The TechRadar Christmas wishlist

Marc Chacksfield: Deputy Editor (News)

Sony VW95ES

If Santa is feeling more than a little generous, then he can make my year by getting me the Sony VW95ES 3D projector.

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Despite all the negativity surrounding the format, 3D on the VW95ES is simply stunning. This is because of the massive 150,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, its ability to do 2D to 3D conversion and the fact it was the world's first 3D home cinema projector.

Even Jaws 3D would look good if it was piped through the VW95ES.

Sony projector

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 8

Bang & Olufsen is well known for marrying design and technology, but I've never been totally enamoured by the company's products – until now.

The BeoSound 8 Speaker Dock is stunning to look at and also offers audio quality which is usually associated with bigger speaker systems. It's also one of the only docks which can cradle the iPad without looking absolutely stupid, and this is despite it being nearly a year old.

And I love the fact it looks like a strongman's dumbbell... if you look sideways and squint a bit.

Beo sound


On first hearing about OnLive, I immediately thought the service wouldn't work. The UK has been long hampered with bad broadband and the idea of streaming games just didn't sit well with me and my bulging shelves of games.

One play, though, and I was hooked. Not only are there a number of triple-A titles on-board, now it has come to Android and soon iOS, this really could be the future of gaming.


Pure EVOKE-1S Marshall DAB radio

Pure is normally renowned for functional additions to the DAB market, so it's great the company tried something different with the EVOKE-1S Marshall DAB radio.

These Marshall-style radios have been around for a few good years now, but it is with the latest version's design and usability that Pure has nailed it. Couple this with the new Pure Music service which is certain to give Spotify a run for its streaming money and what you have is a great little musical package.


Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Having been an Android fan since day one, it's been something of a long wait for a tablet which offers everything decent about the Android platform but also houses it in a chassis which won't embarrass you when you whip it out on your daily commute.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is that tablet and truly shows a turning point for the Android platform. The size is great, too – perfect for those who find the iPad 2 that little bit too big.

And now that Android has finally fixed Market so that you actually want to download content from it, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is without a doubt one of the best tablets around.

Samsung galaxy tablet

Gametel controller

I was one of the few that was looking forward to the Sony Xperia Play coming out and subsequently was one of many who were disappointed by the device and its fugly form factor.

This is why I have a soft spot for the Gametel controller – it's a clip on controller which turns pretty much any Android phone into a real gaming device. There's around 30 games compatible with the device – and more added all the time – and because it works off of Bluetooth, it can be used as a wireless controller for tablets.

Handheld gaming has come along way in the last year because of the power of smartphones increasing. Virtual buttons, however, do mean that many games are clunky to play – something Gametel fixes with aplomb.