Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Gifts For Geeks
Samsung T3 Portable SSD
It may be tiny, but the Samsung T3 PSSD is also mighty. The perfect travel companion, the T3 can store up to 2TB of information so you can store all the files, photos and videos you like! It’s also durable. The shock-resistant T3 has no moving parts and a strong exterior metal body that can withstand up to 1500G of force (the equivalent of a drop of up to 6.5 feet!) – ideal for butter fingers like me. The T3 is compatible across multiple operating systems including Windows, Mac OS, and Android devices and also comes with a USB 3.1 Type-C connection port and USB Type-C to Type A cable. I used to lug around much larger drives, but now I’m spoiled with this size and durability.
Logitech® K780 Multi-Device WirelessKeyboard
Retail Value $79.99
The Logitech®K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard allows users to easily type on – and switch between – three connected devices, whether Windows®or Mac®and Android™or iOS.You can write an email on your computer then touch an Easy-Switch™ button to reply to a text message on your phone or tablet. The keyboard design and layout, provide a comfortable and familiar typing experience, while the integrated cradle holds your mobile device at a stable reading angle.
UE Boom 2
Retail Value $199.99
Designed to get wet, muddy and beat up, UE BOOM 2 is the Bluetooth® speaker that blasts insanely great sound in every direction – everywhere you go, even the beach as the UE BOOM 2 is waterproof (IPX 7), drop-proof(from up to five feet high).
Jaybird X3 Wireless Sport Headphones
Retail Value $129.99
Rugged and sweatproof, X3 are Jaybird’s most advanced, secure-fit wireless Bluetooth® headphones to-date. Evolved from their successful X2 buds, these Bluetooth 4.1 headphones don’t require a headphone jack and offer eight hours of battery life on a single charge. The micro-sized design and sweat-proof finish make sure you can exercise with confidence no matter what athletic event you choose to pursue. With enhanced sound, customizable audio options and a secure-fit, the headphone’s miniaturized, low-profile design will keep you going from the gym, to the trail and beyond.
Retail Value $99.99
Logi BASE Charging Stand with Smart Connector™is the charging stand that belongs with your iPad Pro™. Designed in collaboration with Apple, Logi BASE leverages the Smart Connector to provide an effortless drop-and-go charging solution for your iPad Pro. BASE also provides the perfect viewing angle when your iPad is on a desk, countertop or nightstand. Made from high-quality aluminum materials and with a sturdy anti-slip pad, Logi BASE takes charging to a whole new level.
LectroFan Micro Wireless
Retail Value $34.95
The LectroFan is an amazing gift for just about anyone. The little speaker has BluetoothⓇ technology and the sleep sound science of Adaptive Sound Technologies, Inc. It swivels on its base to accommodate your surroundings and your listening pleasure. Once paired with your smartphone it has velvety smooth sound. However, the coolest part of this speaker is the fact that it plays ten different sounds when you need to block out other distractions or when you need some background noise. It features four white noise options, five fan noises, and ocean waves. This pocket size speaker is a great gift idea and the perfect stocking stuffer.
Logitech Smart Home Accessories
Retail Value $99.99 – $349.99
Logitech Harmony® Elite is the most powerful and intuitive Harmony remote, controlling up to 15 devices for seamless control of your entertainment—and your home. The all-new design has a color touchscreen features swipe-and-tap gestures to change channels, fast-forward or rewind, or adjust volume. The motion sensing, backlit buttons and improved button layout make it easy to find the right button, even in the dark. There’s a set of dedicated connected home buttons and you can control popular home control devices like lights, locks, and thermostats, according to schedules or with sensors.
Logitech Pop Home Switch gives everyone in the home easy access to basic control of multiple smart home devices – especially lighting. Use single, double or long presses to control smart home devices—individually or in groups. Set the scene with lighting presets, Sonos playlists and more.
The LogiCircle Home Security Camera is the smart home video camera that provides peace of mind and always-on, instant connection to home when you’re away. Features such as Live HD Video with 2-Way Talk & Listen let you instantly join the people, pets and place you love most, no matter where you are. To look back on what’s happened, Scene Intuition™ uses smart filtering technology to identify important moments, while Day Briefs™ daily summaries give a full day’s highlights in just 30 seconds.
Portal WiFi Router
Retail Value $199.99
Do you want to give a gift that is practical and helpful? The Portal router is a wonderful gift for those that use the internet…which is basically everyone. It allows for increased speeds and fantastic fluidity even in crowded areas like apartment buildings. Nine internal antennas give it a sleek but powerful design that allows for a central location without it being an eyesore. However, the most important part is that it offers more coverage and stronger signal with mesh networking and FastLane technology. It can actually move Wi-Fi devices to their own wireless spectrum preventing bogged down speeds when multiple devices are being used. Using continual intrusion detection, geo-fencing, and ID obfuscation, the Portal is constantly working to keep your network safe for you and your family. The easy setup is thanks to the built in BlueTooth RadioⓇ. Just use the free Portal app on your phone or tablet to set up your router with easy step by step instructions which was much faster and convenient than any other router I have used. This has been a godsend to me because I live in an area where we literally don’t have internet service…unless you live in a specific area where one, yes one, local internet company provides service. Thankfully, we live in that area. However, during peak internet using hours arrive, i.e. kids are home from school and parents back from work, my internet crawls. This has completely changed my internet speed. It is an amazing new router that comes with an affordable price tag unlike its competitors.
