Slideshow: 'Cool stuff' 2011 holiday tech gift guide

From tablets and smartphones to HDTVs and a few surprises, we've rounded up the best tech gear to give and get this year.

Apple iPad 2 tablet

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Tablets & E-readers

Despite improved competition, Apple's iPad 2 still leads the pack for its masterful marriage of hardware and software. (Find out more.)

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is powerful, thin, feature-filled and offers a very handy optional keyboard dock. What else could you want from a tablet? (Find out more.)

Amazon Kindle Fire e-reader

The Kindle Fire offers Amazon fans a great way to read, watch and surf on a lightweight Android-based tablet for half of what a full-featured tablet costs. (Find out more.)

Nook Simple Touch e-reader
Barnes & Noble

The Nook Simple Touch offers a comfortable 6-in. e-ink display along with a nice interface, a good price and Barnes & Noble's extensive collection of books. (Find out more.)

Apple iPhone 4S smartphone


With the addition of Siri voice control, the new iPhone 4S speaks for itself. (Find out more.)

Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the phone for those who take their Android straight, with a side of Ice Cream Sandwich. (Find out more.)

Motorola Droid Razr smartphone

The Motorola Droid Razr's sleek, incredibly slim profile and top-level features makes it one of this year's most stylish and desirable smartphones. (Find out more.)

Samsung Infuse 4G smartphone

The $49.99 Samsung Infuse 4G offers solid smartphone technology at a nice price. (Find out more.)

Apple MacBook Air ultraslim laptop


Speedy Intel Sandy Bridge processors, a Thunderbolt port and OS X Lion keep the MacBook Air on top of the ultraslim heap. (Find out more.)

Asus Zenbook UX21 ultraslim laptop

With a gorgeous brushed-aluminum exterior, solid performance and a few nice extras such as Bang & Olufsen speakers, the Asus Zenbook is a compelling ultraslim option. (Find out more.)

15-in. MacBook Pro laptop

The 15-in. MacBook Pro stuffs some serious hardware into a modestly sized, well-designed package. (Find out more.)

HP Pavilion dv6t laptop

With solid performance and some nice extras, the highly configurable HP Pavilion dv6t is a good all-around machine for a range of budgets. (Find out more.)

17-in. MacBook Pro laptop

If money is no object, the gorgeous 17-in. MacBook Pro delivers a world-class multimedia experience. (Find out more.)

Dell XPS 17 laptop

With the right configuration, the Dell XPS 17 is a multimedia powerhouse. (Find out more.)

Samsung UN46D8000 HDTV


The 46-in. Samsung UN46D8000 has it all -- a great picture, wonderful audio and advanced features that a geek could really love. (Find out more.)

LG Infinia 50PZ950 HDTV

The LG Infinia 50PZ950's sleek look and overall picture quality combine with an Internet setup that most desktop computers would be lucky to have. (Find out more.)

Vizio Razor XVT3D650SV HDTV

The Vizio Razor XVT3D650SV is a tremendous HDTV, in all senses of the word; it's got a gigantic 65-in. screen, and outsized Web and connectivity options to go along with it. (Find out more.)

House of Marley Exodus headphones
House of Marley

More great gifts

House of Marley's Exodus headphones combine an attractive style, eco-conscious materials and great audio. (Find out more.)


Keep earphone cords tidy and tangle-free with the clever Sinch. (Find out more.)

Powerbag messenger bag

Powerbags are the perfect gift for electronic gadget fans who often find themselves in need of a power supply. (Find out more.)

Doctor Who Tardis Cell Phone Alert Charm

Doctor Who Cell Phone Alert Charms are a great way for Time Lords and their fans to avoid missing calls. (Find out more.)

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS digital camera

The Canon PowerShot SX230 HS delivers 14X zoom and excellent image quality in a compact, affordable package. (Find out more.)

Jawbone Era headset

The Jawbone Era is a well-designed, full-featured mobile phone headset that will suit anyone who is always walking and talking. (Find out more.)

Bheestie Bag

The Bheestie Bag provides a handy, easy way to dry out wet phones and other devices. (Find out more.)

Ultimate SleeveCases
Waterfield Designs

The Ultimate SleeveCases from Waterfield Designs provide iPads or Android tablets with well-designed and fashionable protection. (Find out more.)

Spin It Again

Spin It Again software makes it easy to convert classic tunes into a modern format. (Find out more.)

Belkin Chef Stand + Stylus

The Belkin Chef Stand + Stylus helps you keep your tablet clean while using it in the kitchen. (Find out more.)

Sonos Play:3 and Bridge

The Sonos Play:3 and Bridge combo wirelessly streams your music collection -- and services like Spotify and Pandora -- to a great-sounding speaker. (Find out more.)

Boogie Board Rip LCD Writing Tablet
Improv Electronics

The Boogie Board Rip LCD Writing Tablet lets you take notes, doodle and sketch -- and then save it to PDF -- without muss, fuss or paper. (Find out more.)

Zomm Wireless Leash

The handy Zomm Wireless Leash keeps you from leaving your phone behind. (Find out more.)


If somebody in your life needs to get up and get moving, Striiv is a fun and convenient digital motivation tool. (Find out more.)

iGo Charge Anywhere

The iGo Charge Anywhere keeps mobile devices charged even away from an outlet. (Find out more.)

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