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^M00:00:01 [ Music ] ^M00:00:08 >> Hello, everyone. Welcome to the Holiday Help Desk. I'm Molly Wood. He is Brian Tong across the desk from me. >> Hello. Yes. >> We're excited to welcome back Debra Ofierlo [assumed spelling] of shopper.com. I kind of want to put a little -- I just can't help it -- Ofierlo. I want to put a spin on that. That is a name right there. That is a good name. >> Thank you. >> We will be answering your calls. We will be answering your holiday shopping questions for the next half hour here on the Holiday Help Desk like we've been doing everyday day for how many days now? >> Well this is my third day in a row. So I've been doing it for quite a while. >> Oh, you are tired. >> No. I'm alive. I'm good. This is show number eight guys. The total 8 out of 22 obviously Brian Cooley and Tom will be coming in to help us out. Every weekday from now until December 23 so you can watch them live as you are now or you can watch them on demand later and we're really just trying to take all the questions that we can. >> Yeah. There's like a million ways to reach us at least. You can e-mail us at email@example.com. The phone lines are open right now. That's 18006 -- no that's the cnet one. 1-888-900cnet 2368. I always try to get out the buzz out loud one because I'm sitting in the buzz out loud studio so it just happens inside my brain. 888-900cnet. I think we've got like a line open. So if you want to call in do that now. You can also join us at our chat room at cnet.com slash live slash holiday help desk and you know ask whatever you want. That's what we're here for. >> That was actually three ways not a million. I just wanted to put that out there. >> Wholly literal man. >> All right every weekday you guys get a chance -- don't hate me -- you're going to have a chance to enter our daily holiday give away. Just go to our web site it's crave.cnet.com. Look for the give away posting and you can also a lot of times find it on the front of cnet.com under our more stories today. The prize is the Altec Lansing inMotion Classic iPod Speaker. So you guys check this out. It goes for around $125 but this is a killer iPod docking speaker system that uses that is compatible with both the iPod and the iPhone. Right now we've what 2500 comments. So 2500 entries. Your odds s are pretty good. I mean some of our TVs got up to over like 7000 entries. >> Yeah. And you know I'm just saying even though it's not a TV it's definitely still worth going for because I think those little iPod speakers are so -- I'm compliantly hooked on the handiness that is the little iPod speaker. >> Now just if you want to know about the quality of this, cnet editor Donald Bell, he says that the classic lacks a little bit of low-end umph but it sounds remarkable for its size. >> Remarkable. >> Remarkable. >> Excellent. But we're going to start as always before we get to your questions or anything we are going to start with our shopper deals [inaudible]. Oh, you know what? We're getting -- I'm sorry. I'm staring blankly at the camera because I'm getting input that we actually have. >> We like to try to bring on our winners to show you guys the fact that people actually do win this free stuff. It doesn't go directly into our pockets. >> Unfortunately. >> We have Jason from Maryland. Jason, are you there? >> He's on. Oh, yeah. There he is. I got it. Jason are you there? >> Yes, I am here. >> Jason. >> Hello. >> All right so you kind of have a little unique story of how you acquired this winnable prize. Tell us what happened. >> Well, I actually I was -- I hadn't really visited cnet very much prior to now but -- >> Okay. We might hang up right now I think. Let's kill this line. >> No. No. Wait I think there's more. >> Oh, okay. >> Let's here him out. >> Okay. >> And I ended up seeing an article on cnet on the Google news aggregator and I clicked on that and I was fiddling around and I came across the give away of the day and this is you know when you guys first started doing the daily ones. And now I've got it -- I subscribe to the feed so that everything cnet posts shows up in any Google reader. And I check back everyday and I've actually tried to win everything. >> Nice. >> Wow. >> So you're saying you one the camera. That's excellent too. So it's kind of like crack. Like we give you a little give away and now you're hooked. >> Yeah. Actually. >> That's what the c in cnet stands for. >> But, Jason, don't you feel you should give people the opportunity to win other prizes instead of trying to hog them all. >> I don't see why. >> I'm with you there. I'm just trying to sound nice. >> And actually long time cnet listeners and viewers will know that our holiday help desk is kind of notorious for repeating prize winners. We have given like the same people prizes year after year. There's no reason you shouldn't keep