NAV 2010 Holiday Gift Guide
We would be the first to admit that funds are tight this year and hopefully our gift guide this year will simplify it for you. We found you the hottest, newest and what we consider some of the best bargains on the Net, including a section for your offspring.
Roku's HD-XR Player is not only a great gift for couch potatoes, it comes with everything they need to get their TV and browsing fixes on. With WiFi and Ethernet built in, more than 50,000 films are available on Amazon VOD and Netflix in HD.
Looking for a top of the line digital frame? The NIX N' EASY X08A has an 8" hi-res SVGA Digital Photo Frame that displays video and photos, and plays music. It comes with remote, accepts most memory cards and flash drives and can be set on auto-rotate and split screen.
For anyone who covets their Mac, Apple's Magic Mouse has laser technology that is about 20x better than that of standard optical tracking. The peripheral has both Bluetooth and touch-sensitive technology.
Digital Blue's Lego 2G MP3 Player holds up to 500 songs, plays WMA files and comes with protective skins. For older family/friends, Sony's DEJ011 CD Walkman has skip-free technology, a Digital Mega Bass sound system and 8 playback modes.
Go wireless this year with the Cisco-Linksys E1000 Router. Connect your PC and up to 3 other printers, smartphones and other wireless devices with a max of 300 Mbps of transfer speed.
Go for a double set of wireless peripherals for little funding with Connectland's 2.4 GHz wireless Keyboard and Optical Mouse Combo. With the keyboard at a size of 6 x 2 x 21", the mouse can adjust from 800 to 1600 dpi, works up to 10 meters away and has an on/off switch. The 2-way wireless FOFA (Find One Find All) Key Finder and Wallet Locator Set works by RF, can be used on anything you have a tendency to lose and needs no base.
Nextar's N1-517 Digital Photo Ornament has a 1.5" screen with auto/manual slide show function, supports JPEG/BMP formats and doubles as a digital clock. Anyone can become an instant rock star with WowWee's Paper Jamz. Available in different styles, the 1" thin instrument has built-in speaker, line out, volume control, 3 jamming modes and includes 3 licensed hit songs. And although it may be cardboard based, you can really rock out with the Paper Jamz Amp/Speaker.
Turn one of your rooms into something special. From the company that brought you Moon in My Room comes the Uncle Milton Rainbow in My Room. With a mere wave of your hand, the rainbow can be displayed on a wall or ceiling.
Make this the year that you invest in rechargeable batteries. The Sanyo eneloop AA 4 Pack with charger is well worth the minimal expense when you consider that you won't have to purchase as many and you are helping to save the planet.
Logitech's S120 2.0 Multimedia Speakers stand 11.5 x 20 x 7.2", has a response bandwidth of 50Hz-20KHz, a nominal Output of 2.3W and a 1.2M nylon braided cable. For the coolest dude on the block, the iCon2 Headphones have a 30mm audio driver, 3.5mm Plug and stereo adapter and a cord length of 1.2M.
Sony's Universal Remote is compatible with most major brands, can control your TV and cable box, is ergonomically correct and has easy to see/use large buttons. The Buzz Killer Card would make a great stocking stuffer for those who complain about excess noise from speakers, conference lines, baby monitors, alarm clocks, and land-line handsets caused by cellphone signals.
Jabra's inexpensive C250 Boom Headset can be a subtle way to tell someone you love that they really need to stop texting or talking on their cellie while driving. The USB PC Camera Webcam has a flexible neck for altering viewing angle, a built in mic, 5.0 MP still image capture, is plug and play and is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7.
Know someone who has an iPhone 4G? This silicone Skin Case is thin, non-slip and durable, yet has access to all of the phone's features. The LED Book Light is perfect for any avid reader who has a Kindle 1/2/DX or Nook.
Ucreate Music is a simple mixing board that includes an online library to build tracks, and add special effects and filters. Once they finish that master track, they can share creations with friends online. Any kid would dig Toysmith's Voice Changer because nothing says let's freak out the neighbors like being able to become hundreds of different people. The 6.5" device has 10 different voice modifiers, side levers, flashing LED lights and an included 1.9V battery.
The Nintendo DSi Bundle comes with 'Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.' Kids can browse, download games and take inward or outward pictures when they tire of the video game brothers. For the teen sport in your life, the limited edition Sony PSP 3000 Bundle comes with 'Madden 11.' The built-in mic adds voice functionality both for games and Skyping.
For those who prefer more involvement, the Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle comes with console, 250GB hard drive, sensor, controller and 'Adventures' game. Designed for younger gamers, Fisher Price's iXL gives them six ways to play while learning to read, write, and create music and art.
Social Networking Cams
Camcorders are so affordable these days, anyone can make themselves a viral hit on YouTube. Give a gift of fame to your favorite artiste. Flip Video's UltraHD has 8 GB memory and can record up to 2 hours. The Toshiba Camileo S20 records in full HD, and has 4x digital zoom and video stabilization.
Kodak's Zi8 Pocket Video Camera includes everything you need to become a video star and the Sony's MHS-PM5 bloggie practically makes a fashion statement while filming in HD with a 270º rotating lens system.
The holiday season always brings out super deals in boxed video sets. For example, the 'Peanuts Deluxe Holiday Collection' in Blu-ray includes 5 discs and a snowglobe while the 'Toy Story Trilogy' includes 10 discs and comes in a toy box collector's case.
Wax nostalgia with the 40th anniversary of the remastered 'Sound of Music' and the 10 part Emmy winning HBO series 'The Pacific' has just been released with 6 discs.
Ultimate Wish List - Over $100
This will be one hot seller this year. Logitech's Google TV combines your HDTV, cable or satellite system with TV programming, Android apps and Net access. It searches with an intuitive keyboard controller with built-in touch pad.
Western Digital's My Book Live comes in 1TB or 2TB models, can centralize your media and stream it to your home theater or media system, has automatic backup and is compatible with Apple's Time Capsule.
If money is no object or you hit the lottery and want to get mom a really good gift this year, top of our list is the combination of a Samsung 3D LED HDTV and 3D Blu-ray Disc Player. With the double purchase, they throw in a Starter Kit.
Who wouldn't want an iPad? Maybe this year you can get one for yourself and claim it is for the whole family. Then again, you can treat them all with a Onkyo 7.1 Channel Home Theater Speaker System with 130 watts total output on 2-way bass reflex front, center, and surround speakers, bass reflex powered subwoofer with 230 watts output, front and center 2-way speakers with 5" diaphragm woofers and 1" balanced floating tweeter.
Finally, how about downloading our new, free app that is now (or will be soon) for Droid phones, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch?
Happy Holidays from NAV!
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at November 1, 2010 7:15 AM