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Network World - In previous years' Cool Yule Tools holiday gift guide, we've offered health and fitness gadget gift suggestions, but this year we decided to expand this category to include "grooming" tips as well. Looking good is always important, and technology is being added to new things to help us stay that way.
Here are some suggestions of products that we liked this year. Take a look!
Note: Products are listed in no particular order or preference. Prices are also rounded-up estimates from either the product's website or Amazon.com. Better deals may be offered online during the holiday season.
While not your typical gadget in the sense of consumer electronics, the ProGlide Styler from Gillette does have an on/off button and runs on a AA battery, giving it a small bit of gadgety goodness.
The razor combines three different grooming tools in one handy device. First, there's a powered trimmer that can trim sideburns and other facial hair quickly and evenly. The unit comes with three different comb sizes for easily trimming goatees, beards and mustaches. The shaver part then clips on top of that, giving you a 4-blade wet razor. The third tool is an edger, which can provide defined lines for edging (goatees and sideburns, I'm assuming).
The on/off button is mainly used for the trimmer, but you can also use it for the shaver, which provided an odd feeling when shaving. I'm not completely sure if the power button helped my shave, but it didn't harm it either.
If there's someone on your list who likes to grow facial hair on a regular basis (sadly, I can't do this as much as I'd like), this makes for a nice handy gift that provides several shaving tools in one handy package.
- Keith Shaw
This light and comfortable shaver features three circular blades that pivot, providing a smooth shave in all those hard-to-get places. Because the shaving surface doesn't have a straight edge, there's no way to trim sideburns or other facial hair. But not to worry, there's a little pop-out trimmer blade that's enclosed with the back of the shaver and pops out when you push a button.
In my experience, an electric shaver doesn't deliver the close shave that a Mach 3 or some other manual razor does. But if you like the convenience of a light, portable, ergonomically well-designed electric shaver, this would make a great gift. It comes with a charger, and the device features a battery gauge, so you know when your power is running low. The blades themselves pop out and are washable. The box says this shaver has "black diamond technology'', which, if you read the fine print, actually means "diamond-like carbon'' but, hey, for $50 you can't expect actual diamonds, right?
- Neal Weinberg
We've seen versions of Plantronics' BackBeat Go wireless headphones in previous years, but we think this year they really nailed it. These very light stereo headphones connect wirelessly via Bluetooth to your music player or smartphone, giving you the ability to hear music (and take calls if you want, there's a small microphone on the wire connecting the two earbuds) without a dangly cable getting in the way.