Tech Gifts for Grads 2012
Tech Gifts for Grads 2012
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Tech Gifts for Grads 2012

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Speaker 1: Graduation day. A time to congratulate the Young Scholar and not with something dorky like dinner at that surf and turf place you like. No. Get 'em some tech and a gift card at a food truck. I can't help with the ladder, but I do have five great pieces of gear that won't kill your budget, nor have them turning and rolling their eyes after they Thank you. Here we go. Number five's like falling off a log. [00:00:30] The Roku LT Streaming media box. This little guy streams full screen video over broadband to any tv, full screen TV shows and movies. Only costs like 50 bucks. We've loved this product since the day it came out. It's got Netflix and Hulu, Amazon, H B O Go, Pandora and other music stations, all of that, but no iTunes support. Bear that in mind. And it's best for streaming services like those. Speaker 1: Not the best for streaming your kids' collection of pirated media. It is wifi only at this price point, [00:01:00] but that better not be a problem. Or the grad needs to go back and repeat. Tech 1 0 1. Number four is the Samsung Galaxy note. You may have heard of this one. It's the device that blurs the line between smartphone and tablet. A 5.3 inch HD screen that's killer for media. Looks a little foolish as a phone, but remember they're not gonna make any calls anyway. Just text. It's four G for great wireless data speed and has a great eight megapixel camera. Now the size isn't for everyone and about the cheapest we can find [00:01:30] it right now is around five 60 unlocked. Number three, the 11 inch Apple MacBook Air. This is really the only laptop anybody's gushing about these days. Starting at a round, a grand, it's super thin, instant on, has tremendous battery life and it's now much faster than last year's model. Speaker 1: And by the way, laptops are still a mainstay, even in the face of trendier smartphones and tablets. Okay, check it out. Number two, I'm gonna give this to the Klipsch image. SS four earphones. [00:02:00] Why do these rank so high? Because you can't go wrong giving them, I just solved a lot of issues for you. Everyone needs good earphones. They work with whatever the grad already owns. These have the highest score of anything on today's list 9.0 and they're only 70 bucks Street, including the prestigious K clips name. This is great gift giving. My number one pick is a tie. Now don't get 'em a neck tie this tie the newest Apple iPad or an Amazon Kindle fire. Yep. [00:02:30] I put 'em in the same spot because not everybody can come up with 500 to 830 bucks for an iPad. That's where the $200 Kindle comes in. So strong and no apologies needed. By the way, the iPad is the best tablet out there, but the Kindle fire is different, not categorically worse. And a lot of students still don't have a tablet at all. But I can assure you they want one. Check out our entire CNET Guide to grads gift giving@brads.cnet.com. I'm Brian Cooley. Thanks for being here.

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