You fret over it year after year, it requires constant and nerve-racking thought, and it eventually drives you to buying gift certificates.... what can I get for my techie friend? As the years pass and technology becomes better and cheaper, the question seems to become easier to answer. Everything that you can think of has already been invented and is on store shelves or are in development. This is good news for all you people who are worried on what you can get your techie to make him or her happy. From portable mp3 players to the almighty Athlon power systems, there is something to fit your budget. Go to your nearest CompUSA or Best Buy and you will see aisles and aisles of gadgets that will bring oohs and aahs but the big questions is which one you should get that will make people happy, In this guide, I will tell you which toys would probably make that special person in your life happy while fitting your budget. All the products in this roundup can be found in online retailers as well as the neighborhood computer shop. Itís worth mentioning that online shopping has grown tremendously over the past 5 years by huge numbers. This guide is arranged by price because that is what most people base their buying decisions on.
$29.99 - SRS Labs WOW Thing Multimedia Audio Enhancement Device:
Wow, this is one long name for such a small product. How the WOW Thing works is a mystery but the fact of the matter is that it does itís job and it does it well. In itís translucent blue casing is advanced audio circuitry that adds tone and definition to sound on the way to your speakers. This is the cheapest way to get the best sound out of your speakers - it doesnít matter if your speakers are high end or low end, it will make it better, a lot better. The WOW Thing uses WOW technology developed by SRS Labs to add soul to sound and it features TruBass which you might have guessed enhances bass, it will add a kick to your subwoofer or push out bass on your speakers even without subwoofers. The quality of mp3s increased dramatically as soon as the WOW Thing was turned on, the is a definite must buy for all your friends and family.
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$39.95 Logitech Wingman Gamepad Extreme:
Games, games, games, if there are games wherever you turn to, from the shortcut to Quake III on the desktop to the poster of Flight Simulator 2000 on the wall, you are most likely attached to a gamer. What does a gamer want? Powerful computer, latest games, and.... great controllers. If a game doesnít need a keyboard or a mouse, the next best thing is a gamepad. Flight Simulators and adventure games are usually better on a gamepad than they are on the keyboard and mouse so the gamepad is a very important accessory. The best of the best in this category is Logitechís offering, the Wingman Gamepad Extreme. Along with great control, it has a tilt-control mechanism similar to the Freestyle Pro from Microsoft, what this means is that tilting the gamepad itself is a viable option in control, you can turn the nose of an airplane down by tilting the gamepad forward. It really is a great controller and coupled with a great design and color, itĎs a sure thing.
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