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The holiday season is fast approaching, which means geeks young and old will be adding gadgets to their Christmas lists in the hope Santa will be dropping it down the chimney. And, knowing the old fool, smashing it to smithereens. Or, in the case of the iPhone 6 Plus, bending it Trolling Apple: The 18 Best Reactions To The iPhone 6 Bending [Weird & Wonderful Web] Trolling Apple: The 18 Best Reactions To The iPhone 6 Bending [Weird & Wonderful Web] Apple was trolled hard over the iPhone 6 Plus bending, and we have compiled the best reactions to BendGate just for you. Read More .

This year, like every year, has seen a host of new gadgets released. Unfortunately, most people cannot afford to buy each and every gadget they desire, so assuming you don’t win it in one of our giveaways, you’re left with no other choice than to ask for it as a gift. Decisions, decisions.

Santa’s Bulging Sack

We want to know, What Gadgets Are On Your Christmas List?

We understand not everyone celebrates Christmas, but those of you who don’t shouldn’t feel excluded from taking part in this discussion. Simply tell us what gadgets are high on your wishlist right now, and we can add them into the mix with all the other suggestions.

With so many amazing gadgets released this year, it’s going to be tough paring them all down to the ones you need to own. But pare them down you must. We want to help all of our readers do this by compiling a list of gadgets high on their fellow readers’ Christmas lists The Whiniest Christmas Gift Complaints On Twitter [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Whiniest Christmas Gift Complaints On Twitter [Weird & Wonderful Web] It would be ignorant to claim that teenagers the world over had never complained about their Christmas presents before social networking became the behemoth it is today. Now they do it in public. Read More . Which is where you come in.

Please tell us in the comments below one or more of the gadgets you want to own right now. Perhaps you’re going to treat yourself to this gadget as a reward for a successful year, or perhaps you’re going to drop hints to your family and friends that nothing would make you happier than receiving this gadget as a gift. Either way, we want to know about it.


We suspect you already have a gadget or gadgets in mind, but, for those still wondering what to choose, we have a few suggestions…

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The possibilities are endless, which is why we need your help sorting the wheat from the chaff.

We Need You!

All comments will be read and most will be replied to, before the responses are turned into a full article. Those readers providing the best comments will be thanked by name, receiving our extreme and everlasting gratitude for their efforts.

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  1. Isaiah
    December 9, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Toshiba Satelite Radius 11.

  2. Muhammad Waqas
    November 17, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    iPad because since it's launch I haven't used it even once,it's always a desire.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 18, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      I have wanted an iPad since the first one launched too. I just haven't been able to justify the price for how little Know I would use it.

  3. Lyndon Dees
    November 17, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    I hope to get a tablet to replace my Kindle Fire HD, which bit the dust a few months ago. Certainly a new Kindle would be great, but as long as it's a good, reliable Android OS tablet I'd be happy.
    Sadly, though, I think my wife's need for a new laptop will trump my want.

    • likefunbutnot
      November 18, 2014 at 1:33 am

      The Fire HD 6 has specs comparable to the original FireHD, but it's only $115. You could also go looking for a used/refurb Nook HD+ or Nexus 7 and come away with something usable that has licensed Play Store support.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 18, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Your Kindle Fire didn't last long. What happened to it?

      Always upgrade your main machine first and then work outwards. So yeah, wife's laptop it is :)

  4. Von Adam Martinez
    November 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    An Oculus Rift. Doing my gaming hobby with this baby will be a lot better than my current gaming setup. It will be such a huge improvement to my day-to-day gaming for the next year.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 17, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      What games are you hoping to play on the Oculus Rift?

  5. Paul
    November 15, 2014 at 3:50 am

    Moto 360
    One plus one or Nexus 6(if it's not too big to fit in my pocket)
    Exogear Exomount
    Braven BRV-1

    @Likefunbutnot thx for the bluetooth headset recommendation. Still searching for form factor like Apple ear buds with no wires...

    • Dave Parrack
      November 17, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      By all accounts the Nexus 6 is huge, even bigger than the iPhone 6 Plus. So, try before you buy!

  6. ed
    November 15, 2014 at 12:24 am

    A new laptop would be nice, but I'm holding out until Windows 10.

    So I'll take an Amazon Echo for now please. It's not out yet and requires an invite at the moment (which I still have not received).

