Gifts That Help You Stay Connected

Published 6:44 am Saturday, June 2, 2012

(NAPSI)—Gadgets are topping many gift lists this year, and with the wider availability of high-tech devices, there are many options to choose from.

From standard laptops and Ultrabook devices, to netbooks with more mobility and affordable price points, sleek tablets and an emerging category called hybrids that combine the features of tablets with the productivity enabled by a keyboard, there are a variety of gadgets to suit your needs.

One reason gadgets are such a welcome gift is that they help families stay connected, entertained and informed. Here are some of the latest must-haves:

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Topping Wish Lists:

The No-Compromise Ultrabook

Intel has inspired a new category of computing with the Ultrabook devices, a new class of no-compromise computers that deliver best-in-class performance and are ultraresponsive in thin, light, sexy designs. Not only are Ultrabook systems ultraportable, but also incredibly quick to respond. Powered by the Intel Core processor family, Ultrabook devices, available from a number of PC manufacturers, are must-have gifts for those looking for a new computing experience.

Netbooks to Meet All Needs

Netbooks powered by the Intel Atom processor are basic on-the-go companions that come in compact designs and have long-lasting battery life. The Samsung NC 215S is one of the world’s first solar-powered netbooks, making it the perfect gadget for your “green” family members. The Asus Eee PC X101 is another lightweight, affordable option and is the choice for someone looking for basic features such as Web browsing, viewing photos and videos, and simple content creation.

Tablets for Entertainment On the Go

Another popular gift is the tablet, which offers Internet browsing, casual gaming and e-reading with the touch of a finger. For a rich multimedia, multi-touch experience, consider the ViewSonic ViewPad 10. As an additional bonus, this tablet supports both the Google Android and Windows operating systems.

Must-Have Hybrids

Another emerging popular device category is called “hybrids.” These offer productivity and play in one device, combining the touch of a tablet with the familiarity of a PC. The classmate PC powered by the Intel Atom processor is a great choice for the children in your family. Rugged designs instantly convert from clamshell to touch-optimized tablet mode, giving students expanded flexibility inside and outside the classroom.

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