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7 great tech gifts for Father’s Day

Looking for that last-minute gift for Dad? Well, if he likes his gadgets, there is no shortage of choice – from the revolutionary iPad 2 to state-of-the-art camcorders, the stores are full of electronic devices that will bring a smile to any man’s face.

Here are 7 of The Online Mom’s top tech picks for Father’s Day 2011!

iPad 2 (Wi-Fi version)

If Dad doesn’t already have one, it’s time to jump on board the iPad express. The sleek iPad 2 combines multi-media entertainment with web browsing, e-mail, iBooks and more. From movies to games to helping out with those business presentations, the iPad 2 can do it all. The iPad 2 starts at $499 and, with the Wi-Fi version, you won’t have to worry about signing up for a data plan.

Where to buy in time for Father’s Day: Any Apple Store

Bose QuietComfort® 15 headphones

The latest QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones from Bose feature the latest in noise reduction technology, allowing you to enjoy your favorite music, movies and audio files in a way you have never heard them before. The comfortable round-the-ear fit makes you forget that you have headphones on, and are ideal for long flights and business trips. One AAA battery provides up to 35 hours of use and a smart carrying case keeps them safe and always at-hand. Priced at $299.95

Where to buy in time for Father’s Day: Any Bose Store, Best Buy or Amazon.com


This revolutionary new app works with Dad’s iPad, iPhone or iPod touch to tell him exactly when that food on the grill is cooked and ready to go. And there is no need to get your expensive phone or tablet near the heat: the iGrill probe uses Bluetooth technology to connect with any Apple device within a 200 foot range. The easy-to-use one-touch iGrill app also offers recipes, tips and suggestions, so Dad becomes an even better outdoor chef! Just $99.99.

Where to buy before Father’s Day: iGrill or Amazon.com

Kodak Playsport Video Camera / Zx5

Priced at just $179.95, the Kodak Playsport Zx5 is just the kind of no-frills pocket camcorder that Dad will love! It’s incredibly easy to use and offers a variety of capture modes, including full 1080p HD and 5-megapixel still shots. You can even shoot video underwater. The rugged rubber-style casing comes in red, aqua blue or black. Navigating and operating the device is so intuitive that Dad will probably never even have to open the manual!

Where to buy before Father’s Day: Best Buy, Sears or Amazon.com

Verizon MiFi™ 4510L 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot

Now Dad never has to worry about finding a Wi-Fi hotspot again. The MiFi 4510L connects to Verizon’s lightning-fast 4G LTE network and provides a mobile wireless hub for up to five WiFi-enabled devices.  The lightweight MiFi and its rechargeable battery provide the ultimate in on-the-go, always connected flexibility. Backwards compatible with 3G devices. Priced at $99.99, after a $50 online discount and with a 2-year Verizon contract.

Where to buy before Father’s Day: Any Verizon store or online at VerizonWireless.com


Toshiba BDX5200 Blu-ray Disc Player

OK, so Dad has HD TVs all over the house but he’s still missing out on the highest available quality when it comes to movies. That can all change with Toshiba’s BDX5200 3D Blu-ray Player. With built-in WiFi, the BDX5200 comes with CinemaNow and Netflix, providing access to thousands of movies on demand. Dad can also stream content from VUDU and Pandora. The BDX5200 features full 1080p HD video and high-definition audio, and is 3D-ready whenever Dad decides to make the switch. Suggested retail price: $179.99.

Where to buy before Father’s Day: Best Buy or Amazon.com

Xbox Gaming Console, with Kinect

The sleek Special Edition Xbox 360 is the ultimate gaming and entertainment experience. Featuring a massive 250GB hard drive and built-in WiFi, there is plenty of space to store the biggest media collection and stream additional movies and TV programming from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Plus, the Special Edition Xbox 360 comes with the revolutionary Kinect motion sensor, which brings video games to life in amazing new ways. Xbox LIVE will let Dad connect with friends and fellow gamers from all over the world for tournaments, challenges or just plain old chat. Price: $399.99

Where to buy before Father’s Day: Best Buy, Costco, Walmart or Amazon.com

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