Best Christmas gadgets ever

As you busy yourself with getting your hands on the best Christmas gifts this year, we look back at the gadgets for Christmas that once adorned your hopeful festive wish lists.

It's a time for giving, sharing, wearing rubbish jumpers and playing with your Christmas gifts while being shouted at to pay attention to a boring story from the in-laws. Past Christmases have seen gadgets like Nintendo's Wii Fit become the must-have gadget and had us all up out of our post Christmas dinner slumps and burning off those added festive pounds. But what gadget-gifts have given us the most pleasure over previous years, leading adults to sprint past their children on Christmas morning and start shaking their presents with rapturous glee?

 

1983

Gadget: Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100

Price at launch: £450

Inflation adjusted price for present day: £1090

Best Christmas present because: As one of the world's first laptop computers, this was THE gadget to have if you wanted to be the coolest in the office. 16 hours battery life and only 1.7kg? Hey, that's a chance to work out of the office all week... plenty more time for power tie buying. Bodacious.

Buy One: Radio Shack

 

 

1984

Gadget: Adidas Micropacer

Price at launch: £70

Inflation adjusted price for present day: £162

Best Christmas present because: Back then, a microcomputer in your shoe was so futuristic you might as well have been running on the moon. A far cry from today's GPS-enabled systems, it still told you time, distance and calories burned, and has since been re-introduced by Adidas as retro-electronic.

Buy One: Adidas

 

 

1985

Gadget: Nintendo Entertainment System

Price at launch: £120

Inflation adjusted price for present day: £265

Best Christmas present because: Simply the best console of its time, it brought family video game playing to a new level. It had children and adults alike queuing up to play 'Duck Hunt' in shops thanks to the cracking light gun, and most adults will never know a grey box of joy like it again.

Buy One: Nintendo

 

 

1986

Gadget: Casio SK1 Sampler Keyboard

Price at launch: £120

Inflation adjusted price for present day: £250

Best Christmas present because: Being able to record your voice and play it on the keyboard? That turned you into an instant musical genius, allowing you to insult your friends in a plethora of different pitches. However, it had no lasting memory, so all your witty one-liners were lost when you turned it off.

Buy One: Casio

 

 

1987

Gadget: Sony Discman D-88

Price at launch: £160

Inflation adjusted price for present day: £320

Best Christmas present because: Perhaps not the gadget everyone had at Christmas, but dear sweet Tokyo, it was THE cutting edge device of the holiday season. It could only play the (now-defunct) 3" compact disc format, but pulling it out on the commute in the 1980's made you cooler than a frozen Panda Pop.

Buy One: Sony

 

 

1988

Gadget: Super Mario Bros 2

Price at launch: £30

Inflation adjusted price for present day: £57

Best Christmas present because: Not strictly a gadget, but this surreal title in the Super Mario range was a hugely sought after game. The decision to either place it in the Mario hall of fame or the dustbin of Luigi history has split gamers worldwide: it's like Super Marmite.

Buy One: Nintendo

 

 

1989

Gadget: Nintendo Gameboy

Price at launch: £80

Inflation adjusted price for present day: £145

Best Christmas present because: It was the device that got you gaming somewhere else other than on the sofa in your pants. AND it only took four AA batteries which meant you only needed to buy one pack to play Tetris for hours on those endless car and train journeys.

Buy One: Nintendo

 

 

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