Tech Guide for Christmas Shopping

Asus G75 Series Laptop – Asus has always provided reliable motherboards and great computer parts, so it should come as no surprise that Asus has created a great gaming laptop. It’s perfect for any PC gamer looking to get a desktop replacement. It is also a powerful work laptop. I’ve been able to run multiple programs such as Maya, ZBrush, and Photoshop without much slow down.

The battery doesn’t overheat if you leave it on overnight, even on carpet, and the battery life on this machine is decent. I get about an hour playtime if I’m running a game and about two hours if I’m just watching videos on the internet.

Make no mistake though, this is a beast of a machine. Its boosts a 17.3″ screen and comes in at under nine pounds. A portable lightweight netbook this is not.

It comes with an Intel Core i7 Processor, four DDR3 SDRAM sockets to put up to 16 GB of memory, and either the NVIDA GTX 660M or 670M graphics card, depending on which model you buy.

Starting price is around $1,200. Shop around TigerDirect and NewEgg for deals.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 – There is a reason that the Samsung Galaxy S3 was named smartphone of the year. And it wasn’t just because they sponsored KPop group sensation BIGBANG.

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Samsung worked hard to make this phone available to every major carrier, and made an unlocked version for those looking to buy it without a phone contract.

The phone has two versions, one using Snapdragon’s Dual Core processor and the other using the Exynos Quad-Core processor, making it the most powerful smartphone on the market.

It has a full day of battery life and ten hours under heavy use.

It has a very sleek and lightweight design, even if you won’t be fitting it into your pocket. The screen size is about 5″. It plays HD videos and can even be hooked up to a TV using an HDMI cable.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 (unlocked) starts at $600. Contract prices with carriers will vary.

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iPod Classic – In a world of smartphones,  almost everyone seems to have forgotten Apple’s MP3 products. For those just looking for a device to play music, the iPod Classic still stands the test of time. Microsoft has stopped development for the Zune; Creative Zen has fallen to the wayside; but the iPod Classic is still here, even with the iPod Touch.

You can still watch videos, play music, and listen to podcasts. Now with so many on the market, you can get them for as little as $50.

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Kindle Fire – Last but not least, the Kindle Fire comes in as one of the best e-readers. Perfect for someone who loves to read. There is a large selection of books, and Amazon even has a free book section. They have a lot of the classics in there, including Edger Allen Poe and Jane Austin. A few local libraries are starting to let you borrow books through it. Also, if you have Amazon Prime you can download some books for free.

Unlike most e-readers, you can read graphic novels, magazines, and even the newspaper.

You can surf the internet, stream movies through Netflix, and connect to the Amazon cloud.

Overall, it’s a great device for those who want an e-reader with some functionality. It is priced at $160.

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Those are my picks for the tech guide. Have a happy, last-minute shopping, holiday! I’ll leave everyone with one last picture of the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Image courtesy of dsholics.com and YG Family Entertainment.

Image courtesy of dsholics.com and YG Family Entertainment.

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