Electronic Gadgets

"Gadget" is a catch-all word these days for nifty devices. We've covered the basics, such as clocks & watches, plus delved into the world of present-day and future high-tech gadgets, such as digital jewelry and restaurant pagers.

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Even though prices are lower than ever before, a laptop is still a significant investment. If you use the right criteria when shopping, you can feel confident that you're getting the best value for your money and the best machine for your needs.

By Wesley Fenlon

So many tablets, so little time. We'll give you the tips to choose the one that's right for you.

By Beth Brindle

A high-def TV and big, booming speakers are nice, but to get the most out of your home entertainment system, you need a quality AV receiver to handle all your gear. Here's what to look for when choosing one.

By Chris Opfer


E-readers come in all shapes and sizes. So which one's right for you?

By Chris Warren

Filling the family gadget-geek's stocking with small gifts can require a team of savvy elves. We have five suggestionsthat won'ttake too much out of Santa's wallet.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

Lots of people feel completely lost when choosing a smartphone. But with a little time and a little research, it's easy to figure exactly what you need, what you want and what you can do without.

By Jamie Page Deaton

With your iPhone in hand, you can control all manner of toys, gadgets and games. What are five app-controlled toys that'll grace the "must-have" lists of gadget geeks?

By Jessika Toothman


Gone are the days when you can attract the female market just by making a product pink. These days, women seek out gadgets that are well-designed, durable and straightforward to use. Here are five that fit the bill.

By Cristen Conger

Way back in the dark ages, circa 2006, if you wanted to read e-books and surf the Web, you had to buy two devices. These days, however, the latest tablets and e-readers allow you to do both. Only, which device is best?

By Patrick J. Kiger

You want to upgrade your media setup to include a video projector, but how do you start your search? There are so many models on the market, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, but you can relax -- we'll walk you through the shopping process.

By Stephanie Crawford

So you want to buy a telescope. With scopes ranging from $50 for a department store offering to around $1 billion for the world's most expensive telescope, we'll forgive you for not knowing where to start, and we're here to help.

By Kate Kershner


You're dying to see more of the world, and binoculars may help you do it. Find out which pair is perfect for spying on your neighbors and which ones will help you spot cosmic craziness in the sky.

By Kate Kershner

Not sure which MP3 player is right for you? Read our guide for some help with figuring out where to store your digital music collection.

By Jane McGrath

Want to watch video on the go and don't know which gadget you should get? We've got a guide to all your streaming needs.

By Jane McGrath

Science fiction writers have come up with some really clever gadgets, gizmos and vehicles. Here are 10 that we wish we could get our hands on.

By Jonathan Strickland


The Clocky, the rolling alarm clock presents an edge on traditional alarm clocks. If you hit the snooze bar more than once, it rolls off your nightstand and moves around your room. Take a look inside this gadget.

If you are a bug lover, this tiny gadget is just for you! The Hex Bug is a tiny robot that reacts to sound and touch. Take a look inside the Hex Bug.

By now, you've probably "spotted" the newest arrival on the digital music scene. Spotify, the Swedish music streaming service that's been hot in Europe for years, is now making waves in the United States.

By Nathan Chandler

An advantage of having an electric toothbrush is the fact that it does most of the work for you. Studies prove that brushing with an electric toothbrush produces a cleaner mouth. What's inside of these machines?


The idea of technology that you wear isn't new, but it's an industry that's exploding in popularity, from Google Glass to fabrics that turn movement into electricity.

By Nathan Chandler

Ever wonder about that eerie-sounding music in old sci-fi flicks? Those haunting strains may come from a theremin, an instrument you play without touching. How's that possible? Find out in this article.

By Gerlinda Grimes

If you're about to buy a little gold sticker to protect your brain cells from cell phone radiation, then please stop what you're doing and consider a more sensible use of your money -- such as magic beans or a wish-granting monkey's paw.

By Robert Lamb

If you're walking to a destination, you may want to know how to use your car GPS in pedestrian mode. Learn how to use your car GPS in pedestrian mode in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors


Instead of buying a GPS system, you may want to know how to use your laptop as GPS. Learn how to use your laptop as GPS in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

You'd like to learn how to listen to audible books through your GPS. This article will tell you how to listen to audible books through your GPS.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors