Still seeking Shane's gift

Published: Thursday | December 12, 2013 Comments 0
Marketing representative at Innovative Superstore, Yanique Hall, shows off the Apple Macbook Pro. - Rudolph Brown/Photographer
Marketing representative at Innovative Superstore, Yanique Hall, shows off the Apple Macbook Pro. - Rudolph Brown/Photographer

Today, we continue our Christmas feature Daviot's Decision. Staff reporter Daviot Kelly is in a Christmas gift-giving mood this year and has selected three family members: his mother Joan, grandpa Val and cousin Shane. He solicited help from the public and has got some guidance on what he can buy.

SO, MY second stop in my 'shopping for cousin Shane' trek took me to Liguanea's Sovereign Centre at Innovative Superstore.

For Christmas, they are literally pumping up the volume.

"Sound is what is going to sell this Christmas," said Dolkeith Harriott, sales and marketing manager. "I mean, how different can gadgets get?"

Marketing representative Yanique Hall showed us a range of Bluetooth speakers, which despite their size (like a nice stone to knock down mangoes) may have your neighbours asking your teenager to keep it down. Prices range between $4,000 and $7,000 (plus tax). If you're carrying your jams with you, the Klip Xtreme Acoustix Muffs ($6,685 plus tax) are an option.

Okay, so speakers and headphones it is? Except Shane is the creative type and likes designing things, even rhythms. So I checked out the Macbook Pro.

"All the DJs are using Macbooks. And it's great for any type of high-end processing," said Hall. "Once you need a lot of power, but don't want a desktop, it's for you." Innovative has both the 15 and 13-inch screens, the 13s offering varied operating systems and, in some cases, more memory than the 15. All told, it's about $230,000 plus tax. There are a myriad of tablet choices (16GB, 32GB, 3G/4G capable), but Hall also felt the Kindle Fire HD (the seven-inch version), could be a consideration at $25,035 plus tax.

"Originally, it was built for people who love to read, but the key addition to it are the tablet features," said Hall. "So you can do the things you would with a normal tablet as well as enjoy your reading. It's the best of both worlds."

And by the way, if your teenage cousin or nephew has a little sibling who you just hate to leave out, Hall recommends the InnoTab 3 by Vtech. Perfect for children between three and nine, the tab offers educational material in disciplines including mathematics, science and music. It's equipped with camera, an e-reader, plus there's 'kid-safe' Wi-Fi - they won't be browsing any material you wouldn't. Hall said it would be somewhere in the region of $19,000 plus tax.

The downside is, I'm back to square one in deciding what to get this boy. Oh dear!

Tell me what you think. Email daviot.kelly@gleanerjm.com or tweet me @dkellyworld.



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