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2011 Dads & Grads Gift Guide

The Tablet PC Gift Dads and Grads Gift Guide includes something for everyone.  A variety of technology gifts & accessories for the Dad or Graduate in your life and you just may spot an item or two for yourself as well. 

This year for Dad's and Grad's I've assembled Tablet, Slate and Laptop computers, along with other gifts of technology, sound and sight along with some great accessories to go along with them. ....  

I'll save you the trouble of emailing to asking the obvious question - Why is the iPad 2 not included in the Dad's & Grad's Gift guide? - I assure you it is not because I'm anti iPad, because I'm not.  There is no iPad in the gift guide because in Apples' own words " We don't play well with others because we don't have to".  They chose not sent an iPad 2 for review or for inclusion in the gift guides.

    Happy Fathers Day to all the Fathers and Fathers to be - Congratulations to the Graduates
and wishing everyone a summer filled with family, friends & fun & technology!

Tablet PC Line

TabletKiosk Sahara i500 Tablet PC

Tablet Kiosk Sahara i500 Tablet PC

With Intel® Core i7 vPro™ processors, up to 8.0GB DDR3 RAM and Windows® 7 Professional (64-bit) or Linux the Sahara i500 Tablet PCs bring a whole new level of desktop PC compatibility and performance to the tablet platform

Designed to enhance productivity for mobile professionals by offering a no compromise computing solution that allows you to work in the field as efficiently as you work in your office.   You no longer have to choose between mobility and compatibility or performance.

All the same applications you use to run your business can travel with you on the road

This new generation of Sahara Slate PCs feature a sunlight enhanced AFFS+, dual mode display that intelligently auto-switches between a Wacom® active digitizer (pen) and a multi-touch capacitive touch screen. This means you can choose to use a stylus pen for highly accurate handwriting recognition, or zip around your desktop with a flick, tap, pinch or swipe of your fingers. Using a Tablet PC has never been easier.

Lenovo X220 Tablet PC

Our ThinkPad® X Series tablets free you from the constraints of the office, so you can work in any environment. Indoors. Outdoors. Wherever you need to be, we've got you covered

Morph from notebook to tablet with just a twist. Our X Series tablets are convertible, so you get a traditional laptop at the office and an in-the-trenches, in-your-arms companion when you hit the road. Just fold back the screen to convert.

Lenovo's Power Manager, carefully selected low-voltage processors, less power-hungry displays, and the latest battery technology allow hours of worry-free computing on-the-go. Plus Lenovo Battery Stretch lets you temporarily extend battery life in extreme circumstances—get up to 18 hours on the X220 tablet with a single charge!

Thin and light, the X220 tablet weighs in starting at 3.6 pounds. And the redesigned hinge-based latching with wider hinges and magnetic closure adds to the clean, modern design.

Lenovo X220 Tablet PC


It's no secret that the Editor in Chief never leaves home with out her Oakley's - In fact I consider my Sunglasses to be the most important piece of equipment I own.   

For 2011 there is a new addition to the Oakley X Metal line - the Oakley DUCATI X-SQUARED  -

Oakley created the Ducati Signature Series, a collection of select Oakley sunglass styles that carry the logo and colors of Ducati. These unique renditions honor the grit, guts and glory of legends who add octane to life and push limits beyond all bounds.

We took X METAL® all the way with this latest creation. Oakley X SQUARED™ continues a legacy of invention by blending lightweight titanium alloy with some of the most advanced technologies ever to hone light rays. This is how originality gets aggressive, and the look is not for the uninitiated. It’s for those who defy the architects of life and put up their own blueprint.

Monster Turbine Pearl High Performance In-Ear Speakers

Monster ControlTalk™ with built-in mic for convenient hands-free calling and music playback controls

Clean. Beautiful. Astonishingly Musical.
Monster Turbine Pearl combines elegant pearl styling with exclusive technologies for a look every bit as stunning as it sounds. When you listen with Turbine Pearl, you'll find The clarity, definition and detail you'll hear will leave you astonished at how new everything can sound.

The Fashion Statement with Big Speaker Sound
Underneath Turbine Pearl's sleek finish lies the sound of a recording studio with speakers costing $10,000 or more.

So Comfortable, You'll Forget They're On when the Music's Off:  That's why Turbine Pearl comes with Monster SuperTips™ in a collection of shapes and sizes sure to give your ears their ideal fit. Better still, they create a superb acoustic chamber in your ears that seals your music in and noise out.

