Gift Guide 2012

  • Dyson DC44 Animal | Gift Guide 2012

    Gift Guide: Dyson DC44 Animal Wireless Vacuum Cleaner

    The DC44 from Dyson is truly an Animal. It’s as good as it gets in the land of vacuum cleaners, with a wireless base, multiple lightweight attachments, and a sleek design. Sure, it’s on the expensive end of the spectrum, but when storing and using your vacuum cleaner is this easy, you realize it’s well worth it. Plus, it does a damn good job of keeping the house clean. Read More

  • Gift Guide: 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro

    Gift Guide: 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro

    You waited this long, you might as well go big: Apple’s smaller 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is a very worthy sequel to the 15-inch variety released this past summer, and while it will still strain the average buyer’s budget, it definitely won’t inspire any buyer’s remorse. Read More

  • ICade 8-Bitty | Gift Guide 2012

    Gift Guide: ThinkGeek iCade 8-Bitty Wireless Game Controller

    ThinkGeek’s iCade 8-Bitty wireless gaming controller is pretty adorable, though limited. It has a retro feel, eliciting nostalgia for Super Nintendo, and hooks up easily with both iOS and Android devices. The games, however, are limited to various emulators like Atari’s Greatest Hits and Pac Man. These are great games and appeal to just about anyone, but the retro controller… Read More

  • Gift Guide: JBL Soundfly Airplay Speaker

    Gift Guide: JBL Soundfly Airplay Speaker

    The JBL Soundfly is a fresh take on the small speaker craze. Instead of relying on a battery for power, the Soundfly sports an electrical plug on the backside. Just plug it into the wall for power and connect your iOS device with Airplay. There are no wires, once it’s connected to the local wireless network, it always works. The obvious downside is that the speaker can only be used… Read More

  • DIY Edition | Gift Guide 2012

    A Very Makers Gift Guide

    It’s been a weird year for hardware: the biggest, most news-worthy launches haven’t come out of Cupertino or Tokyo but out of small Kickstarter campaigns that have, in the end, raised millions of dollars. Makers, in other words, are finally getting their due. Read More

  • Gift Guide: The Blancier Grand Cru Watch For The Coffee Lover In Your Life

    Gift Guide: The Blancier Grand Cru Watch For The Coffee Lover In Your Life

    As we approach crunch time, I’ve decided to focus on cool gifts that you can still get for those folks who are hardest to buy for. To that end, here’s something decidedly cool and/or odd: it’s a handmade watch whose face is a smashed Nespresso pod. At about $600 it’s a bit pricey but, behind the silly facade is a handmade timepiece that the coffee-loving watch-hound in… Read More

  • Gift Guide: Bowers & Wilkins A7 Wireless Airplay Speaker

    Gift Guide: Bowers & Wilkins A7 Wireless Airplay Speaker

    Short Version Bowers & Wilkins Wireless A7 speaker system is as good as it gets when you’re looking for big sound out of a compact design. Setup is incredibly easy thanks to Airplay, which lets you connect and control content wirelessly through your iOS devices. Yes, it’s relatively expensive, but it can essentially play the role of a complete music experience on it’s own. Read More

  • Gift Guide: Wolf Watch Winders

    Gift Guide: Wolf Watch Winders

    Oh, the things watch nerds will do to protect their precious timepieces. If you know someone who is crazy enough to spend a few thousand dollars on an automatic watch, they’ll probably want a watch winder. Wolf Winders makes some amazing winders but they’re very pricey. However, I tried out two models, the Cub Winder and the Module 4.1 and found them, in general, to be superior… Read More

  • Gift Guide Review: Golla’s Carter Sling Camera Bag

    Gift Guide Review: Golla’s Carter Sling Camera Bag

    My first encounter with Golla bags happened at the Mobile World Congress in 2012. Their vibrant display at the event was hard to ignore. Even now, it’s hard to ignore the breadth of designs and options they give you for protecting and toting your personal gear. They sent over their Carter Large Pro Sling Camera Bag for review and I must say there is a lot to like about it. Read More

  • Gift Guide: Ten One Design Pogo Connect iPad Stylus

    Gift Guide: Ten One Design Pogo Connect iPad Stylus

    The number of options out there for iPad styli at this point is almost crazy. But Ten One Design has always made solid ones, and the Pogo Connect also adds pressure sensitivity via Bluetooth 4.0. It’s a slightly different take than others in this space, and one that benefits immensely from extremely low power consumption. Read More

