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Top 10 gadgets for Christmas 2012

A run down of our favourite tech of 2012
Wed Dec 19 2012, 12:00

AS WE APPROACH the most built-up time of the year, The INQUIRER has put together a list of what it deems the best gadgets of 2012. 

Whether it has a five figure price tag, or it would give you change from a £20 note, here's our run down of the most essential or just plain fun pieces of tech available right now, in no particular order.

Lenovo Ideapad Yoga

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As Lenovo's first 'multi-mode' notebook, the Ideapad Yoga is a 13in laptop that deserves a place in our top ten best gadgets of 2012 due to its ability to perform as its name suggests: bending and folding into an array of positions so you can enjoy it in different ways.

Available in two sizes of 11in and 13in, we really like how both models' high-definition IPS touchscreen displays and stylish designs are built with a special hinge that allows them to tilt 360 degrees, folding from a laptop to a tablet in one satisfyingly smooth motion.

But the Yoga isn't just all style and no substance, it is also quite the powerhouse, with the larger 13in model running the full Windows 8 operating system and powered by an Intel Core processor with up to 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD hard drive and eight hours battery life.

Available in a distinctive orange or silver, the IdeaPad Yoga might be a little pricey for a laptop, retailing for £1000 for the 13in model and £700 for the 11in. However, its sleek and variable design will see that you don't have to buy a tablet too, saving you dosh while giving you one less device to carry around.

LG Ultra HD 84in Television

LG's 84in LCD TV is innovative but rather pricey

For those who money is no object, and viewing experience is everything, here we have LG's 84in Ultra High Definition (UHD) 84LM960V Smart TV to keep you occupied. All for a mere £22,500.

Launching in the UK just a few weeks back, LG touts the 84LM960V as "the first of its kind in the UK". The absolutely huge TV with the not-so catchy name boasts an 84in LED screen powered by a dual core processor with built in WiFi and support for 3D movies.

If price is nothing when it comes to impressing your friends over the festive season, then you'll be happy to know that the TV's Resolution Upscaler Plus technology means the TV can render high definition images in higher detail no matter what you're watching on it.

There are also five pairs of 3D glasses bundled in with the TV, and we'd hope so too, for that price.

The super expensive UHD TV will is available in over 10 stores across the UK and Ireland this Christmas, including John Lewis and Richer Sounds.

Kindle Paperwhite

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Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite made its way onto our best gadgets of the year list due to its innovative hardware that allows its softly illuminated touchscreen to be read in the dark without causing the same strain to the eyes that more conventional tablets would.

The Kindle Paperwhite's 6in display has a 1024x768 resolution at 212ppi, up from the 800x600 resolution on the previous Kindles, making the text clear and sharp. Even with the light turned up bright and text in its smallest format, the Kindle Paperwhite doesn't allow for any fuzziness around the edges of letters.

The battery is also pretty good, as in tests during our review of the Paperwhite 3G, we managed to use it on and off over the few weeks we had it without needing to recharge from the original 100 percent.

The Paperwhite measures 169x117x9.1mm, just a touch larger than the previous Kindle Touch model. It weighs a very portable 213g for the WiFi model, which retails for £109 and 222g for the 3G model that will set you back £169.

 

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