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Coolest Gadgets for Graduation 2009

Apr 3 2009, 12:00pm CDT | by

Coolest Gadgets for Graduation 2009
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It's April and students everywhere are counting the days until graduation rolls around in May. That means that anyone with a loved one graduating from high school or college this year is probably already thinking about graduation gifts.

Graduation gifts can at times be rather cheesy, so don’t be that person that gives bad graduation gifts. Today I am going to look at a few cool graduation gifts that both high school and college students will appreciate.

Amazon Kindle 2

One of the coolest gadgets on the market right now is the Amazon Kindle 2 eBook reader. If your graduate likes to read this is the gift to give. The thin device weighs only 10.2 ounces and has integrated 3G connectivity that is free -- forever.

The built-in wireless allows users to download books in as little as 60 seconds anywhere that a 3G connection is available. The screen provides clear and legible print and the battery lasts 25% longer than the original Kindle. The device has enough internal storage for 1,500 books. The only downside is that it costs $359 making it a more expensive gift.

Buy the Amazon Kindle 2 eBook reader here.

Viewsonic N2230w 22-inch 720p HDTV

One of the staples of graduation gift giving is TVs. Every student leaving high school and heading to college wants a TV for their dorm or apartment. Most people graduating college will also appreciate a new HDTV. The catch for many apartment and dorm dwellers is that space is very limited, but an HD image is often desired.

Viewsonic has a slick 22-inch 720p HDTV set that offers great image quality, but does it in a small 22-inch size that can be placed easily in small spaces. The model even has dual HDMI inputs for those days when Madden NFL is more important than mid-terms.

Buy the Viewsonic N2230w 22-inch HDTV here.

Acer Aspire One 10-inch Netbook

Computers are one of the most desired graduation gifts. A good computer is a necessity in college today for doing research and downloading music to make sitting through that lecture more bearable. The hottest class of computers right now is the netbook and the most popular of the group is the Acer Aspire One.

The Aspire One now comes in a 10-inch screen size, making it more comfortable to use. The netbook will do all the basic computer tasks most students need like web surfing, email, social networking, and typing the occasional term paper. The machine is light, portable, and low cost at $349.

Buy the Acer Aspire One netbook here.

Apple MacBook Pro 15.4-inch Notebook

If you have a bigger budget or your high school graduate is going to one of those artsy design schools, the MacBook Pro is a great option. Apple notebooks are more common on many college campuses than Windows-based computers. The 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro here includes 2GB of RAM, a 250GB HDD, and a slot loading optical drive in a slick aluminum housing.

Other features include dual NVIDIA graphics with integrated and discrete cards in one package for longer battery life when performance isn’t needed and raw power when you need it. The MacBook line is also some of the greenest notebooks available. The big drawback here is if your graduate has never used a Mac, there is a significant learning curve and the notebooks are downright expensive.

Buy the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro notebook here.

Canon PowerShot SD1100IS Digital Camera

Your graduate will want to document their college days so all those fond memories of frat parties and keg stands can last a lifetime. The most popular camera on Amazon right now is the Canon PowerShot SD1100IS 8MP camera with 3x optical zoom. The camera is compact and lightweight making it easy to carry anywhere. The rear LCD is a 2.5-inch unit and the camera features Face Detection, motion Detection, and blur reduction. Images are stored to SD cards and the camera sells for $149.95.

Buy the Canon PowerShot SD1100IS digital camera here.

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