Gadget Guide

The latest and coolest high-tech goodies for gift-giving this year.

We bet you have at least one gadget lover on your list this year. When it comes to technology, it’s not what you know but when you know it. That’s why we found the latest cutting-edge tech goods sure to delight any technophile this holiday.

Best of all, you can find these techie toys at a Staples store near you or at staples.ca. And when you shop online or in-store, you’ll earn reward miles so you can treat yourself as well. It’s a high-tech win-win.


Sony Android SmartWatch ($150)

Sure, it tells the time. But this wristwatch does so much more – play music, get social media updates, view your calendar, and get voicemail and message notifications. More

iRig Handheld Vocal Mic for Smartphones and Tablets ($60)
Plug this portable mic into any iPhone, iPad and most Android devices for an instant recording studio. If you’re not looking to become the next American Idol, it’s equally great at recording speeches, notes and readings. More

Slingbox 500 Media Streamer with HDMI and Wi-Fi ($315)
Turn your laptop, tablet or smartphone into an HD TV – anywhere you have an Internet connection. This portable device connects to your PVR to save a copy of your recorded shows. Take it with you to tune into the latest episodes wherever you go. More

Amazon Kindle Fire HD ($214)
What started as a simple eReader has morphed into a full-fledged tablet. The latest Kindle offering features 1280×800 HD, Dolby audio with virtual surround-sound, ultra-fast web browsing, built-in Facebook, Twitter and email components, a front-facing HD camera – and more than 1 million e-books, apps and games! More

Beats by Dr. Dre Pill Portable Stereo Speaker with Bluetooth ($220)
Sure, the latest Pill by Dre is a top-notch music player. But now you can also make or answer a call right on the speaker, thanks to its Bluetooth and internal mic. The completely wireless audio system is small but powerful, creating soaring highs and booming bass. More

ASUS Republic of Gamers Gaming Laptop ($1,370)
This is the dream gift for the gamer on your list. The lightening-fast laptop features an Intel processor, 12GB memory, a wide viewing angle and anti-glare display, as well as a built-in webcam and 3D support for the ultimate gaming experience. More

iHome iDL45 Lighting Dock and Stereo FM Clock ($99)
This is definitely not your grandfather’s alarm clock radio! Charge and wake to your iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini or other devices. You can also choose one of six FM presets or a buzzer. Plus, the dual alarms allow for different wakeup times. More

Nikon COOLPIX S3500 Digital Camera ($110)
Point and shoot has never been simpler or more stylish. The latest gem from Nikon has the typical bells and whistles – 7x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom, 3-inch monitor, 720p HD video – but it also features vibration reduction, photo-editing tools, retouching functions and 20 scene modes. More

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