tracker - $59.00
your everyday life into a fun path to fitness. Much more than a
pedometer, Zip tracks your steps, distance, and calories burned -- then
automatically syncs the data to your Fitbit account.
online or through the Fitbit App, you can set goals and stay motivated
to keep on your path to fitness with graphs, badges, and friendly
competitions. Check to see how you compare with friends and family, even
provide a message to egg them on. Your stats wirelessly uploads via
computer or select mobile devices, so you will know in real time when
you are close to a goal and when you’ve reached one.
for more information.
For $99.99, Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE features a 1.2GHz dual-core
processor, Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, 4-inch touchscreen display
and dual cameras: 5-megapixel rear-facing with LED flash and video
capture and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.
— Priced at $99.99,
LG Mach is one of the thinnest devices with a QWERTY keyboard, it
features a 4-inch display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and Android™ 4.0,
Ice Cream Sandwich.
for more information.
The Nokia Lumia 810 is a Windows Phone 8 device exclusive to T-Mobile
and offers access to T-Mobile’s 4G network, an enhanced camera with Carl
Zeiss optics for crisp photographs, impactful design, integrated
wireless charging via swappable back covers, navigation features and
high-performance – all in a simple silhouette.
— The Windows Phone
8X by HTC is a premium Windows Phone 8 device that packs a punch with a
beautiful 4.3-inch HD-resolution super LCD 2 screen, a powerful
— The Nexus 4 is an Android phone and the
latest device in the Google Nexus lineup. Nexus 4 puts the best of
Google in the palm of a customer’s hand. Nexus 4 comes with a
high-performance 8MP camera and takes Photo Sphere images to capture
every detail of the world. The all-new camera lets customers quickly
view and edit photos with powerful new tools, and share favorite shots
in a snap.
— With a 7-inch display, powerful quad-core processor
and all-day battery life, the Nexus 7 tablet was built to bring the best
of Google in a slim, portable device. With a 1280x800 high-res display,
Nexus 7 brings apps, games, books and movies to life in stunning
clarity. Nexus 7 was built by ASUS and comes with a NVIDIA Tegra 3
quad-core processor so everything is faster:
for more information.
Metro PCS phones are available with MetroPCS’ no-contract, 4G LTE
plans, that range from $30-$70 a month and come with: Unlimited talk,
text and 4G web access; Data access options and unlimited data access at
the $70 rate.
Flat monthly fee – all taxes and fees included.
— The LG Motion 4G: $149
mini-multitasker easily fits in a pocket or purse. It’s power-packed
with the latest Android operating system, making it easy to pull up
family schedules, email and apps in an instant.
— The ZTE Anthem 4G: $199 with a $50 mail-in rebate
Anthem’s 4.3-inch screen is perfect for shooting holiday memories in
the making. The HDMI port lets you share HD video with Dolby sound on
the big screen.
— The Coolpad Quattro 4G: $79 with a $50 mail-in rebate
is great starter smartphone with an easy-to-use Android interface. It
has front- and rear-facing cameras for video chat, along with WiFi, GPS,
and Bluetooth capabilities.
— The Samsung Galaxy S III: $499
huge 4.8 inch HD screen is among the biggest and best on the market.
It has an 8MP camera with zero shutter lag and storage galore.
Cutting-edge technology lets you share all sorts of content with or without a cell connection.
for more information.
can take advantage of some of the best Black Friday offers this year.
Dell will kick off rolling three-hour doorbusters at 12 a.m. EST on
Friday, November 23 on popular systems such as:
— XPS 13 will be offered for $799
— Inspiron 14z laptop is available for $299.99
-— Inspiron 660s on sale for $249.99
— Inspire One 20 all-in-one for $399
more information on Dell’s Black Friday doorbusters and deals please
visit www.dell.com/blackfriday and www.dell.com/cybermonday for the
official countdown clocks to holiday savings!
Among items featured by Dell this holiday shopping season:
— XPS 10 tablet
tablet, Powered by Windows RT and bundled with MS Office 2013. Dock
with full keyboard, battery, stereo speakers and connectivity ports.
All-day battery life for maximum productivity. The XPS 10 begins at
— XPS 12 Convertible Ultrabook
Two devices in one ‚
powerful ultrabook plus full featured tablet. Flip hinge design easily
transitions from ultrabook to tablet usage. Designed for touch with full
HD capacitive panel and Windows 8; 12.5”
Full HD panel with
HD 4000 performance graphics. The XPS 12 begins at $1,199
— Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook
first Ultrabook is razor thin (6-18mm) and light (2.99lbs) form; --
Enjoy more content with a 13.3” display cleverly fit into a footprint
similar to an 11” laptop. The XPS 13 begins at $999
— Dell XPS One 27
and gorgeous QHD touchscreen display and articulating stand designed to
help users get the most from every experience; Render stunning designs
and edit multimedia and enjoy HD gaming with high performance NVIDIA®
graphics; Intel® 3rd generation processors allow a balance between
quad-core processing and efficient power use; deep and rich audio
experience with integrated Infinity Premium speakers.