coming. >> Excellent. >> I wasn't even sure I could comment on things now at this points but I guess I can. >> You totally can. Well, welcome to the cnet family, Jason. We're really happy to have you. >> This is a great way to bribe someone to join the family. >> I know, exactly. >> All right. Jason, thanks for calling in and congratulations. And he was the winner of the Panasonic Lumix that we were giving away a couple of days ago. So very cool. >> Nice camera too. >> All right. >> And now we're going to get to the deals. We have Debra as usual on the shopper.com deal hot line. >> Hello. >> What's hot today? >> I'm looking for sweet deals. Sweet deals. >> Oh, you guys. You're so talented. >> One. >> Two. >> Three. >> Sweet deals. >> This could be fun. I like this. >> This could be. This is fun. >> All right. So what we've got is actually if you weren't online yesterday checking out our show we talked about coupons. And I decided to touch on that again and take you up to our quick links area to our coupon codes because there actually was a article in the paper today about how big the coupons online have become for this year over last year. And if we look at shopper.com we've got categories galore. Babies, kids, clothing, computer, electronics. >> You're got babies on shopper.com? >> Wow. >> Coupons for those categories. >> How many babies do you sell? >> Do Angelina and Brad shop on shopper.com because I think they might find a nice deal on a Nigerian baby. >> That's a really easy way to get a baby. >> So one of the shortcuts here -- I'm going to get there eventually. >> Sorry. >> Sorry about that. >> One of the shortcuts there once we're on that page is I like to go in and select on popular stores. I'm not sure if everybody knows can go by store. And if you go down and choose Best Buy I notice that they have some great coupons happening right now and one of them is I think is a 99 cent deal on shipping with a promo code. And I'm not sure what the exclusions are or the specifics but the idea here is coupons are big. People can't as you mentioned yesterday Brian they can't clip them out but they're certainly collecting them and using them and it's a big, big deal that year. >> That's what I've been hearing too. And people are layering coupons on top of rebates on top of other kind of specials and there's like that eBates.com website I think where you can actually sign up and you can get rebates on different on participating merchants. It's really -- that was something that I didn't see. That's a whole new trend in shopping. >> There's a lot of like manufacturer rebates stacked on top of actual retail store rebates and they give them to you. >> Right. And since you mentioned that we do have a rebate section and if you go and take a quick look at that as well you can mouse over where you see the little rebate sign and it will tell you how much the rebate is, when the expiration date is. It's very easy to navigate. >> Nice. And I see at the top of shopper.com you'll see quick links and those include top 100 rebates -- yeah -- deals and then coupon codes which are, yeah, right. >> Right. >> There you go. >> Thank you. >> Awesome. Well, thank you Debra. And well of course, as long as we're talking about deals we would be remiss if we did not go directly to our own cheapskate hunter Rick Broida. >> Cheapness. >> With like the cheapness. It's like they have the cool hunter and the ghost hunter and you're like the deal hunter. >> Or the cheap hunter. Yeah. >> The cheap hunter is better because otherwise you get sort of a deer hunter thing and that's just a little -- that's dark. >> Yeah. That's not good. >> Yeah. So anyway how are things in the lair and what kind of deals do you have today? >> Hey. That's where he lives all right? >> Yeah. He lives in a lair. Like Batman. That's awesome. >> You wish shall you lived in a lair. >> I do wish I lived in a lair. >> With bats? >> You know, I'm kind of sad today. >> Oh, know. >> What can we do for you Rick? >> You want to know what -- well okay. So I found this pretty smoking 26-inch LCD monitor for $184.99 shipped out the door. Done. No rebate. None of that. None of that nonsense. Posted it up this morning. And it was gone inside of I think about 5 minutes. It's not only frustrating for all the readers who got very excited about this only to go and discover that it's not there anymore. But it's frustrating for me too. So I apologize to everybody when that happens. It's really kind of out of my control but a certain vendors who shall remain nameless I'm going to restrain form posting a lot more deals from there at least during this busy holiday day shopping season. >> Good to know. Well, that's seems the always be kind of a concern. And I definitely you're really good I will say about updating your blog as soon as you see that something is sold out. And I think that's really useful for people you know