Monster Turbine Pearl High Performance In-Ear Speakers with Control Talk
Toshiba Tecra R840 Laptop

Toshiba Tecra R840 Laptop

Robust, reinforced and reliable: Within a shock‐absorbing design, we’ve molded a unique honeycomb structure into a fiberglass reinforced chassis for increased durability and rigidity. Plus with EasyGuard® Technology you’re also protected from accidental bumps and spills.
Amazingly Thin and Light

Our thinnest 14” laptop ever, this performance packed laptop starts at just 4.2 pounds and is only about 1-inch thin.

Performance When You Need It: Equipped with the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i3, i5 and i7 processors, the Tecra R840 laptop series delivers the maximum performance when you need it the most. Get a better visual experience with the optional AMD™ graphics with 1GB dedicated memory which is powerful enough to let you have up to four screens at once.

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Do More on the Go with the Galaxy Tab™

Why did Samsung make a 7” Tablet—because we’re into mobility and know that people are looking for compact communication and entertainment devices they can slip in their pocket and bring on the go. The Galaxy Tab is always connected, lightweight and smart. Its exceptional screen is designed for reading books and magazines, watching movies and playing games.

Increased Productivity on the Go Experience PC-like web-browsing and enjoy all forms of multimedia content on the perfectly sized 7” display from anywhere as well as enjoy continuous communication via e-mail, and video call, or social networking with the Galaxy Tab’s optimized user interface. At 7” it’s designed to fit in one hand but it’s easy to type on the Tab using a two hand thumb type style or by using SWYPE input technology.

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Oakley Alinghi Polarized Split Jacket

No other trophy in international sport has a heritage as old as the America’s Cup. Oakley has rendered special edition sunglasses to honor the world-renowned Alinghi team, defender of the 33rd regatta.

Styled with unique highlights and colors, these designs feature the unsurpassed glare protection and optical superiority of Oakley HDPolarized lenses. The Alinghi crew has depended on our polarized optics for years, and now you can show your support for the team and experience the same premium performance and protection when the sun tacks off the water and refuses to give leeway. Each sunglass comes with a matching Microclear™ bag to stow the frame, and the material is perfect for keeping the lenses clean.

Split Jacket comes with an Oakley Soft Vault case that also stows an extra pair of optional lenses

Oakley Alinghi Polarized Split Jackets

Sena iPad 2 Keyboard Folio

Hand-crafted from the finest quality full grain, genuine leather integrated Bluetooth keyboard

The Keyboard Folio is the perfect accessory to add functional fashion to your iPad 2. This leather portfolio book design is comprised of premium leather providing a soft layer to gently protect your iPad 2. The integrated Bluetooth keyboard allows you to work and type faster ergonomically. The recessed collapsible back stand is perfect for typing or to watch videos while in case. Offered in classic genuine leather, the Keyboard Folio is perfect for any formal or business setting. The secure flap with snap closure provides a snug fit to your iPad 2. Its rigid protective layer reinforces additional backbone support for durability. It is individually handcrafted from the finest genuine Napa leather with Sena's well-known quality and strong attention to detail. The Keyboard Folio offers protective functionality with an integrated keyboard while keeping a sophisticated designer style.

Sena iPad 2 Keyboard Folio

Sena iPad 2 Borsetta

The Borsetta combines your iPad 2 with a premium leather designer purse. This dual-function case is designed with separated sections, presenting your iPad 2 on one side and a purse compartment on the other. Offered in various solid colors in natural leather with accent stitching and a woven pattern design on the front, the Borsetta is perfect for hiding your iPad 2 inside a designer premium leather purse. additional backbone support for durability. It is individually handcrafted from the genuine Napa leather with Sena's well-known quality and attention to detail.  

Sena iPad 2 Borsetta inside  Sena iPad 2 Borsetta stand

Dlink Boxee Box

Introducing the Boxee Box by D-Link: click, follow, watch - you are now in full command of your TV for the first time. No rules, no contracts.

Not only is Boxee is the best way to watch movies, TV shows and clips from the Internet on your TV, it’s the easiest. All you need is a TV with an HDMI input and an Internet connection, and Boxee Box will take care of the rest. Equipped with an SD card slot, (2) USB ports, an optical digital audio connector, HDMI output and an 802.11n wireless equipped Ethernet port, there isn't’t much Boxee Box can’t plug into.

Boxee Box is camped and ready for instant streaming from Netflix. Your favorite blockbusters. Timeless classics. Gotta-see TV. Netflix delivers all these and more by the thousands—with no late fees. And the Boxee Box pipes it all right into your living room—on demand, with just a few clicks of the remote!

The bestest part – movies in HDX™. That’s the creme de la creme of HD, the True Cinematic Experience – 1080p and Dolby Digital plus 5.1 surround sound.

