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Top 10 gadgets for Christmas 2012

Wed Dec 19 2012, 12:00

Logitech Washable keyboard
logitech washable keyboard k310PC peripheral firm Logitech aimed to put a stop to all our clumsy desk endeavours when it launched its waterproof USB keyboard, the K310 earlier this year, which claims to be fully washable and completely submergible in up to 11in of water.

Being a good option for those of us who spend time shoving food down our gullets while staring at a computer screen, the batheable accessory has unique drainage holes at the back so it can be washed easily and then dries out quickly. The key characters are also laser printed and coated so the letters don't fade in the wash.

As well as withstanding wet environments, the keys can last up to five million keystrokes so it not only can be kept clean for a long time but will stay in one piece and keep working as well.

At just £34.99, the rugged keyboard comes with function keys and a number pad. There are also twelve hot keys for instant access to the internet, email, play, volume and a function so you can open your most-used applications with one key stroke.

Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones


If you're looking for a great gadget to buy a frequent traveller, then we'd highly recommend the Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones. When we first came across these, we were all ready to write them off based on the huge £299.95 price tag. Why should anyone fork out so much for a pair of headphones, apart from those in the music business, we cried.

But having used these headphones for several long-haul flights, we were completely won over. The main features required for headphones when travelling are comfort for long journeys and blocking out as much background sound as possible, and Bose wins out on both points here.

The padded ear cushions can be used for hours and hours with no discomfort, unlike with smaller headphones or the in-ear versions.

And Bose's noise cancellation technology, which records background sound and generates an inverse wave to cancel it out, means even travelling on a noisy aircraft becomes a pleasant audio experience. You can actually hear the film soundtrack or songs you're listening to, or better still, just block out the engine noise to get some sleep - we managed to get hours of restful kip with the aid of these headphones, unlike on previous flights when we've been using in-ear sets or even custom-built versions.

You don't even have to worry if your journey is taking you further afield, as the headphones are able to last for 25 hours before needing a recharge, and Bose includes an in-flight cable and various international adaptors for charging the battery anywhere around the world.

Ok, so these are definitely a luxury item, but when else can you spoil a loved one - or even yourself - if not at Christmas?

Hi-call Bluetooth talking gloves

hifun bluetooth talking glove
Hi-Call is a Bluetooth glove that allows you to talk through your hand. The left glove has a speaker and a microphone sewn into the thumb and little finger so you can speak to the phone without freezing in sub-zero temperatures.

Thanks to the capacitive technology on the index finger and thumb, you can also use the gloves to control the touch screen of your smartphone and tablet without having to take them off.

The glove connects to the phone via Bluetooth and is compatible with all modern smartphones. You might feel a bit odd talking into your hand at first, but for £50, it's still a great and fun gadget to put on your Christmas list. µ


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