Top 10 tech toys we'd blow a lottery win on
- 08 May, 2008 10:20
For some of us, there's nothing more exciting than gathering round the TV clutching a ticket in one sweaty palm and making a mental list of all the extravagant purchases we're going to make just as soon as our numbers roll out of that magical machine... We are, of course, talking about lotteries.
Hundreds of people have become millionaires through them. Sadly we're not among them. But that doesn't stop us dreaming about how we might spend the cash should we be lucky enough to get all six numbers.
Sure, we could squirrel that cash away, put it towards savings or retirement, or commit some other unnatural and responsible act. But why not treat ourselves to something unnecessary and electronic?
Here's our guide to the tech toys to splash some cash on.
ION USB turntable with iPod Dock
Apple iTunes is great, but the truth is that some of the best music ever recorded has never been digitised. You can find incredible albums in local record stores, secondhand stores and maybe even your own basement.
The ION USB turntable with iPod dock is a brand-new, high-quality record turntable with iPod dock that allows you to record your vinyl direct to your iPod as well as connecting the turntable up to a PC to create MP3s of your vinyl collections as well as editing out any annoying crackles and hisses.
The turntable can even be connected into a standard home stereo system for listening to records.
Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1 high-speed digital camera
Let's face it. The reason your digital pictures are rubbish has nothing to do with the number of megapixels in your camera.
Even if you had a 30MB camera, you'd still capture your wife blinking, your kids just after they made that spectacular catch or the dog before he even jumps to catch the Frisbee.
That's why the Casio EX-F1 is so revolutionary. When you snap a photo, the camera doesn't take one, but 60 frames in a single second: 30 frames in the half-second after you press the button, and, miraculously, 30 frames in the half-second before you pressed it.
Then, you can quickly scroll through those 60 frames, pick the perfect one and capture it for saving to the camera's storage.
Even the flash is fast; a secondary LED flash can keep up with that 60 frame-per-second rate. And video! How about shooting super slow-mo at 1200 frames per second?
Husqvarna Automower solar robot lawnmower
Rare is the gadget that satisfies your rabid lust for technology, your wish to be greener-than-thou and your laziness all at once.
The world's first solar electric hybrid robot lawn mower cuts the grass so you don't have to. This nearly silent mower is built from 90 per cent recyclable material, runs on electricity from the sun and puts out zero emissions.
(If the sun ain't shinin', you can plug it in to charge it.)
Instead of collecting cut grass in a sack, the Husqvarna Automower turns it into a fine mulch and lays it over your lawn, which provides both fertilizer for your lawn and the elimination of another chore for you. Result.
You simply lay down an included boundary cable as a way to tell the robot where your lawn ends (and where your flower bed or the pavement begins). Turn it loose in the yard and the Automower will do all the work.
Dell UltraSharp 3008WFP widescreen 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 30in display on your desk, you'll roam free in the magnificent open space of luxury. Dell's 3008WFP has a 2560x1600 resolution and 3000:1 contrast ratio, which 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.
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 neighbour'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 roughly a foot high, comes with robot-programming software and a remote control unit. You can also buy additional servos and modules to customise and add functionality.
Garmin Edge 605 GPS bicycle computer
Garmin's Edge 605 GPS gadget for cyclists 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 lottery win is healthy enough, you can buy optional add-ons, such as MapSource City Navigator software for turn-by-turn directions or a massive-capacity SD card.
Sony PlayStation 3
Celebrate not only your windfall, but the end of the high-def disc format war. Blu-ray has emerged victorious, so it's time to splurge on a PlayStation 3.
The PlayStation 3 offers all the features of your typical Blu-ray DVD player, as well as access to exclusive PS3 video games. Resistance: Fall of Man and Ratchet and Clank are already tearing up the charts, and it's only going to get better. Metal Gear Solid 4 comes out on June 12; with over 18 million units sold in the Metal Gear Solid series thus far, this conclusion to the series promises to be the biggest blockbuster yet for the PS3. And dare we mention Grand Theft Auto IV?
And when Sony launches its Home online service, the inbuilt broadband adaptor and 40GB hard drive will be used to interact with other gamers in a free, Second Life-style fashion.
Although the PlayStation 3 has been slow to catch up to the sales of the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii, its position as the most affordable and versatile Blu-ray player may finally make it a winning proposition.
Apple MacBook Air
Slim, sexy and surprisingly functional, the MacBook Air is a great traveling computer.
Although lacking all the features of a fully fledged MacBook or MacBook Pro, the MacBook Air offers a compact travel form unrivalled in the laptop market.
With no FireWire port, Ethernet port or optical disc drive, the MacBook Air may initially seem a crippled computing choice. But when you're on a plane, on a train or in a car, you'll hardly miss what you'd never use anyway.
The MacBook Airweighs in at only 1.3kg and has a maximum thickness of only 0.76in, making it an attractive companion to slip into your briefcase, backpack or manila envelope. You'll be ready to pull it out and hop on the local Wi-Fi at a moment's notice.
The MacBook Air isn't meant to be your household's primary computer. But when you're not at home, it can be just what the doctor ordered. You won't regret the £1,199 you'll spend on the Air.
B&W Zeppelin iPod dock
We know there's a huge number of iPod docks available, the Zeppelin from Bower & Wilkins is in our eyes, one of the most iconic.
The 64cm-long dirigible features five drive units powered by a total of 100W of amplification to produce a clear, dynamic sound that will be appreciated over a wide listening area.
And connections at the back let you play other sources through the Zeppelin, or channel images from your iPod to a TV.
In Win Allure PC case
This is definitely one for the ladies. If you want to treat your mum, sister (or even just yourself), spend some of your millions on this jewelled PC case.
The In Win Allure is a plastic PC case measuring 370x190x470mm and featuring a floral and rhinestone design, which slides up to reveal your CD and DVD drives.