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Festivals are for gifting and celebration. Here's a comprehensive list of gadgets, from phones, laptops, and cameras to nerdy gizmos that can be a treat this season.

HP dm1-4003au

Targeted at students, the HP dm1z remains the best netbook in the market. The latest refresh (dm1-4003au) comes with AMD's Fusion technology that gives decent graphics performance and enough processing power for moderate Photoshop usage. The machine is easy to upgrade because there are no screws on its backplate allowing you to switch components. It has good sound quality and is value-for-money at Rs 25,000.

Retina Macbook Pro 13"

The new, faster, lighter Macbook Pro is here. It weighs just 1.5 kg and has a high-resolution Retina Display. It comes with a 128GB solid-state drive (much faster than conventional hard disks), but the price shoots up if you want more storage as solid-state drives (SSDs) are not cheap. The base model comes with a dual-core Intel processor and 8 GB RAM for Rs 1,14,900. Configure-to-order options allow users to opt for up to 768 GB storage. It's a good laptop for professional use, reading and watching HD movies.

HP Envy Spectre XT

This 13" ultrabook is among the best in the market. Going by ultrabook standards, it is cheap at Rs 64,990. Remember that Spectre XT also has a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD), a component that used to push laptop prices over Rs 1 lakh not too long ago. At 1.4 kg, it works well for frequent travellers. Most HP laptops have good speakers and the XT is no exception, thanks to Beats Audio technology.


8X the latest offering from HTC is a Windows Phone 8 smartphone that sports a 4.3-inch HD display. An 8-megapixel camera with back illumination lets you shoot great photographs in low light and has an 88-degree ultra-wide angle lens. 8X is also the first Windows Phone 8 device with Beats Audio technology and an amplifier. Priced at Rs 35,000 (approximately), the unibody phone houses a 1.5 GHz processor, 16 GB memory, 1 GB RAM and 1800 mAh battery. A cheaper HTC 8S (Rs 19,260) is a good alternative, but has only 4 GB internal storage.

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