Logi CREATE Backlit Keyboard Casefor iPad Pro
Retail Value $149.99
The Logi CREATE for iPad Pro™is a protective case and backlit keyboard packaged in a snug and lightweight design.Designed in collaboration with Apple, the Logi CREATE leveragesthe Apple Smart Connector™, eliminatingthe need to power on, pair or charge the keyboard –it’s always ready when you are.The keyboard is built for productivity; it has full-size keys and dedicated iOSshortcut keys, so typing on your iPad Pro is comfortable and convenient. The Logi CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case is available in a variety of colors including black, red or blue.
Retail Value $799
Navdy incorporates popular Head-Up Display (HUD) technology, primarily offered as a pricey upgrade package in luxury cars, with a groundbreaking UI, and specially developed software, delivering a far richer driving experience at an accessible price. And since Navdy is portable you can put it in any car you drive! It features a full color, fully transparent display that projects information into the distance allowing the driver to stay focused on the road. It also includes Navdy Hand Gestures so you can answer calls, scroll, zoom and navigate menus easily. With this helpful gadget you can make and receive calls, listen to messages, control music, receive calendar reminders and stay connected to the apps on your phone. Navdy also connects to your car with Navdy Dash to show your speed, RPM and automatically recommend nearby gas stations when your fuel level is low.
Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Buds
Retail Value $199.95
Elegant and micro-sized, Freedom is Jaybird’s most advanced, secure-fit wireless Bluetooth buds ever. They fit perfectly in even the smallest of ears and deliver a hands-free experience that never misses the beat.The buds are multi-faceted and can be the single solution for those looking for a wireless headphone that’s both functional and refined, packing premium features into a bite-sized package.
InvisibleShield Sapphire Defense
Retail Value 49.99
Perfect for the butter fingers in your life, the Sapphire Defense screen protector includes new indestructible Defense Matrix technology and delivers 7X the shatter protection. Sapphire Fusion provides a smooth, glassy feel so you get unbeatable scratch protection as smooth as glass. Developed with advanced aerospace-grade technology, Sapphire Defense incorporates the clean, clear, protection of tempered glass. If your Sapphire Defense gets worn or damaged, ZAGG will replace it for the life of the device.
Logitech®M317C Wireless Mouse
Retail Value $29.99
The 2016 Party Collection combines wireless wonder and functional fun with funky prints and quirky designs that express individual style.As part of the collection, the Logitech®M317C Wireless Mouse knows has up to 12 months of battery life and a reliable 33 ft.wireless connection, you can have fun without worrying about battery life or connection snags.
Retail Value $59.99 – $79.99
The LogiZeroTouch™Air Vent and Logi ZeroTouch Dashboard smart car mounts for Android™ smartphones are magnetic mounts that trigger Logitech’s new voice-controlled app each time you dock your phone in the car. Together, the mount and app deliver a hands-free, in-car connected experience that offers voice texting, music, navigation and calling functions. The Logi ZeroTouch gives you the best features of a connected car without the new car price tag or expensive upgrade price.
SnapPower Coverplate Converters
Retail Value $15-20
SnapPower coverplate converters transform ordinary outlets into multifunctional tools in your home. The SnapPower Guidelight can safely and easily transform an outlet coverplate into a convenient night light. They automatically turn on and off by a sensor and are equipped with energy-efficient LED lighting for perfect nighttime illumination. The SnapPower Charger converts your outlet coverplate into an attractive USB charger. It requires no wires or batteries and leaves all outlets free for use! Which also effectively solves the problem of those charger bases that are always disappearing in the night.
Logitech Gaming Accessories
Retail Value $69.99 – $99.99
Any gamer will appreciate this gaming trio from Logitech.
The Logitech® G213 Prodigy™ RGB Gaming Keyboard is a full-sized keyboard that features customizable RGB lighting, comfortable, responsive keys and dedicated media controls. It’s got a sleek, spill-resistant design, making cleanup quick and easy. An integrated palm rest and adjustable feet let you set your keyboard to the ideal position, so it feels perfect during extended gaming sessions. The Logitech G213 Prodigy Keyboard is ideal for gamers of any experience level.
Using 40mm neodymium drivers, the Logitech® G231 Prodigy Gaming Headset delivers high-quality stereo sound that keeps you immersed in your PC and console game from start to finish. The headset features a lightweight, comfortable design, with washable performance-sport cloth earcups.
The Logitech® G403 Prodigy™ Wireless Gaming Mouse combines an incredibly comfortable, lightweight design with gaming-grade wireless performance and the world’s most advanced gaming mouse sensor. With customizable lighting, buttons and DPI settings, you can fully configure it to match your preferences and take your settings wherever you go.
Retail Value $299
The UE MEGABOOM by Ultimate Ears is a portable wireless speaker on steroids; it blasts freakishly amazing 360-degree sound with deep, heart-pounding bass. It has a waterproof (IPX7certified) grab-and-go shape that is shockingly light, long battery life and extended wireless range making it ultra portable.
Logitech®C922 Pro Stream Webcam
Retail Value $99.99
Designed for serious streamers, the Logitech® C922 Pro Stream Webcam gives you the tools to show your skills with superior clarity when you want to go live on TwitchTM and YouTubeTM. Stream clear video in your choice of sharp 1080p at 30fps (frames per second) or fluid 720p at 60fps, and use the dynamic background replacement technology to integrate your live image in the game. The webcam comes with a tabletop tripod with a swivel mount allowing you to adjust the webcam to the best possible angle when you’re broadcasting. The webcam also comes with a complimentary 3-month XSplit Premium license allowing you to stream or record your PC games.
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