Dlink Boxee Box
Monster® SuperThin™ High Speed Powered HDMI Cable

Monster SuperThin High Speed Powered HDMI

HDMI-HMDI - mini HDMI-to-HMDI - Micro HDMI-to-HDMI cable

SuperThin for HDMI delivers Full HD 1080p picture and surround sound from Blu-ray players, game consoles, DVRs, and more to your HDTV pr PC display. And because it's 55% thinner than our comparable High Speed 10.2 Gbps cables,

Integrated Circuit Inside Powers SuperThin for HDMI™ at High Speed

SuperThin For HDMI™ for Best Viewing of Laptop and Camcorder Sources on HDTV Displays

HDMI is the highest quality, all-in-one video and audio cable for playing your own recordings in high definition. More and more laptops, Tablets and camcorders come with HDMI outlets for viewing home movies and photos on your HDTV or PC display. And now, Monster advances in miniaturization make it even easier to share your world in Full HD. Plus, SuperThin for HDMI comes with a handy Velcro® cable tie for neat roll-up and easy storage in your laptop or camcorder carrying case when you travel.

Revo Guide Sunglasses

these new Revo Water Lenses are pretty cool!

Designed to provide unparalleled performance features for the outdoor enthusiast. Includes our patented Motion-fit™ system which balances pressure points so the glasses stay in place during activity. A removable leash gives you the security you should need when you find yourself on the water.

Water lens, featuring industry unique premium high contrast polarized lens technology optimized for the color profiles of open water.

Guide is designed to provide unparalleled performance features for the active water enthusiast.
• Includes removable leash designed to keep the eyewear securely in place, or around your neck
• Frame and stem designed to wrap around the face and block ambient light reflected off water while providing maximum visibility

Revo Guide Sunglasses
Logitech Keyboard Case for iPad 2

Logitech Keyboard Case for iPad 2

The ideal match for iPad 2, the Keyboard Case is carefully crafted from precision-cut, aircraft-grade aluminum, so it fits, feels and looks grea

Made for iPad 2: Smart and sleek, ZAGG’s patent-pending, award-winning protective case design provides an extra measure of convenience and style. You and your iPad 2 won’t want to go anywhere without it.

Take a stand : Go from FaceTime to email time in no time. A recess just behind the keyboard holds iPad 2 in either portrait or landscape modes. The choice is yours.

Just your type: The Logitech-designed wireless keyboard pairs quickly and easily over Bluetooth®. And the keyboard charges over USB, so you never need to worry about replacing batteries.

GumDrop Drop Series iPad 2 Case

If you're looking for the most rugged, durable yet ultimately affordable iPad 2 protection, you found it in the Drop Series iPad 2 Case. Shock absorption, drop protection, extreme ruggedness and hard-core readiness for all adventures, the Drop Series iPad 2 Case specifically conforms to the shape of the iPad 2 and offers multiple layers of protection. This iPad 2 case features a uniquely replaceable, snap-on integrated screen for maximum protection.


  • Complete security for the iPad 2, including screen and port covers
  • Dual material construction for multiple layers of shock absorption
  • Reinforced rubber bumpers on the corners
  • Includes replaceable integrated screen cover for protection during use


GumDrop Drop Series iPad 2 Case
Ribit 5 preloaded On A Hard Drive

Ribit 5 preloaded On A Hard Drive

Rebit 5 backup software is the safe, simple and smart way to protect your digital content. Every song you download, each picture you transfer or video you capture, is immediately backed up.

Simply connect your new Rebit 5 hard drive to your computer. That's it. You are now automatically, continuously and completely protected.

With 500 GB of backup that fits into your shirt pocket or purse, these sharp looking portable drives are ideal for users on the go. Or, choose a Desktop model up to 2 TB. Choose the size you need, and it will come pre installed with Rebit 5 backup software. Just plug it in to automatically and continuously protect your computer from crashes, viruses or accidental file deletion.

Rebit 5 SmartSave™ storage management –never worry about running out of storage space.

The Rebit 5 Data Health Dashboard –ideal for real-time, single-screen, at-a-glance feedback.

OtterBox Cases

iPad Defender Series Case Drop-proof your magical, new must-have gadget with the Otter Box Defender Series for Apple® iPad™! Stowing your iPad away for the night or for your commute? Simply remove the back poly carbonate cover and snap it over the face for ultimate touch screen protection.     The built-in stand will come in handy while trying to watch a movie or video.

Otterbox Reflex for iPhone 4 is compact and lightweight you'll love how easily the Reflex Series snaps apart for convenient docking access! Find maximum OtterBox protection in the smallest, most slim fitting form.

