It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are finally here! That means a wave of all-new holiday gifts have also arrived and (sweet!) will soon find their way into high-tech enthusiasts’ hands. But with so much great gear to sort through, how do you choose the right present for that special someone? Happily, we’ve teamed up with some top tech leaders to take a look at the latest and greatest new gift ideas you’ll want to consider.
For example: A new smartphone like the BlackBerry Passport, which is great for any mobile professional who wants to be more productive. Inspired by an actual passport, the mobile device has a large high-resolution touch square screen and the industry’s first and only touch-enabled QWERTY keyboard – making it ideal for viewing documents, browsing the web and writing emails. It also has some great new features like a new operating system that offers greater security, dual app store with hundreds of thousand apps, BlackBerry’s new digital assistant as well as BlackBerry Blend, which allows you to easily share content, texts and conversations from your device to your tablet or computer.
Another great gift option to consider would be a new computer. There are so many out there, but the HP Chromebook is well worth taking a look at because it’s affordable and powerful. It comes with 100 GB of Google Drive storage for two years, which is great for storing all your holiday photos. Plus it has Google Chromecast and access to third party apps like Hulu and Netflix, a feature anyone on your shopping list will love!
Also keep an eye out for the Lyve Home 2TeraByte drive that stores all of your photos and videos from all devices – phones, laptops, external drives, and it organizes them into one central library creating a secure backup of all of your images. There’s also a great Free Lyve app that gives you instant access to any of these photos and videos from any device, no matter where you are. It’s super easy – just download the Lyve app from itunes or googleplay on all of your devices, and it does the rest – it even backs up any new photos instantly!
One gift guys can always use too is grooming tools, and Wahl is definitely the way to go. Their latest and greatest are the Lithium Ion Trimmer and Elite Pro Series Clipper. They cover it all, from head and face. Both feature patented ground blades for a smooth and even cut every time. A lot of guys are can be very particular about grooming tools, but guys will definitely want to have a look at these—and they’re sold at major stores nationwide for under $70.
If you’re trying to get as much done in one place as possible you might also shop at GameStop—it’s a great place to find all your gaming and tech gifts this season. They have great deals on new and pre-owned gifts like video games, consoles, gadgets, and accessories. This year among their hot deals is the Xbox One—they’re offering the system in a bundle with digital copies of two Assassin’s Creed games. What guy wouldn’t be happy with a new gaming system?
Spring has officially sprung, and you know what that means – tons of new games, gadgets and high-tech toys for your entertainment! Just one problem: With so many great options for indoor and outdoor play to choose from, it can be hard to whittle down your wish list. Happily, we’ve partnered with some awesome companies to highlight a few of the best ways to keep the fun and excitement going well into summer and beyond.
Right off the bat, consider checking out a portable gaming pick that’s perfect for the beach, plane or car. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity for the Nintendo 3DS handheld system is the latest in the hugely-popular Pokémon franchise, which millions of families have grown up with. Kids will be pleased to find that they can easily jump right in and play as one of five fan-favorite Pokémon as they journey through infinitely-changing dungeons, battle and befriend other Pokémon and collect treasure. Just a few of many fun features the dungeon RPG sports include wireless play and colorful 3D graphics, as well as the ability to scan everyday objects with the Nintendo 3DS’ camera to open new dungeons.
You can grab it at national retailers – or download both the game and additional dungeons in the Nintendo eShop. The Poké Forest Mystery Dungeon add-on is actually free to download until April 30.
For next-generation fun at home, you’ll also want to try LEGO City Undercover, exclusive to the Wii U. Based on LEGO City Series playsets (a favorite with many kids), it’s an engaging action-adventure where you explore a living, breathing city solving crimes. With an original storyline, over 100 vehicles and tons of disguises to choose from, its blend of action and humor offers something for everyone, kids and adults alike, making it a top family game night pick. Among the coolest parts: You can use the Wii U GamePad controller’s touchscreen as a second screen to scan for clues or even listen in on criminals on your TV – it’s definitely a unique experience. It’s been getting some reviews too, so if you’re shopping for kids or looking to spend a little quality time sharing the controller, consider picking LEGO City Undercover up.
