My taste in tech is always different and a bit over the top. Every Christmas, people always wait in anticipation for my Fantasy Gift List. I hope you enjoy viewing as much as I did putting it together.
The Alienware Area-51 Gaming Desktop. Alienware hasn’t had an Area 51 machine for quite awhile, and this machine lives up to the name. When I first saw this, my reaction was pure “WHOOOH”. As you can see in the promo VIDEO HERE, this machine will rock your gaming world with 6 or 8 CORES and up to 32 GIGS of quad channel memory! Uniquely designed with a “TRIAD-CHASSIS”, it’s all about efficient cooling, and access to your ports. Starting with an 850 watt power supply as standard, or turn it up to #11 with a 1500-watt power supply; of course, with overclocked, liquid-cooled fourth-gen Intel Core i7 processors, with variable options for memory, hard drives, and graphics. The Area 51 it can hold up to five drives (SSD or HDD) plus three full-length double-wide graphics cards. Starting at $1,600, you can crank it up to $4,549 fully maxed out… and watch that craft fly!
Now that you have all that gaming horsepower behind you, you need a monitor worthy of it…
Having a 32.7-inch monitor is already pretty decadent for most computer users, but LG’s 34UC97 is a step above even that—it’s an Ultra Wide Curved WQHD display, an IPS panel with full 21:9 ratio. It works with Macs (there’s a Thunderbolt connector), and has two HDMI, two USB, and a DisplayPort. It’s a big one, weighing almost 20 pounds and measuring 18.6 inches high by 35.5 inches wide. But for this monitor, it’s all about the slight curve, giving a single user an incredibly immersive experience. Here’s another view so you can dream about immersing yourself.
Power Up Toys: PowerUp 2.0 Free Flight Electric Paper Airplane $17.00
The paper airplane, all grown up. Yes, the difference between men and boys, are the price of their toys. At $17, this is a way cool “toy” that won’t break the bank. Give this to any guy, and he will instantly turn back into the boy always waiting to come out.
Introducing the NEXT generation of Free flight propelled paper airplanes – PowerUp ® 2.0 – Electric Paper Airplane Conversion Kit. More power, More durable, Easier to fly. This is the second generation of the award winning PowerUp System. Take your basic home-made origami paper airplane designs to the next level with the NEW – PowerUp ® 2.0. Just attach to the nose of any paper plane and see this fly hundreds of feet above a soccer or football field. Quick charge for 20 seconds with the included power pack and see it fly across the sky. Learn the art of flight with no worry of damaging the plane – just fold another one! (3 AA batteries and Paper are not included).
TAP. PAIR. PLAY.
Pairing is easy. Just tap your phone to your Beats Pill and create an instant connection. Sync two Beats Pills by tapping them together to play the same song. You can also tap the Beats Pills together twice to stereo your music, making one Beats Pill the left output and the other the right.
SMALL SIZE, BIG SOUND.
Despite its compact size, the Beats Pill produces powerful sound. It’s easy to enjoy soaring highs and deep, booming bass in every room of the house.
CHANGE TRACKS FROM YOUR PHONE
Pair the Beats Pill to your phone, laptop or any other Bluetooth-enabled device to change tracks and adjust the volume from up to 30 feet away.
The Beats Pill frees you to roam so you’ll always have premium sound, anywhere you go. It’s lightweight and small enough to fit in your bag. If your phone or external device is low on battery power, you can use the Beats Pill to give it some juice.
Take that call. The Beats Pill’s Bluetooth capability and internal microphone make talking on the phone easier and better sounding than ever before.
The Surface Pro 3. $799 – $1549
The ultimate laptop that replaces your tablet, but is still a tablet!
