1. Palm m500/m505
Palm PDA users have been asking for three things for quite some time; a
colour screen, USB connectivity and expandability. Well, what do you
know - Palm has been listening. The m500 and m505 models now provide all
three of these things, making them something with which to silence the
smug bastards flashing their Compaq iPaq's at meetings. Ah, the
pleasures of the Palm.
2. NEC 61in TV
Sixty-one inches? Are you insane? The warp drives will surely explode
under the strain. But until they do, sit back and enjoy the world's most
expensive plasma screen telly for the princely sum of £15,000. It
also weighs as much as my gran but is considerably easier to hang on a
3. Casio Wrist Camera WQV-3
James Bond stylie! Send secret mission images taken by this wrist-watch
camera to your personal computer. Why? As with most hi-tech inventions,
who cares why? Just do it. The new updated model has colour images -
shun the inferior B&W version.
4. FujiFilm MX-2900
The digital camera market took off this year and this is one of the more
flamboyant products around. Its hefty £596 price tag leaves little
margin for error. However, for your hard-earned reddies, you get a
user-friendly camera. Tasty.
5. Fuji FinePix6800 zoom
Another digital camera with all the trimmings - but this one's designed
by Porsche. Woof!
6. PlayStation 2
Oh come on. You know you want one - well, until Microsoft's Xbox comes
out, anyway. Gran Turismo 3 ... ahhh, drool, drool.
7. Plasma screens
Panasonic's new flat-panel displays and televisions are outstanding.
Some even come in with built-in DVD players. The two largest displays
are 37 inches and 50-inch monsters. Designed as televisions, they
include digital satellite receivers and can support high-definition
broadcasting. Just shell out £7,800. Lordy.
The MP3 player for your creative types that still bleat on, wrongly,
about how Macs are sooo superior to PCs - for this little beauty only
works on Macs. This smart bugger goes and charges its lithium polymer
battery as it downloads songs. It also packs a 5Gbyte hard drive, which
can store up to 1,000 songs. Sexy.
9. Panasonic portable DVD
Panasonic, aka Matsushita, has come up with a portable DVD player with a
whopping 9-inch LCD screen - just large enough to claim the title of
largest display on a portable player. Other features include a built-in
TV tuner. Yours for less than £700. Perfect for business class
junkies. Treat yourself.
10. Sony Aibo
Sony's pet Aibo robot now comes in the form of two cute and cuddly dogs
named Latte and Macaron. Equipped with speech-recognition software, this
toy now has the ability to learn its own name and that of its owner -
and each has its own personality. Latte is programmed to be adorable and
Macaron to be mischievous. Bless.