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Last minute Tech gifts for Mothers Day

I just thought of a couple of things for you last minute shoppers..a few tech related gifts you can pick up for Mom today or tomorrow.

1: Kobo Touch eReader

Kobo TouchWhen I first picked up the Kobo Touch eReader  I was struck by the weight..it feels like a feather in my hand. With a six inch screen, it is the perfect size and weight for reading on the go. The Kobo Touch is easy to hold, is comfortable in the hand and it doesn’t feel like it might slip thanks to the quilted finish on the back. You couldn’t get a  much simpler device a screen, a power switch, a home button..and a micro USB port for charging and syncing with your computer. Plus! the Kobo touch has a direct link to the Kobo eBook store which I think is the finest eBook store on the Internet..more book titles than I could ever read..the latest best sellers at better than competitive prices. All the listed titles are available in Canada and there are loads of free books available

The Home page provides buttons for setting, Help and refresh plus links to my Library, the Kobo Store and Kobo’s Reading Life program a kind of incentive program to keep track of your reading and share with friends..it’s an acquired taste. There is also a Beta web browser that is a bit slow but it does work for some basic web browsing..something handy to have. When the Kobo Touch is sleeping or off it displays the cover of the book you are currently reading which I thought a nice touch. The Kobo eReader Touch Edition is available for $99 at Chapters, Indigo and Coles book stores as well as Best Buy and Future Shop in Canada as well as Best Buy in the US. [button link=”http://wp.me/p1CzTI-Bg” size=”small” color=”teal”]More details[/button]

2: Logitech Couch Mouse

With the increasing popularity of lightweight laptops many of us have taken to the couch or even bed for  much of our computing. However if like me, you prefer a mouse to a touchpad you have had to do without a mouse..until now. Enter the Logitech Couch Mouse M515. I started out using the arm of my favourite chair as a mouse pad..it worked great..the mouse slid smoothly..I tried it on the carpet…on the floor and even in bed. It worked everywhere. It is however designed to work best on fabric so when using the mouse on a hard surface or a mousepad it did not slide as smoothly and was considerably noisier than a standard mouse.

When working on the couch, carpet, bed or whatever, you don’t give up anything in performance..the Couch Mouse even features  Logitech “hyperfast” capability that I love on my  MX Revolution mouse. The Couch Mouse gives you a choice of that free-spinning hyperfast mode that works like a flywheel, letting you zip through long web pages in seconds, or press down on the mouse wheel and it goes into conventional click wheel mode. The Logitech Couch Mouse M515 is available everywhere mice are sold and I find the $39.99 price reasonable for a wireless mouse this versatile. [button link=”http://wp.me/p1CzTI-1m0″ size=”small” color=”teal”]More Details[/button]

3: Jawbone Era Bluetooth Headset

Jawbone EraFor years I have avoided Bluetooth headsets because in the past I have found them uncomfortable to wear or they kept falling out of my ear, awkward to operate and provided iffy audio. In fact I even stopped looking at them several years ago. Until recently that is..my wife started to complain I wasn’t answering my phone when I was in crowded places..because I couldn’t hear it ring in my pocket..a sign of advancing age?? So resigned myself to getting a Bluetooth headset. I looked at them all and bought a Jawbone ERA. I liked the look of the Jawbone ERA as well as the weight..I remembered reading good things about the Jawbone series over the years so figured it was worth a try. To my first concern..fit..the ERA came with a full complement of ear tips..8 in all..surely one would be comfortable. Surprisingly the most comfortable was the medium one that was already installed. It felt good in my ear, comfortable even for long term wear and wonder of wonders it didn’t keep falling out…I didn’t even need to use the hook.

Now how does it sound? In my ear the audio was excellent and the automatically adjusted volume was always just right for the prevailing conditions so I never had to touch the volume control switch..even music sounded surprisingly good even if in only one ear. At the receiving end the audio was clear and sufficiently loud..but the effect of the Noise Assassin 3.0 was obvious in the somewhat mechanical sound..a small price to bay for being able to talk under some noisy conditions that cause lesser devices to fail. I love my Jawbone ERA it does everything I want, it looks good and it fits. Available in four colours, the Jawbone ERA would certainly qualify as the best Bluetooth headset you can buy but, it is expensive at $129.99 pretty much wherever mobile phones are sold. [button link=”http://wp.me/p1CzTI-1hJ” size=”small” color=”teal”]More Details[/button]

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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