Cool Stuff: Your 2008 Christmas Gift Guide

18 economical, expensive, and just plain weird tech gifts for your friends and family

You could save US$1,799 if you bought just one 30-inch display -- but what the heck, the graphic card supports two. Besides, you're saving US$100 by buying only one SuperDrive. And with the economy in the shape it's in, saving a little money is the right thing to do.

-- David DeJean

Off the Wall: Willcom D4 ultramobile PC

If good things really do come in small packages, then the Willcom D4 ultramobile PC may be the best gift you give anybody this Christmas. The D4 is, according to the manufacturer, the smallest device with a QWERTY keyboard that is capable of running Windows Vista Home Premium SP1.

And it is small -- about 7.5 by 3.25 by 1 inches, the size of a large candy-bar phone, when it's all folded down. Opened up, the screen slides up and tilts forward to resemble a micro-miniature laptop, with a 1024-by-600 touch screen and 64-key keyboard.

It also gets credit for being the first device to run Intel's 1.3-GHz Atom processor. The Willcom D4 comes with 1GB of memory, a 1.8-inch 40GB disk, a 2-megapixel camera, a Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, a microSD slot and Wi-Fi.

Besides being a very small Vista computer (assuming you want a very small Vista computer), the D4 is also a mobile phone, which explains why it's being marketed by Willcom, a Japan-based wireless company. It's actually a rebranded version of Sharp's WS016SH, and while originally produced for the Japanese market, it is available in the US for about US$1,400 from a variety of online retailers.

-- David DeJean

Office gifts

You want to be popular at work, don't you? Well, here are some ways to accomplish that laudable end. You can give your bored cubicle buddies something to do with their fingers besides drum them on their desks, and you can provide them with a way to work off all that excess hostility.

And if you really, really want to impress one of your favorite colleagues, we've got a way to do it -- although you'll probably need a loan to get it.

On a Budget: Finger Drum Mousepad

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