PC gamers are in luck too, with lots of great new high-performance gear available. Case in point: Logitech’s G line of gaming accessories. The company really put its passion for science into creating the accessories, which deliver a number of impressive new advancements. Its mice, keyboards and headsets offer better performance and precision – including a special coating on the keyboards and mice to keep your hands from sticking (apparently, when science wins, gamers win as well). Definitely put the Logitech G line of PC gaming accessories on your list to check out.
It was more than just games on display at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles – there were also tons of the hottest new video game gear, gadgets, accessories and devices designed with gamers in mind to sample. Looking to give your playroom an upgrade in 2012? Here’s a look at some of the best controllers, headphones, joysticks and more that we could find.
Afterglow Wireless Headphones – PDP– The Afterglow wireless headsets provide 10 hours of wireless use, with high-fidelity surround soon and bass-boosting capability. The devices also feature multi-colored lights, and are a great complement to the company’s popular line of Afterglow controllers.
AV8R Arcade Flight Stick – MadCatz – With a design based on historically accurate WWII aircraft, the AV8R Arcade Flight Stick is designed to accompany the aerial combat game Damage Inc. Pacific Squadron WWII. The game actually marks MadCatz’s first foray into the world of video game publishing, so you can be sure the AV8R Arcade Flight Stick will be a perfect complement for the Damage Inc. game experience.
Dice + – Dice + – This real-life six sided die is seemingly blank, but when it comes close to your smartphone, tablet, TV or other BlueTooth device, it can be used to play a variety of game apps which come free with purchase. There are a wide variety of custom-made and traditional games, such as backgammon, that will have you gathering around your screen like a gameboard with friends or family.
Fusion Controller – Power A – Billed as the controller that “built for gamers by gamers,” Power A’s Fusion line of controllers feature interchangeable soft-touch and regular grips, an ergonomic design that’s been refined down to the millimeter by pro gamers, and buttons that have been machine-tested to withstand millions of presses. With its own hard carrying case, it’s sort of the equivalent of a baseball mitt or personal bowling ball for those serious about video games.
Inflatable Tablet Case for Kids – CTA – Here’s something that’s simple yet brilliant: an inflatable cube with a pocket for your iPhone or tablet computer that will allow your pre-schoolers to play with it without fear of it falling and breaking. Measuring about two feet on each edge, the cubes are currently available in licensed versions featuring Dora or SpongeBob, or in a more generic design.
Moga –Power A –This mobile gamepad hooks up to any Android device and can also be used with any tablet computer, giving gamers on the go access to more traditional home console game experiences using their mobile device. Developers are eager to create games that utilize this additional functionality, as it can allow for deeper game experiences created with more than just touch and swipe inputs.
Power Grip Pro – Nyko – This 3DS attachment promises to triple the battery life of the 3DS while also providing another circle pad on the right side of the screen, just next to the buttons. Although it makes the system’s profile about 25% wider, the proposition of longer battery life and better control is something that makes the larger size worth it.
Razer Taipan – Razer – This ambidextrous mouse from the pioneers in precision gaming is comfortable, lightweight and incredibly precise. Pro gamers helped design it, and you can customize everything from pointer speed to a personalized lift off range for the ultimate PC gaming edge.
Sphero – Sphero – If this glowing orb were simply a customizable and programmable toy device that can be controlled with your mobile phone, that would be cool enough for us to recommend it. But it also can be used with a number of free apps ranging from those that allow easy video-taking and sharing to games that have you put Sphero in your hand on a table to be used as a controller.
Turtle Beach Headphones – Turtle Beach – With designs for nearly every level of gamer, Turtle Beach’s headphones come in nearly configuration available. Gamers can find the design that’s right for them, whether it’s wired or wireless, stereo or surround sound, Xbox or PS3 and more.