The TechRadar Christmas wishlist

We've been really, really good

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It's been a huge year for technology and here at TechRadar we've been beavering away getting all our tech chores done – the reviews are in, the comparisons are up and we've even swept the technological hearth.

So Father Christmas, check your lists – we should be there under 'Nice'. Here's your virtual mince pie and sherry, and a smart carrot for Rudolph. Please, pretty please, may we have one or two of these lovely toys to play with on Christmas morning?

Paul Douglas's wishlist

Asus Zenbook U500VZ

Asus Zenbook U500VZ

Now that I've done a fresh install of Windows 8 on my Asus UX32A Ultrabook it's a snappy little thing and a pleasure to use. But moving from a gaming laptop with a 17-inch screen to this smaller 13.3-inch screen has taken a bit of getting used to.

So my head was turned by the Asus U500VZ, which features that familiar aluminium shell but ups the screen to a 15-inch full HD display; although at £1,500 it's around double the cost of the UX23A, sadly.

Google Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7

Because I love my Android tablet, I hate taking it out of the house in case it gets damaged - what I need now is a cheap and cheerful one that I can throw in a bag to watch movies on the go. So the Nexus 7 is one of those devices that I don't really need, but it'd pass the time on long train journeys and I wouldn't stress too much if it got lost or dropped.

Spotify Premium

Spotify

It's only nostalgia that keeps a shelf full of CDs in the living room as I haven't bough a physical music CD for years. With a full £9.99 per month Spotify Premium account in my stocking, I could take them, and the CD player, to the charity shop.

Sonos Play:3

Sonos Play:3

Rather than mess around with streaming Spotify from a laptop, I'd prefer the Sonos Play: 3. It features Spotify streaming out of the box and you can control it from an Android phone or iPhone. Plus, it's expandable so if Santa is feeling super-generous, I can put extra speakers in other rooms.

Windows 8

Windows 8

Actually, I already have Windows 8, so this is a gift to you if you've been put off upgrading by tearful tales of the missing Start button or the clash between the desktop and Modern UI interfaces. Windows 8 offers improvements in performance and battery life, and at just over £40 for the Windows 8 Pro Upgrade Edition, it won't break the bank.

If you can't live without the Start button, there are third party apps to bring it back and if you hate the Modern UI interface, you can hack the registry so you boot to the desktop. But give the new OS a chance before you start trying to make it look and act like Windows 7 – it's really not as complicated as some early commenters seemed to think.