Last year I wished for a hybrid laptop/tablet that was quite imaginary. It was “an iPad combined with a tm2 and Dell XPS 17, with a pinch of Intuos 4 thrown in.”
Well, since then there have been a few offers from various hardware manufacturers - no, not really. But there have been a few devices designed without the help of yours truly that came close. First there was the Samsung Series 7 Slate, which got the quality screen and drawing parts down just right, but failed on the typing, build and battery life. Then there was the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet (the Android one, not the ThinkPad X220t) – of which a review is coming soon. It manages to combine a solid, well-connected tablet with a great keyboard case and pressure-sensitive stylus, but is hampered by its bulk, weight and Tegra 2 internals.
So in the end it has to be the amazing Asus Transformer Prime: the highest score we can give speaks for itself, and it’s a real product which I’m far more likely to actually receive. Now if only Santa could add a Wacom digitizer and stylus…
I must have done a few naughty things last year because Santa still hasn’t brought me this camera, which was second on my 2010 most wanted list. And yes, it’s making a re-appearance this time around because it’s still as desirable now as it ever was.
With all the fuss around the Lumix G3, it’s easy to forget that the GH2 is actually still the premium offering in Panasonic’s G-series. It will get you more manual controls, better build quality, more video options, and a microphone input. Most importantly, for around £900 you can find it with that delectable video-optimized 14-140mm lens that costs around £700 on its own.
Come on Santa, you want my sneaky videos of your nocturnal biscuit-munching to be shot in the highest quality don’t you?
Well, I mean, who wouldn’t want a motorhome costing more than most luxurious mansions with swimming pool?
This £1.9 million, 20 tonne, 12metre monster packs in such creature comforts as a full-size bar, underfloor heating, en-suite master bedroom and roof terrace. Just imagine how impressed people will be when you block traffic trying to go around corners. Girls will swoon when you drive by, never once thinking that you might be compensating - for a lack of brains and financial acumen, not to mention compassion. Give £1 million to charity and you’ll still have enough left over to buy a lovely house.
Of course entertainment is as luxurious as it gets, with a whopping 40in television pre-installed. Hmm, won’t be the Panasonic P42VT30 then, as it’s 2in too small… But surely all other deficiencies are more than made up for by the glow-in-the-dark paintjob, which is great for distracting other drivers enough that they’ll plow right into your crib-on-wheels. Last but not least, the environment will thank you for the Palazzo’s 13 miles-per-gallon.
I could go on, but by now it should be obvious why I want this beauty, Santa. Come on, Marchi Mobile even offer free delivery.