The IT manager's Christmas stocking

Tech gifts for the technology guru

  • The idea of a pocket digital projector is great, but most don't have the power to deliver when it comes to business use. The [[artnid:326408|BenQ Joybee GP1|new]], however, is very portable and offers bright, sharp projections and a lot of professional features. This DLP-based LED digital projector can work with several file formats, including JPEG, GIF, BMP, and TIFF images; MPEG-1 and MJPEG video; and MPEG-1 layer 2 and PCM audio. It projects images from your computer (via a multi-use cable that sports a VGA connection for your computer and three RCA jacks for composite video and audio), and also offers a USB port for flash drives.

  • USB keys are incredibly useful and equally as insecure. So the [[artnid:326152|IronKey S200|new]] 1GB flash drive is an IT managers' delight: A high-end USB key compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP, Mac OS X and Linux. It has received validation with the US Federal Information Processing Standards 140-2, Level 3, which covers document processing, encryption algorithms and other IT standards for use in non-military government agencies, including their vendors and contractors. And it uses high-end single-level cell NAND flash memory chips as opposed to multi-level cell, consumer-grade NAND. Expect to pay about $90 for 1GB.

  • There's no denying the appeal of RIM's [[artnid:327877|Blackberry Bold 9700|new]]. It features an optical trackpad - similar to the trackpad on a laptop - and a 3.2 megapixel camera as well as a Micro USB port, customisable keyboard and WiFi. Changes to the positioning of the MicroSD card means you no longer have to take out the phone’s battery in order to access the card. And, for the first time, Mac users will also be able to sync the device with their systems thanks to support for Mac OS X.

  • The [[artnid:324666|Kindle DX e-book reader|new]] fits easily into your laptop bag. It's slim, yet sturdy and has strong PDF support, which is great for the professional market. It features a 9.7-inch, 16-grayscale E Ink display and the device weighs less than 600 grams. The Kindle DX has a keyboard, although it's a bit awkward. Like the Kindle 2, the Kindle DX has text-to-speech reading capabilities, but whereas the Kindle 2 has a monaural speaker, the Kindle DX has built-in stereo speakers.

  • Notebooks and mini laptops are fantastic — just don’t mention the OH&S issues. This product is cute and balances design and function. The NoteBall Notebook Raiser does exactly what its name suggests: Raising your laptop, angling the screen to help improve posture and comfort. It’s small enough to slip into a side pocket and attaches using a Velcro panel. If green is not your colour, it also comes in silver, pink, blue and purple and, at $25, it’s a great stocking stuffer.

  • Billed as the ultimate GPS for demanding drivers, the Tom Tom Go 950 includes a widescreen, 4.3-inch touchscreen and functions such as spoken street names and active dock for docking and charging. It also includes IQ routes for travel times, QuickGPSfix to help reduce the time it takes to fix your GPS position, hands free calling and voice command and control. The 224 gram unit has 4 GB internal flash memory, a microSD card socket, Bluetooth, up to 3 hours of battery life under autonomous operation and integrated microphone and speaker. It retails in Australia for $649.

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