1. Apple’s iPad Air
The bigger screen iPad Air is lighter, thinner and cooler than its predecessor, it ships in 5-7 business days and starts at $499. You can order online at apple.com and pick up in an Apple retail store.
2. Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4
Microsoft’s and Sony’s rebooting of their gaming systems meet entertainment center have sold out with initial sales of 1 million each, but online reports suggest some stores have units in stock. If a video game console is on your must have gift list check nearby stores for details on when their next shipments arrive.
The MacBook Air, which starts at $999 is a great gift and if you’re looking for something more affordable there are many Windows 8 laptops at way more reasonably priced.
This is maybe the most economical tech gift of the year. It beams YouTube, Netflix, HBO Go and Hulu from your smartphone or tablet to the TV and it cost only $35.
5. Roku 3
Roku is a market leader in bringing Internet streaming to the TV. The Roku 3 box, $99, offers 750 channels including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, Vimeo and others. And it has the coolest remote we’ve ever seen, truly wireless, with a built-in headphone jack so you won’t disturb others in the house.
6. FitBit Force
The latest edition of the wristband monitor lets you track your steps, miles and sleep habits. It is easy to set up, and communicates via Bluetooth to your smartphone or tablet. Best of all, the battery charge lasts a week.
7. Sonos Play One
There is no longer need to string speaker wire all over the house to bring music to another room. Now companies like Sonos makes portable audio systems that connect easily and wirelessly and churn out Internet music from channels like Pandora, Spotify and your iTunes library. The new Play One is the smallest most affordable Sonos speaker at $199.
8. Nexus 5 phone
Here’s one of the lowest priced, most full featured smartphones to date.Google’s Nexus 5 phone sells for just $349. With the Nexus 5 you’re not locked in to a contract as the phone isn’t subsidized when you buy it from Google’s online Google Play store.
9. Canon Powershot SX280
Even though we are in the smartphone era sometimes we still need cameras for great photos. Pictures on the iPhone and Galaxy S4 are great but you can’t zoom in on the action, the flash is poor and there are limits for how long you can shoot a video. With the $199 SX280 you get a whopping 20X zoom which will bring you way closer to the action and you can put in a big fat memory card and not have to worry about running out of space. And the camera has Wi-Fi just like a smartphone so you can share directly from the camera to social networks and e-mail.
10. Philips Hue Connected Bulb
With the new $199 Hue system you can adjust the lights in your home not with a dimmer but via a smartphone or tablet. You can also turn off the lights without reaching for the switch and turn on automatically in the morning as well. If you forgot to turn on the lights before you left home and you don’t want people know you are away? That’s not a problem, you can reach for the app from anywhere and flick them on.