HotHardware Holiday Gift Guide 2010 - HotHardware

HotHardware Holiday Gift Guide 2010

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The most awesome PC in the universe is nothing without a monitor, so we've rounded up some of our favorites from this year from least expensive to most. Good luck out there, and remember, pixels are important!
Mimo 720-F USB Monitor - $200


With Mimo's new 720-F, there's no need for fancy software. Just plug this USB monitor into your machine, mount it wherever you want and enjoy seven extra inches of pixels. This new display has an 800x480 resolution, 350 cd/m2 brightness, and 400:1 contrast, and it's touch sensitive as well. This one differs from many of the company's prior 7" screens by being compatible with VESA mounts, meaning that it can be easily installed on wall brackets, adjustable arm brackets, plus auto seats and dashboards. VESA adapters are easy to find, so this one's perfect for your own DIY install in that very random spot in your basement - for just $199.

ViewSonic 24" VG2436wm-LED monitor - $260



If you just so happen to be in the market for a new monitor, ViewSonic just so happens to have a new pair to choose from. The company's new VG36-LED Series of monitors are just being introduced this week, with two new ones in the line to start with. There's the 24" (23.6" vis.) VG2436wm-LED  and 22" (21.5" vis.) VG2236wm-LED, and outside of the physical size, most of the specifications are identical. Both units have slimmed bezels, a native 1920x1080 resolution, DVI and VGA ports a 20,000,000:1 MEGA contrast ratio and built-in stereo speakers. The company is also talking about eco-friendliness here, with each one having EPEAT Gold certifications and an energy savings of up to 50%.

Samsung 27" SyncMaster P2770FH - $349


Samsung  announced a new monitor which boasts of a 1 ms response time. With this fast response rate, the new SyncMaster P2770FH has virtually no problems with motion blur or ghosting effects, making it ideal for gamers, video enthusiasts, and graphic designers. The P2770FH also features a 70,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and enriched color gamut. This 27-inch LCD is accented by Samsung’s Touch of Color red finish and a simple yet elegant stand. 

Planar 3D Vision Ready SA2311W Monitor - $495



Need more proof that the 3D revolution has officially begun? You got it. Planar just announced a 23-inch 3D Vision Ready monitor for mass consumption, the SA2311W. Keep in mind that Planar doesn't often put a lot of focus on the general consumer side, though the company felt compelled enough by the current 3D landscape to try and cash in on the frenzy. "The Planar SA2311W is a sleek, attractive desktop LCD monitor designed for 3D viewing, but this affordable widescreen display is ideal for 2D use as well," Planar says. "Whether you’re playing the latest 3D game or modeling complex biomolecules, the blazing fast 120Hz frame rate and 2 ms response time deliver crisp, clear images and blur—free video."

NEC PA271W Professional LCD Monitor
- $1649



Need something high-end? This is where NEC's MultiSync PA271W LCD monitor comes into play. Armed with a 10-bit P-IPS panel, internal 14-bit programmable 3D lookup tables (LUTs), and a generous 2560x1440 pixel resolution, the 27-inch PA271W is truly a professional grade tool for those instances where a typical TN panel just won't cut it.

Dell’s large, 30-inch UltraSharp U3011 widescreen LCD offers a native resolution of 2,560 x 1,600. And to help you enjoy all of the fine details of your images, Dell's TrueColor Technology produces 117% of the NTSC color gamut for superb color reproduction. The UltraSharp U3011 has a fast 7ms response time and 100,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (1000:1 typical). You’ll get a nice variety of connection options with this monitor, including VGA, 2 x DVI-D with HDCP, 2 x HDMI, Component and DisplayPort. The U3011 also gives users the ability to adjust the height, tilt the panel forward and backward, and swivel it left-to-right. Additionally, the UltraSharp U3011 supports wide horizontal and vertical viewing angles of 178-degrees and it has a built in card reader and USB ports.

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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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