Cool gifts for geeks, 2011: Computer, notebook and tablet tech treasures

Computers and notebooks and tablets, oh my!

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HP Pavilion dv4t series notebooks, by HP

HP considers the Pavilion dv4t series as part of its "ultra-portable" series, these are small notebooks that aren't quite netbooks (which HP calls mini-PCs). The 14-inch notebook (LED with 1,366 by 768 resolution) starts with a second-generation Intel Core i3 processor (2330M, 2.2GHz), upgradeable to a Core i5. Other features include 4GB of RAM, an Intel HD Graphics 3000 card, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, 640GB 5400 hard drive, integrated webcam, six-cell battery with 7.25 hours of life, and built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.

The system I tested had three USB ports and an HDMI output port, in case you wanted to stream Internet TV services to a larger HD display. The overall look and feel of the device was good, it didn't particularly scream unique in any way - I prefer higher performance notebooks aimed at multimedia, graphics or gaming functionality, but this is still a pretty good basic computer system for someone who wants to connect to the Internet, do email, listen to some music and chat via Skype or other services.

Cool Yule rating: 4 stars
Price: Starts at $549.99
Reviewed by Keith Shaw

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