Gadgets for the ‘One Percent’

Early adopters want technology that pushes the envelope. Gadget hounds want lots of features. If you pay for your digital playthings what others spend on a car, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have both. These elite electronics let you play at the cutting edge with a deep bench of standard capabilities backing you up.

So, what are the gadgets you’re likely to see in the hands of the ‘one percent’? Click ahead for some high-end luxury gadgets.

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Essential Gadgets for the Business Traveler

There’s something many travelers overlook when they’re searching for a new gadget. No matter how flashy or popular an item may be, it ultimately needs to have two characteristics: Be portable and functional.

Simplicity is key to people on the road. Tech tools need to help them save time, find some sort of serenity, or make a complicated procedure painless. Otherwise, the gadget is just taking up space in the suitcase. Here are 10 examples of things the road warrior can’t (or shouldn’t) live without.

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The 10 Coolest Gadgets at CES 2012

Attending the Consumer Electronics Show is not good for your bank account. No matter how new your TV is or how high-tech your home might be, there’s always something better on the way — and once you see it, you often want it.

There is, however, a lot of repetition in the Las Vegas Convention Center halls. After a couple of days the myriad TVs start to run together, and it starts to seem like every booth is offering some variation of an iPhone case.

Some items rise above the fray — and these are often the ones that resonate with consumers. Here are a few of the most interesting things on display this year.

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Cisco shutdowns: Flip … flops. Eos goes.

Cisco is calling it quits on its Flip video unit.

The company has announced a realignment of its business operations that will result in it scaling back its consumer facing divisions. The Flip, which was a red-hot item just a couple of years ago, is the highest profile casualty of the move. Also being cut is the company’s Eos media solutions business.

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CES 2011 Preview: Saturday’s things to watch

Things are starting to slow down at CES – kind of. The crowds will be huge today and the show isn’t over until tomorrow, but rather than the flood of announcements, seminars and keynotes, Saturday and Sunday are basically days for attendees to seek out the items they’ve missed.

This is when quality tends to win out over hype at the show – as word of mouth spreads about smaller devices that don’t have the marketing budgets of Panasonic, Sharp or other multi-billion dollar companies.

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Six Tips When Buying Consumer Electronics

Odds are you’re going to buy or receive a gadget this holiday season. Consumer electronics are always one of the top gift items in December, but the rush to get the latest gadget sometimes prevents people from thinking things through completely.

For the better part of 16 years, I’ve covered the video game and gadget space, making me one of CNBC’s go-to geeks. Along the way, I’ve learned a few easy tricks that make electronics shopping—and the early days of owning these devices—a bit more bearable.

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For the Geek: Hot Holiday Gadgets 2010

Someone, somewhere on your holiday shopping list is going to want a gadget this year—and odds are they won’t be alone.

Consumer electronics are the most dependable category in the retail space during the holidays, but the sheer volume of gadgets on the market can be confounding. Here are a few sure-fire choices for your favorite gadget hounds.

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The Surefire Holiday Hit: Gadgets

Consumers may be planning to spend less on gifts overall this holiday season, but that frugality seemingly won’t apply when it comes to consumer electronics.

Fueled by demand for Apple’s iPad and Amazon’s Kindle eReader, gadgets are expected to be the top category in retail during the fourth quarter. A survey from the Consumer Electronics Association finds that consumers will spend an average of $232 on gadgets and gizmos this year.

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