Make sure Santa brings you something special this Christmas. Add a Skype-friendly TV and webcam to your Christmas list, and you can stay in touch all year round using Skype calls, video calling and instant messaging. Just read on now, for some great high-tech gift ideas.
The hottest Skype-enabled TVs
• Samsung Smart TV D8000
We blogged about this amazing TV back in November, but it’s so cool we just can’t help talking about it again. And if you’re making your Christmas list, you might want to take a tip from Santa and check it twice too, just to make sure you’ve included the D8000.
With improved image quality and LED backlight scanning, you can get crystal clear images – perfect for when you want to make HD Skype video calls. And its handy remote has its own three-inch LCD, so you can watch TV (and stay in control) even when you have to head off to the kitchen to keep an eye on the turkey.
• Sony Bravia LED HX729 Internet TV
With a built-in 3D sync transmitter and WiFi, the HX729 has everything you need to keep you entertained this Christmas. Perfect for movie-lovers, you’ll enjoy vibrant, clear images – and it’s Skype-enabled so you can make high-quality internet telephone and video calls too.
With so many features, you’d expect this TV to be bulky – but it’s slim and elegant, so it’ll look great in any room.
• Panasonic Viera ST30 Series Plasma HDTV with 3D
Take your television viewing experience to a new dimension with this amazing 3D plasma TV from Panasonic. Watch 2D and 3D movies in style, benefit from outstandingly clear images and use the intuitive remote to browse the Internet.
With outstanding picture and sound quality, this high-tech TV is perfect for using for Skype phone and video calls too – so you can chat to whoever you want to, wherever they are.
The latest Skype-friendly webcams
• Samsung STC1100 Smart TV Skype Camera
Designed to match the Samsung Smart TV D8000, this handy webcam can be mounted on your television, so you can sit back on your couch and chat to friends and family via Skype internet phone or video calling.
Don’t be fooled by its slim, lightweight design – it’s got a high-quality autofocus camera and four built-in microphones, so your loved ones will be able to see and hear you perfectly.
• Sony CMU-BR100 Camera and Microphone for Skype
The perfect companion for your Sony Bravia TV, this camera and microphone lets you make cheap Skype phone and video calls to your friends and family across the globe. It’s easy to set up and use, and has four uni-directional speakers, so you can be heard wherever you are in the room.
You can attach it to your TV or stand it on its own – and it’s designed to match your Sony Bravia TV perfectly, so it’ll look great too.
• FREETALK Conference HD Camera for Panasonic TVs
Make Skype video calls in glorious high definition and widescreen by hooking this neat gadget up to your Panasonic HDTV.
With four microphones which cut background noise and reduce echo, you’ll get beautifully clear sound. And, unlike many of its competitors, it’s compatible with Macs and PCs too.
Which Skype-friendly TV and webcam are you asking for this Christmas? Let us know by leaving a comment below…