The XPS One 27 begins at $1399
— Alienware M14x
for gamers looking for high gaming performance but with more demanding
needs in mobility; Intel 3rd generation processors, GDDR5 powered
NVIDIA GeForce 600 series graphics; The Alienware M14x begins at $1099
for more information.
HP ENVY x2 – Hybrid for improved productivity ($849.99): The ENVY x 2,
weighs just 3.1 pounds, delivers both in one stylish, lightweight
device. Easily switch from notebook to tablet and back again. An HD
webcam on the front and an 8-megapixel camera on the back capture
high-quality photos and video.
— HP ENVY 20 TouchSmart AiOs – All-in-one with touch ($799.99);
with the latest Intel processors, high-definition display, 10-point
multitouch technology and beautifully simple design. Offering the latest
innovations in entertainment, photo sharing, videos and music for the
entire family. Beats Audio and exclusive HP innovations such as the HP
TrueVision HD webcam.
— HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 ($799.99)
with the intuitive power of touch and Windows 8, the HP ENVY TouchSmart
Ultrabook 4 takes thin and light to the next level. Measuring just 23mm
thin and weighing 4.77 pounds, the HP ENVY Touchsmart Ultrabook
delivers powerful performance with the latest Intel processors and
solid-state drive options.
Equipped with Beats Audio, a booming subwoofer, and an optional AMD graphics card with 2 GB of graphics memory
for more information.
X Headphones: MDR-X10 ($299.99); Pump more bump into every bass line
with boldly-styled headphones meticulously crafted from the highest
quality materials. Turn up the intensity of gripping sound with powerful
50mm driver units and high-energy neodymium magnets.
— W Series Walkman MP3 Player ($59.99)
quick-charging 2GB all-in-one MP3 player is water-resistant and
wire-free. Plug it in for three minutes and you'll have up to 60 minutes
of use – it's ready to go in less time than it takes you to change into
your workout gear. Enjoy up to 8 hours of uninterrupted play when fully
— Sony Action Cam AS10/AS15 ($199.99/$269.99); Whether
you’re shredding major powder, jumping out of a plane, or kayaking down
an epic waterfall, Sony’s Action Cam allows you to capture your
adventures to show off to your family and friends. The video camera is
tiny and lightweight, plus houses Sony’s hallmark SteadyShot image
stabilization technology, Exmor R CMOS image sensor, and an ultra-wide
angle Carl Zeiss Tessar lens. The AS15 model even offers Wi-Fi
connectivity so you can immediately upload and share your video on the
— Cyber-shot TX20 ($299.99); The Cyber-shot TX20 camera was
built to keep up. It's waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, yet slim and
stylish enough to take anywhere—from whitewater rafting, to a girls'
With a high-performance 16.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and advanced in-camera stabilization.
— Sony Duo 11 ($1099.99)
VAIO Duo 11 PC transforms between a power-packed Ultrabook and a
multi-media tablet with scratch-resistant glass. With Sony’s high build
quality, VAIO Duo 11 features a durable Surf Slider mechanism to switch
smoothly between keyboard and tablet for a dual functioning computing
Slim and light, VAIO Duo 11 weighs approximately 2.84
lbs. and features an 11.6-inch screen. The VAIO Duo 11 comes with a
— Sony Tap 20 ($879.99); VAIO Tap 20
is a family tabletop PC designed to take advantage of the intuitive
ease of Windows 8. Featuring a 20-inch screen, this mobile desktop PC
can lay flat on a coffee table for the whole family to play games on the
large screen. With a removable battery, users can easily move it around
There is a wide variety of apps including Fingertapps
Organizer, a calendar app for family members to communicate digitally
via posted to-do lists and recorded messages and videos.
for more information.
— Canon SELPHY CP900 photo printer
Canon SELPHY CP900 is a wireless compact photo printer that creates 4x6
photos instantly so memories are no longer trapped on a camera or
mobile device. Users can print directly from a memory card or utilize
the built-in WiFi to transfer and print photos from mobile devices.
Images can be previewed on the 2.7" tilt-up LCD – and pictures can be
turned into an art-inspired collage with the image Shuffle feature.
