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The Top Tech Gifts Under $100 for 2011
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    Shopping for gifts during the holidays is a mixed bag. It can be fun as you anticipate the reactions you will get from your loved ones, but it can also be stressful if you have no idea what to buy. Tech gifts are always a good bet, as they offer a nice mix of functionality and entertainment. They can also get expensive, however, as you do have to pay a premium for such innovation. Here is a list of some of the top tech gifts under $100 that should leave a lasting impression without draining your bank account.

    Kindle Touch

    Okay, so maybe this gift goes over the $100 mark once you tack on taxes, but itís still good enough to make the list.  If you are shopping for someone who loves to read, this is one gift that will make their Holiday season a happy one.  The Kindle Touch comes equipped with all the goodness that made it such a popular e-reader in the first place, only with new EasyReach touch-screen technology. 

    The Kindle Touch is an essential gift for avid readers because it can hold 3,000 books.  Thatís not only great for storage and saving space, but it also supplies plenty of reading content while on the go.  Books can be downloaded in 60 seconds thanks to integrated Wi-Fi, and you can also borrow Kindle books from your local library.  The new Kindleís design is 11 percent smaller and 8 percent lighter than its predecessor, so toting it around should be no problem.  Beyond basic reading, the Kindle Touch also offers audiobooks, text-to-speech functionality, and support for MP3s.  If touch-screen functionality is not that big of a deal, you can also opt for the Kindle 2011.  It lacks the touch-screen but still has all the e-reading capabilities you need at an affordable price of $79.

    Price $99 (displays Special Offers and Sponsored Screensavers while you are not reading)

    Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005890G8Y/ref=asc_df_B005890G8Y1802806?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=cnet-kindle-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395093&creativeASIN=B005890G8Y

    Roku Streaming Player

    Hereís a great gift for any movie lover or fan of television shows.  The Roku player offers streaming capabilities in a portable package that can convert any home television into a true entertainment center.  If youíve heard someone talk about wishing they had Netflix, this little box will give them the ability to stream Netflix movies and shows to their television via Wi-Fi.  Beyond Netflix, there are plenty of other entertainment services you can access via Roku, and many of the selections are free.  In all, Roku boasts over 350 entertainment channels that spread across various genres.  There are four different Roku players that offer varying features, so you can pick and choose which one fits your gift giving needs.  You may want to throw in a one month Netflix membership as an added gift to let your recipient put the player to the test.

    Price: Starts at $49.99

    Link: http://www.roku.com/roku-products

    The GameChanger

    The GameChanger certainly lives up to its name, as it takes the technological genius of the iPad tablet and combines it with traditional board gaming for a ton of fun.  Kids can use the GameChanger amongst themselves, but itís also an excellent solution for bringing the whole family together.

     

    The key to the GameChangerís functionality is its use of 48 pressure fields.  These fields house the different game skins that correspond to compatible titles that work with the GameChanger and they are used to incorporate the iPad into all of the action.  As you move game pieces onto the different fields, the iPad will keep score.  Throw in various challenges, mini-games, questions, and video clips, and you have yourself a futuristic board game experience.

    Price: $79.99, includes two games

    Link: http://www.amazon.com/Identity-Games-International-002616-GameChanger/dp/B005OOXQJ4?SubscriptionId=AKIAINJF5J4DI2Z37UVA&tag=notebookscom-20

    Livescribe 2GB Echo Smartpen

    Do you know someone who is a student, or is constantly running in and out of business meetings?  If so, the Livescribe Smartpen is a great gift that they will welcome with open arms. 

    The Smartpen is so much more than a typical pen.  In fact, the embedded technology seems like something youíd see out of a James Bond movie.  The Smartpen will record things you write and hear to give you playback capabilities later on.  If you need to relive a certain lecture or meeting, simply use the Smartpen to get all the details once again. 

    Charging and data transfer occur over an included micro USB cable, and it also comes with a single ink cartridge.  Thereís 2GB of internal memory and 500MB of online personal storage for all of your important data.  The Smartpen integrates with your Mac or Windows desktop, and is a superb solution for sharing notes with others via email, social networking sites, and more.  It also works great with certain apps.

    As an added bonus, if you purchase a Livescribe Smartpen prior to January 31, 2012, you will also receive a complimentary one-year subscription to the Evernote Premium app to help boost productivity and organization even more.

    Price: $99.95

    Link: http://www.livescribe.com/store/20070723002/2gb-echo-smartpen-starter-pack/p-533.htm

    Klipsch Image S4 Headphones

    Headphones are a solid gift that can serve multiple purposes.  You can use them with your smartphone or MP3 player to listen to music, as well as hook them up to a computer for gaming.  Any music lover likely has quality headphones at the top of their wish list, so you cannot go wrong with giving these as a gift.  Where you can go wrong, however, is if you purchase headphones that are poor quality.  Not only will the sound be underwhelming, but they will probably not endure normal wear and tear too well.

    Klipsch Image S4 headphones are anything but cheap.  They offer quality design and superb sound to help enhance any listening experience.  You wonít find them in any bargain bin, but you will know you are at least picking up a quality product.  Some of the features of the S4 headphones include noise-isolating technology, comfortable in-ear design, integrated strain relief, and enhanced bass.  The headphones come in your choice of white or black, and have been rated as some of the best audio accessories around.

    Price: $79.99

    Link: http://www.klipsch.com/image-s4-white-in-ear-headphones



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