    I think the Echo represents an idea that is not totally yet realized - speaking out your commands or questions to a device without having to be right in front of it, or holding it, or first pressing a button before you talk.

    Just speak out in the same room the Echo is located in and ask it what the weather is like outside, what time a movie is playing, or ask it to play music. It will listen, hopefully understand, then hopefully answer your questions or carry out your spoken command through the use of Amazon Web Services. The idea is intriguing. I'm hoping the execution of the idea is everything we expect from this take on Siri, Cortana, Google Now, etc...

    Not having to walk over to your phone or tablet, picking it up, pressing a button, then asking your question or command would feel as if the future of AI in the home was actually here.

    Here's to hoping Amazon gets it right. If not, then at least it will make for a $99 bluetooth speaker.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 17, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      I love the idea of the Echo, at least if it works as well as the ad suggests. Good luck getting an invite to buy one. I'm going to have to wait until it launches in the UK, which, knowing Amazon, will be several years.

  7. Bob Brandt
    November 14, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones; clean, clear sound top to bottom

    • Dave Parrack
      November 17, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      Great choice. A bit pricey for my liking but then I'm the opposite of an audiophile.

  8. KT
    November 14, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I'm a simple guy with simple tastes.

    1. More RAM.

    2. An SSD.

    3. New GPU.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 17, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      "I’m a simple geek with simple tastes." FTFY :)

  9. Christopher M
    November 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I'm with Fernando on this. I need new PC components. The processor, motherboard, RAM and a new operating system to run it. I could hold off on the video card.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 17, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      It sounds like you need a whole new system! As for the operating system, are you waiting for Windows 10?

    • Christopher M
      November 18, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      You are right about needing the new system except I have both a Thermaltake Armor Revo and a Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow case that I won a few years ago along with a Seagate Wireless Plus 1TB. I also have plenty of Western Digital hard drives from old PC's so I need the guts of the PC. If I got a system, I'd end up giving the cases to someone else but I'd rather save the money and use it for the parts. I will wait til Windows 10. That seems more likely to have longer usage life then 7 or 8.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 18, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Ah, that makes sense. Yes, if you can hold on for Windows 10 do so, because barring some kind of disaster at launch that will be around for many years to come.

  10. pete
    November 14, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    wifi extender to reach that damned black spot in the kitchen.

    Followed by an all-in-one PC.

    New tablet (probably nexus 7 -2013 seeing they are on huge sales discount)

    Nexus 6.

    oh yes, and some form of money making device so I can afford it all! hahaha

    • Dave Parrack
      November 17, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      These are gift ideas, so you don't need any more money... your family does ;)

      A Nexus 6 AND a Nexus 7? That's just greedy!

  11. Richard
    November 14, 2014 at 11:33 am

    It has to be an AR Parrot Drone.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 17, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      That is one sexy looking drone, Humanah, humanah.

  12. Joey
    November 14, 2014 at 4:29 am

    I like to use a number of monitors with my laptop that I travel a lot with. But when I am home, I want the ability to use two extra monitors on my laptop. So this is something that I want for Christmas. 50 bucks! + your choice of monitor.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 17, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Up to 16 monitors? Geez, Louise.

  13. ranny
    November 14, 2014 at 4:07 am

    I need new headphones. My Sony earpads are flaking. Looking at the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x.

    New backup hard drive, my old one is too bulky. I'm looking at the WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable.

    I already have an 10 inch Dell Venue Pro and Surface Pro 3, but I want a 7/8inch Windows tablet. Looking at the HP Stream 7, ASUS VivoTab 8 M81C, or the newest Dell Venue 8 Pro 3000 Series.

    And finally Xbox One with GTA V. Time to upgrade from my old Xbox 360.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 17, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Those headphones have been recommended by another reader, so they're probably a good choice.

      What would you use a third tablet for? Are you keen on having one in every room of the house?

      GTA V = Good. But get a PS4 rather than an Xbox One, you know it makes sense.

    • likefunbutnot
      November 17, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      @Dave, re: multiple tablets

      Form factor and OS can matter. A 10 - 12" device is great for watching movies, but decidedly less nice for reading books; they're a little bit too heavy. 7" devices go in purses and fit in the back pockets of the more substantial gentleman. I'm not convinced that 7" Windows devices are the best idea in the world, but that seems to be where @ranny spend his(?) time.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 18, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      @likefunbutnot Good point. I just can't imagine more than one tablet. I would spend ages researching them all and pick just one. Maybe I'm just tight with money!

