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.
One of our writers got a pair of Bose MIE2i Headphones
for his birthday and insisted we include them in our list. And why not? The earbuds are secure without being tight, reaching that sweet spot where you forget you're wearing them. Because they are made exclusively for Apple products, they allow you full control over your music without having to fumble with the screen.
If you haven't yet ditched the buds that came with your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad for a better pair, these are the way to go. Use the built-in mic at work to ask Siri what your day looks like. $116.96