Tonium Pacemaker DJ (£269 - £358): If you’re even remotely familiar with the turntables, this one needs no introduction. Store your tracks on this iPod-sized device, and you can spin, crossfade and pitch-blend tunes everywhere you go. Has a bit of a learning curve for novices, but works surprisingly well for those DJ emergencies. Perfect for concert camping and your impromptu holiday parties.
Eye-Fi SDHC Card (£49 - £120): If your camera uses SD cards to save your pics and you’re an unabashed shutterbug, you need one of these. As you take shots, it will upload them wirelessly to the laptop or hard drive of your choice, freeing up room on the card and making Facebook uploads absurdly easy. It’ll also save the embarrassing shots you were too drunk to delete, so use wisely.
Apple iPad (£429 - £699): Arriving to our shores this month, Apple’s “magical and revolutionary device” seems to fall firmly in the neato luxury category. On the downside, it will never replace your laptop (you even need one to activate it), never replace your phone, and still feels like it left some key features out for the next version (front-facing camera, anyone?). Upside? It’s a shiny Apple toy that does what it does very, very well. Get the 3G version to make it worthwhile.
Folding Plug (£TBA): Sure, the UK is pretty deft at Twitter, but let’s face it, our plugs are massive behemoths bigger than the phones they charge. Designer Min-Kyu Choi came up with a folding version that packs down to less than 1cm flat, going into production right now. Keep an eye out for chargers that have gone on a major binge diet.
HTC Desire (~£400): Apple will bust out a new iPhone this year (you may have seen it online), but Android has come into its own, and HTC makes some damn pretty hardware to go with it. The Desire, available on most carriers and plans, is even better than Google’s offering, and has a great selection of apps to show off. Android phones are still just a hair geekier than Apple’s, but they publish frequent updates to keep the look fresh. A great do-it-all phone.
Bowers & Wilkins P5 Headphones (£250): These are the digital equivalent of buying your music a car and asking it to marry you. Every subtle tone, low-frequency response and distinct instrument comes through so clearly you could hear a pin drop onto a pile of feathers in a passed room. Plenty of high-end audio kit is snake oil rubbish. These are not.