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Envision this Low-Cost Monitor

Category: Hardware Published on Wednesday, 18 March 2009

An Affordable Monitor from AOC Leads the List of Stocking Stuffers from Tao, RingDing and Mimoco

Michael L. Berman's Blog
Dec. 13 , 2007

The 21-inch AOC 212va-1 monitor ($280) from Envision may not be the best and the brightest when it comes to dazzling you with color from your PC, but it does dazzle you when it comes to price and good, dependable performance.

The truth is, this LCD monitor delivers a lot more than you'd expect from screens in its price range, providing a set of decent built-in speakers, decent image quality and a nice, slim design. Whar it lacks in extras (built-in USB ports, high-end graphics capabilities and brightness to rival the high-priced spreads) it makes up for in price. Couple that with a three-year warranty and you have a decent monitor any money-crunching, game addicted, word processing freak can love.

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Still looking for that perfect stocking stuffer for the technogeek in your life?

Going through my "to-do" pile of gizmos and gadgets, I came across a few items that may fit the bill.

How about a Cubicaller Cubicle Doorbell ($14.99) from RingDing Electronics Inc? Imagine, being summoned by the sound of chirping birds, a car horn or any of 12 other sounds instead of the usual throat-clearing or muttering that alerts you someone is at the threshhold of your cubicle. The doorbell runs on two AAA batteries and can be attached to any surface. For more information, check out

If that doesn't float your boat, how about a Halo Mimobot USB flash drive ($49.95) from Mimoco? Developed in conjunction with Microsoft and Bungie Studios (creators of the Halo 3 video game for the Xbox 360), the high-speed USB 2.0 drive comes packed with tons of Halo-related content, including excerpts from an upcoming Halo novel. You can purchase capcities ranging from 1 to 4 gigabytes from the company's Web site at

Still not convinced? Check out the Tao Digital Picture Frame and Alarm Clock ($99) from Tao Electronics. Pn the surface, it resembles a standard clock, with either a digital or analog clock display on a 3.5-inch LCD screen. But, in actuality, it has the ability to display up to 50 of your favorite photos in a slide-show format. All you need to do is download the photos to the clock using an USB cable. More information can be found at

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