As depressing as the sight of flocks of folk barely over their Christmas food and/or booze hangovers taking to the high street on Boxing Day was, with tech such behaviour makes sense. Would you really trust your family not to mess up the purchase of a gadget you’ve been lusting after for yonks, when it’s something you might have to live with for years? Keep Christmas presents day about socks and sweaters, and leave those big buys to the January sales. Here are some top picks we’ve spotted on the net this time around.
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Panasonic VIERA TX-P42S30B plasma television
Available for £399 from Amazon – Read our full review
In opting for a Panasonic plasma as your next tellybox, you can’t go too far wrong. The TX-P42S30B lacks several key additions of models higher-up the range, such as SD card support, THX certification and – most important for some – 3D. However, like just all current-gen Panasonic plasmas, it produces images with excellent contrast and deep blacks. If you can afford to spend a little more, also consider the £449.99 TX-P42ST30B and the THX-certified £499.99,
Ultimate Ears Triple.Fi 10 earphones
Available for £109 from Amazon – Read our full review
Many of you may never consider spending upwards of £100 on a simple pair of in-ear headphones. But stop for a moment and consider that the Ultimate Ears Triple.Fi 10 usually sell for around £250 – that’s no pie-in-the-sky RRP either. Each ear piece contains three separate drivers, to give excellent bass performance without sacrificing clarity and detail. They offer better top-end detail than the Shure SE535, and can go toe-to-toe with them in terms of overall sound quality, while costing a whole lot less. Want a cheap ticket to the world of top-end earphones? This is it.
Denon AH-D510 headphones
Available for £23.99 from Play.com
At TrustedReviews, we enjoy the occasional dig at branded headphones like the Dr. Dre Beats. They may look rather cool, but you’re paying a lot extra for the branding. Not so with a pair like the Denon AH-D510. Their official retail price is £69.99, but Play is currently offering them for around a third of that amount. The Denon over-ears sound signature excels in the top-end, supplying a clean and detailed sound. Looking for an affordable, noise isolating set for the morning commute? These are worth a blind buy.
HTC ChaCha Android phone
Available for £119.99 from Carphone Warehouse – Read our full review
The wave of “Facebook phones” was rumoured for quite some time before they first began to appear. And when they did, many were a little underwhelmed – because, let’s face it, these days any smartphone is a Facebook phone. Especially now that Facebook has released its dedicated Facebook chat and messenger app for iOS and Android. If one of the dedicated Facebook phones deserves its title, though, it’s the HTC ChaCha. It has a cute look, a very comfortable keyboard to trot out those status updates on, and the all-important Facebook button. It runs Android, but unlike the Facebook-y iNQ Cloud Touch and HTC Salsa, it feels slightly different from the Android masses. The screen’s a little small, but there’s something eminently likeable about this phone, and for £120 SIM-free it’s a bargain.
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