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Tech Tools: Gifts for Grads

Even the most tech-savvy young graduate will be impressed by these thoughtful gadget gifts.
Tim Gideon

Google Chromebook Pixel (

With the entry-level model of the sharply designed Pixel ($1,299), you get a whopping terabyte of cloud storage for three years. It’s pricey, but Google’s first laptop will make you seem like a hip gift-giver. The Pixel comes with 12 free sessions of GoGo Inflight Internet service, boots up in roughly 10 seconds, and uses Google Chrome as an operating system and browser.

Roku 2 XD (

The Roku 2 XD is a tiny TV companion that accesses an entire world of streaming, often-free content. Netflix, HBO Go and Hulu Plus are all available (though you’ll need a paid account for those). This $79.99 box also streams music from Pandora. It’s perfect for the grad on a budget—or anyone trying to save on home programming.

Drift HD Ghost Action Camera (

This lightweight, $399 camera straps to a bike helmet, ski mask or just about anything else you can rig. Built-in Wi-Fi controls it—even lines up shots—from a smartphone.

Sony Xperia Z (

Nothing says “good luck” to a grad like a multitasking phone suitable for a CEO. The Xperia Z (price not available at press time) features a massive 5-inch, full 1,080p display, packs a better camera than the iPhone, has a lightning-fast processor, and uses near-field communication to wirelessly transfer content to nearby computers and TVs.


Want to change it up a little? Go for the old-school gifts for your grads. Read about it on


Post date: 
May 5, 2013

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