2009 Holiday Gift Guide: Technology Edition

The 2008 Holiday Gift Guide was so popular, I’ve been waiting all year to revisit the topic in improved form. This is the first part of the Guide and includes all of the technology that your favorite lawyer (or other thinking professional) could possibly hope to receive this year. Happy gifting!

Amazon Kindle DX $489

With its 9.7″ display, the most recent iteration of this wireless reading device is nearly twice as large as its predecessor. Its generous memory enables you to store up to 3,500 books, which you can download wirelessly without any monthly fees, annual contracts, or other subscriptions. Native PDF support allows you to carry and read all of your documents on the go. image

If the price tag seems a bit high, you may want to consider the Kindle (sans DX), which, in its most recent version (i.e., the latest “generation”), costs a mere $249. For the significant savings, you’ll get a significantly smaller display (6″) and memory (1,500 books), but the rest of the package is nearly identical.

The DX was marketed to lawyers and others who have not yet been able to let go of their legal pads. The idea, as I understand it anyway, is that the larger-sized DX model would feel more like a notepad, thus serving as a closer substitute. Whether or not that idea will be successful, I haven’t got the foggiest. It comes down to personal preference as to: (1) size; (2) memory; and (3) price.

Kensington SlimBlade Trackball $129image

This wireless mouse is downright gorgeous. I own an older model Kensington trackball and couldn’t imagine my office life without it. Its stationary design means you don’t ever have to move the mouse all around the desk again. Instead, a slight flick of the fingertips enables you to navigate effortlessly across multiple applications and within the most complex documents. Yummy.

Thomas Pink Commuter Tie $100image

The classic haberdashery offers a gift perfect for the dapper gentleman who prides himself on maintaining an impeccable image. The tie, available in several colors, is designed with a “small yet subtle pocket” on the back. The pocket is just the right size to house your iPod Nano and an extra-fabric loop keeps all wires out of sight and close to the body, leaving your hands free to read the Journal on the train ride into work. 



Electronic Windshield De-Icer $25image

Even those people who are crazy about winter (ugh!) don’t like to stand in the cold in the mornings just to scrape the ice off of their car windows. This handy gadget makes the snowy weather that much more bearable for all of us. 

The de-icer plugs into the car’s outlet and has a 14′ cord, which is long enough to reach the front and rear windows of most vehicles. The retractable handle means you can store it easily in your trunk and there’s even a built-in light, which is particularly convenient for those pre-dawn trips to work.

Flip UltraHD Minicam $199

Please don’t say that you don’t have a Flip minicam and please, please, please don’t say that you don’t know what it is. Flip makes pocket-sized camcorders that are so easy to use, you’ll hardly believe that it’s a descendent of those mammoth-sized camcorders of yesterday that were lugged in carrying cases the size of suitcase to soccer games and Grandma’s house. T

hey cost next to nothing and easier to use than most point-and-shoot digital cameras. Granted, you can shoot just 60 or 120 minutes (depending on the model) of footage but, really, who needs more? 5 minutes of precious memories is probably more than enough. And after you yell “Cut!”, you simply plug the camera into your laptop’s USB port and, Voila!–you’re video is saved on your computer and ready to upload to YouTube. What could be simpler? image

If you don’t have a Flip camera yet, now is the time. Just in time for your holiday spending, Flip has introduced a new and improved line of its “minicams” with HD–nothing but the best for your techie, right? It comes in a 60 minute ($149) or 120 minute ($199) format.

If you want to be really sporty, go for the MinoHD.  For $229, you can get 120 minutes of HD video in tiny package and even customize it with your own picture on the shell. (pictured above).

Other, holiday-related posts:

‘Tis the Season to Avoid Disaster at the Office Holiday Party
Alcohol and the Office Holiday Party: Tips from the Dep’t of Labor
The Risk of Identity Theft Is Higher Than Ever This Holiday Season

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