The TechRadar Christmas wishlist

Our essential gadgets of the year

Gareth Beavis: Mobile Devices Editor

Optoma HD300X projector and screen

I've been hankering after a proper home cinema display for ages - I've got a six year old projector, but it's been sat on the floor and projected onto a magnolia-coloured wall.

So I'm after something to take me into this century - an Optoma HD300X full HD 3D projector, a 90-inch pull down projector screen and ceiling mount too. The whole package only costs a shade over £1200, which is still expensive but gives many people an achievable home cinema that would have cost five figures a few years ago.


Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

This isn't technically out yet, but dear lord, I'm excited about this tablet. It's the screen that's got my pulse racing: the Super AMOLED Plus screen seen on the Galaxy Note but boosted up to a whopping 7.7-inches with an HD resolution.

Add in the fact it's under 8mm thick, packs a dual core engine and Samsung's TouchWiz overlay (and an Ice Cream Sandwich update due out soon) and I can't wait to get my hands on this one.

Galaxy tab 7 7

Onkyo TX-NR709 with Acoustic Energy Neo Max 7.1 Surround Sound system

After salivating over the Optoma set up, I realised my current surround sound is, well, rubbish and might as well a few tin cans connected to each other by string.

So I'm thinking bigger now - the Acoustic Energy system is superbly balanced and absolute winner in our eyes (and ears), and the fact that you're getting it for under £2,000 is an even more compelling reason to check it out.

To match the power on offer, we have to go for something like the Onkyo TX-NR709 - it does everything I'm after, from Spotify Playback to dual HDMI outputs (for the projector and TV - plus 4k x 2k video upsampling... although let's be honest, I'll never use that feature, but I can impress the missus' father with the ability nonetheless.


Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro

This is a slightly odd choice, but I've already got the phone I'd recommend (the Samsung Galaxy S2) so I'd like this as an alternative back up. With a powerful processor, clear screen and QWERTY keyboard, plus the quite-usable TimeScape overlay, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro would be a great phone to have around when you need pocketability over a top end media player.

Mini pro

Plantronics Marque

Something smaller to end with - but I have a confession. My name is Gareth, and I have abnormal ears.

I've yet to find a headset that fits in these disfigured lugholes, but the Marque, with a great range of earbuds, is the first that I can put on and believe it will stay in for longer than five seconds.

It also has a dedicated application to show you how to use it, and make pairing a snap - plus you can just say 'Answer' when a call comes in so you can feel like you're in the future. We're still waiting for the future to happen, but this'll do for now.