when they show up there they can find out I think you had four the other day and you know all but one was sold out within -- it's just -- you have kind of a slash out effect. >> Yeah. It's the cheapskate effect. No. I did find a replacement that I posted up a little while ago. >> You did? Okay. So is that the Xbox 360 wireless N adapter? >> Exactly. Which is crazy over priced at the Microsoft list price of $99.99. I wouldn't buy it on a bet. But New Age has got it for $79.99 which is at least a little more reasonable. It's you know if you're going to get one you know don't pay 100 bucks for it that's nuts. >> And that shied too, right? That's just 80 bucks free shipping. >> Yep. >> So what is your cheapskate opinion on this idea of eBates and rebates because you said it's sort of a little nonsense like I know it can be a hassle but in this day of being able to layer deals do you think it's kind of worth it sometimes? >> Oh, yeah. Definitely. I mean you know you got to find the deals where you can. I know a lot of people are -- a lot of people hate rebates the actual mail in kind. If it's something where you can kind of automatic and do things online instead you know by all means check it out but I'm all for layering coupon and the more discounts I can pile on the happier I am. >> And then is there a certain time of day you put these posts up like are you -- can you look for a new deal everyday at 11:42 a.m. Pacific or are you just -- >> I would say that on average about 10:00 a.m. Eastern time is usually when my posts go up. And again I'm hitting it first thing in the morning unfortunately by the time you guys out in California wake up it's well stuffs just gone. So I apologize for that. >> So we're lazy and out of luck. >> Yeah. You know get up early for a change. That's why. >> Get up when it's still dark out. Okay. No problem. Well, thanks, Rick we will try to drag our lazy butts out of bed for your deals because they are pretty much worth it. I'm not going to lie. >> All right thanks guys. >> Okay. Thanks. We'll talk to you soon. >> All right. I guess we're going to go maybe check out some calls. >> I think we should. Yeah. I think -- >> Okay. Let's do this. We'll jump here we have a Lee from Los Angeles. Lee, how are you doing today? >> Great. How are you? >> Do good. Doing good. >> I wanted to know I'm looking for a laptop to do Photo Shop work on. And it's so confusing and I'm trying to do it on a budget and don't know where to go what to get. >> Now, what is your budget around? >> I'm trying is to keep it around $1000. >> Okay. One thing that you can do is on our -- I don't know how much you've checked out our website but if you go to cnet.com in the left-hand corner we have laptops. And on a scale of 1 to 10 do you know how much are you really looking for this laptop to really be like desktop replacement or just to be able to be to do a little bit of Photo Shop work? >> Preferably I guess a desktop replacement. >> Okay. >> Now, there are laptops that can fall in the range of desktop replacements. We have the section here on our website and we have five that are recommended by Dan Ackerman. Now not all of these are going to necessarily be a $1000. We do have the Gateway NV7802U and right now the price is around $640. It's in our list of desktop replacement laptops. That's going to be a lot lower than $1000. I think a key thing though also is that if you're looking for you know a laptop that's really going to be able to hang with Photo Shop the key thing is max out the RAM as much as you can because if you're doing a lot of high-end graphics you really want to load that bad boy with RAM. I don't know if you guys have anything you've found on laptops around a $1000 or anything you might want to chime in on. >> There is one that we actually just recently reviewed this new Sony Vaio the VGN-NW270FS which is I know a catchy name. But it's seems like a relatively powerful laptop and it's a really good price. It's like $699 right now at Best Buy from what I can tell. It has Blu-ray built in so it's definitely thin and light for its size. It's core two duo. 2.2 gigahertz with 4 gigs of RAM built in and I would say if you're only spending $699 upgrade that to 8 for sure if it will take it. It is running Windows 7. You know it's not -- it looks like it doesn't have dedicated graphics but it looks like it might be integrated graphics but it looks like a pretty decent performing new Sony Vaio. So that might be one to check out. >> And than also I mean I'm not saying call tomorrow but Dan Akerman is going to be in the house tomorrow. He is our laptop guru editor. So if you have a few more questions you know because he's looking at this stuff. >> I've been on the forums. >> Yeah. Because he's here constantly like checking out all the latest laptops and reviewing them so he might be able to help you out tomorrow if you call in as well. >> Yeah. And