HotHardware Holiday Gift Guide 2010 - HotHardware

HotHardware Holiday Gift Guide 2010

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The notebook category is extraordinarily vast. From desktop replacements to mid-range notebooks to netbooks (and everything in between), there are hundreds upon hundreds of options here. We've listed a few of our favorites from this year, but feel free to suggest any gems that we miss in comments.

Acer Aspire 1551 11.6" Notebook - $484


This 11.6" netbook really stretches the definition of a netbook. For one, it doesn't really have the look and feel of a traditional netbook. The "grid" texture on the top plate, the above average build quality and the enlarged keys on the keyboard just make it feel more like a robust ultraportable than a run-of-the-mill netbook.

Asus Eee PC 1215N Netbook - $484



The 12.1" display means that you'll get a full-size keyboard, and Asus has made the trackpad a bit wider than we're used to seeing. In honesty, the 1215N is an SSD and an integrated optical drive away from being just as full-featured as the average $800-$1000 ultraportable, which makes the $484 price tag look a lot more appealing when you put it in perspective.

Dell XPS 14 Notebook - $899+



The Dell XPS 14 (L401x) has a 14-inch LED screen (1366x768), Intel Core i5 460M processor (2.53GHz), and Nvidia GeForce GT 420M graphics. It's the smallest of the new laptops, but sports many of the same features as the XPS 15 and XPS 17, including Nvidia's 3DTV Play software which allows users to tether their laptop to a 3D HDTV and view games, movies, and photos in stereoscopic 3D (provided you own a pair of 3D glasses).

Asus 14" U43F Bamboo Core i5 Notebook - $999



This machine's 14" display is a good choice, particularly if you simply cannot decide whether to settle for a smaller, less powerful 13" ultraportable or a heavier 15" standard sized notebook. It's not impossible to find 14" notebooks, but the more the merrier we say. Another bonus here is the inclusion of an optical drive. Many machines in the sub-14" category do not have optical drives at all, and for those who frequently need to watch DVDs, read from physical discs or burn archives, the included DVD Combo Drive is a real godsend. 

Lenovo's IdeaPad Y560 15-inch Notebook (Core i7, 6GB RAM) - $1199
Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 15-inch Notebook (Core i5, 4Gb RAM) - $799

Lenovo's IdeaPad Y560D is an interesting system that initially caught our eye thanks to its 3D-capable display. 3D films and TVs have been declared hot ticket capabilities by the film industry and TV manufacturers, but this is the first 3D-capable notebook we've had in house. Unfortunately we weren't thrilled with the 3D performance of the machine but the rest of the package we felt was top-notch.  We'd suggest you take a look at the non-3D capable version, dubbed the standard Y560.  There are a multitude of configurations to choose from, including Core i7 and Core i5-based models and Blu-ray players to go along with the machine's AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5730 graphics engine.

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch - $1799+


With the latest iteration of its 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro laptops, Apple finally jumped onto the Intel Core i3 and Core i5 bandwagon—bringing its flagship line of laptops up to the same performance level as the Windows-based competition (the 13-inch MacBook Pro and Air laptops still use Intel Core 2 Duo processors). With a starting price of $1,799 for the 15-inch model, and $2,299 for the 17-inch version, MacBook Pros are far from your garden-variety laptops. Though Macs have always come with a premium price tag—at least when compared against similarly configured Windows systems—many will argue that their elegant designs, build quality and the intuitive user interface are all well worth it.

Asus G73Jh Gaming Notebook - $1700


At the heart of this monster is an Intel Core i7 720QM quad-core processor, clocked at 1.6GHz with Turbo Boost technology for increased single core performance (up to 2.8GHz) and Hyper-Threading for multitasking situations. We find 8GB of DDR3 RAM installed, along with 1TB of total storage, consisting of two 500GB Seagate hard drives. But the real draw is ATI's Mobility HD 5870 graphics card with 1GB of GDDR5 memory and enough pixel pushing power to feed a 17.3" screen. In addition, Asus includes a full sized keyboard, Blu-ray drive, and a 2MP webcam.  All of this comes at a relatively affordable price point. Interested?  We thought so.

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>> Have you been naughty or nice?

 

Oh sure... throw that in my face.

 

I have the Samsung SyncMaster P2770 (not FH), and highly recommend it.  Even with 2ms time (same contrast ratio), I never notice ghosting or blurring.  The FH model sounds like an awesome gift.

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Very nice gift guide for sure. If I had some deeeeeeeeep pockets I would have a great time going through that list and would come up with a real kick ass Rig.

Thats terrible temptation and my birthday is DEC 24 also the BIG 55 years old I need a rich uncle or something!!! Or one good lottery ticket!

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amdcrankitup:
and my birthday is DEC 24 also the BIG 55 years old

I turned 57 today,...........


BTW: good list of bling,.....I like too much of it for my own good.

The ASUS WiCast EW2000 Wireless HD Video Transmitter and Receiver is especially tempting to me.

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Now i need to find some one with a wallet big enough to buy me those gaming desktops

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I'm actually happy that I already have several things on the list.

Something to add in, for those people like I was with six (yes SIX) remotes on my coffee table is the Logitech Harmony series of remotes.  The Harmony One for those who don't need RF, the Harmony 900 (which I picked up) for those who do.

I fell in love with the remote less than an hour after opening it.  Replaced all my remotes, actually handles all the I/O and on/off for any activities you use it for, full color touch screen.  Review it guys!

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Nice gift list really like the list. Specifically the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5is an awesome 1366 socket board which I have used on one rig for close to a year now with no issues at all. The NZXT Phantom and Corsair Cases are awesome, as are the headphones (of which I need a new pair of, just because I want some )). I could personally really use a flat screen monitor as well 22.5" or bigger (as it is always better) will do, just hit me up for my address when you wanna send me one.

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I want a T-rex on the front page.... that or the 27" 3d monitor...

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Der Meister:
I want a T-rex on the front page.... that or the 27" 3d monitor...

I wouldn't mind a T-Rex to keep my neighbor's dog from crapping on my lawn,............

 

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Might I add that the 40gb agility 2 is on sale and with rebate will cost you $96.  The Vertex 2 costs $84.99 after rebate.

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print- hand wifey... go shopping woman! :)

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