Feb. 9, 2012— -- So you're looking for a Valentine's Day gift, but your loved one (or your wallet) isn't into diamonds? Here are some alternatives. Hint: Many of them involve microprocessors instead.
Asus Zenbook $999 and up
An ultrabook for the Valentine in your life. The Asus Zenbook in Rose Gold has an aluminum alloy casing, making it incredibly light and thin, just 17 mm at its thickest, powered by second-generation Intel Core processers, solid state drives for instant-on (the computer starts up in about two seconds), Bang and Olufsen sound, and stand-by time of up to ten days.
Tech-savvy women don't need to sacrifice fashion for function. Mobile Edge lets you take along your laptop, your tablet, and everything else you carry, all in one stylish and lightweight backpack.
It features separate padded and fleece-lined pockets for both a laptop and a tablet, if you must, front and side pockets for easy access to items like mobile devices and keys, and lots of inside pockets for all those other things women carry around. Adjustable padded shoulder straps and a drawstring opening with buckled flap made it easy to carry and access.
Altec Lansing Bliss Earphones for Women $49.95 (Bliss Gold)
These are designed for women's ears which, according to Altec Lansing, are smaller and, I presume, need a different fit and styling. They offer three models in different price ranges. All come with smaller ear tips and smaller drivers to allow for a secure fit. Here's a way to give jewelry and flowers, all wrapped up as a tech gift. Pick a jewel, then a flower-inspired color, like lilac, violet or rose.
Keep your Valentine toasty warm but still texting with AGloves, made with real silver, so every part of the glove works with your phone's touchscreen. No two-finger texting for you! The gloves are soft, warm, and stretchy, made for both men and women. They're compatible with all capacitive touch screen devices
iPod Nano: starting at $129
Music, multi-touch, fitness and clock faces, all in one portable device, the sixth-generation iPod Nano. The built-in accelerometer in the iPod Nano gives you real-time feedback on your workout, and you can upload data to the Nike+ website. Just clip on the Nano and track your steps, distance, pace, and time.
In the gym, connect the Nano to a Nike+ iPod-compatible cardio machine to keep track of every workout. Back at your computer, upload all your data to the Nike+ website to set personal goals, check your progress, and challenge your friends to top your results.
For those who like to wear an iPod Nano on a watchband, there are 18 different clock face designs to choose from; go digital for a retro feel, or choose a whimsical, animated character like Mickey Mouse or Kermit the Frog.
For Valentines who like to wear their heart, or their Nano, on their sleeve, here's a red leather watchband into which the Nano easily snaps. Makes it easy to track your fitness workouts or control your music. Plus easy access to change the clock faces to match your mood or your outfit.