laptops prices are definitely coming down so it might be one of those thing where you just want to find one where you price one find one that you're interested in that might be about 1300 now and just watch for that price to get lower because honestly the closer we get to Christmas the lower those prices are going to go. And I think you're probably -- you're going to be able to find something good. So hopefully that helps you out. It looks like we've got to take a little break now. So we're going to do that and then of course when we come back we'll have more calls. >> More calls and fun. Okay. >> Singing. ^M00:14:24 [ Music ] ^M00:14:30 >> If you think all batteries are the same, consider this. These Duracell batteries were given to the Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA because when it comes to kids and healing you're not just powering a toy, you're powering a smile. Duracell trusted everywhere. ^M00:14:45 [ Music ] ^M00:14:48 >> Everywhere you look new gadgets are popping up. To get the real story on them there's really only one place to go cnet.com. Discover something new at CNET. >> Last FM now on Xbox live. Discover new music and explore endless personalized radio stations. Find out more on www.lastfm.com/xbox. ^M00:15:17 [ Music ] ^M00:15:21 >> All right. Welcome back everybody. On the line today joining us from Charlottesville Virginia we have Jeff Faye [assumed spelling] from crutchfield.com. Are you there? Hey, Jeff. Do we have you or did we lose you on Skype? We've been having a little bit of Skype difficulty with Jeff today. >> Jeff, don't leave me. I want some free stuff. >> I know. Well, I don't think he's not going give us free stuff; is he? He's the director of mobile electronics at Crutchfield which sounds very promising to me. >> It always is. >> Although possibly not the director of awesome broadband at his house. So we're going to try him again while we -- we'll see if he's there. I hear noises. >> This is Jeff. >> Hey, Jeff. Are you there? >> How are you? >> Do we have you. Good how are you doing. >> Great. >> So you are the director of mobile electronics at Crutchfield. Start off by telling us a little bit about crutchfield.com for four listeners we probably have who don't know about your stuff. >> So Crutchfield has been in business for over 35 years. We were really founded as a mobile electronics company first but we branched out into home audio and television and into personal audio into just about any category you can think of in consumer electronic. And we've always really been about answering customer's needs and helping the do-it-your-selfer really understand and be able to hook up their own electronics at home without having to have a degree in this stuff. >> A little bit more helpful than the just plain old shopping, hopefully. >> You know that's kind of been our hallmark. We actually won the Biz Rate Circle of Excellence for an unprecedented ten times in a row. We've won it every year that they've had the award available. >> Did you invent that award? No. I'm kidding. I'm kidding. How is the shopping season going for you so far? Black Friday? Cyber Monday? Did you see you know a big up tick in -- it sounds like online shopping overall was definitely up. >> Yeah. You know it's been great. It's been better than expected. And so the message we want to get out there is that we've actually blown through a lot of deals that we thought we would have all the way through the holidays and the inventory is getting lower on some of those awesome deals that we have out there. >> Oh, really. So you're having the same problem as our cheap scape blogger basically. Things are going faster than expected. Well, do you have any deals left? I see there's actually like a sale on Bose which seems to never happen. >> You know that's the great thing. Because we have such great relationships with our manufacture partners we have deals that nobody else has and we're trying to create more and more every day to meet the demand. >> So anything in particular you can tell us about now. Like a really great deal that's going on right now on the site that people should run out and get before it sells out? >> Yes. We've got a piece that was actually reviewed on cnet about 2 years ago this JVC Bongiovi piece. It's a CD head unit. It's a KD-S100. And it has Bongiovi acoustic engineering inside that makes it perfect to upgrade your stereo and keep your factory speakers and it's $129. It used to be $650 installed dealer options. So it's a great product. >> Wow. I'm kind of stunned by that price drop. >> Yeah. We have a JVC HD radio. And you know one of the things that we do for our customers is we give them master sheets on how to install all of this stuff by themselves but we also provide kits and harnesses and all the adapters that they need to put in their car. And we actually have an HD radio KDHDR20 for $99.99 