New Gadgets

New Nook HD+:
Barnes & Noble just introduced it’s new line of Nook tablets and we are impressed with the results. The HD+ really caught our attention. Super light and fast, this sleek new device will be competitive because of its affordability as well as its up-to-date features. It has most of the functionality of an iPad as well as very similar video resolution, at a much lower price.  The specs really speak for themselves: a 9” screen weighing 18.2 oz, a 1080 full HD display, 1920 x 1280 pixel resolution (256 PPI), 1.5 GHz OMAP4470 Dual-Core Processor, 10 hour battery life, 16GB or 32GB of space, and wide variety of supported file types (below). Reading on this thing is fantastic, but we were really blown away by the amazing video quality. Very easily navigable, as is expected with the Nook line, this is the best gadget for use by the entire family – easy for kids to use (and parents to control), and the device holds up to 6 different profiles so each family member can customize the settings and build their own private library of books, apps, videos, etc.

Supported File Types

  • Audio: MP4, M4A, 3GP, AAC, MP3, FLAC, WAV, OGG, AMR
  • Video: MP4, 3GP, WEBM
  • Gallery(pictures): JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP


iPad Mini:
The newest from Apple has arrived yet again, and the reviews are already streaming in. The smaller size, thinner shape and lighter weight makes for a much better mobile experience. It’s easy to hold and manipulate in the hand but feels durable and well-built enough to accompany you throughout the day. The price, however, guarantees that other tablets will still have a place in the market. If you are looking for a significantly more portable Apple tablet, then this is right up your alley, complete with back-facing 5MP iSight camera, as well as 4G capabilities. The size of this new iPad does not come without a few shortcomings though. Without the retina display, it does take some work for your eyes to adjust if you are used to the crispness of the images on the screen of the mini’s larger brethren. Although it is over $100 dollars more than its Android competitor, it may be worth it due to its increased battery life and build. So, if you are looking for the one-of-a-kind Apple experience in simply a smaller package, the iPad Mini should be on your list this holiday season.


Sony Alpha NEX-F3:
To all the photography aficionados, do NOT want to miss out on this amazing device! The Sony Alpha NEX-F3 is the newest in the line of Sony NEX digital cameras. It is utterly incredible what the people at Sony have been able to pack into this slim frame. Not only is it the perfect for experiences photographers who don’t want to tote around thousands of dollars worth of equipment everywhere, it also has a very easily understood interface and an incredible AUTO feature that allows beginners to take beautiful photos with ease. The 180° tiltable LCD screen also makes self-portraits easier than ever. The included 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens features smooth and silent AF operation with a built-in Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) to handle a full range of shots. The NEX series also contains a wider variety of lenses now, so you can change the look of your photos in seconds. With a 16.1MP APS-C HD sensor for the type of incredible high-resolution photos and Full HD video you’d expect from a camera twice its size, this camera is sure to capture whatever life throws your way.


HP Elite Pad:
HP has joined the tablet revolution with their ElitePad running beautifully with their 1.80 GHz Dual Core Intel Atom processor. A beautiful 10.1” screen encompasses the picture and color standards that HP is known for. The ElitePad is also equipped with both forward (1080p) and rear (8.1 MP) facing cameras that allow the user to take pictures as well as video chat with ease. With the ability to use additional microSD cards for storage, this device can store up to 64 GB of memory. If you are in the market for a tablet, you do not want to miss checking out what HP has in store. It may take a little time for it to catch up to its Android and Apple competitors, but the release of the ElitePad proves that it is well on its way. Unfortunately, the release for this new device is not until January 2013 so this may end up being a late holiday pickup.

ThinkPad X1 Carbon:
The ThinkPad family has held high standards throughout the amount of time they have been on the market, and the X1 Carbon does not fall short of that level. Starting with the durable, carbon fiber-reinforced roll cage, this makes for the most state-of-the-art Ultrabook construction to date. Lenovo RapidCharge allows you to run your X1 for 5 hours on just a 35-minute charge. This impressive laptop also sports a face-tracking 720p HD webcam as well as fingerprint scanning, so your files will be under the utmost security. You will find, though, that the X1 Carbon runs pretty high as far as laptop prices go. However, with a glass multi-gesture touchpad, InstantResume (waking up your laptop nearly 4 times faster than the competition), and multiple USB ports as well as SD card readers, this ThinkPad is the way to go this holiday season.

Audio-Technica Ath-ANC9:
If you are looking for noise-cancelling headphones this year, look no further. There’s a lot to love about the ATH-ANC9s. The plush leather pads of the ANC9s hardly place any amount of pressure on your head or ears, so the headphones sit with comfort. The inside cans emit a beautiful bottom-heavy sound that doesn’t blow up clarity or detail like some competitors. Thanks to these cans the people at Auio-Technica even discovered a new overdubbed guitar track on a Smashing Pumpkins song. They have three different levels of noise-canceling (similar to Sony) and create such a peaceful listening experience, you might want to be careful not to doze off anywhere undesirable. This is the way to go to drown out the world this December.

Nintendo Wii U:
Finally! For all potential gamers, I understand this is the part of the article y ou have been waiting for. The Wii U GamePad™ controller removes the traditional barriers between you, your games, and your TV by creating a second window into the video game world. Let’s run through the specs: a 6.2-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio LCD touch screen, traditional button controls, two analog sticks, motion control, a front-facing camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, rumble features, a sensor bar, a stylus, and support for Near Field Communication (NFC). It is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and weighs approximately 1.1 pounds. This device allows multiple different styles of gameplay that will enhance your Nintendo Wii gaming experience. Available in both a deluxe and basic set, this gadget will completely change the way you Wii.

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