Gift Guide 2012

  • 2012 21.5-Inch Apple iMac Review: Slim, Sleek, And Stylish, But Far From Shallow

    2012 21.5-Inch Apple iMac Review: Slim, Sleek, And Stylish, But Far From Shallow

    Apple's new redesigned iMac marks a significant departure from a physical design for the company's all-in-one desktop that's been relatively the same, with a few tweaks, since 2007. The new iMac represents a significant visual change, and packs a lot of new stuff inside the entry-level $1,299 version as well, which is the one I received for testing. Here's how it performed over the course of a few… Read More

  • Gift Guide: Doxie Go Scanner

    Gift Guide: Doxie Go Scanner

    The Doxie Go is a portable scanner with a built-in battery and 512 MB of internal memory. You can bring it anywhere with you and scan all your documents before throwing them away. But the best part is the application that comes with it. It integrates with cloud services, such as Dropbox, Evernote or CloudApp. You can open scanned documents with any local app, as well, or just save it as a PDF with… Read More

  • Gift Guide: Pelican ProGear U145 Urban Tablet Backpack

    Gift Guide: Pelican ProGear U145 Urban Tablet Backpack

    Bag week is long over, but one of the sport packs we had left over kept grabbing my attention with its hardshell tablet pocket and comfy, ventilated mesh back support. So I decided to carry around the Pelican ProGear U145 backpack for a few days and have been left mostly satisfied, and a little worn out. Read More

  • Gift Guide: Philips Hue

    Gift Guide: Philips Hue

    Philips Hue are wireless LED lightbulbs that are controlled via an iOS app -- allowing you to change the shade and intensity of light they beam out, turn the bulbs on and off remotely, and set them to come on at scheduled times. Let there be micro-managed light! Read More

  • Gift Guide: Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 Compact Camera

    Gift Guide: Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 Compact Camera

    Sony's compact camera with pro features including manual focusing and RAW support comes with a hefty price tag, but it costs that much for a reason: This is simply the best camera currently available for shooters who want something that fits in a front pocket but still delivers image quality so breathtaking, your friends will think you've been toting around a DSLR. Read More

  • Review: Squier By Fender Strat Guitar With USB Connection

    Review: Squier By Fender Strat Guitar With USB Connection

    The Squier Strat by Fender (or Squier by Fender Strat or however they want to name this thing) is one of the first guitars with a built-in digital signal processor. The guitar plugs right into any computer or 30-pin iOS device (Lightning cables are not yet available) so you can play directly into any sound editor including GarageBand and Logic Pro. It's a $200 guitar that's designed primarily to… Read More

  • Gift Guide: Victorinox Dive Master 500 Dive Watch

    Gift Guide: Victorinox Dive Master 500 Dive Watch

    As one of TechCrunch's resident watch fans, I was intrigued by the Victorinox Dive Master 500, a fairly unique automatic watch that brings the best of the Swiss mechanical along with styling reminiscent of some of the better divers. The build is solid, the 43mm case is well-polished, and the face is very legible. Interestingly, I'd actually recommend this for a fairly adventurous lady who is… Read More

  • Gift Guide: HTC One X+

    Gift Guide: HTC One X+

    Android phones! There are some that I love. The HTC One X was one of those, thanks to a very attractive external package alongside an Android skin (Sense) that had a fairly light touch and didn't mess with most of Android's good features, but brought some nice additional touches to the mix. The HTC One X+ is like the One X, but made better in nearly every important respect. Not surprisingly, that… Read More

  • Gift Guide: The 5th Generation iPod Touch

    Gift Guide: The 5th Generation iPod Touch

    Apple's iPod touch is arguably among the last of a dying breed, being a standalone media player that isn't also a phone. But just because you're among a species on the verge of extinction doesn't mean you can't shine, and the 5th generation iPod touch brings a lot of goodness to the table for a connected mobile device that can't call anyone. Read More

  • Gift Guide: The Pen Type-A

    Gift Guide: The Pen Type-A

    The Pen Type-A is a pen milled from a block of type 304 stainless steel that should last at least 50 years. It looks and feels great, and it's a good writing tool as it uses Pilot's Hi-Tec C ink cartridges. The ruler acts as a sleeve. It is precisely manufactured so that the pen slowly slides in and out, like a pneumatic cylinder. It's a pen for pen geeks. Read More