    • ranny
      November 18, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      Dave, I will use the third tablet for work. While on the road I need to remote into my company domain using NetMotion. I prefer Windows to do this.

      I want a Xbox One because the software is better and updated more frequently than PS4. I haven't owned a Sony console since PS2. I am used to Microsoft consoles and ecosystem.

    • likefunbutnot
      November 19, 2014 at 12:36 am


      There is a happy medium in 8"-ish devices. You give up pocket friendliness, but weight is usually much closer to 7" devices while screen resolutions tend to be in line with 10" devices. I have no idea why that form factor isn't more common or popular, but it's the main reason why my FireHDX is my first choice for a mobile device.

      Another reason for multiple tablets? There's no such thing as an all-day full-color tablet. If you're a heavy reader, mobile gamer or just want to have a Lord of the Rings marathon, you'll find that any device you have will wind down at somewhere between the 8 and 12 hour mark. No, that's not a huge concern for most people, but it's definitely nice to have the option when you need it. Parents having a back up tablet has probably saved whole plane-loads of people from the temper tantrums of four year olds.

  14. Fernando
    November 14, 2014 at 4:06 am

    I want to upgrade my computer. I need to buy a Intel i5 and a compatible Motherboard. Money is short so i dont know when i will be able to buy. PC games nowadays require i5 cpu as a minimum requirement so I'm not able to play them.

    • likefunbutnot
      November 14, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      That's... really not true at all. Individual CPU cores in an i3 or i5 behave very similarly, with the biggest difference being the presence or absence of Hyperthreading vs. "real" cores on the i5. Since relatively few games truly take advantage of four CPU cores in the first place, either will provide an adequate gaming experience under normal (simple 1080p, single screen display on a decent GPU) conditions.
      Most PC games are additionally constrained because they are more than likely developed with the limitations of modern, substandard consoles in mind. It doesn't take a whole lot of PC to exceed the capability of a game title that was made to run on an Xbox or PS4.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 17, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      If likefunbutnot is correct then it may be cheaper to upgrade than you think, Fernando. Still, as these are gift ideas, it can't hurt to ask for an i5.

  15. Mike
    November 14, 2014 at 3:44 am

    moto x from republic wireless, new bluetooth headphones and a bluetooth mtb spedometer

    • Dave Parrack
      November 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      That makes me wonder if we could do a whole list of Bluetooth gift ideas...

  16. likefunbutnot
    November 14, 2014 at 3:33 am

    I already have all of the gadgets. Getting gadgets is a nifty side benefit to the job I have. But here's the stuff that I really like:

    1. Bluebuds X Sport. These are my #1 top favorite electronic thing. First, they sound great. Not Grado/Audio Technica/Sennheiser great, but fantastic for something that's Bluetooth. Second, they have excellent battery life, usually 8 - 10 hours of active listening. Most BT earbuds are in the 3 - 5 hour range. Third, they're reasonably water resistant and specifically guaranteed to be sweat-proof. They're a little bit heavier than normal earbuds and I don't think I could get away with full-on running with them on, but they're ALWAYS around my neck if I'm out of the house.

    2. MPOW Bluetooth receiver. I stuck these guys around my home and my office so that I can easily have audio follow me around.

    3. Just to complete the Bluetooth trifecta: The Onkyo TXNR636, for your living room media center needs. I wish it had Miracast support, but it's a reasonably priced AV receiver with a good number of all the connections a normal consumer would probably need.

    4. I think the best of breed STB is the Amazon FireTV. The Roku3 is a little sluggish for my taste, the Nexus Player is basically an overgrown Chromecast and the AppleTV is sluggish, largely unhackable, talks to the wrong ecosystem and has an Apple logo on it. The FireTV has a fast UI, a nifty search feature and a straightforward out of box experience. It's definitely something Amazon got right on the first try.

    5. Netgear Push2TV 3000 is a Miracast (Wireless HDMI) adapter. I've found the Push2TV to work better than other wireless HDMI tools. It's very handy for times when you'd like full display from a laptop, tablet or phone, rather relying on some kind of limited screencasting functionality. Running Kodi off a laptop, rather than having running a dedicated HTPC, for example.

    6. The good old Sansa Clip+. It's an small music player with a card reader. It plays pretty much every audio format. It's inexpensive enough to be a stocking stuffer or a good toy for a kid just getting old enough to bother its parents with music.

