Happy holidays. I’m about to head out the door to spend some time with the family, but I figured I’d check in and see if y’all got any cool new toys.
Here’s a short list of goodies I splurged on for myself this month:
- Asus UL20A 12.1″ notebook with Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 CPU – $581 at Amazon
- Kroo 12 inch notebook sleeve – $15.99 at Amazon
- Samsung 8x USB slim DVD burner – $44.99 at Amazon
I’m pretty happy with the notebook and sleeve, although I had the benefit of reviewing the UL20A before I bought one, so I was pretty sure I’d like it. I’m a bit underwhelmed by the Samsung DVD burner. It does what you’d expect, but I hadn’t realized when I ordered it that you need to plug it into 2 USB ports in order to power it up. The Lite-On USB DVD drive I tested recently worked with just a single USB cable, but that’s what I get for trying to save $10 and order the cheaper model. Still, the Samsung disc drive is a heck of a lot more portable than the monster disc drive I was using before, and it’s going to be much easier to carry with me to CES in January.
It’s also been a good year for us, so we’ve been making a point of making some donations to a couple of charities we believe in, including Heifer International, Doctors Without Borders, and Philabundance, an area organization that helps provide food to people in need.
What about you? Get anything good? Get any lumps of coal? Give any good gifts to friends, loved ones, or charity?