gift guide 2011

  • Welcome To The TechCrunch 2011 Gift Guide

    Welcome To The TechCrunch 2011 Gift Guide

    We’ve been posting quite a few products over the past few weeks, starting with our exciting and inviting Bag Week, and now our nefarious mission has become clear: welcome to TechCrunch Gadgets’ 2011 Gift Guide, a series of posts dedicated to how to shop for folks you love/like this holiday season. Read More

  • Review: Super Mario 3D Land For The 3DS

    Review: Super Mario 3D Land For The 3DS

    It’s not hard to love Mario. He’s had his ups and downs – what, for example, was the deal with Paper Mario? And Super Mario Strikers was pretty hard to love – but darn it if the little guy doesn’t keep coming back for more and keeps you, at the very least, entertained. Super Mario 3D Land is the latest in the Mario saga. The story is fairly typical –… Read More

  • 2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Laptops Are A Geek’s Best Friend

    2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Laptops Are A Geek’s Best Friend

    When it comes to gift-giving, there are a few presents that siimply go above and beyond. Getting a first car on your sixteenth birthday (if you’re so lucky) is one of those moments, and some young couples are even lucky enough to get a house as a wedding present. But after a house and a car, a brand new laptop is probably the best gift you can get. We’ve compiled a list of… Read More

  • 2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Six Household Gifts For You And Yours

    2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Six Household Gifts For You And Yours

    Home is where the heart is. It’s also the place where most people will live and die so give a gift that will make someone’s life a bit easier (or fun). No one wants a $20 coffee pot for Christmas. But yet there are still some awesome household items that will certainly produce a smile Christmas morning. The six following items range in price from $10 to $400. There’s… Read More

  • 2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Five Phones To Take Into 2012

    2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Five Phones To Take Into 2012

    The holiday season is upon us, and no gift keeps on giving quite like a smartphone. Think about it — there’s probably nothing in your dear friend or family member’s life that he or she will use on a regular basis more than their trusty new smartphone. And if you happen to be a super controlling boyfriend or girlfriend, just think of this spent cash as the best possible way… Read More

  • 2011 Holiday Gift Guide: 6 Audio/Video Gifts That Will Light Up The Holidays

    2011 Holiday Gift Guide: 6 Audio/Video Gifts That Will Light Up The Holidays

    There may be no greater gift than a quality piece of home entertainment equipment. I mean that, too. Forget train sets, diamonds and puppies. Everyone wants entertainment this holiday season and we’ve rounded up six solid bets ranging in price from $40 to $600. There’s something here for everyone including your great aunt or boyfriend that already has everything. Read More

  • Bag Week Review: The Chrome Anton

    Bag Week Review: The Chrome Anton

    What is it?
    Is it a messenger bag? Is it a briefcase? How about both? Chrome’s Anton laptop bag is equal parts business and play. It comes in both green and black and has a real military feel to it, at least in army green. It may not have the most pockets, or be the lightest bag I’ve toted around, but I can’t help but love it. You can tell the user was in mind during the… Read More

  • Bag Week Review: Timbuk2 Swig Backpack

    Bag Week Review: Timbuk2 Swig Backpack

    I chose this bag because it’s a bit smaller than the other ones I tested this week and it could be good for a younger person or a svelte, slim lady/man about town. It is a fairly standard backpack but is nicely outfitted with a number of useful features including, but not limited to, a bottle opener, a side zipper to access your laptop, a bottle opener, and a bottle opener. I’m… Read More

  • Bag Week Review: Incase Alloy Messenger Bag

    Bag Week Review: Incase Alloy Messenger Bag

    What is it?
    So you’ve already heard about the Incase Alloy Series Compact Backpack, and perhaps you felt that the style was super slick but you tend to prefer messenger bags over backpacks. Well, no worries. Incase has a space pack for every need, including the Alloy Messenger Bag. It’s got the same silvery metallic finish, and fits just as much of your junk, but can be tossed over… Read More

  • Review: Saddleback Leather Thin Briefcase

    Review: Saddleback Leather Thin Briefcase

    We covered Saddleback Leather’s products last year and we thought it would be fun to bring these guys back on stage one more time for an encore. As you can see from the images, these are, in a sense, your grandpa’s bags. They are made of thick, old-world, heavily-stitched leather and feature heavy duty hardware, delicate pigskin lining, and a lot of polish. While I wouldn’t go… Read More

