Gadgets and computer items for XMAS

December 6, 2009

In previous years there have been all sorts of gadgets and computer peripherals that have been must have presents for Xmas. A few years ago it was the digital camera, then last year it was the iPod touch, what will it be this year?

Here are a couple of ideas:

  • The Netbook: This year the small form factor laptop, otherwise known as the netbook, has been an immense success. I think it will be a very popular XMAS present. Initially they were available with XP or Linux operating systems, with Linux being very popular. However, recently Linux on netbooks has lost popularity with most being sold running XP. And now Windows7 netbooks are starting to appear in the shops. We think the Netbook will be a very popular present.
  • Windows7: For the first time ever Microsoft allowed the general public to download the beta test version of their new operating system months before it was released as a commercial product. Many people did this and are still running the Beta version (we still have the beta version on one of our PC’s). But the beta version stops working in March 2010, when you will have to revert to your old Operating System, or buy Windows 7. Because of this I guess many people will be putting Windows 7 on their present list to Santa. If you have multiple PC’s in your home the “Windows 7 family pack” is the best value. This allows you to upgrade three PC’s to Windows 7 much cheaper than three seperate Windows7 licences.  Be quick though as Window 7 Family Pack is only available for a limited time, it has already been withdrawn from sale in the USA.

Why not add comments to this article with what you think will be this years must have XMAS gadget or computer item.

Chris Moody
ASL Computer Services
Tel: 01788 298034


Hi-Tech Gadgets for XMAS

November 20, 2007

I thought I would try to give you some ideas on electronic gadgets and computer equipment as Xmas presents for your friends and relatives.

·         If they have a computer and broadband why not consider buying them a Skype compatible phone handset or webcam. It will enable them to talk to friends and relatives who are also on Skype for free, even if they are the other side of the world. And with a webcam the other person can see you as well.

·         Or how about  a digital photo frame. It looks like a standard photo frame but it displays a rolling slideshow of the photographs on the camera memory card inserted into it.

·         Laptops used to be very expensive but in the last 12 months the price has dropped considerably. You can get a good quality entry level laptop for around £300 – £350.

·         Digital cameras always make a good present as they can be used to capture the Christmas festivities, and are a useful item to own all year round.

·         USB Pendrives are useful for transporting files between PC’s, either at home, or between home and work, and they are now so cheap they can be purchased as stocking fillers.

·         iPods and MP3 music players are good for people that spend lots of time commuting on public transport. They can listen to their favourite music or podcasts, and on some models even watch videos.

·         The Apple iPhone is the latest must have gadget, albeit a pricey and currently hard to obtain gift. It will play your music, it’s a web browser, it’s your phone, and it’s made by Apple, for some that’s an irresistible combination.

Chris Moody
ASL Computer Services

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