LAPTOP Staff Holiday 2011 Wish List: The Gadgets We Want

While our Gadget Guide, which features hundreds of mobile tech gift recommendations, from laptops and tablets to toy helicopters and jetpacks, we wanted to get a bit more personal with you for a moment. So we’ve gathered our wish list items, based on our experience testing and tweaking gadgets year round. If you find yourself out shopping with an extra few bucks in your pocket, and want to grab one of these for us, we won’t stop you. However, these might also help you find just the right gift for the true tech-head in your life. And if our families get the hint, all the better.

Avram Piltch, Online Editorial Director

  • Samsung 830 Series SSD – As an SSD lover, this tops my list because it proved to be the fastest SSD around during our most recent rounds of tests. The 830 series carries a highly competitive MSRP of $429 for the 256GB capacity and $229 for the 128GB size, but you can likely find it for less.
  • Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421 portable USB monitor – Having been awarded 4.5 stars, it’s safe to say this portable USB monitor is nearly perfect. You can take it anywhere and maintain that two-screen working/playing environment you’re used to. And it’ll only cost you $199.


Anna Attkisson, Managing Editor

  • Amazon Kindle Fire – Despite already having an iPad, I would love to get my mitts on this 7″ beauty. My problem with the 10″ slate is its weight and bulk. I believe this puppy’s size and access to great Android content is the way to go.
  • UGG Australia Tech Gloves – For just $95, my hands can be cozy, stylish, and still able to operate my phone in the cold.

Michael A. Prospero, Reviews Editor

  • Zeal Transcend Z3 – These ski goggles come with a Recon MOD Live heads-up display and cost $549. What’s not to love?
  • Photojojo – Want to add professionalism to my iPhone photos with this iPhone lens dial for $249.

Sarah Silbert, Staff Writer

  • Roku 2 XS – Samsung TV? Check. Cable? Check. Now I just need Netflix streaming, and this set-top box gives me that—plus new channels for AOL HD, EPIX, Facebook, Major League Soccer, and more.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note – I fell in love with this smartphone-tablet hybrid at IFA in Berlin this year. It’s not available stateside yet, but I can still dream of scribbling notes on its beautiful 5.3-inch display.

Daniel Howley, Staff Writer

  •  Alienware M18X – It’s got all the power of a top-tier desktop gaming system with all the portability of a refrigerator.

Davey Alba, Staff Writer

  • Fujifilm Finepix x100 – A rangefinder-style digital camera, this little guy can take some killer street photos.
  • Jawbone Jambox – This 12-ounce box packs an audio punch.

Sherri Smith, Staff Writer


Kenneth Butler, Web Producer/Writer

  • Sol Republic Amps HD earbuds – The more bass the better and tangled cords are annoying.
  • Motorola ACTV – Would help me prove that I can run beyond making the daily G-train sprint.

Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson
A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
Anna Attkisson on
Twitter Google+
Email* (will not be published)
*Indicates required field
Submit Comments

All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options