from JVC. It's iPod ready and it's a great value. >> Wow. I was shopping for one of those a few months ago and that is a pretty good price. Any surprises that you've seen this season. Anything that you -- other than things going faster than expects. Are there certain things that people are buying that you weren't expecting? >> You know actually we've seen a lot of people buying in-dash navigation has been a big hit for us this year and last week we saw some incredible numbers. One of the crazy ones that we put together is actually an Eclipse 726e with $100 gift card from crutchfield.com as well as a free Blu-ray player. So we're trying to create a promotion that allowed somebody to get something great for themselves by also get a gift and the opportunity to get something else for themselves. >> And then give something away. A free Blu-ray player. >> Right. >> It is a little bit you know we've been hearing so much about how phones are going to totally replace personal navigation devices so it's kind of surprising to see those in-dash ones doing well. It's still kicking. >> Yeah. The key there I think is the big screen the great user interface and that's really the most important. It's that at-a-glance being able to see it quickly. Another great deal we have in the portable NAV is the of course we carry Garmin and Maggellon but the Tom Tom XXL540S is great for maybe an older consumer that maybe wants a bigger screen than just an iPhone or smart phone screen. It's a 5 inch screen with text to speech for $199. That's a fantastic deal. >> Wow. That is. That is actually remarkable. >> It's quite nice; isn't it? >> It's quite nice. Yeah. An in-dash GPS device is not dead after all. All right. Well, I think thank you, Jeff, so much. We really appreciate you coming on. Good luck with the rest of the season and keeping stuff in stock. I guess that's the kind of problem that everybody is hoping to have this year. >> We've got about 1500 deals at crutchfield.com and I think there's something for everybody there. >> All right. >> Excellent. >> Thanks so much, Jeff and it looks like we're going to take one call before we take a break. >> Let's go jump over to line one. Mike, how are you doing today? >> Good how are you? >> Doing good. Doing goods. Thanks for hanging on and waiting us out. How can we help you out? >> Yeah. I used to have a rear projection TV with picture in picture and I loved being able to play the console game while my wife watched a DVD or whatever. >> You would play in the corner or the big screen. >> I would play in the corner. >> Oh, man. I would say hey wifey just watches the small corner I got the big screen. >> Wifey. That's nice. You're not getting married soon. >> There's a reason why I'm not. >> Anyway sorry back to your question. >> Anyway I have had a hard time trying to find a TV around 50 to 55-inches that has the picture in picture. And I was wondering if you guys knew of any TVs in that size range around the $2000 range that has picture in picture? >> Yeah. It's kind of interesting at least from what I have remember and what I have seen lately picture in picture is not a feature their throwing in as often as they used to but we did find something and as usual Debra is here with some shopper information and some prices. What screen did you find? And this is a great screen too so we'll talk more about it exactly. >> Well, all right. Let me just talk about -- well first of all the CNET editor rating is a 4 on this and the pricing is ranging from about 19 pardon me 1600 from Abe's of Maine up to 2300 from New Egg. So somewhere in the middle is Amazon.com Marketplace at 1900 and it's an excellent TV with picture in picture. >> Yeah. This one is a Panasonic TC this is a 54-incher the TCP54G10. There's also the Panasonic TC50G10 but this series is excellent. I have one of my friends that just recently purchased one of these guys but in Panasonic's line they have kind of one higher than the G10 is just right below it and the image quality this is a plasma screen has been rated very highly as well and this does fit into your budget at least with the 50 even if you're just looking for the 50 the price ranging that we have here from shopper is anywhere from $1200 to $1600 so and Panasonic is one of the leaders in plasma now that Pioneer has left the game. So you're going to be getting a great set either way if that's what you kind of looking for. >> Was that 720 or 1080? >> This is a 1080P display as well. >> Okay. >> So that means you need to take advantage of video games on 1080P and your lovely wife not your wifey your lovely wife can watch DVD in the little corner box. >> I don't know if it has picture in picture but it's the sister or brother version of that is the Panasonic TCP50V10 and we gave that an editor's choice so all no matter what. >> That's a high level. >> That's the higher level up. But that one's $2,099 