Defender Series for iPhone 4 Your iPhone® 4 has become a big part of your life. With FaceTime video, retina display, multitasking, HD video recording and more–you've got a lot to lose. You won't find a tougher case than the OtterBox Defender Series for iPhone 4.

Commuter Series for iPhone 4 With all of the new features the iPhone 4 has to offer, you definitely want to protect it.

OtterBox Cases for iPad and Iphone
Western Digital My Passport Essential

Western Digital My Passport Essential

Next Generation Storage to Go ~ USB 3.0

WD quality inside and out. My Passport portable drives are the world's best selling drives. There's a reason. We've been making hard drives for 20 years and we know how to protect your data.

Ultra-small portable drive.

Did you know... You can enjoy the movies, music and photos you store on this drive on your TV?

A single drive with universal compatibility today and next-generation speed for tomorrow. Use it with USB 2.0 now and step up to USB 3.0 speed when you're ready.

Data backup can be a chore, but it's your family photos, your movies, your music - your life - and it's important to protect it. So we made this software extra easy because we really want you to use it

Toshiba CAMILEO S30
1080p HD Camcorder

Pocket-Sized: At 3/4” thin and 4.2 oz, this compact video camera is about the same size as a smart phone and can go wherever you go. Don’t sacrifice power for size!

Hi-Def Made Easy: The CAMILEO® S30 sports 1920x1080p Full HD Video, 16x digital zoom, and video stabilization. The S30 also doubles as an 8 Megapixel digital still camera. The S30 has multiple recording modes: macro for close-up shots, motion detection for surveillance, slow motion for sports.

Capture. Edit. Share: Previewing, watching and sharing your videos don't get any easier. The S30 is equipped with a large 3" swiveling LCD with touch for convenient access to menus. Share your memories with your family and friends by uploading to YouTube, Facebook, TwitVid, and Picasa with the one-touch Internet upload button, or watch them directly on your TV with the included HDMI® cable.

Toshiba CAMILEO S30

Photos Do Not Do This Beautiful Case Justice!

HardCandy Candy Convertible iPad 2 The White Collection

HardCandy Candy Convertible iPad 2
The White Collection

As soft and suave as white leather, the White Collection Candy Convertible for the Apple iPad 2 pulls out all of the stops for complete style and protection. Made of animal-friendly faux nubuck, this executive flip folio case is brilliantly designed for function and fashion.

  • Secure-fit folio design for the Apple iPad 2
  • Flip cover that tucks into the back for two optimal viewing angles
  • Made of animal-friendly faux-nubuck material

HardCandy Candy Convertible iPad 2

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Zippy BL-741 LED Backlight Keyboard

Slim and Innovative look
Zippy Precision Scissor-key Structure for Key
Make user type comfortable and quiet keystroke.
Patented(Applying)LED Structure.
-Supreme brightness and less power consumption
-Supreme brightness can shine through in dark as well as can satisfy users demand.
Ergonomic Design, Rubber-padded Foot Stands.
Adjustable Backlight Button(s).
advanced model will be equipped with triple-color(Red/Blue/Green)LEDs and a On/Off switch to control backlight ambience.

Zippy BL-741 LED Backlight Keyboard changing colors

Zippy BL-741 LED Backlight Keyboard
Spiderpodium for Tablet

Spiderpodium for Tablet

The worlds most flexible tablet stand!

INTRODUCING: Spiderpodium Tablet®. New in the Spiderpodium range, the Spiderpodium Tablet is designed for tablets and made for using. Anywhere!

Like its little sister, the Spiderpodium tablet is the most functional stand available on the market. The Spiderpodium tablet is flexible, lightweight, packs flat for travel and can bend to any angle and mould to fit any tablet. Also, like its little sister, the Spiderpodium tablet is ideal for office, home, hotel, car, plane, train, camping..just about anywhere and everywhere

Carmen Car Audio Player

Bring Music into Your Vehicle with the Carmen by Livio

The Carmen by Livio is the ultimate FM transmitter with AUX capabilities for anyone who wants to bring music (including iPod, SmartPhone, iPhone, Droid, Blackberry and MP3s) to the car or boat. The Carmen is great for travelers who want music at their fingertips without monthly fees. In addition to the FM transmitter, the included software stores MP3s and records content from more than 45,000 AM/FM and Internet-only radio stations from around the world. The Carmen is designed to make Internet audio programming customizable and available to everyone – everywhere.

Carmen Car Audio Player
Graduation Day it takes someone Special to be a Daddy


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