The team at BYTE had the unique challenge of finding the top business-worthy consumer tech gifts for the holidays. There are lots of top 10 lists out there, but our challenge was finding cool consumer stuff that will also work well in the enterprise. Of course, many consumer products can be brought into the enterprise--that's the raison d'etre for BYTE--but there aren't a lot of them that also make great gifts. We skipped the obvious--the iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire--because we bet whoever wants those gadgets has them already. Our goal: gifts that would surprise, yet also function at work.
At 5.5 inches wide, the Soundmatters foxLv2 Bluetooth Speaker
system builds a wall of sound loud enough for small parties. Designed by a former NASA engineer, the speaker system, whose lithium battery acts as a subwoofer, is also a hands-free audio device. It includes a "business quality" built-in microphone for speakerphone conference calls for teams that travel. Of course, that deep bass also provides some rich sound that can fill a cubicle--with minimal disturbance to those around you. Think upcoming holiday office parties. There is no plugging. Put it anywhere fully charged and it'll go up to eight hours. $199