— EOS Rebel T4i camera
most sophisticated Rebel to-date, the EOS Rebel T4i DSLR is built to
make advanced photography simple and fun. The 18.0 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
and powerful DIGIC 5 Image Processor deliver phenomenal image quality,
high performance, and fast, intuitive operation. The Rebel T4i also
features an extended ISO range, improved auto-focus and a 9-point all
cross-type AF system. First ever for a Rebel, this camera is equipped
with a vari-angle touch screen for ultimate creative performance.
for more information.
— Bose Solo TV sound system
Bose Solo TV sound system is an unobtrusive, single speaker designed
specifically for watching television. The Bose Solo system dramatically
improves the dialogue, music, action and sound effects from everyday
programming, takes just one connection to the TV, and fits neatly under
many TVs. The Bose Solo TV sound system measures just 2.8” high x 20.7”
wide and just over 12” deep. Owners will hear program audio clearly and
naturally, even at lower volumes. The Bose Solo system is available
from Bose for $399.95 on Bose.com and Bose retail stores.
— Bose SIE2 and SIE2i sport headphones
SIE2 and SIE2i sport headphones are the first Bose in-ear headphones
specifically engineered for exercise. Both deliver unmatched performance
for sport headphones, combining high-quality audio, stability, sweat-
and water-resistance and durability — all in a sport-inspired design
that complements any athlete’s workout, from casual gym-goers to
cross-trainers and avid runners. The new SIE2 headphones are available
from Bose in green for $119.95, and the new SIE2i headphones are
available in green or orange for $149.95 each.
— Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile speaker II & SoundLink Air digital music system
streaming music via a home wireless network to the SoundLink® Air
system, or streaming from a mobile device using Bluetooth technology to
the SoundLink® Mobile speaker II, clear and powerful sound is delivered
from Bose — wirelessly. The SoundLink Air digital music system is
available for $349.95 and the SoundLink Mobile speaker II comes in a
standard, black trim package with a dark gray nylon bi-fold cover for
$299.95 or in a premium, chrome trim package with a dark brown leather
bi-fold cover for $349.95.
for more information.
Washable Keyboard: ($39.99); A keyboard that can handle sticky fingers,
soda spills, ketchup and more. Simply rinse the keyboard under running
water or submerge it in the sink for an easy clean. Perfect for moms
with little kids or those researching for recipes while cooking in the
— Logitech TV Cam HD for Skype: ($199.99); Skype through
your TV in your living room; Perfect for grandparents that want to watch
their grandkids open gifts on xmas morning, long distance families, or
for when parents are away on business trips.
— Logitech UE Mobile
Boombox: ($99.99); This compact yet lightweight boombox is surprisingly
powerful and is perfect for trips to the gym, beach, or park. It also
connects to mobile devices — like smartphones and tablets — using
Bluetooth wireless technology.
for more information.
Samsung NX1000 Compact System Camera with Wi-Fi; Part of Samsung’s
popular NX series of compact system cameras, the NX1000 is the most
approachable camera in the line touting an interchangeable lens with a
portable, great for on-the-go form factor. With a 20.3-megapixel CMOS
sensor and fast shutter speeds of up 1/4000 seconds, the NX1000 ensures
no moment is missed
— Samsung QF20 Switch
Grip SMART Camcorder; Samsung’s newest SMART camcorder captures video in
full HD with 20x optical zoom; The camcorder features Samsung’s Switch
Grip 2.0 handle design for comfortable control when shooting with either
hand, in any direction; The QF20 also touts user-friendly features like
the 2.7-inch LCD with an intuitive touch screen interface that make it
an ideal choice for the connected user who wants to seamlessly share
videos to social networking sites like YouTube, Facebook, and Picasa
Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1; The GALAXY Note 10.1 redefines tablets with
the unique ability to run two apps side by side with its Multiscreen
feature. The S Pen adds the precision of pen and paper, while integrated
stereo speakers, bundled Photoshop Touch and home theater control round
out the package; Runs on Android 4.0. Ice Cream Sandwich with 1.9
Megapixel front-facing and 5.0 Megapixel rear-facing cameras; Price:
$499.99 – 16 GB; $549.99 – 32GB
— Samsung Series 7 All-In-One PC;
$1,099 – $1,699 (23” & 27”); The Samsung Series 7 All-In-One PC is a
premium home PC with powerful performance packed in sleek minimalistic
design. In addition to 10-finger touch capabilities, the display also
recognizes hand gestures for maximum usability.
— Samsung Series 5
All-In-One PC; $749; Also a powerful All-In-One PC, the Series 5 was
designed to serve as an ideal kitchen PC, with a keyboard and mouse that
fit neatly in between the legs of the base to open up counter space and
a slightly smaller screen size that users look for in that room.
