The TechRadar Christmas wishlist

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Optoma HD23


My party for the Olympics closing ceremony was a great success, but aside from the devastation of seeing Russell Brand singing I am the Walrus and Jessie J's outfit, there was one thing that bothered me about the evening's entertainment chez moi – the lack of Full HD. I've got so used to watching Freeview in beautiful HD on my TV that my current standard-def projector didn't do London 2012 justice. Hence this choice, which won our best projector round-up.

iPad 4

iPad 4

My first-gen iPad is now showing its age, despite my very wise decision not to upgrade it to iOS 6. It's time to get a new iPad. And that's really saying something – despite having used versions of Windows 8 every day for most of 2012 and liking it, I was truly disappointed by my experiences with Microsoft Surface. It just doesn't do Windows 8 justice. For me, tablets are still all about the iPad - despite the iPad mini and Nexus 7's excellence, I still want a bigger screen. And that's why this is my choice.

Logitech UE Air Speaker


I use an iPhone and Spotify, so I want AirPlay in my life. Trouble is, AirPlay speakers are expensive. Way too expensive. If I was choosing, I'd go for this Logitech unit which sounds excellent. However, I think I'm more likely to get a £60 AirPort Express, turn it into a network bridge and use my existing stereo set up.

Acer Aspire S7

Acer Aspire S7

Just because I'm unfussed about Windows 8 tablets so far doesn't mean I don't want a Windows 8 touchscreen laptop. I'm pretty taken with the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga, but at 1.5kg it's a little weighty. We've just had our review unit of the Acer Aspire S7 in and I have to say, it's a thing of beauty and power, with Core i7 under the hood and a Full HD touchscreen display that puts most other PCs to shame. Still, this comes at a rather steep cost - but it does only weigh 1.3kg!

Griffin Lightning cable

Lightning cables

Like socks, Apple's new Lightning cable is the kind of thing I can't bring myself to buy but I badly need. At the moment I take my single Lightning cable from home to work to home to work…you get the picture. As a mini protest against Apple's decision to hold the extra cables back and make them crazy expensive, I'm waiting for Griffin to release its cables. Waiting for third-party cables is standing up for the little guy (against the big guy that I've just bought a £500 smartphone from). Hopefully Santa will sympathise with the cause as well. [Griffin]