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Top 5 Tech Gifts for Mothers’ Day

I combed through the the latest reviews to come up with “the” list of top tech gifts that are sure to please any Mom next Sunday.

 

 

1: Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

Does Mom need a top-notch light notebook to help organize her busy life? Look no further than the Dell XPS 13. This is one sweet looking notebook with a distinctive design. The carbon fiber base has a pleasant soft-touch and grippy feel. The matte-black magnesium-alloy keyboard deck and the aluminum lid add rigidity where it’s needed. The whole package weighs just under 3 pounds.  Dell likes to say that it put a 13-inch screen into an 11-inch chassis, well, not quite, but with a 31.6 x 20.5 cm footprint this Ultrabook’s compactness is impressive.  The Dell XPS 13 is a delight to use, a good weight and a design triumph. Is it the one? For me…absolutely! It blows the doors off the MacBook Air without looking like a clone.  This is hands down the best Ultrabook currently on the market. It certainly disabused me of any temptation to buy a MacBook Air. It is priced competitively at $1099 for the model I tested up to $1699 with an i7 CPU and a 256Gb SSD.

Just in time for Mothers Day all Dell XPS laptops include Dell’s Protection Package. Along with the standard Limited Hardware Warranty, which covers defects in materials and workmanship, Dell’s Protection Package includes as standard: One year In-Home Service After Remote Diagnosis, One year Premium Phone Support, One year Accidental Damage Service and One year theft protection with Computrace LoJack for Laptops Theft Recovery Service. [button link=”http://wp.me/p1CzTI-1pu” size=”small” color=”teal”]More details[/button]

2: Cadet Laptop Bag from Tom Bihn

Tom Bihn Cadet bagIf Mom needs bag to carry just about anything, you can’t go wrong with a Tom Bihn product..He makes a full line from tiny utility bags to travel bags to backpacks.. I have been using one of his Ristretto bags for my iPad for over a year… I love it and it still attracts remarks for its cool look. The Cadet Laptop bag is available in two sizes, 11/iPad or 15/13 in six colour combinations. The price is $170 including the Cache Laptop Sleeve and standard shoulder strap..I also recommend the Absolute Shoulder Strap for an extra $20 especially if you are planning to carry a heavier 15″ laptop. You can order online at Tom Bihn’s website. [button link=”http://wp.me/p1CzTI-1mh” size=”small” color=”teal”]More details[/button]

3: Roku Streaming Player

Roku is really good at what it does. So, if you want a low priced, easy to set up and simple to operate way to watch top quality streaming video such as Netflix on your TV then you can’t go wrong with Roku. The XD model sells for $89.99 while the all dressed XS goes for $109.99. Frankly I would go for the XS..the extra features especially the Bluetooth remote are worth the extra 20 bucks..no to mention you will find Angry Birds on the big screen really addictive. You can buy the Roku on line at Amazon.ca or find it in London Drugs and Walmart stores. [button link=”http://wp.me/p1CzTI-1oN” size=”small” color=”teal”]More details[/button]

4: HTC One S Smartphone

HTC One SThis one will have to be an IOU because the HTC One S won’t be released until the week after Mothers Day. The HTC One S is one sexy phone with a space age cover…HTC uses a process called micro-arc oxidation. Originally designed for use on satellites and race cars, the process starts with aircraft aluminum. Ten thousand volts of electricity hit the metal, almost like lighting strikes, causing a microscopic transformation which creates a super-strong ceramic case that is five times stronger than aerospace aluminum. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4 flies on this phone… Scrolling was as smooth as silk and apps opened quickly and ran without hiccups. Then there is the 4.3″ Super AMOLED screen..it just pops and the size is perfect for my small hands. This may well be the best Android phone ever. Expected to launch on Telus and others on May 17th. [button link=”http://wp.me/p1CzTI-1kV” size=”small” color=”teal”]More details[/button]

5: Ooma Telo VOIP Phone System

This is an interesting product that actually works as advertised and offers a lot of interesting features. The Ooma Telo is available in Canada for $229.99  online from Amazon,  London DrugsBest Buy, Future Shop, Canada Computers, Costco, and Walmart. Now that price may seem steep in comparison to some of the “As Seen on TV” gadgets but this one works and based on the average Canadian phone bill payback is less than 6 months, after that it is all gravy. The Ooma Telo also comes with a one year limited warranty and a 30 money back guarantee. Just in time for Mothers Day Ooma has added the formerly premium 911 Alerts feature to the basic service. Once the emergency notification group is set up (up to three email addresses or mobile phone numbers), Ooma will automatically send alert messages to specified recipients whenever 911 is called from the subscriber’s Ooma phone number. Now, that’s peace of mind for those with elderly parents living alone. [button link=”http://wp.me/p1CzTI-V4″ 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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