Samsung Series 5 Ultra; Starts at $949.99; The Samsung Series 5
Ultrabook is ultra-light, ultra-thin, ultra-sleek, amazingly portable
and perfectly designed for a mobile life. Because it's remarkably thin
and light, it's easy to take it with you anytime and anywhere during the
hectic holiday season. With blazing fast performance (Intel Core i5
-3317U Processor), Fast Start technology, and a razor-sharp
high-definition LCD screen, this ultrabook is a must have gift.
Samsung LED EH5300 Smart TV; At under $1,000, the EH5300 is Samsung’s
most affordable Smart LED TV and includes: Samsung Smart Hub with a full
web browser and variety of Samsung Apps to choose from including ESPN
ScoreCenter, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and much more.
For more information, visit www.samsung.com
The TiVo Premiere 4 offers four tuners, allowing you to record four
shows at once while viewing a fifth recorded program. It can record 75
hours of HD content, which is approximately two times more than a
generic DVR. TiVo Premiere 4 will retail for $249.99 and has a monthly
service fee of $14.99 with a one year commitment.
— TiVo Stream:
TiVo Stream enables you to seamlessly deliver content stored on any TiVo
Premiere box to mobile screens such as iPads and iPhones. You can
stream up to four shows at once to four devices connected to a home
network. It also allows for wireless transfer of recorded content to a
supported mobile device so you can take your favorite TV shows with you.
TiVo Stream will retail for $129.99 and there is no monthly service
FOR YOUR STOCKING UNDER $50:
Make your holidays merry and bright with the iHM62 Rechargeable Color
Changing Mini Speakers. These mini speakers offer size-defying sound
with cool color changing LED lights. At just $49.99, the iHM62 is
perfect for laptops, cell phones, iPad, iPhone, iPod and other MP3
players, and are the ideal pint-sized gift this year.
Christmas, adults and children alike will fall in love with iHome’s new
line of Disney-themed products. From headphones to portable speaker
systems to alarm clock docks, the iHome Disney line has something for
everyone, and features beloved Disney favorites, including Minnie Mouse,
Phineas & Ferb, Jack Skellington and Kermit the Frog. All products
are priced at $49.99 and under, and are available at www.ekids.com.
FOR THE NOMAD; $50+
iDM11B_HRRing in the new year tangle-free with iHome’s wireless
rechargeable Bluetooth mini speaker, the iDM11. Designed to deliver
great sound for music, games, apps, videos and phone calls, the iDM11
accomplishes big things with a small footprint. The built-in
lithium-ion battery is rechargeable, and voice echo cancellation
technology and answer/end controls make speakerphone use a breeze. The
iDM11 retails for $69.99.
— Adorn your music lover with
affordable, noise-cancelling headphones this holiday season with the
iB50. These headphones contain active noise-cancelling technology that
eliminates background noise for uninterrupted listening. Padded ear
cushions add comfort, and the padded and adjustable headband ensures a
perfect fit. The ear cups rotate to fit into the included pouch for
travel. The iB50’s retail for $59.99.
FOR THE PARTY HOST
Red and green aren’t the only colors in town this holiday with the iP76
Color-Changing Tower Stereo Speaker System. A functional piece of art,
the iP76 streams music from Bluetooth-enabled devices, charges docked
iPhone and iPods, and sends video content from your device to your
television via the built-in video outputs. Standing three-feet high,
the unit can be personalized to feature your favorite color, while a
host of options such as color fade, pulse to music and strobe effect
create the ultimate light show. Available for $199.99.
The HANDeBand is a new accessory for any smart phone, tablet, e-reader
or other portable device that attaches the device to your finger to
simplify its ease of use and overall makes using the device more fun,
comfortable and enjoyable. With its patent-pending design, 360 degree
rotation, and universal base fastener, there are thousands of wearing
options that suit practically any activity and with HANDeBand’s
quick-detach feature, it can quickly slide off the base for pocket
placement when needed. Everyday tasks like taking photos, texting,
managing email, surfing the internet, and even watching videos become
easier because your hand does not have to grasp the device, freeing up
your thumb for a wider range of mobility and usability with a full 360
degree rotation. The new HANDeBand bundle includes (1) Single-ring
HANDeBand, (1) Double-ring HANDeBand, and (2) Universal Base Fasteners
allowing you to equip two of your favorite handheld devices for just
For more information, visit www.HANDeBand.com
SYLVANIA SilverStar ULTRAs are up to 50 percent brighter compared to
worn standard halogen headlights, allow you to see 40 percent further
down the road and up to 50 percent wider on the side. They are available
at major auto parts store for $49.99.
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