  • Gift Guide: The Lelo Smart Wand

    Gift Guide: The Lelo Smart Wand

    I know what you’re thinking, but stop yourself because this isn’t another JimmyJane sex toy review. The device pictured above is actually a premium-grade personal massager that is intended for full body use. It comes with special touch sensors that decide how intense the massaging should be, along with a cordless, water-proof design. Read More

  • Gift Guide: The Google Nexus 4

    Gift Guide: The Google Nexus 4

    Google’s latest (and LG’s first) Nexus smartphone probably tops many a geek’s holiday wishlist, and with good reason. The combination of some impressive hardware and Google’s latest version of Android is a very compelling one, but know this before shelling out your hard-earned cash: it’s not ideal for everyone. Read More

  • Gift Guide: Samsung Galaxy Beam

    Gift Guide: Samsung Galaxy Beam

    The Samsung Galaxy Beam is an Android powered smartphone that has a pico projector embedded into its top edge so you can beam on-screen content onto a wall or other large surface. As well as projecting video and photo content, the projector feature can be used for giving presentations or to beam out decorative projections set to music to create a fun, party atmosphere. Read More

  • Gift Guide: Kindle Paperwhite

    Gift Guide: Kindle Paperwhite

    The Kindle Paperwhite is Amazon’s latest ereader. After four generations of devices, Kindle users expected a slight incremental update from the previous Kindle Touch. But everything was improved in the Paperwhite, from the operating system to the display resolution. On top of that, Amazon added frontlighting. After two months of use, it remains the best reading device. Read More

  • Gift Guide: Graphic Novels Worth Buying In Print

    Gift Guide: Graphic Novels Worth Buying In Print

    Sometimes it’s nice to share a good book, and if you know me then you know that most of the books I’m buying are comics and graphic novels. These are a few of my absolute favorites this year and I recommend picking up a solid, meaty hardcover and hanging onto it for a few years. You know, like the old days. Read More

  • Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga Lives Up to It's Name | Gift Guide 2012

    Gift Guide: Lenovo Yoga 13

    When Lenovo first announced the Yoga in October nobody knew what to think. A laptop that folks fold over to turn into a big tablet? With Windows 8? Meh. However, after some extensive usage I’ve come away thinking that the Yoga might be the coolest Win8 laptop I’ve used and at $999 for the entry-level model I’m willing to recommend it to folks who are looking for a little… Read More

  • Gift Guide: Mujjo Touchscreen Gloves

    Gift Guide: Mujjo Touchscreen Gloves

    The Nokia Lumia 920 can be used with any gloves: it’s a miracle. But for the vast majority of other smartphones, that’s not the case, so there are a variety of sellers making touchscreen compatible gloves. Netherlands-based Mujjo was one of the first to try and make some that are actually stylish and durable, and they’ve been updated this year with a number of improvements. Read More

  • Thermovape Will Ship Their Flagship Cera Ceramic Vaporizer This Month

    Thermovape Will Ship Their Flagship Cera Ceramic Vaporizer This Month

    One of our favorite hardware startups is pushing the vape-velope with their new Cera, a battery-powered vaporizer made almost entirely of stain-resistant ceramic. We visited their small factory outside of San Francisco a few months ago and they promised that they’d have something cool to show off around the holidays. They weren’t kidding. Read More

  • Gift Guide: Favorite Board Games For All Ages

    Gift Guide: Favorite Board Games For All Ages

    Back in the olden days, before the kids had their smartphones and their Nintendo tapes and their Tivo, families used to get together in a room, open a paper box, and remove a set of boards and pieces. By following a set of rules, families could play these “board games” together and have loads of fun until the candles burned out and someone died of dysentery. Read More

  • Gift Guide 2012 | Lytro Camera Captures Entire Field of Vision

    Gift Guide: Hands-On With Lytro’s Latest Features, Perspective Shift And Living Filters

    Lytro promised that its camera was only the beginning of the new technology, which allows the user to change focus of the picture after it’s taken. The data contained in a single digital image taken with a Lytro camera is completely new and different from the data we’re used to seeing with more traditional technology. It’s uncharted territory, the exploration of a brand… Read More