A buyer's guide to the top 10 must-have gadgets

With all of us having either MP3 devices, mobiles or portable media players of some kind, the next key gadget on the agenda is a decent pair of headphones to take advantage of them.

The IT PRO office was in absolute agreement that Etymotic is the way to go, either for the "custom fit" models or the impressive out-of-the-box designs on offer.

We are going for the latter, namely the ER6 product. With sound quality to give you goose pimples and noise blocking to make you feel calmly isolated from the world outside, these comfortable and stylish inner ear accessories are worth every penny.

Etymotic ER6 headphones

Sanyo xacti hd2000 Price: 500

We've long been a fan of this camcorder's predecessor, however this latest edition offers stunning quality, features and value.

The handycam design is pleasing to the eye, without being overly flashy, and is incredibly easy to use as well as carry around.

It is a fully HD camcorder has an 8.1 megapixel camera, offering 60 progressive frames per second (fps) leading to fantastic filming quality as well as being great just for digital photos.

Sanyo xacti hd2000

Sony PSPgo Price: 199

Handheld gaming has been popular since the days of the Gameboy but it has now bounded ahead with the quality and quantity of devices available in 2009.

Our pick of the bunch has to rest with Sony's PSPgo. A luxurious and sleek portable computer, the "go" is the latest version of the popular PSP device boasting as smaller and more lightweight than its counterpart 43 per cent smaller than the original model.

With a 16GB hard drive you can game or watch TV shows and movies on the device's 3.8in LCD screen as well as take advantage of its Bluetooth capability to do so on the move.

PSP go

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin iPod Speaker Dock 300

The final entry in our gadget guide is perhaps the most impressive, and definitely the most ludicrous.

The zeppelin-shaped design of the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin iPod Speaker Dock is both overpowering and breathtaking and sends many a tech fan into a gibbering mess where the few words you can make out is "want one, want one."

We played with one at a recent technology expo and the sound quality was superb, but it remains a toy for the visually eccentric rather than the avid music listener.

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin iPod Speaker Dock

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Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott is a former freelance journalist and currently political reporter for Sky News. She has a varied writing history, having started her career at Dennis Publishing, working in various roles across its business technology titles, including ITPro. Jennifer has specialised in a number of areas over the years and has produced a wealth of content for ITPro, focusing largely on data storage, networking, cloud computing, and telecommunications.

Most recently Jennifer has turned her skills to the political sphere and broadcast journalism, where she has worked for the BBC as a political reporter, before moving to Sky News.