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$200 to $500 — You should really go to the bathroom before you open that…
MGS REX Figure, $489 • sideshowtoy.com • Here’s a figure you won’t need three key cards to enjoy. Sideshow Collectibles collaborated with Kojima Prod-uctions and Konami to create this authentic model of the Metal Gear Rex from Metal Gear Solid. This detailed figure features a 23-inch long laser cannon, houses a stunning light-up component, and measures 19 inches in height. It also killed our friend Gray Fox, and we may never be able to forgive it.
Lytro, $399 (8GB) $499 (16GB) • lytro.com • The Lytro doesn’t just take pictures; it records the entire light field. This means that instead of capturing a static 2D image, the Lytro gives you “living pictures,” which you can endlessly refocus even after they’ve been taken. It’s like capturing light’s soul. Lytro’s free desktop application also allows you to share your captures online, letting your friends experience the magic.
Bloggie Live HD Camera, $249 • store.sony.com • We no longer just chronicle our lives, we broadcast them. Sony’s Bloggie makes it easier than ever to live-stream your life. This 12.8-megapixel camera captures up to 8GB of full HD 1080p video and then wirelessly uploads it to Facebook, YouTube, or your home PC. With the Bloggie, any part of your life can become a live broadcast. You’re probably more interesting than anyone from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, so go for it.
Logitech Harmony Touch, $249 • logitech.com • Quickly swipe and scroll through your favorite entertainment options with Logitech’s Harmony Touch. This universal remote’s ergonomic design, vibrant touchscreen, and 50 easy-to-customize channel icons make channel surfing a breeze. Screw that wizard hoodie; this is some real magic.
$500 & Up — Take it out of the box so we can play with it already!
Sony Bravia 84-inch 4K TV, $24,999 • store.sony.com • 4K TVs look so good it’s like getting a new set of eyes. The next generation of consumer televisions delivers movie-quality visuals to your living room. At a resolution of 3840x2160 pixels, Sony’s new set has four times as many pixels as found in a standard 1080p HD set. This massive screen also features passive 3D, a 10-driver stereo speaker system, and a wealth of Internet streaming apps. Be one of the first people in the world to own the future.
Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook, $1,649 • us.acer.com • Maybe you don’t need a laptop that chews through games, but you might want a machine that’s ultra-powerful and ultra-portable. Ultrabooks are the answer. Thankfully, Acer’s new 13-inch laptop lives up to that title. Acer’s top-of-the-line machine features a minimalist design, an Intel Core i7 CPU, and a 1920x1080 resolution touchscreen. This is also one of the first commercial laptops designed for Windows 8, so it makes great use of the new OS’s touchscreen functions.
New Razer Blade, $2,499 • razerzone.com • Like its name implies, Razer’s new hardware cuts through even the most graphically intense titles in your gaming library. The Blade packs an Intel Core i7 Quad Core Processor with Hyper-Threading and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 2GB GDDR5 into a sleek, six-pound frame. But we’re in love with the 10 dynamic adaptive tactile keys that change functionality depending on the program you’re using, and the four-inch LCD display that functions as both a trackpad and a touchscreen, presenting you with specialized gaming information. Razer’s new laptop is so sharp you might slice a finger.
MakerBot Replicator 2, $2,199 • store.makerbot.com • You don’t have to buy everything you want. You can make it! With a build envelope of roughly 410 cubic inches, MakerBot’s fourth-generation Replicators let you construct replacement shower-curtain rings, custom gifts, video game item replicas, or virtually any other trinket and bauble your heart might desire. The first thing we’re going to make is a cup of earl grey tea. Hot!
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