02.Computers, tablets and more
Tablet computers will be some of the hottest tech Christmas gifts this year. The current crop, which includes the iPad 2, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and the Motorola Xoom, offers super-small, fast and energy efficient processors, responsive finger-touch screens, long life batteries, and plenty of cheap or free programs that are readily available and easy to download. Our testing reveals which models perform the best, are the easiest to use, have the highest construction quality, and have the best selection of applications. For more information, take a look at our Tablet computers review.
If you're feeling extra generous this Christmas, a laptop is a gift that most people would be happy with. The latest family all-rounder laptops have a lot going for them. They have enough screen size, processing power and storage space to cope with everything from web browsing to movie making, and they’re easy enough to take with you almost anywhere without compromising on power or features. We tested 12 models, including the Macbook Pro, and the Dell XPS 15z, for performance, ease of use, battery life and energy efficiency. Take a look at the CHOICE All-rounder laptops review to see which model scores best.
Laptop and tablet computers seem to get all the publicity these days, but desktop computers still give you the best bang for your buck. Whether it’s a traditional tower box or an all-in-one unit, you’ll find desktops have a lot to recommend them. They’re larger capacity and far more expandable than laptops and tablets, so they can also give you a longer working life. We tested 11 desktop computers, including six all-in-ones (four with touchscreens) to see how they compare for performance, features and value. Take a look at our Desktop computers review for more information.
With so much digital entertainment content on offer these days, the line between the desktop monitor and flatscreen TV is becoming blurred. As technology changes push screen size up and prices down, the desktop monitor is doing double-duty for work and play. We put 13 widescreen desktop monitors to the test, across three size categories – 21.5”, 23”-24” and 27” – to see how they compare. Take a look at the CHOICE Widescreen monitors review to see how Apple, BenQ, Dell, and Asus models stack up against each other.
A webcam could be a great gift for someone who wants to stay in touch with friends and family living far away - after all the Christmas is all about reconnecting with your loved ones. We high definition webcams from Logitech, Creative and Microsoft, for performance and ease of use, and discovered that some of the cheaper options on the market, beat their expensive counterparts. For more information, take a look at our HD webcams review.
Colour laser multifunction printers
There’s been a changing of the guard in personal printing. Colour laser printers have long been thought of as large, expensive and exclusive to business workplaces, while inkjet printers were the low-cost alternative for personal use. In many cases, you’ll pay a bit more upfront for a colour laser MFP but you may be much better off in the long term once running costs are factored in. We bought and tested 10 models to see how they compare for performance, ease of use, features and value. Take a look at our Colour laser multifunction printers review for more information.