Tech wish list

Molly Logan Anderson

GateHouse News Service

Do you speak techno? Get up to speed on the latest and greatest technology on the planet before the holidays, when wish lists everywhere are chock full of hopes for the hottest tech items around.

Whether you’re shopping for the young or young at heart, this year’s market has something to please one and all.

MacBook Air

The aluminum unibody on Apple’s latest MacBook is sleek, sturdy and ultra-lightweight. With enough processing power to keep you going all day long, this device boasts Flash memory, which means it starts up in a jiffy and can remain in standby mode for up to 30 days. Its high resolution display and state-of-the-art speakers are perfect for far-away face-to-face chats that seem close to home.

Price Starting at $999

Ages All Where to find? and electronics retailers

Kindle Fire Color Tablet

Sure to be one of the most desired gifts this holiday season, the Kindle Fire offers 7-inch color-touchscreen access to more than 18 million TV shows, movies, songs, magazines and books. Ultra-fast and lightweight, recipients will enjoy Kindle’s already famous ease of use, free “cloud” storage for purchased content and about eight hours of continuous battery life.   

Price $199 Ages  Depends on content  Available

Sony Playstation Vita

This new handheld device is sure to please the gamer in your life, with state-of-the-art features like front and back multitouch screens, motion and six-axis sensors. Everything offered delivers on an enhanced gaming experience, and integration with PS3 on compatible gaming titles means that players enjoy continuous game play.

Price Starting at $249  Ages Depends on games played

Where to find? and electronics retailers

Leapster LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet

Compatible with more than 100 games, apps and other accessories, this learning tool is meant to provide kids with a fun and exciting educational experience. Games are sold separately but come in a wide range of kids’ favorite characters and difficulty levels, sure to spark their interest for years to come.

Price $99 Ages 4 and older

Where to find? Most retail outlets and department stores.