How do I know which gadget to buy?

It's that time of the year for my casual daydreaming about gifts for friends and family to turn to wide-eyed panic as I realize I'm quickly running out of shopping days. The time of the year when I look for the gift that says "I love you but I am able to display it in an ironically distant way," but usually end up settling for saying "I found this at the 7-11 on the off-ramp into town." 

If you've got any gadgets on your list - laptops or ereaders or tablets or anything else with a pretty screen - it can be even harder to pick out the right gift. That's why the CTC is offering the "Which Gadget is Right for You?" class, this Tuesday, December 4, at 5:30 PM on level four of the Central library. We'll be discussing the pros and cons of different ereaders, tablets, and smartphones - so come with questions!

Want to supplement the class? When picking out a present for my loved ones (or for myself), I rely on reviews from a lot of online tech sources. Some of my favorites include:

  • Ars Technica, with their (almost painfully) detailed reviews of new gear and gadgets
  • Lifehacker will often ask their readers what the best (fill in specific type of geeky gadget here) is, and their readership is both knowledgeable and opinionated.
  • The Verge, besides having some of my favorite tech writing on the web, also has terrific reviews of gadgets.
  • And there's always Gizmodo, which sometimes has more sass than content, but is always entertaining to read.

Do you have any go-to sites for technology reviews? Let me know in the comments... and good luck out in the midst of that holiday shopping madness!

Written by nate on December 3, 2012

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