  • Review: The Nook Tablet Is A Real Android Slate In Ereader’s Clothing

    Review: The Nook Tablet Is A Real Android Slate In Ereader’s Clothing

    In the mad rush to push out more and more Android slate products, Amazon and Barnes & Noble are like a calm port in the storm. Their devices are touted as ereaders but, after a bit of digging, you find that they are now considerably more interesting – and compelling – as tablet products for an entry level market. They are not threatening nor are they particularly difficult… Read More

  • Bag Week Review: Incase Andy Warhol Shoulder Bag (Color: Banana)

    Bag Week Review: Incase Andy Warhol Shoulder Bag (Color: Banana)

    What is it?
    Whether your apartment walls are covered in pop art or not, this Shoulder Bag from Incase’s Andy Warhol collection brings an entirely new sense of style to the laptop bag. Granted, it’s not as durable as some of the other bags we’ve seen this week, nor does it protect your gadgetry as well, but it does have one thing that the other bags don’t: a banana. Read More

  • Bag Week Review: Crumpler Pinnacle of Horror

    Bag Week Review: Crumpler Pinnacle of Horror

    This is my new go-to bag. That’s saying something, too. Despite reviewing dozens of computers bags during my tenure at TechCrunch, I’ve stuck with the Ogio HipHop for years. It’s made four CES trips, three to CEDIA, a few E3s and countless random flights around the country. I love it. But now it’s just hanging in my closest. The Crumpler Pinnacle of Horror now hangs on… Read More

  • Bag Week Review: Incase Nylon Sling Sleeve

    Bag Week Review: Incase Nylon Sling Sleeve

    Sometimes you don’t need space for clothes, lunch, paperwork and your pet hamster. Sometimes all you need is an easy way to get your laptop from point A to point B safely. If that’s the case, then we shouldn’t waste any more time before I introduce you to Incase’s Nylon Sling Sleeve. It’s light, compact, durable, and has a design that’s equal parts fun… Read More

  • Bag Week 2011: The Second Giveaway

    Bag Week 2011: The Second Giveaway

    Today’s giveaway is pretty exciting. For your pleasure, we have a Timbuk2 D-Lux Racing Stripe Laptop Messenger bag, a $120 value, yours for the low, low price of free. Like the previous contest (won by a young man named Ryan Mense), this is a comment contest. Your goal this time is to tell us about how this bag will save/improve your life. That’s right: treat this bag like a DJ who… Read More

  • Bag Week Review: Nomadic WR-08 Wise-Walker Shoulder Bag

    Bag Week Review: Nomadic WR-08 Wise-Walker Shoulder Bag

    Next up during this year’s Bag Week we have the oddly named but delightfully designed Wise-Walker from Nomadic. This Japanese import is a business up front and a party inside. Read More

  • Bang & Olufsen’s New Beolit 12 Speaker Dock Preps For The Holidays

    Bang & Olufsen’s New Beolit 12 Speaker Dock Preps For The Holidays

    Christmas is right around the corner, and what could be a better complement your gingerbread and eggnog than a full month of Christmas music. Nothing, right? Which is why you may need this new minimalistic speaker dock from Bang & Olufsen. Based on the FCC info, it looks like the Beolit 12 will be configured for AirPlay, and also supports USB and Ethernet connectivity, along with a 3.5mm… Read More

  • Bag Week Review: Mission Workshop Sanction

    Bag Week Review: Mission Workshop Sanction

    Bag Week continues with our review of Mission Workshop’s Sanction backpack. It’s a weather-proof pack made for short trips on your bike or long walks in the rain. It’s their smallest backpack, far smaller than the Vandal I reviewed last year. But at 1000 cubic inches, it’s still big enough day-tripping. Let’s take a closer look at this thing. Read More

  • Bag Week Review: The Chrome Krakow Laptop Bag

    Bag Week Review: The Chrome Krakow Laptop Bag

    What is it?
    Boy am I enjoying bag week. Incase’s Alloy series Compact Backpack was quite the treat, but I have wandering eyes which have now led me to the Chrome Krakow Laptop Bag. The thing about the Krakow is that it can withstand just about anything, which seems to be the trend at Chrome. The company is all about letting you go wild and crazy while keeping your gadgetry safe and snug… Read More

  • Phosphor Releases The World Time Sport

    Phosphor Releases The World Time Sport

    Phosphor has just announced a new world time/dual timezone model, the World Time Sport. The company is well-known for their e-ink watches (we reviewed a few here) and this one uses a unique touch interface to scroll through multiple timezones as well as various screens including a dual-time screen for travelers. Read More