Great Stuff for Your PC

At a Glance
  • Ceiva Logic Ceiva Digital Picture Frame

  • Auravision EluminX Illuminated Keyboard Black Case / Aquamarine Illumination (AuraVision-S00211)

  • Ahead Software NERO 6 ULTRA EDITION CD/DVD BURNING SUITE (Ahead Systems-160006)

  • Apple iPod - 3rd Gen. 20 GB MP3 Player (Apple-M9244LLA)

  • Creative Nomad Jukebox Zen Xtra 60GB MP3 Player (Creative Labs-70PD055000001)

  • Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 (Full Product) (Roxio-213100)

  • FireFly Lighted Keyboard

  • Auravision EluminX Illuminated Keyboard Black Case / Sapphire Illumination

  • Auravision EluminX Illuminated Keyboard silver Case / Aquamarine Illumination

  • Auravision EluminX Illuminated Keyboard Bone Case / Aquamarine Illumination

  • SanDisk 512MB Cruzer Titanium USB Flash Drive

  • Pacific Digital USB DIGITAL MEMORY FRAME 5.6 TFT W/ DIGITAL PIXMASTER

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Jumping RAM Flash

Remember Sneakernet? That's old-fashioned computer-speak for moving files from one PC to another via floppy disk (and tennis shoes). The new fashion is to use small flash RAM "drives" that you plug into a USB port, and then carry around in your pocket (or on your key chain).

A lot of companies make these portable flash drives, including SanDisk, Kanguru Solutions, Lexar Media, and M-Systems, and you can buy a plain, vanilla 256MB drive for as little as $43. But with higher prices, you get more features. SanDisk's 512MB Cruzer Titanium, for instance, lists for $200, but comes with a backup program and software for using your Outlook data on any computer--even a PC without Outlook installed.

Both Kanguru Solutions and Samsung recently announced gadgets that double as portable storage and digital music players. Kanguru's Micro MP3 Pro costs $100 for the 128MB version and $130 for 256MB; Samsung's 128MB Yepp Digital Audio Player YP-T5H lists for $130, and the 256MB YP-T5V is $180.

All of which brings us to our next gift category...

Hard Drivin' Music

Apple's IPod music player
College kids must travel light. They can't unpack and shelve a huge CD collection in a small shared dorm room. If your kid has more CDs than sense, a digital music player with a 20GB hard drive could solve a serious mobility problem. These pocket devices can hold as many as 300 CDs converted to .mp3 files.

Apple's IPod 20GB (shown here at left), PC World's recent Best Buy, is generally considered the music player to beat for sleek design and ease of use. Its touch-sensitive scroll wheel and easy-to-manage menus make selecting and playing your choice of music a breeze. You can buy the IPod for about $400.

Creative Nomad's Jukebox Zen Xtra

But if you're talking about a really huge collection, you might want to consider Creative's Nomad Jukebox Zen Xtra (shown here at right). For about the same price as the IPod, the Jukebox gives you 60GB of storage. That's perhaps 900 CDs. But according to PC World's review, the Zen Xtra is not as easy to use as the IPod.

At a Glance
  • Ceiva Logic Ceiva Digital Picture Frame

  • Auravision EluminX Illuminated Keyboard Black Case / Aquamarine Illumination (AuraVision-S00211)

  • Ahead Software NERO 6 ULTRA EDITION CD/DVD BURNING SUITE (Ahead Systems-160006)

  • Apple iPod - 3rd Gen. 20 GB MP3 Player (Apple-M9244LLA)

  • Creative Nomad Jukebox Zen Xtra 60GB MP3 Player (Creative Labs-70PD055000001)

  • Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 (Full Product) (Roxio-213100)

  • FireFly Lighted Keyboard

  • Auravision EluminX Illuminated Keyboard Black Case / Sapphire Illumination

  • Auravision EluminX Illuminated Keyboard silver Case / Aquamarine Illumination

  • Auravision EluminX Illuminated Keyboard Bone Case / Aquamarine Illumination

  • SanDisk 512MB Cruzer Titanium USB Flash Drive

  • Pacific Digital USB DIGITAL MEMORY FRAME 5.6 TFT W/ DIGITAL PIXMASTER

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