Some Ideas for Small Electronic Gifts Regina SK
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Some Ideas for Small Electronic Gifts
Want to lose weight after Thanksgiving? Here's one strategy: Postpone all holiday buying until one day before exchanging gifts. The anxiety that your procrastination creates will cause you to lose your appetite. And that last-minute mall dash will provide excellent cardio.
Another idea: Shop early. That way, you may actually have time for gym workouts.
This week I've got suggestions for laptop, smart phone, and GPS gifts. Check out last week's "Head-Start Holiday Gift Guide" for a look at digital camcorders and cameras.
Laptops They'll Long For
Think laptops are out of your price range? Not necessarily. Plenty of worthy laptops cost $1K or less. For a look at three current models, see "Best Laptops for Less Than $1000: Can They Get the Job Done?" Also check out our "Top 10 All-Purpose Laptops," where you'll find the most affordable models.
As for specific laptops to consider as gifts, here are three:
Toshiba Satellite A215-S4757. This budget-priced portable doesn't offer blazing speeds, and at 6.2 pounds, it could lose a little weight. Still, you get a lot for the money, including a DVD burner, a full range of ports, an ExpressCard slot, a memory card reader, and a first-rate keyboard. I recently found this online for as low as $980.
Lenovo ThinkPad X61. Lenovo has continued the sophistication and excellence IBM once brought to the ThinkPad line. The ThinkPad X61 is a prime example, a 3.6-pound ultraportable that performed well in our tests. It offers amazing battery life (the extended-life four-cell battery went 6 hours, 14 minutes on a charge). There are lots of nice touches, such as a one-press keyboard launch of the laptop's recovery system. The unit lacks a built-in optical drive, however. The ThinkPad X61 is available for about $1595 online. For a look at other Lenovo portables, go to our Info Center.
Apple MacBook Pro. The MacBook Pro and other Intel-based Macs can run both Microsoft Windows and the Mac OS (you'll need to supply the Windows software, however). It's also the fastest Windows laptop in our recent roundup. Add to that great software like iPhoto and other features, and you've got a home run. Downsides? The 17-inch MacBook Pro may be a bit heavy, at 6.2 pounds. And battery life was a short 2 hours, 45 minutes in our tests. It's not cheap, either: The lowest price I've seen is about $2330 online.
Worth noting: As of this writing, rumors are flying that Apple may introduce an ultraportable Mac in January.