The 12.1-megapixel SX200 from Canon boasts a 12X optical zoom yet weighs only 7.8 ounces. The Smart Auto feature automatically selects the correct settings based on 18 shooting situations. Cost: $350
The Asus Eee PC 1000HE is arguably the best netbook priced at less than $400. The slim PC offers more than 7 hours of battery life (compared with less than 5 hours on average for netbooks), weighs 3.2 pounds, and sports a retooled keyboard. (Notably, the shift key is now right under the enter key, a placement that’s more important than you might think.) Cost: $383 on Amazon.com.
With an Internet connection that taps into Google for local searches, TomTom's new GO 740 LIVE has information on more than 11 million local businesses, twice as many as a typical GPS navigator. The device also delivers traffic information every two to five minutes. Cost: $399.95 plus $9.95 per month; the first three months are free.
When the first Flip camcorder was released in 2007, it wowed gadget geeks with its small size, affordability, and high-quality footage. Now, Flip is back with the MinoHD, a 3.3-ounce wonder that is as portable and easy to use as the first Flip. Plus, it can record high-definition footageand store up to 60 minutes of HD video. One drawback: There's no slot for a memory card. Cost: $230
Travelon's checkpoint-friendly backpack makes getting through security at the airport much more manageable. The bag contains a laptop sleeve with a see-through mesh cover. When you get to a checkpoint, pull out the sleeve, and your laptop can be screened without being removed. Cost: $110
Just plug it in this credit-card-size backup drive, via a thin USB connector, and it automatically starts backing up your documents, music, videos, and photos, as well as any e-mails stored on your computer. No clicking, dragging, or software installation is required. Cost: $100 for 16GB, $150 for 32GB, $250 for 64GB
If you tend to cramp up on long flights, check out the tiny Comet Massager. The device, from a manufacturer called Homedics, can fit in your briefcase. It is versatile enough to let users soothe cramped feet, legs, and shoulders. Three AAA batteries are included. Cost: $9.99 at homedics.com.
Drawing juice from a tiny solar panel, the Power Monkey hand-held charger is compatible with most cell phones and music players, as well as some digital cameras. After six to eight hours in direct sunlight, it contains enough juice to power a cell phone for up to 32 hours. Cost: $94