    7. Folding Electronics Shelf, made to be stuck between your mattress and box springs, this silly piece of plastic has wire guides for your charging cables and can hold a couple tablets, a phone and a pair of glasses so that you never have to be more than 18" from your electronics. I usually see these shelves for $15. I'm not sure why the one in the link is so expensive.

    8. This 5 port, 40W USB charger might be boring, but it's also a fast, convenient charger that a gadget freak will appreciate.

    9. PlexPass. It's $150 for lifetime support for whatever cool things people are making Plex Media Server do. Also, get something that can act as a Plex Media Server. And then a lot of hard drives.

    10. My favorite tablet is a Fire HDX 8.9, but I'm also still in love with the Nexus 7. I think the Surface Pro 2 or 3 is probably the best option most people have for getting a great quality laptop-like device at a reasonable price, particularly for refurbished units. I'd like to completely, utterly anti-recommend going out and buying whatever anyone is shoveling as the "Black Friday Special" $250 laptop. Please do not buy whatever that thing is, because it will be slow and terrible and just like herpes it will be something you can't get rid of and can only inflict on others. If you think you need a $250 thing that looks like a computer, buy a cheap tablet and bluetooth keyboard or a Chromebook instead.

    11. Finally, be sure to hit up sites like or Squaretrade if the person who will be receiving this bounty of gadgets might not be the most responsible of humans.

    I'm sure I'll think of more things. This is a start.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 17, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      What job do you have where you get all the gadgets?! And do you have any vacancies?

      It's comments like these that make my job easy...

      1. I haven't heard of these but they sound great (excuse the pun).
      4. I've read mixed reviews of the Amazon Fire TV. Even if it isn't perfect at the moment Amazon has a knack for improving its hardware in a timely fashion.
      6. As someone who never fell for the iPod, I appreciate this.
      10. Wait, do you work for Amazon? That would explain a lot ;)

      This is a great list, so thank you for the comment.

    • likefunbutnot
      November 17, 2014 at 9:13 pm


      My job description says I'm an IT Director, but the people I work for are ridiculously well off, so whenever they, or one of their friends, golfing buddies or children buys something or wants something, I wind up with one of whatever it is so I can install it or show them how to use it.

    • likefunbutnot
      November 17, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      Here are a few more ideas:

      1. <a href= Brother HLL2340DW is a monochrome, wireless, duplexing laser printer with support for Google Cloud Print and whatever the thing ifruits use is called. Never worry if your ink is dried up because toner does not dry up. In fact, go ahead and give your crappy inkjet (note: that is all inkjets) a viking funeral because this is a better thing. Plus it works with all your other gadgets

      2. Synology 2 Bay NAS, because people are lame and no longer buy computers that can hold extra hard drives. I like Synology's product better than similar competitors from Drobo and QNAP and the fact that one of the add-on modules available is a cut-down Plex Media Server doesn't hurt either.

      3. Backblaze. Data security isn't the sexiest gift in the world, but for as many people I've met who think hard drives, SSDs, flash drives, DVDs, floppies or punch cards are somehow magically indestructible, $50/year is a pretty good deal.

      4. Stocking stuffers: 10 packs of 8GB microSDs, USB AC adapters and microUSB charging cables.

      5. Video Capture Doohickey, Slide/Negative Scanner and USB turntable for all the digital archiving projects you'd like to inflict on a loved one who will very soon no longer love you after they find out how much work those kinds of projects are.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 18, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      @likefunbutnot That sounds a sweet gig. I am jealous.

      And even more ideas! You may have just turned this from a list of 10 geeky gift ideas into 20 geeky gift ideas ;)

  17. Dewa
    November 14, 2014 at 3:10 am

    gadget ?
    the gaming laptop of course
    or smartphone like xiaomi mi4 or oneplus on :D

    hope i got it

    • Dave Parrack
      November 17, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      Good luck getting a OnePlus One. Those things are selling like the proverbial hotcakes!

  18. WinDork
    November 14, 2014 at 2:35 am
    • Dave Parrack
      November 17, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      That looks like a particularly nice all-in-one. And now I want one too.

  19. Sam Park
    November 14, 2014 at 2:26 am

    HP 3D printer. If not out, Dyson Humidifier. (Aaargh! I only want future things!)

    • Dave Parrack
      November 17, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      That's the sign of a true geek ;)

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