 
  • Gift Guide: Krups EA82 Automatic Coffee/Espresso Maker

    Gift Guide: Krups EA82 Automatic Coffee/Espresso Maker

    People like coffee. People like coffeemakers. People like coffeemakers that make great coffee. That's why you should look into the EA82, Krups' fanciest coffee maker, an all-automatic espresso and long coffee maker that makes a nearly perfect cup with your own beans nearly every time. It's probably one of the best home, push-button coffee makers I've ever used. Read More

  • Gift Guide: Mophie Outride Action Camera Case For iPhone 4/4S

    Gift Guide: Mophie Outride Action Camera Case For iPhone 4/4S

    Mophie is best known for doubling your iPhone's battery life with the Mophie juice pack, but the company actually offers a wide range of iPhone accessories including the Outride Wide-Angle Lens iPhone case and mount kit. Anyone who's been interested in action cameras like the GoPro and Looxcie should be especially interested to get almost the exact same functionality out of their phone with… Read More

  • Gift Guide: Nokia Lumia 820

    Gift Guide: Nokia Lumia 820

    The Nokia Lumia 820 is a Windows Phone 8 powered smartphone, with a generously sized 4.3 inch screen. It packs 4G/LTE and is powered by a dual-core Snapdragon chip. As well as running the latest version of Microsoft's mobile OS, WP8, it comes loaded with Nokia apps including Nokia Maps, turn-by-turn sat-nav Nokia Drive and subscription-free music service Mix Radio. Read More

  • Diet Robot, Autom, Now Available On Indiegogo, Will Ship In Six Months

    Diet Robot, Autom, Now Available On Indiegogo, Will Ship In Six Months

    Just in time for post-holiday guilt comes Autom, the diet robot that reminds you to eat healthy, asks you how much you exercised per day, and generally sits there being judgmental as you stuff your face with pecan pie. The robot, originally announced in 2007, is coming to life thanks to an Indiegogo campaign and the help of gadget masters PCH International, a manufacturer in Shenzhen, China. Read More

  • Gift Guide: Sifteo Interactive Gaming Cubes

    Gift Guide: Sifteo Interactive Gaming Cubes

    What do you get the person who already has everything? Sifteo Cubes might be the answer. These innovative little gaming devices work together to create interactive gaming experiences with very tactile, imaginative elements you just can't get on a standard mobile device. Read More

  • Gift Guide Giveaway: Turkey Day Gift Cards From ThinkGeek

    Gift Guide Giveaway: Turkey Day Gift Cards From ThinkGeek

    It's Thanksgiving for us here in the U.S. of Gorging On Turkey and we wanted to give thanks for you, our dear audience. It's your constant readership and semi-trollish comments that keep us waking up in the morning and keep us from going to sleep at night. To thank you, we want to give you a $100 and a $50 ThinkGeek gift card to two lucky winners. Read More

  • Gift Guide: The QOOQ Tablet

    Gift Guide: The QOOQ Tablet

    Tablets and kitchens don't mix, but the QOOQ tablet blends these two differing flavors together into a delicious treat for whomever's lucky enough to own one. With a heat and humidity-resistant design, waterproof build, and an OS built specifically for the chef in all of us, the QOOQ was most certainly built for the kitchen, and it stands up to that promise. Read More

  • HTC Droid DNA Review: Verizon’s Best Droid Yet Isn’t For Everyone

    HTC Droid DNA Review: Verizon’s Best Droid Yet Isn’t For Everyone

    HTC has dutifully been churning out smartphones to fly under Verizon's Droid banner ever since it released the Droid Eris in 2009, but in recent months the company seems to have lost some of its edge. That's why HTC is looking at its new Droid DNA as something of a return to form -- it's attractive and powerful, and sports a truly insane 1080p display. So how well does Verizon's new top-tier… Read More

  • Lowe’s Selling First-Gen Nest Thermostat For $198

    Lowe’s Selling First-Gen Nest Thermostat For $198

    ER MAH GERD BLERCK FRERDER! We've been avoiding Black Friday deals thus far because a) it's free advertising for retailers and b) you'll have to shoot me with adrenaline and a taser to get me out of bed before 9 a.m. on Friday morning. That said, I'm more than happy to give a shot out to Nest. The Nest first generation (everyone's favorite smart thermostat that makes your wall look like the set of… Read More

  • Gift Guide: iPhone 5

    Gift Guide: iPhone 5

    Apple put out a smartphone this year, which isn't unusual. But this time it changed the screen size, something it hasn't done since the iPhone's original launch. It also changed up the physical design considerably and beefed up its internal processing power. Plus, it added LTE, for much faster mobile data usage. Read More