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Best New Gadget Gifts of 2014

Updated on February 20, 2014

2013 - 2014 List of the Best New Electronic and Gadget Gifts

If you're a geek like I am, then your constantly looking for the latest in technology and gadgets. In this post I'll highlight ten of my favorite new gadgets in 2013 - 2014 and give you the top rated new releases in each category. Before you go leave a comment with what gadget you're looking to get for Christmas this year.

2013 - 2014 - Year of the Tablet

Tablets:

I've used tablets in the past to an extent, but there are a few releases this year that made me turn my head. One is the new Asus Infinity tablet which has a super powerful quad-core processor. I purchased this tablet a couple of months ago and can't believe just how far this tablet, as well as many others, have come in 2012. Other notable Tablets released in 2012 include Amazon's Kinde Fire HD series, the New iPad, Samsung Galaxy Note, Google Nexus 7, and the new Sony Xperia.

Laptops and Desktop Computers Get an Upgrade:

Every time Intel and AMD release new processors we get great new laptops from all manufacturers. Intel's new Ivy Bridge processor is faster and has much better integrated graphics than we've seen from Intel before. Late in 2012 AMD updated its Trinity series APU processors. While a bit slower than the Intel processors, they provide even better integrated graphics.

#1 Sony Xperia 16 GB 9.4-Inch Tablet S SGPT121US/S

Here's a great new tablet from Sony that is starting to make waves. While it's an uphill climb vs. the likes of the new iPad, Google Nexus 7, and the new Asus Infinity tablet, it's unmistakably smooth.

#3 AudiOffice audio dock system US

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iPad 2 Tablet Black & White
iPad 2 Tablet Black & White

Apple iPad 2 or a New Tablet?

Review

The initial iPad from Apple was a huge hit; everyone was talking about it and how they wanted to buy it but it just cost so much. However, the iPad 2 was an even bigger hit - as people began to realize its capabilities, they began to decide that maybe the investment was worth it in spite of the price. The Apple iPad 2 is an extremely thin tablet that users can connect to the internet with, purchase apps, sync their computer documents to, and much, much more. Surprisingly enough, the battery of the Apple iPad 2 was designed to last an astounding 10 hours, which is more than enough for a full day of work.

Because of this and its many features, the Apple iPad 2 is often replacing laptops in the workplace and school environment, as they are so much more portable and easy to use. With their touch screens, iPad 2 users can use FaceTime to talk to their friends face to face in full high definition resolution. And there are two cameras on the Apple iPad 2, one of the front and one on the back, so that it's easy to take pictures from any angle you could want. Additionally, the chip that acts as processor in the Apple iPad 2 is a dual core A5 chip, which is extremely powerful and allows the device to perform everything that it does at such a rapid pace. And because its dual, the iPad 2 can even multitask without its efficiency being interrupted. The Apple iPad 2 also has amazing graphics, an improvement from the original model. There is also now a smart cover available for this gadget, one that can automatically turn off the Apple iPad 2 when it is covered, and automatically turn on the device when it is uncovered. This device can also roll into a great stand for the iPad 2, making it easier to use and watch digital media with.

HP ProBook 4530
HP ProBook 4530

A Theft-Proof Laptop with Facial Recognition

HP ProBook 4530s XU015UT

Although this laptop from HP may seem fairly ordinary at first sight, it is a very powerful and functional laptop. Some of its most interesting and unique features are the facial recognition software that is built in, as well as the fingerprint reader, so that you can be sure that no one will hack into your laptop if you don't want them to.

The HP ProBook 4530s XU015UT also comes with a built-in webcam and the best in LED technology for the ultimate in screen illumination.

Sony Vaio Y Series
Sony Vaio Y Series

A Laptop That's Small and Powerful

Sony VAIO Y series laptop

Although Sony markets this as a laptop, the Sony VAIO Y series is actually a netbook, which means that it is much smaller and much faster and much more compact than a laptop. Netbooks have only just recently become popular, as they were invented to be the most portable yet powerful computers available. Although the Sony VAIO Y series has only four gigabytes of RAM, the dual-core processor inside makes it extremely capable of multitasking and performing any task on the internet. Netbooks are also specialized for use on the internet, and the Sony VAIO Y series is no exception.