from Amazon.com right now. So that's just a great family across the board. Great family of televisions. All right. >> Excellent. >> Mike, I hope that helps you. We're going to take a quick break again. We're tired. We get tired and when we come back we're going to do more of your calls and e-mails. Don't worry we're going to get to you. Just keep hanging on. ^M00:24:03 [ Music ] ^M00:24:10 >> If you think all batteries are the same, consider this. These Duracell batteries were given to the Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA because when it comes to kids and healing you're not just powering a toy, you're powering a smile. Duracell trusted everywhere. ^M00:24:25 [ Music ] ^M00:24:28 >> Everywhere you look new gadgets are popping up. To get the real story on them there's really only one place to go cnet.com. Discover something new at CNET. >> Last FM now on Xbox live. Discover new music and explore endless personalized radio stations. Find out more on www.lastfm.com/xbox. ^M00:24:55 [ Music ] ^M00:25:00 >> All right. Guys welcome back to what I like to call to haladay help desk. >> Oh nice. >> So you know. >> Well we're kicking down the sweet. >> So hal us and we'll take care of you. All right. We're going to jump to the phone lines. People are waiting patiently. Robert from Kentucky. Robert, how can we help you out? >> I have very techy uncle and I was thinking about getting him an iron key flash drive. Is it worth the price? >> Is it worth the price? Well what size capacity are you looking for, first of all? >> May be 2 to 8 gigs. >> Okay. Now when you get up to 8 gigs at least on shopper.com the main thing first of all I should talk about the main appeal to the iron key flash drives is it's you know security on their 128 bit as encryption but it's I guess it's a government level security. I don't even I'm going to be honest don't know what this really is but FIPS142 Level 2 validation. I don't know if that is supposed to be like extremely secure but it's a government secured level on a flash drive. >> So I guess the question really is does your dad work in the government. I'm sorry, your uncle. >> No. >> No. So is there a reason that you're really -- I mean it's probably -- it's certainly worth it in the sense that it's the most secure USB flash drive you're going to buy. The question is do you needs that security. I mean if you're uncle is mainly going to be sort of taking I don't know minor not so important files back and forth between work and home it might not be I don't know you might not have to go all the way there. I will say that it has a very good user rating. >> Yeah. Now pricewise if you're looking at the 2 gig flash drive and you want to be under $100 our shopper.com pricing ranges from $77 to $91 so you're going to get well under $100 that's not going to you know really be an issue it's really a matter of is this level of security how high of a priority is it for your uncle. >> All right. >> Okay. So if you check out shopper.com type in iron key drive you'll be able to see all the pricing and the different capacities. Okay. >> All right. Thank you. >> Okay. Excellent. All right let's go jump around. Let's go here to line 5. Dave how you doing from North Carolina? >> Doing goods just like -- Molly I love you. My wife thinks that I shouldn't but I do anyway. >> That's cute. >> Dave. >> It's her job to think that. >> Does your wife love me? >> And Brian you're a fine human too. >> And Brian you're super. >> You know what? Have your wife tune in so you can tell me what she thinks about me okay. >> I'll get back to you on that. But I've been a long time watcher and I'm you know just tickled. >> I'm very excited to here that. Thank you. >> My son is a Mac guy and he has a one of last year's Mac Books and I'm a PC guy and I had no idea what to get him. And I'm looking for an accessory like in the $100 range. >> What type of stuff does your son like to do? >> Oh, let's see. You know he does music and he does you know surfs a lot and he watches DVDs and videos and that kind of stuff. So he's pretty flexible. >> You know always talk about when -- does he have a mouse for his laptop? We always talk about when someone has a laptop one of the top things that is really nice to actually have is a mouse. >> It is. Yeah. >> I think he does. I think we actually got him a mouse with his laptop. That was a whole long year ago. I don't remember these things. But yeah. I think he does have a mouse for his laptop. >> Well if you want to be kind of not as exciting but still something more functional you know one of the features in the laptop is built in time machine back up. And a lot of people still don't back up their stuff. Now these days especially during the holiday season external hard drives are extremely cheap. We're talking about like a terabyte drives that are around $100 and they work on both Mac and PC