Emphasis on the "slim." It might resemble an empty Christmas paper tube attached to a handheld garden sprinkler, but the Dyson DC35 Digital Slim Vacuum ($300) is anything but a hacked-together design. Powered by a Dyson digital motor and weighing under 10 pounds, the DC35 features Radix Cyclone technology, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and a motorized floor tool with carbon fiber brushes, it's ready to tackle even the dirtiest of floors without breaking your back. The one Dyson sent us has been sucking up everything from cat hair to drywall nails, and shows no sign of slowing down.
Pretty much everyone was expecting the next Nook to be a do-it-all, high-powered Android tablet. Boy were they wrong. The Nook Simple Touch Reader ($140) is aimed at the low-end crowd — not necessarily a bad thing — with a six-inch touchscreen e-Ink Pearl display, built-in Wi-Fi, internal storage for up to 1,000 books with a micro SD port for expansion, battery life of up to two months, and a svelte design with a soft touch back. Just think of it as an anti-iPad.