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Tom's Hardware's 2012 Gift Guide, Part 3: The Tech Toys

Tom's Hardware's 2012 Gift Guide, Part 3: The Tech Toys
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Jura Impressa J9.3 One Touch

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.

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    jupiter optimus maximus , December 10, 2012 3:24 AM
    The girls make me want to buy the product. For female viewers, picture #16, is what you want.
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    kennai , December 10, 2012 3:26 AM
    Mr. Angelini does listen.
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    mayankleoboy1 , December 10, 2012 3:49 AM
    WoW! Much more artistically shot pictures. I really liked Pic #11.
    Pic #16 ? :whistle: 
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    halcyon , December 10, 2012 4:02 AM
    Well done, well done indeed.
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    army_ant7 , December 10, 2012 4:22 AM
    Quote:
    Mr. Angelini does listen.
    I'm not sure if you're referring to some demanding him (and other editors) to show up in pics, but... So that's how he really looks like! Can't really see him that well on his normal profile picture. Now if any of us see him on the streets, we can "attack" or swarm him! :lol:  :p 

    Anyway, I want the quad-propeller drone!!!

    And also, that coffee maker is God-expensive...
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    Novulux , December 10, 2012 4:36 AM
    Already own #10, couple of months now.
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    Anonymous , December 10, 2012 8:08 AM
    i think i might have to start playing GW2 . . . .
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    dark_wizzie , December 10, 2012 8:38 AM
    Xbox Acheivement Unlocked: Boner
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    ubercake , December 10, 2012 10:38 AM
    Side-boob sells. We almost had side-boob, but sadly we did not.
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    youssef 2010 , December 10, 2012 11:17 AM
    ArticleWe also love the 8 MP camera on this unit, which in turn enables the Face Unlock security feature


    The US version of the GSIII is a joke compared to the international version. And this editor has probably never used the face-unlock feature because it's enabled by the front camera, not the rear facing camera
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    halcyon , December 10, 2012 11:22 AM
    youssef 2010The US version of the GSIII is a joke compared to the international version. And this editor has probably never used the face-unlock feature because it's enabled by the front camera, not the rear facing camera

    A joke eh? I've used the Note II for about a week and while I'm not sure about this my thinking is its a tad more powerful than any version of the GSIII. It didn't seem to turn my US version of the GSIII into a joke and didn't even feel noticeably faster. Oh, did I mention I don't play a lot of FPS' on my phone? I must be the exception.
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    xpeh , December 10, 2012 1:01 PM
    And now we wait for engineering students to pour out their love for these women.
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    rebel1280 , December 10, 2012 1:30 PM
    great product and models but the lighting on some these pics... That being said its a TINY gripe. Great ideas for sure!
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    mcd023 , December 10, 2012 1:44 PM
    sooo...about the thermostat....what if you and the misses keep fighting over the temperature?
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    warezme , December 10, 2012 2:33 PM
    Cool, but not to sound ungrateful but maybe next year we could get some co-ed type models? I mean these ole gals are fine but a bit cougerish, don't ya think? You can down rate me, it's my opinion.
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    bodhiwvw , December 10, 2012 4:10 PM
    mcd023sooo...about the thermostat....what if you and the misses keep fighting over the temperature?

    Consider it an exercise in compromise, a little marital aid of sorts. Holiday bonus! ;) 
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    Cryio , December 10, 2012 4:18 PM
    If you didn't put a Windows 8 phone on this list, I'll be sad.
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    JonnyDough , December 10, 2012 6:30 PM
    LOL@The Jura. What a waste of money!
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    JonnyDough , December 10, 2012 6:33 PM
    warezmeCool, but not to sound ungrateful but maybe next year we could get some co-ed type models? I mean these ole gals are fine but a bit cougerish, don't ya think? You can down rate me, it's my opinion.


    Or better yet, skip the models and SHOW MORE TECH! I don't come here to oogle women, that's what porn sites or my gf are for. I come here to read about tech.
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    JonnyDough , December 10, 2012 6:35 PM
    I also would not pay $60 for that toy copter. I would much rather get one of the $20 ones off NewEgg.
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