Christmas gift guide 2011

We've trawled our test results to bring you a range of great gift ideas.
 
 
 
 
 
 

04.Above $500

Laptops

Dell_hardwareReview_LeadIf 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 for performance, ease of use, battery life and energy efficiency. Take a look at the CHOICE All-rounder laptops review for more information.

$nameBenchtop mixers

A benchtop mixer is a great present for someone who loves to bake. This handy appliance makes baking cakes, cookies, bread and pizza bases a breeze. Though they can be expensive to purchase, the long-term savings can outweigh the initial cost. The high-scorers in our test came with bowls and attachments that were dishwasher-safe, and performed a range of tasks (e.g kneading dough, whisking egg whites, mixing cake etc.) extremely well. For more information, take a look at our Benchtop mixers review.

Barbecues

$nameBarbecues let you take advantage of the longer days and balmy evenings during the summer months. Choosing carefully is the key to a good barbecuing experience and getting maximum value for your money, so CHOICE tested 16 barbecues to find out which ones have the best cooking performance and are the easiest to use. For more information, take a look at our Barbecues review.

Digital SLRs

Olympus-E-5-14-54-topDSLRs may be much larger than their compact counterparts but once you've enjoyed their benefits, it's hard to settle for anything less. There are several makes to choose from, with camera and lens kits for well under $1000. You might also want to read our article on digital SLR zoom lenses. See also our brand reliability survey 2010 to see how our members rate the reliability of the key brands over time. Take a look at our DSLRs review for more information.

 

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