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Best Christmas gifts: 2012 Christmas gift guide

The best tech gifts for your friends and family

We complete our Christmas gift guide for 2012 with a look at those presents you should buy if money is no problem.

6. Best Christmas gifts for £500 and over

Toshiba Portégé Z930-10X - £799


The Z930-10X is a great example of a sensibly priced Ultrabook. It doesn't have the best specification, but it's fast and lasts for hours between charges. The Toshiba's waif-like chassis is 17mm thick and weighs just over 1kg. Its matt screen repels distracting reflections, and there are plenty of handy connections, including USB 3.0.


Chillblast Fusion Orb - £799


If the old family PC is on its last legs, here's a great upgrade. The Fusion Orb is supplied with a 24in IPS monitor, speakers, a Blu-ray drive, a webcam and Wi-Fi. A Core i5-3570K processor and 16GB of fast RAM offer nippy performance, while a 120GB SSD helps to make everything feel more responsive. Even gamers will be pleased, with a Radeon HD 6850 inside. An excellent choice.


The Cube - £800


3D printing is quickly gaining popularity and, although printers are still expensive, they're just about within reach of rich enthusiasts. The Cube is a home printer that can print 3D designs up to 5.5in-square. It comes with everything you need to start printing, and includes 25 designs. You can print ornaments, cups, plates, stands and more.

Samsung ES6800 - £850+


A couple of rungs down from the range-topping ES8000 is this lower-priced ES6800 TV. It comes in four sizes: 32-, 40-, 46- and 55in. With a slim frame and four-legged stand, it's a showpiece for your living room with picture quality to match. Two pairs of glasses are included for deep and immersive 3D action. Samsung's Smart Hub provides access to iPlayer, ITV Player, Netflix, Lovefilm, Vimeo, Skype and more. Wi-Fi's here, too.

Samsung ES6800

Panasonic HC-X900 - £699


Although our phones and tablets can record HD video, the quality isn't even close to that of a dedicated camcorder.

The HC-X900 shoots gorgeous full-HD footage, and has an excellent stabilisation system that helps to counteract shaky hands. It supports 3D video via the optional conversion lens, and has a range of manual settings and a rear viewfinder.

Panasonic HC-X900

Apple MacBook Air 13in - £699


The MacBook Air is arguably the ultraportable laptop of choice, and can even run Windows if you're not taken with Apple's slick Mountain Lion OS. It's expensive, but has an Ivy Bridge processor, an SSD and fast USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt data-transfer connections.

The aluminium shell is durable and beautiful, and the battery lasts up to seven hours.

MacBook Air

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