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Zoooom into Christmas with has now relaunched as to reflect the wider product offering and an increasingly dynamic brand. It is the newest online computer, camera, gaming and mobile accessories superstore, boasting over 10,000 products to suit gadget-lovers of all ages. Perfect! 

From a bedroom-based entrepreneur with a vision, the MD Jonathan has built an extensive management team to continue to drive the business forward. “We’re not short of ambition,” he adds, “and fully expect to develop ZoomBits into the biggest accessories site on the web.”

The recent launch of their new website at the Soho Hotel was fab, there were gadgets everywhere for everyone at every budget! Here are my top 3 stocking fillers from in the run up till Christmas and even better they are all under £20.

Z Flyer hand command astronaut


The ZFlyer Hand Command flying astronaut puts remote control power right into your hands with an innovative and unique control system. Hovering just above the ground in normal flight, when you place your hand underneath him, he’ll follow your lead so you can control his flight with hand gestures. How cool is that!  Hand Command is simple to fly and will stay upright with no effort at all – errrr probably not if I was doing it!  Price around £15

Satzuma USB mini fridge cooler

Keep your drinks cool by your computer with this very *cool* little fridge. No software or batteries needed just plug into your USB and away you go.  Great stocking filler and you can spend even more time at your computer than you already do!! Price around £15.

Gorilla Pod by Joby

We all love the gorilla pod spesh the new pink flavour that has been launched following on from the original one. Girlie, bright, and super useful, you can also get it in red, blue, green, orange and yellow. It is the lightest and most versatile camera tripod available today. Featuring over 25 flexible leg joints that bend and rotate, it will firmly secure compact digital cameras to virtually any surface – anywhere and everywhere! So attach it to the Christmas tree and snap away!! Price around £14

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My BBC2 ‘Something for the Weekend’ Gadgets

Sony ICF-CL75iP Alarm Clock

The Sony ICF-CL75iP alarm clock is so much more than an annoying bedside device to wake you up in the morning.

It has a 7-inch WVGA screen, 1GB of internal storage (and a USB port for more), a retractable iPod dock and an FM radio. It may seem kind of excessive to have an extra screen when an iPod or iPhone is sitting right there, but the clock can actually play videos too (MP4, Motion JPEG and AVI).

The alam clock has been a feature of the bedside table for the best part of 150 years, but it seems that more than 50% of all mobile phone users now set an alarm on their handset before climbing into bed, rather than using a traditional bedside clock.

Sony’s ICF-CL75iP alarm clock is a step forward in terms of alarm clock technology and they hope to bring back the traditional way to wake you up, as well as offering a modern solution for those who like all-in-one gadgets.

It’s a great little thing to take with you on holiday, on a business trip or anmy kind of travel, as it has so many functions in one, including the capability to watch a film.

The Sony’s ICF-CL75iP is available for around £120

Handpresso Domepod

The new Handpresso Domepod is a portable, hand powered and eco-friendly espresso coffee maker, which now works with all of your favourite ground coffee, unlike previous models where you need special cartridges.

The big selling point of the Handpresso Domepod is it’s lightweight portability, meaning you don’t need a huge coffee machine to get the same great tasting results, not only that, but also the amount of money you’d save by not plugging in a huge espresso maker and using this eco alternative.

The Handpresso is good if you’re going camping, spending an afternoon fishing, having a picnic, going to a festival etc, all you need to make a real espresso is this machine.

Working the device is simple, all you do is use the hand pump to build some pressure up, fill up the Domepod with you’re ground coffee, place some hot water in the reservoir and press the pressure release button, easy.

It’s available now online for around £80

Race in a Case

The Race in a Case Slot Racing Track is a unique eco-friendly alternative to other classic head-to-head tabletop racing games. Instead of having to use mountains of batteries or plug in the mains and run up your electricity bills, the Race in a Case runs purely on wind-up power.

Its hand-cranked electricity and speed generator technology gives a player all the power and control in order to have more fun.

The main selling point of the product is its portability due to its lightweight design, it’s eco-friendly (the fact you can take it anywhere and don’t need to worry about finding a power supply) and there’s minimum assembly as it’s all contained in a hard heavy-duty plastic casing that you simply unfold.

The more you wind the controller, the more you accelerate, the less you decelerate or maintain speed. The aim is to beat your opponent and win by depending solely on your manual winding skills and self-control. Also included in the case are various decorations to spruce up your racetrack and make it look more realistic, i.e. a chequered flag, landscape backgrounds, fake starting line lights etc.

Race in a Case Racing Track will be available online from the 14th October from around £50.

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Boys Toys: remote controlled drinks cooler

If you’re looking for a pressie for your boyf and he likes beer, and oh yeh is a bit lazy then this is perfect.  It’s a remote controlled drinks cooler. You just fill it up with beer, then use the controller to steer it towards the next thirsty punter. Marvellous! It will set you back £40 though.

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