Gadgets

Brush away those credit crunch blues with some must-have gizmos this winter.

1 Flip Mino

The latest budget camcorder from Flip Video has a slim, compact design and boasts a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that powers up automatically while plugged into a computer. You get more than four hours of recording time on a single charge. Weighing only 90g, it's 40 per cent smaller than its pocket-sized brother, the Flip Ultra, and features a flat back panel with touch-sensitive backlit buttons.

Built-in software enhances the 'shoot and share' experience, allowing swift and easy upload of videos. Flip's signature flip-out USB arm has been repositioned to the top of the unit, allowing immediate connection to any PC or Apple. With 2GB of on-board flash memory, the Flip allows users to capture up to 60 minutes of high-quality video with sound and has a 1.5in colour LCD screen. It also features instant playback, pause, fast forward, rewind, zoom and delete functions.

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£79.99

2 Apricot Picobook Pro

Do you remember Apricot computers? Well, they're back, and with a mission to take the netbook market by storm.

Everything about the Picobook Pro exudes quality. When you first lift the glossy black lid you will truly admire the look and feel of it. Using the keyboard is easy as the design allows for spacious keys - the whole keyboard is 30 per cent bigger than the Asus 700. The Picobook Pro also has a built-in quality webcam for your instant messaging needs. The trackpad is integral to the chassis and is more hardwearing than conventional trackpads. You can also connect your Picobook Pro to your external monitor for large screen experience. 

www.apricotcomputers.com [new window]

£279

3 Sonos Bundle BU150

The Sonos Bundle 150 gives you everything you need to wirelessly play music in two rooms. And with SonosNet's superior wireless range, no room is out of reach. Simply connect the Sonos ZonePlayer 90 (ZP90) to your home theatre or stereo, and place the ZonePlayer 120 (ZP120) with built-in amplifier in the room you want music. Connect one ZonePlayer or ZoneBridge (sold separately) to your network and the it works wirelessly.

For the ultimate in convenience, choose the Sonos BU150 with loudspeakers and you'll gain a pair of powerful bookshelf speakers to attach to your ZP120. When you want to play more music in more rooms, just add ZonePlayers and controllers to your heart's content.

www.sightandsounduk.com [new window]

£695

4 7IN Mimo USB Display

USB graphics productivity is now available in a fun pint-size package. Powered by DisplayLink technology, the Nanovision MIMO 7in USB-connected and powered LCD mini monitors are a friendly and affordable way to add productivity to notebooks and desktops.

Nanovision MIMO monitors will be shipping to the UK and Italy in early December, and are ideal for dedicating visual workspace to 'at a glance' applications such as instant messaging. MIMO is also great for widget applications like news and weather, and multimedia playback such as digital TV, MP3s, photos and more. The 700 series starts with the UM-710 7in, which supports 800x480 resolution as well as landscape and portrait orientation, and either mirror or extend display modes. The UM-730 7in MIMO model adds a complete videophone with 1.3M Webcam, MIC and earphone jack, while the UM-750 features touchscreen functionality.

www.nanovision.co.kr [new window]

£70-90

5 Callpod Charger

It's time to throw away the billions of adapters you have for all of your gadgets. The Callpod Chargepod has a six - yes, six! - way charging device that enables you to charge up to half a dozen gadgets at once.

The Chargepod is small and very light, so carrying it around is easy and manageable.

www.iworld.co.uk [new window]

£49.99

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