platforms. You might even be able to share and use that drive yourself. From a fun standpoint if he's doing like if he really wants to get into video and goof around you know one of those portable hand-held pocket camcorders they're around $100 you know. Buy them and shoot video for fun. Pop them in your Mac and then start editing video because that's you know one of the things to be able to just play with multimedia the easier way. That might be something that kind of elevates how he uses the computer instead of just like here's a mouse here's a hard drive. How about something that you can do new creative things with? >> Also speaking of creative there's this I think these are awesome. There's this sight called geleskins.com. G-e-l-a-skins.com and they do custom like skins for laptops and iPhones and other kinds of phones and stuff and they are super cool looking. I mean it's just a really neat way to dress up a laptop and then if he's at artistic if he's got a great photo or you have a great photo you can actually create your own. You can add your own art work and do your own gelaskin. So it might be something where you find one that you think you would like or maybe even just say like I got you a -- you could do this. I printed out the card and here you can make your own gelaskin. I just think it would be really neat. >> This company is awesome. They're based out of Canada if I recall right and they kind of contract individual artists and then what's kind of cool also whether it's your phone or your laptop it also they give you a desktop file a phot image file so you can match your desktop to the actual skin on the laptop. >> That's kind of cool. >> How cool is that? I mean this is I just think this is a really great way to customize a laptop and actually make him look like you know hipper and a little more unique. >> And then one other thing if you want to style it up just with the protective case one of these shells that I love and I have and it's a little close to me but Incase and Spec make these hard shell covers. You can add color to your laptop. They're around $40 to $50. They're made out of polycarbonate plastic so it will protect your laptop from general bumps and scratches and a lot of times you throw your laptop when you're traveling into those gnarly plastic airport bins. >> Right. >> You know this will protect it throw it in there and it also adds a little style. I can't tell you how many times people have asked me like where did Brian get his laptop case. >> I was just going to say these things are really -- because they look like a see through shell that looks like it's part of the laptop and so every time he takes one on a video people are like where did Brian. >> Candy coated it. It's sweet like candy. >> Right and who makes those. >> Spec products is one company. And Incase is the other. So I would check out those two companies. >> Yeah. I think cool cases are also a cool accessory. >> Yeah. >> Anyway I hope that helps. And thanks for watching. >> All right thanks a lot guys. >> Call me back and let me know what your wife thinks, Dave. >> Yeah. I'll get right on it. >> Thank you. I appreciate that. >> Goodbye. >> Happy holidays. Let's do one more call here. One more before we got to go we have I think it's Jenna on line 4. Are you there? >> Yes, I am. >> Hi. Is it Jenna? >> It's Jaina [assumed spelling]. >> Jaina. Hello. That's a very unique name. I like that. Jaina. What is your question for the holiday help desk, Jaina. >> I am trying to find my mother a phone -- I mean a camera. And she has used mine before but mine is a Canon SD400 and the screen is a little bit smaller but after you take the picture about half the time whatever she is taking a picture of it will just disappear before it will take the picture. So it has a really slow speed on that so she's wanting a small camera that most of the reviews won't tell you what type of delay that has on them. So she's wanting one that she can blow up the pictures you know a little bit bigger a little bit bigger LCD screen. >> Right. >> It has to have image stabilization because every picture she takes is blurry. And she -- I need something that's a little bit quicker. My dad's been looking at some of the Nikons. But there's just so many of them out there that I just -- I'm just over loaded with information and can't figure out which one would be best for her to get. >> It really gets exhausting when you're shopping for digital cameras. I know this problem too. We do have though and you're in luck because Lori Grunin who is our main digital camera reviewer is absolute death on speed. That is one of her -- she really is interested in cameras that have a short shutter delay, that take pictures quickly, and that have good performance. She has actually put together a collection of what she calls small and speedy digital cameras which you can find if you go to reviews.cnet.com