With a powerful WiFi connection as well as bluetooth, Sony gets the best connectivity anywhere within signal. It also has a powerful graphics processor, so that you can watch almost anything you want on the internet without compromising picture quality. One of the best features of the Sony VAIO Y series netbook is that it actually has a full keyboard. Many netbooks today have smaller keyboards that can cause problems for those used to typing on a large keyboard. But with the Sony VAIO Y series you'll never have that problem. The Sony VAIO Y series also features an Intel High Definition Audio system, so that you can enjoy quality sound whenever you work. The size of this laptop is one of its best qualities, as it weighs just 3.23 pounds and has an 11.6 inch screen, so that you can carry it practically anywhere, so that you are ready to work whenever you need to. The Sony VAIO Y series also comes in three exciting colors: black, white, and pink.

Kodak EasyShare Max Z990 (New Model)
Kodak EasyShare Max Z990 (New Model)

A Camera that Tags your Friends

Kodak EASYSHARE MAX digital camera

Although at first glance the Kodak EASYSHARE MAX digital camera appears to be just like any normal digital camera, it is not. Kodak's new EASYSHARE technology makes it easier to share your photos on the internet than it ever has been before. With the Kodak EASYSHARE MAX, you can simply press the share button, and then choose which sharing destination you wish to send them to, like for instance facebook, photobucket, etcetera. Then you simply connect the Kodak EASYSHARE MAX to a computer and you're done. You can even share your photos on multiple networks at the same time. The CMOS sensor on the Kodak EASYSHARE MAX is also very powerful, so that you don't have to worry about using the flash even in dimly lit situations and compromise your photography. The CMOS sensor lets in plenty of light to produce quality pictures in almost any situation.

There are also plenty of modes and settings available for you to use with the Kodak EASYSHARE MAX, so that you can be as artistic as you want whenever you point and shoot. Some of the best features of this digital camera are the facial recognition feature, where you can pre-tag up to twenty faces that the camera will automatically recognize and focus on in every picture you take. The Kodak EASYSHARE MAX also features a Smart Capture feature, in which you don't ever have to choose the best setting for the scene that you are shooting, as Kodak will do the work for you. The camera automatically analyzes the scene and choose the best settings for the photograph, so that you can take the best picture every time you click your shutter.

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Nikon Coolpix P6000
Nikon Coolpix P6000

A Compact Camera with GPS

Nikon COOLPIX P6000

The Nikon COOLPIX P6000 is a GPS digital camera, which means that it automatically records not only the image that you have photographed, but the location and time that you did so at as well.

The Nikon COOLPIX P6000 camera has almost any feature that you would hope for on a normal digital camera, but also features the best in anti-shake technology, making this the perfect choice for adventurers who want to document their journeys across even the most rugged terrain.

#7 Google Nexus 7 Tablet (16 GB)

Targus Laptop Cooling Pad
Targus Laptop Cooling Pad

A Cooler for Your Laptop

Targus Chill Mat Cooling Stand

Haven't heard of these before? Laptop coolers not only keep your laptop cool, they're actually good for your health.

The Targus Chill Mat Cooling Stand utilizes your laptop's USB port to plug into your laptop to activate two fans that then cool the bottom of your laptop, effectively preventing overheating.

#8 Sony BDP-S590 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi

Samsung Smart 55 Inch HDTV
Samsung Smart 55 Inch HDTV

A Smart Internet Ready 3D HDTV

Samsung Smart TV

This high definition television features up to a 55 inch screen and gives you full connectivity to the internet. With the Samsung Smart TV, you can browse the internet in its entirety at the same time that you watch your favorite movie or television program. You can also purchase Samsung apps with this television, making it easy to access your favorite media and games whenever you feel like it.

The Samsung Smart TV also comes with a pair of 3D glasses, so that you can enjoy your television in stunning three dimensional quality as well.

Garmin Zumo 550 GPS
Garmin Zumo 550 GPS

A GPS System for Your Motorcycle

Garmin zumo 550

This is not a normal GPS system, as it functions on a motorcycle. With technology that allows you to use the touchscreen even with gloves on, you'll never get lost again with the Garmin zumo 550.

You can even save your favorite routes, so that you can remember your favorite rides and do them again and again. This GPS system is also very sturdy so that it can withstand the extreme vibrations of being mounted on your bike.

#9 Roku HD Streaming Player

Philips BDP3406.F7
Philips BDP3406.F7

A Great New Blu-Ray Player for the Money

Philips BDP3406

This blu-ray disc player can not only play blu-ray discs in high quality, but can also convert your DVDs in real time to high definition, so that you don't have to throw away your DVDs because they are out-of-date.

The remote that comes with the Philips BDP3406 disc player can also control all devices connected to your television.

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