Top tech Christmas gifts: Richard Goodwin
If money wasn’t an issue I’d love to have these tech lovelies packaged under my tree this Christmas
If money were no issue what would you want for Christmas? For me it’d have to be lots of technology. Phones, tablets, ereaders, headphones, stereo systems, immediately spring to mind. Devices like these are all wireless, all bang up to date, and all extremely useful.
DVDs, CDs, and the like are great as are socks and books. But this is a hypothetical Christmas where money is no issue and all you have to do is write down what you want and it’ll appear below your opulently decorated Christmas tree.
Here’s my pick of the best technology and appliances I’d love to get as gifts this Christmas… and remember, it’s just a wish list. I’ll total everything up at the end just to give you an idea of how much all the below kit actually costs.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - £169
Amazon’s Kindle brand is synonymous with eBooks. It’s the biggest-selling device of its kind, featuring support for hundreds of thousands of titles at a range of price-points. The UI has also been completely overhauled for touch and now displays more information.
The Kindle Paperwhite features Amazon’s new e-ink ‘Paperwhite’ display, which the company claims has 62 per cent more pixels than previous models. The reading experience aboard the device is unparalleled, as is it’s battery life – it’ll last weeks from a single charge.
If you’re an avid reader this is a must have piece of kit.
27-inch 3.2GHz Apple iMac - £1699
This is the most expensive iMac you can get. It features a massive 27-inch HD display, Apple’s all-new ultra-thin design, and an uber-powerful 3.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor.
It also features 8GB of memory, a 1TB – that’s 1000GB – hard drive, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 675MX graphics chipset. As PCs go, this thing’s an absolute monster. It has the looks, the power, and the storage, with the only downside being that it’ll cost you the best part of £2000…
Nexus 4 (16GB) - £279
Love Android? Then you need to go with a Nexus smartphone, and Google’s latest, the LG-built Nexus 4, is the best yet featuring a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, a gorgeous 4.7-inch IPS display, and 2GB of RAM.
It’s also running the latest build of Android Jelly Bean (version 4.2) and costs around half the price of practically everything else on the market. Available direct from Google for £279, this handset is a must have for anyone that likes their smartphone Android-powered and packed with all the latest hardware and specs.
Priced at £299.95, these headphones aren’t cheap. But you do get quite a lot for your money and the sound these things produce is staggeringly good.
Featuring Bose’s noise-cancelling technology these headphones block out almost all external sound, making them an excellent choice for anyone that travels a lot.
Bose ships the headphones with two audio cables, one with mic/remote for iPhone/iPod control and the other for hands-free iPhone calling. Battery life is pegged around the 35-hour mark.
What more could you want from a pair of headphones?
De'Longhi Perfecta ESAM 5400 - £416
I love coffee. I drink it every day. Over the past year I’ve spent untold amounts of money on Coffee. So much so that I am now thinking about getting a coffee machine. Yes, they’re expensive. But so is buying a large latte from Costa everyday.
I really like the look of the De'Longhi Perfecta ESAM 5400. It’s built from durable materials, looks great, and has everything a coffee lover could wish for including a cup warmer, cappuccino system, digital control panel, and removable water tank.
I love this coffee machine so much that I’m seriously considering forking out nearly £500 for it… sorry Costa, but you could be losing one of your most loyal customers very soon.
Samsung HT-E6750W surround sound system - £749.95
If you have a massive HDTV and love watching films then you definitely need to get yourself a surround sound stereo system. And there’s no better choice than Samsung’s latest setup, the HT-E6750W surround sound system.
It’s a massively impressive setup featuring a myriad of speakers and woofers, as well as a Blu Ray player. We don’t review stuff like this on Know Your Mobile, but I’ve seen this setup in action and can full attest to its quality.
If you’re looking to turn your front room into a cinema this Christmas, then look no further than Samsung’s HT-E6750W surround sound system. It costs a fair amount but it’s packed with features and is one of the best all-in-one systems currently available.