The festival of lights is almost upon us and it's time to break open those piggy banks, get your cheque books prepped and ready for the big spend. There are gadgets galore out there and plenty of options in all budgets. What we've put together for your perusal are a bunch of best gadgets we could come up with in variuous budget categories. In our first segment of this series of articles, we'd like to start off with a Rs. 10,000 budget. We've crammed the list with devices you can get and will still leave you with a few Rupees left over. So take a look at what gadgets you can get within Rs. 10,000.

Nokia X2-01 (Rs. 3,300)
For the festival of lights this year we’ve chosen a mobile that’s designed to offer users comfort of use as well as some pretty decent features for the price. With its sport look and curved rear panel, handling and portability are a non-issue. The QWERTY keypad is soft and easy on the fingers enhancing speedy typing. Nokia’s X2-01 also offers quite a wide range of functionality from above average music quality to a well-designed user interface designed for easy access to all you need. It even performs well on the camera and battery front and is, overall, a well-rounded piece of mobile hardware in this price bracket.

Loud, clear, bright and colorful

Loud, clear, bright and colorful

Seagate External Portable Hard Drive 500GB (Rs. 2,500)
So when you have roughly Rs. 2,500 to spend on yourself or a gift for someone else, one of the last things that might come to mind might be a hard drive, a portable one to be specific. Now, drives with 320 and 500GB capacities can be bought for roughly Rs. 2,500 in the market. Brands such as Seagate and Western Digital have plenty of options in terms of capacity but more feasability and value for money lies in the 500GB capacity. For example, the Seagate External Portable 500GB (available on Flipkart) sells for Rs. 2,559. Now, 500GB is a lot of space to store movies, photos and your favourite music with you. Install a portable operating system on it or even portable apps and you can use your own personalized operating system wherever you go.

Plenty of space for your memories and more

Plenty of space for your memories and more

Logitech MK260 Wireless keyboard and mouse (Rs. 1,250)
It’s that time of the year again when you get the official license to spend. So what better way to splurge your cash this Diwali than upgrade your computer to a wireless keyboard and mouse combo. Logitech has launched the MK260 wireless keyboard mouse combo that is stylish and most of all convenient. This combo features durability, eight hot-keys, is compact in size and has an easy to configure plug and play feature. Another neat feature of this pair is that it has 2.4GHz wireless connectivity where you can be as far as 10 meters and still have the ability to perform. The Logitech MK260 sells at a street price in India of Rs. 1,250 and this will be a nice way to add a new look to your desktop PC this Diwali.

Go wire-free this Diwali

Go wire-free this Diwali


Verbatim 8GB MicroSD Card (Rs. 699)
MicroSD cards definitely make our life easier by providing more options for storing data like songs, movies and documents. Generally, most phones have extremely limited inbuilt memory and come with just 2GB of external storage. That definitely doesn’t satiate our ever-increasing needs and desires. Verbatim’s 8GB MicroSD card will definitely help you get more out of your phone with the data storage capacities it provides. And wait, the card is of the Class 4 category which will ensure that your data gets transferred in a jiffy. This minuscule marvel will help your phone in quite a few ways. The Verbatim card is much cheaper than most other brands in the market, so there’s value for money as well. No more mobile data storage worries this Diwali!

Store your favorite music and media for your handset

Store your favorite music and media for your handset

SoundMagic PL11 Earphones (Rs.550)
Want to get the best out of your shiny new MP3 player? Chuck out those bundled earphones and get these. The PL11 in-ear phones from SoundMagic offer superior audio quality for the measly Rs. 550 they retail for. The 9mm neodynium drivers offer detailed mids and highs and the bundled ear tips provide adequate isolation for some really good thumping bass. With an Impedance of just 12 Ohms, your phone or MP3 player will easily be able to power them without an issue. You also get a wide selection of ear tips which include silicone tips as well as foam tips and a handy carry pouch as well.

Tune out the noise with these

Tune out the noise with these

Nerf gun (Rs. 500)
When we, generation Y (if that's what we're called still) were little, we didn't have these dart blasters unless an uncle or an aunt came down from abroad (and bought gifts to promote our sugar highs and violent streaks). But now that they're available in leading toy stores across the country (like Hamleys and Toys R Us), it's time to revisit childhood again this Diwali. For Rs. 499, you get the Nerf Maverick gun and six darts. It's basic but it's really all you need to stick a dart to the head of your best friend when they aren't looking.

These are less noisy and more fun

These are less noisy and more fun

PC Game – Grand Theft Auto IV (Rs. 499)
At Rs. 499 there's not a whole lot of games you can buy but you could pick up one of the greatest games available this decade, Grand Theft Auto IV for the PC. Rockstar's magnum opus allowed players to experience a highly detailed and authentically recreated version of New York City where as Serbian immigrant Niko Bellic, they chased the American Dream. As with most Rockstar games, GTA IV was benefited by a riveting plot and some stellar voice acting that made us fall in love with every character. Even though this game is nearly three years old now, driving around Liberty City at night in the pouring rain is a visually extravagant and soothing experience. Just make sure you have a solid rig to play this game on.

Get 'craking' on crime

Get 'craking' on crime

If you've got a few suggestions of your own, dear readers, please feel free to share them with us and others via our comments. Be sure to keep the budget in mind though. Stay tuned to tech2 for more 'Get Gadgeted articles where we'll be upping the budget progressively to suit all needs.

Publish date: October 7, 2011 12:53 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 8:39 pm

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