Just a few features:
Built to handle even the most intensive of tasks, Surface Pro 3 has a 12” Full HD Plus screen, fully functional keyboard, and multi-position Kickstand. Insanely fast performance and seamless graphics with the 4th generation Intel® Core™ family of processors (i3, i5, i7). Install your favorite Windows desktop software, including the entire Microsoft Office Suite3 and Adobe® Photoshop®. Easily connect your peripherals and transfer files via a full-size USB 3.0, microSD™ card reader, and Mini DisplayPort. A responsive, bright touchscreen, stereo speakers with Dolby® audio, and two 1080p cameras. Make video conferencing or watching movies better than ever. Light and thin Weighs just 1.76 pounds and only 0.36 inches thin. It’s the perfect tablet to take with you wherever you go. Enhanced battery life With up to 9 hours of battery life for web browsing, you can focus on being productive for longer. HD cameras: Take crisp and clear videos and photos with the 5MP HD cameras on the front and back of your Surface Pro 3. Runs FULL Windows, Office, desktop apps, and browsers. Surface Pro 3 comes with Windows 8.1 Pro which means you can install your favorite desktop software, including the full Microsoft Office Suite and thousands of other essential programs for business and creativity.
All games want this little gadget. A stylish palm-size USB box to record and stream HD gameplay for both gaming PC and console yet with a LOW PRICE. Live Gamer Portable features wide connectivity, hardware compression capability and intuitive user interface, which is designed to satisfy all kinds of game lovers. Most importantly, it is the first model in the market delivering the true mobility. Besides no need of power outlet, it provides the option of PC-free mode with SD card storage. No matter you want to use it with PC or standalone, Live Gamer Portable allows easy gameplay preserving and sharing at home, in friends’ places, in competition venues and wherever you play, which realizes the real on-the-go recording for gamers.
Pursue of performance and efficiency:
Live Gamer Portable is a compactly designed capture device supporting video input up to 1080p@60. Its HDMI and component inputs as well as wide resolution support make it applicable for most gaming platforms including desktop, laptop, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U. Moreover, its on-board H.264 hardware encoder guarantees lower CPU usage and stable frame rates even while recording and streaming, which completely fulfills most gamers’ desire for smooth in-game and viewing experiences. Live Gamer Portable also benefits those who like to share. The small-sized MP4 file generated drives video uploading and editing more quickly and efficiently.
Ultimate portability and PC-free mode
Sharp and powerful, Live Gamer Portable surely serves as a respectable hardware in your gaming setup at home. Meanwhile, its mobility earns more appeals. Weighting 117g, Live Gamer Portable is lighter than most mobile phones. Plus its small form factor and direct power supply from gaming PC or console via USB cable, it can be carried and used easily anywhere you play. For those who emphasize on-the-go recording more, Live Gamer Portable even provides PC-free mode to record gameplay directly to the SD card in its slot with the video quality up to 720p.
Intuitive software and hardware design
Equipped with AVerMedia”s exclusive RECentral software, Live Gamer Portable facilitates the live streaming process with intuitive settings. It is capable of broadcasting live gameplay with commentary to TwitchTV, own3D and Ustream directly with your own account, and even allows custom RTMP settings. On top of this, Live Gamer Portable is also fully compatible with XSplit Broadcaster to offer advanced streaming functionalities. The built-in hot button and LED indicators are another surprisingly intuitive spots of Live Gamer Portable. Gamers can start to record or stream with one-click on button, and be aware of the working status with a quick glance on the LED lighting mode. Sharing your gameplay with Live Gamer Portable can never be easier.
The Ultimate Stocking Stuffer: You KNOW you want this one!
The Roku 3
The best just got… well, bester! The ROKU 3 featuring HDMI, Ethernet, USB, MicroSD slot, and now a cool 5X faster, Over 200,000 movies and TV episodes; plus music, news, sports and more. It couldn’t be easier to turn your “dumb” tv into a SMART TV. – 802.11 dual-band (a/b/g/n compatible) with WEP, WPA, and WPA2 support 10/100 Base-T Ethernet – Audio Output: Digital over HDMI (7.1 and 5.1 surround pass through) – Video Output: 720p & 1080p
I would like to take a moment to thank all of my readers, and I hope the articles I write keep you informed and aware. My best to you and your families over the holiday season, and a Happy New Year to all. I am going to be spending the first week of the new year with my wife in Aruba, but when I get back, look forward to an amazing 2015 full of tech wonderment!
Jacques Darius Redmond (Dr. Tech).