and can click digital cameras. It's right there on the front page right now. But I can tell you that it looks like a good option for you might be the Fujifilm Fine Pix f200exr. It's a little bit expensive. It's between -- you're probably going to find it for about 280 maybe just under $300 online but all the way up to 400. But it's just a solid camera. It's got a decent size and it definitely has a very big LCD's on the back which is really nice. They say she says it's easy to use. It's got great photo quality and like you said it's speedy. It actually has new sensor technology that's meant to kind of improve and this is really important low light performance because I think that's where people get those blurry pictures. They're taking photos inside the house and they're taking them at parties and there's not enough light and the flash can't really make it work and they get kind of get blurry there and it's 12 mega pixels though. [inaudible] And that's where a lots of the blur comes from. >> What's your budget around if you know? >> Well, actually with a lot of us pitching in together we're trying to get her one we want to try to stay under $150 if we can. We could go up to $200 I guess but is there anything comparable? >> Well, there is. >> That's a little bit less money? >> We also have from our gift guide there's the Canon Power Shot A480 and this one now this one is going to be a little bit slower but what they like about it is it's extremely easy to use. It's about is $129. And it's got a pretty decent size LCD I think it's 2 1/2 inches and what they like about it is it's just it's dead simple to use and it's 10 mega pixels. So she's going to be able to kind of she's going to be able to blow those pictures up as big as she wants. She does say that it takes that the performance is slow though that's going to be the one problem. >> Yeah. I mean honestly when you're going into a price range around the $100 to $150 your not going to really get the top performing from a speed standpoint but these camera still take excellent pictures for a price. >> They really do. I think that's the amazing thing. Ten mega pixels for $120 it's almost worth the wait if it's a little bit slow. >> Yeah. I think that's a great mega pixels because mine doesn't have hardly near that much. I like my camera but I know she won't wasn't be able to put up with the one that I've got. >> You could also look at the Kodak Easy Share M1093IS. It is in that small and speedy category and that one right around $150. It looks like about $152. And that one so that actually might be a good option for you because it's right in the price range, it's small and speedy, and that's the key. And those Kodak Easy Shares you know Kodak. You can trust Kodak. I mean come on. That's also ten mega pixels so that one looks like a good choice for you. >> That's a great camera by the way. My boyfriend has that. Loves it. >> Oh really? >> Yep. >> Oh. There you go. Independent conformation. I'm calling it. That is the one for your mom. >> Okay. The Kodak M1093IS is that what you said? >> Yes. That's the one. And you can find the full review at cnet.com but it looks like it's got a very good rating from our editors 3 1/2 stars and right now it's coming from Amazon at $152. >> Well that's awesome. You know I'm been watching you all every day on this show and you all are so helpful to everybody because everybody is so confused. >> There's just too much out there. >> Sometimes we're more confused than we look but that's why you know. >> You look a little more can confused sometimes. >> Who answered this line? Who allowed this call to get through? >> You call us back tomorrow. We love you. >> I love talking to all of you. >> Jaina you got me good. I got to give you cause for that stinger, all right? >> Ouch. All right, Jaina, thank you very much. Have a happy holiday. I hope your mom likes her camera. >> Thank you so much. Bye. >> Oops. I cut you off too soon because I'm rude. It was an accident. I was just clicking. But we got to get going we are getting the waved off. But before we wrap it's time for us to announce who won that $500 gift card on newegg.com. This is going to be fun shopping. The winner is I love this kind of winner name. Jpd63 junior. >> What was that? >> Jpd63 junior is our winner. >> There we go. So congratulations. You'll be receiving an e-mail shortly from cnet but you got to goods. $500 gift card. >> Yeah. You are going to be buying some good presents hopefully not only for yourself but we'll understand. >> Yeah. There you go. All right. Tomorrow it's going to be Tom and Molly here in the house and Dan Ackerman laptop reviews editor will also be helping out from the NYC and if you guys can get your calls in make sure to give us a call we'll be here began 1:00 p.m. pacific time, 4:00 p.m. eastern time. We'll see you guys next time. >> Bye ^M00:38:21 [ Music ] ^M00:38:26