Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Tech, Tabletop, Comics, Movies and more
Here are our most recommended headsets, board games, etc. for gamers
Tech and Accessories
Star Wars BB-8 by Sphero - $179.99 Amazon
Sphero brings to life Star Wars: The Force Awakens' cute, adorable rolly droid, BB-8. You control this tiny replica with your smartphone or tablet. BB-8 by Sphero also recognizes and reacts to your voice, and can also record video. It's probably the coolest Star Wars product to own this year.
ADATA's rugged HD720 external hard drive - $59.99 - $119.99 Amazon
HD720 is the ultra-durable external hard drive with a sporty design. It features a large storage capacity, and also undergoes stringent tests for waterproofing, dustproofing and shock resistance to provide excellent protection of data. The HD720 is the most rugged data backup for your next adventure! Comes in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB sizes.
KontrolFreek thumbsticks and grips - $12.99 Amazon
The KontrolFreek ULTRA thumbstick extender was developed for the sole purpose of enhancing your gameplay experience. By increasing the length of the analog sticks slightly, control is improved dramatically. A controller outfitted with KontrolFreek ULTRA provides a range of motion increase of over 40%, giving you the ability to make smaller, more precise in-game movements. This increased precision and decreased thumb-fatigue results in a better way to game. The link goes to the PS4 grips, but they are also made for the Xbox One.
Logitech- G410 Atlas Spectrum TKL Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - $129.99
If you read my review of the Logitech G910 Orion Spark mechanical gaming keyboard, you know I loved it. The Logitech G410 is a smaller, more streamlined mechanical gaming keyboard (with a Ten keyless design), but with many of the same features as the Orion Spark. It uses Logitech's exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches, that have up to 25 % faster actuation. You still get all of the RGB customizable backlighting, as well. It's great for LAN events, traveling, smaller kids, and if you require more mouse space.
Loot Crate Subscription - $14.99 monthly
Undoubtedly by now, you've heard of Loot Crate. You pick which crate you want, Loot Crate curates the items in there, and then they ship it to you every month. A subscription to Loot Crate is perfect for the geek/gamer in your life. Right now, Loot Crate has some specialty crates available, such as Star Wars ($100), Call of Duty ($100) and Doctor Who ($50). They also have a monthly Loot Anime full of anime and Manga gear, and Level Up, which is full of geeky apparel.
$40 - $100
Turtle Beach Star Wars gaming headsets - $49.95 - 99.99
If you're looking for a less expensive, but still quality gaming headset, Turtle Beach has you covered. They have two Star Wars-themed gaming headsets -- X-Wing Pilot and Star Wars Battlefront Sandtrooper -- both ideal for use with Xbox One, PS4, PC and mobile.
$101 - $250
Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum Gaming Headset - $149.99
Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum RGB 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset is a full-featured, surround sound gaming headset worthy of serious audio fans. Experience your games like never before with advanced audio drivers, 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound, a noise-cancelling foldaway boom mic, multi-source sound mixing, convenient on-headset controls and more. It's for PC, mobile, Xbox One and PS4. Jam-packed of features gamers crave, the G633 is a great option for gamers, regardless of platform. Stay tuned for review...
Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless Gaming Headset - $199.99
If you think the Logitech G633 gaming headset sounded great but you really wanted a wireless gaming headset, look no further than the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless gaming headset, which has everything the G633 has and then some. For use with PC, or console (PS4, Xbox One, etc.), the G933 has tons of features and a great, wireless 7.1 Dolby surround sound. With 12 to 15 hours of battery life, fully customizable lighting, audio mixing, programmable G-keys for macros, and a flip-to-mute mic this is your wireless option for a PC gaming headset (it comes with a cable for use with consoles). Stay tuned for review...
Astro A40 Halo 5: Guardians Edition - $220
The must-have headset for Xbox One owners, the Astro A40 Halo 5: Guardians Edition features Halo 5 details and a unique color scheme. Halo fans are going to want this for their Halo 5 gaming sessions. You can read our Astro A40 + Mixamp M80 review. The package of the A40's design, quality, sound and comfort is great for the price. Stay tuned for review...
JBL Everest Elite 700 - $299.95
If you're looking for high-end, wireless headphones, the new JBL Everest Elite 700 should garner some attention. An incredibly comfortable wireles headset, the Everest Elite 700 has active noise cancelling technology with the ability to control how much outside noise to let in. A solid amount of bass and a dynamic acoustic experience, TruNote calibrates the headphones to you. While you wouldn't think of it for gaming, you can use the included 3.5mm cable to plug into controllers. We would recommend the JBL Everest Elite 700 for mobile and tablet use. Stay tuned for review...
Though not your traditional gaming headset, Master & Dynamic's MH40 over ear headphone is beautifully crafted and presents a nice, rich sound. It's a very sophisticated, high-end headset for more of a lifestyle than just straight up gaming. With impeccable quality, nice lambskin-wrapped foam ear pads, top-not leather and metals, it's unmatched in design and sound. Audiophiles will appreciated the MH40 whether it's for games, movies or music. It comes with a 1.25m remote and mic cable for iOS devices, a canvase case and a leather cable box. For gaming, M&D sells a $129 Boom Mic for your chat purposes, and a steel stand for display purposes when you're done using them. You'd be hard-pressed to find an adult that doesn't love the MH40 and its retro design. Stay tuned for review...