Got your gift list handy? Ok, good. Get ready to make some additions. There’s an incredible crop of cool gadgets on deck for this holiday season, everything from tablets to gaming consoles. But you don’t have to brave the barbarianism and chaos of Black Friday to get them. They’re here for the season.
More people prefer the casual pace of Cyber Monday to the delirious clip of Black Friday, according to a recent Nielsen survey, anyway. And many retailers will repeat specials – and even improve upon them – as the shopping season rolls on.
The Nielsen study points to a four-year trend in holiday shopping, away from the predawn lines of Black Friday in favor of a shop-in-your-sweatpants experience three days later. Nielsen says 85 percent of consumers will sleep in on Black Friday, and 46 percent will shop online Cyber Monday.
So as you start up your laptop or tap into your tablet this shopping season, get your hands on these tech picks. Fetch that wish list, get comfy, boot up your web-enabled device and let the savings roll in.
1. ASUS MeMO Pad
If the price tag keeps you from the Apple iPad Air, ASUS’ budget answer might be just what you’re looking for. This 1GB memory and 16GB flash Android 4.1 device is capable of basic tablet functions. It’s perfect for tablet-seeking kids on your holiday wish list.
Its display isn’t on par with the iPad’s, but this 7-inch tablet has a nice 1.0MP front camera.
2. Lawmate HD Micro Camcorder
Just 1.4 inches tall, this HD micro camcorder records HD video up to 1280×960, audio included. Lawmate, which specializes in law enforcement surveillance, makes this micro camcorder, which has still-shop photo, HD video and VGA video modes.
It supports a memory card up to 32GB and comes with four mounting options.
3. Qualcomm Toq
A tad pricier than the Samsung Galaxy Gear ($300) and Sony SmartWatch 2 ($199), the Qualcomm Toq comes with a custom Google Android OS and exclusive bonuses: A low-power Mirasol display for incredible readability on its face, and wireless charging.
It also comes with some cool standard apps: Accuweather Android weather forecast, Android E Trade Financial Corp. app (optimized), and apps for messaging and phone answering.
4. Xbox One
More than a million of Microsoft’s next-generation consoles sold in the first 24 hours it was on sale. It’s an incredible gaming device, but it seeks to become more than that. Xbox One integrates with your TV and cable or satellite box to open new entertainment possibilities (Verizon’s FiOS TV even has a specialized app for Xbox).
An exciting lineup of launch titles includes Call of Duty: Ghosts, FIFA 14, and Just Dance 2014.
Some of these gifts are new releases – others, hidden gems. Either way, they’re just a few clicks away for you as you shop online this holiday season.
David Preston is a husband, father of 2 and an avid gamer. When he’s not chasing kids around the house for his controllers, he freelances in the gaming and entertainment space.