Tom's Hardware's 2012 Gift Guide, Part 3: The Tech Toys
Toys! We’ve been through the system components and peripherals of this year's holiday gift guide. Now it’s time to fill those stockings with the fun stuff. Please welcome Ashley, Hannah, and Vanessa back for our big finale. And just to make sure you stay awake through it all, let’s begin with some espresso. Power users tend to be big fans of caffeine (at least, I know I am). So, we wanted to go high-tech with our delivery mechanism.
Jura’s Impressa J9.3 One Touch, which sells for about $2,900, is without question the most stunning automatic coffee machine we’ve ever laid hands on. Add ground coffee to the machine if you must. The integrated conical grinder is more pro, though. A rotary selector knob lets you pick your drink type, then the TFT color display lets you control the specifics. The cappuccino spout dispenses cappuccino and latte macchiato, and the “fine foam” dispenser means no more standing there trying not to splash yourself with milk and steam as you monkey with an aluminum cup and a blistering hot spout. Both the dispenser and twin espresso spouts are height-adjustable, and both the silver lacquer finish and lighting of the machine help to make this unit visually amazing. A software program takes care of rinsing, cleaning, and descaling. Just fill the water, keep milk in the cooler, and dump the grinds.
If you have three grand worth of love for your top-shelf coffee, do not miss this. Chris Angelini tried every drink the Impressa J9.3 makes after our photo shoot, and we're still not sure if he's slept since. Now that's enthusiast-class gear.