- The Washington Times - Friday, November 27, 2009

Awright: The food’s done, leftovers tucked in the fridge, and the kids are asleep. But you’re not. Black Friday, the greatest shopping day since the dawn of time, looms large. Here are some techie toys worth standing in line (or clicking online) for.

1. The iPhone 3GS — If you have one, you probably know someone who needs this ubiquitous, pocket-sized marvel. If you don’t, you sure as heck need one. Trust me. $299 to $399 at AT&T and Apple Stores.

2. TiVO HD XL — Now just $499, this digital behemoth will store 150 hours of high-definition TV and 1,350 hours of standard programs. Monthly TiVO guide service is about $30, but you can get a lifetime deal for $399. While $900 (total) for a TiVO box may sound excessive, the unit is the ultimate time-shifter, and you can move many programs from the TiVO to your desktop computer for burning as DVDs or viewing on your iPod or iPhone.

3. I-inc iH-252HPB 25-inch widescreen LCD monitor — No one should have to use a 17-inch or smaller desktop monitor, and using a bulky CRT should be a federal crime. This beauty, available online at TigerDirect.com, offers a 24.6-inch viewing area, crisp graphics and text and a $229 price that’s a steal.

4. Bose QuietComfort 15 noise-canceling headphones — Retail price: $299.95, free ground shipping at www.bose.com. Value: Priceless, especially when in the middle seat flying Baltimore to Los Angeles with screaming children around you. (Other solutions could attract the attention of air marshals.)

5. Sony PlayStation 3 bundle — Friday and Saturday at Best Buy Reward Zone, members get it for $299 with two free child-oriented games: Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time and Little Big Planet: Game of the Year Edition. Very good deal versus last year’s price (at least $100 off) — and joining the Reward Zone is free (www.bestbuy.com/rewardzone).

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