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Best Christmas gifts: 2012 Christmas gift guide

The best tech gifts for your friends and family

Stuck for what to get that special person? If they are special enough to warrant you spending between £100 and £199 on them, this page of our Christmas gift guide 2012 is for you.

4. Best Christmas gifts: £100-£199

ViewSonic VX2336s-LED - £130

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This 24in monitor may do away with frills such as an HDMI input, speakers and a USB hub, but its in-plane switching (IPS) panel offers excellent image quality. Its accurate colour reproduction makes it suitable for photo or video work, and it's not bad for gaming either. Viewing angles are inherently good, so colours don't shift as you move around. At this price, you'll struggle to find a monitor with better image quality.

Viewsonic monitor

Braven 650 - £159

braven.eu

A wireless speaker lets you play music from any Bluetooth-equipped phone, tablet or music player within 10m. The Braven's battery is said to last 20 hours, while a full-size USB port lets you use some of that power to charge mobile devices on the go. The 650 also works as a hands-free speakerphone. Audio quality is great, given the small dimensions.

Braven

Atomic Floyd SuperDarts - £199

atomicfloyd.com

These in-ear headphones are primarily made from steel, with a steel remote and yet more metal where the Kevlar-braided left and right wires split. This makes them quite heavy, but audio quality from the dual-driver design is impressive, with thumping bass and crisp (if not brash) treble. You also get a couple of adaptors and a carry case.

atomic floyd superdarts

Google Nexus 7 - £159

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The Nexus 7 was the first premium 7in tablet to arrive at this previously unbelievable price. Google and Asus have got just about everything right here, from the Nexus' gorgeous display to its slick Android Jelly Bean operating system. The tablet can also access thousands of apps in the Google Play store, and supports NFC. There's no rear camera, and no way to supplement the 8GB of storage. A new 32GB model costs £199 from Argos.

Google Nexus 7

Orbitsound T9 - £199

orbitsound.com

For those who dislike the messy wiring of surround-sound speaker sets, or need something to improve on the puny speakers of your TV, a sound bar is a good alternative. The Orbitsound T9 is remarkably compact, given its room-filling sound. The included subwoofer should be easy to hide away, too. A handy iPhone/iPod dock and a battery of ports make it even more useful.

Orbitsound

Sonoro Troy - £140

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The retro-looking Troy comes from German audio company Sonoro. It's both speaker dock and charging system, with its 3.5mm audio inputs and pair of USB ports covering most devices. A removable tray hides the ports and wires, and on the underside is a stand that's ideal for a thin tablet. The sound quality and volume levels are adequate for all bar audiophiles. It's available in red, lime green, grey and black.

Sonoro Troy

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