The 2007 Tech Express Holiday Gift Guide

    In the spirit of every other technology blog, here’s the Tech Express Holiday Gift Guide 2007!

    Rock Band, $169

    Rock Band is definitely going to be one of the hottest items to get your hands on this holiday season. I had a chance to play it for a few hours today and I must say (although I’m not a huge gamer) that this is one of the best multiplayer experiences I’ve ever had on a video game. While Harmonix seems to be having some patch issues with the game, I say you should skip on Guitar Hero III and purchase this beast. Who knew drums would be this hard?

    Asus Eee PC, $399

    This two pound, internet-ready Linux PC is both ultra cheap and ultra cute. While it won’t be able to play a copy of Bioshock nor hold all your music, this solid state laptop is a great machine for on-the-go use. Don’t fear the Linux operating system either, Asus has made it very accessible and easy to use. A great machine for the new computer user and the well-seasoned veteran.

    Grado SR80, $95

    Any audiophile needs a good part of headphones. While Grado is typically known for its $700+ Mahogany cans, these $95 cans sure bust out an amazing sound. I admit, they are a little ugly, but Grado has really outdone themselves in both price and sound quality here. When I slipped them on for the first time, I heard so many details in my tunes that it was like listening to the tracks for the first time again. Before you go out and buy a pair of Bose Triports, give these babies a whirl.

    AT&T Tilt, $299

    Not in the mood for an iPhone? Check out AT&T’s Tilt. This 3G phone runs Windows Mobile 6 with built-in Wi-fi capabilities. Additionally, it has a full QWERTY keyboard, an instant messaging client, built-in GPS support, and Microsoft Office Mobile. Until we get to see what the iPhone’s development kit produces in February, the Tilt offers some amazing features not-yet realized in the current generation of the iPhone.

    Canon PowerShot G9, $439

    Canon’s G9 seems to finally blend the portability of a cheap point and shoot with the quality and control of a pricey SLR. The manual mode gives you control of both the shutter and aperture speed while the 12.1-megapixel CCD allows you to capture images in an uncompressed RAW format. What photographer likes carrying around a bulky SLR when this similar device can slip into your pocket!

    Palmsize Havoc Helicopter, $29.99

    This pint-sized chopper looks like a humming bird in motion. For the low price of $29.99, the bird would make a great stocking stuffer. Be sure to check out the video on the ThinkGeek website. It looks like it might take a bit of skill to fly at first.

    iPod Touch, $299? 8GB, $399? 16GB

    We’ve all heard about the iPod Touch. But now, if you pay via Paypal on Newegg, you will receive 20% cash back off the price of the Touch. This brings the 8GB down to $244 and the 16GB down to a nice $344. Not a bad deal.

    Did I miss some other cool gadget? Post your gift ideas in the comments.


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