10 Gadget Gifts for Serious Geeks (Holiday 2011)
Every year at LAPTOP, we post our Gadget Gift Guide, which contains over a dozen round-ups, filled to the brim with hi-tech gift ideas. We list top laptop gifts, top smartphone gifts, top gifts under $100, even top gifts for kids. But what about the hardcore geeks on your list? I’m here to represent.
The key to shopping for geeks is to surprise them with something truly high-tech that they haven’t gotten for themselves yet. Forget about computers, tablets, and smartphones. Hardcore geeks either already have the best of these devices or will want to pick out their own. What they may not have is one of these 10 items.
Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421 Monitor ($199)
My favorite device of 2011, the ThinkVision LT1421 monitor provides something that every geek needs but very few have, a second screen for the road. At 2.4 pounds and .85 inches thick, this lightweight 14-inch display fits right next to your notebook in your laptop bag and gets all of its power and data from a single USB port. You don't even need to carry an AC adapter!
With the LT1421, geeks on the go can code on one screen while testing the output on another or write blog posts on one screen while researching them on the other. Other companies make portable USB monitors, but Lenovo's ThinkVision LT1421 is clearly the best, with a bright 200-nit screen, smooth performance , and a fantastic design. You can even connect up to six of these at once.