2008 Geek Gift Guide: 18 Toys to Make a Techie Happy

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

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The quickest, easiest way is to put a really big Mac on your menu: Go to Apple.com and order up a Mac Pro desktop with two 3.2-GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors, 32GB of RAM, 4TB of internal storage, an Nvidia Quadro FX 5600 1.5GB graphics card, a 16x dual-layer SuperDrive and two Apple Cinema HD 30-inch flat-panel displays.

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Throw in some software, along with a few other goodies -- such as an Apple wireless keyboard, an AirPort Extreme Card, Aperture 2 image editing software, Logic Express 8 music editing software and, of course, the AppleCare Protection Program (just in case something goes wrong) -- and your shopping cart total comes to $23,592.

You could save $1,799 if you bought just one 30-inch display -- but what the heck, the graphic card supports two. Besides, you're saving $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

Mac Pro from Apple Inc.

Price: $2,799 (basic), $23,592 (completely tricked out)

Tech specs  |  Store locator  |  Phone: 800-MY-APPLE

Summary: Load up this Mac Pro and you've got yourself the ultimate Apple machine.

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.

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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 cell 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 U.S. for about $1,400 from a variety of online retailers.

-- David DeJean

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