Top 10 tech toys to blow your tax refund on

Sure, you could invest it, but this is more fun

Dell UltraSharp 3008WFP wide-screen LCD monitor

They used to say "You can never be too rich or too thin." Now, you can never be too rich or have a monitor that's too big.

With a monster 30-inch display on your desk, you'll roam free in the magnificent open space of luxury. The 3008WFP's 2560-by-1600 resolution and 3000:1 contrast ratio means digital photographs will come alive and HD TV will look ultrarealistic.

The 3008WFP is compatible with everything. You can plug it in with VGA, DVI-D with HDCP, HDMI, S-Video, Component, Composite and DisplayPort.

Plus, the attractive industrial design makes the 3008WFP a nice addition even to your living room -- imagine how great it will look in your office.

Dell MSRP: US$2,000

Robonova-1 home robot

The Robonova-1 robot isn't some toy or a gadget that vacuums the rug. It's a kit that requires construction and programming.

But once built and programmed, it can defeat the neighbor's dog in a battle for dominance over the yard. Robonova-1 can also walk, run, do gymnastics and even dance.

The Robonova-1, which is about a foot high, comes with robot programming software and a remote control unit. You can also buy additional servos and modules to customize and add functionality.

Hitec list price: US$1,200, or US$1,050 on PriceGrabber.com

Garmin Edge 605 GPS bicycle computer

Garmin's Edge 605 GPS gadget for bicyclists is ideal for people who want to both explore new areas without getting lost and monitor and compare cycling performance. You can compete against the device's Virtual Partner feature. And the Edge 605 won't let you be cheated by red lights. An Auto Pause feature stops the timer when you have to slow down or stop, so it won't count against your time.

The Edge 605 has a MicroSD slot, so you can add maps and store additional information, such as data on various rides.

If your tax return is really healthy, you can buy optional add-ons, such as MapSource City Navigator software for turn-by-turn directions or a massive-capacity SD card.

US$400

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