Tech / Peripherals
The following are peripherals for gaming, such as glasses to reduce strain on the eye, custom controllers for shooters, and console enhancements.
- Nyko's Zoom for Kinect – $29.99 – If you have a Kinect and a small playing space, this peripheral is essentially a must-have. It decreases the amount of space that you need to play games with your Kinect. It reduces the play range required by up to 40%, allowing you to play closer to your tv, and allowing two people to play in an area normally suitable for only one player. This is great for bedrooms, dorms, and small apartments.
G155-Gaming and Entertainment Mobile System (Xbox 360/ PS3 Not included) – $299.99 – Console gaming on the go is more convenient than ever, but for the right price. This is a self-contained mobile gaming environment that fits your Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 Slim. It has an integrated 15.5" LED HD display with HDMI connection, integrated stereo speakers and dual 2.5 mm headphone jacks, it has proper ventilation, places to store controllers and wires, and is very rugged. Just bring it with you, plug it in, and you can play. This would be great for someone going on vacation a lot, or visiting relatives where your kid won't tie up the tv and can continue gaming.
Cube Laser Virtual Keyboard for iPad & iPhone – $169.99 – Have a loved one that is really into tech and gadgets? He / she will love to show off a virtual keyboard that works with the iPad, iPhone, and laptops via Bluetooth. All you need is a flat surface, and it projects a full keyboard onto the surface. With a rechargeable battery that lasts 150 minutes and a projector that fits in the palm of your hand, this is definitely some cool tech. I haven't tried it, so I don't know how practical it is, but it's definitely cool and worth getting if you have someone that's into this kind of stuff.
- Gunnar Gaming Glasses – $79.99 to $189.99 – These are computer and gaming glasses designed for gamers. The lens comes in either yellow or amber tint, filtering out harsh fluorescent light and reducing high-intensity blue light. This helps relieve eye strain, eye fatigue, and can help prevent dry eyes and headaches during long gaming sessions. Some MLG pros have been seen wearing these, and at Dreamhack for the League of Legends Season 1 Championship, several players were also sporting these. They range in price from $79.99 to $189.99, which multiple styles, but for long-term they might help keep your gamer's eyes in better shape. And don't worry if you wear glasses–you can get a custom prescription lens.
- SCUFGaming Xbox 360 Controller – $79.95 to $132.95 – We've personally reviewed the SCUF DareDeVL Pro 360 Controller, and we must say, it's a great controller. If you or someone you're buying for is into shooters or first-person shooters, then this controller will enhance your skills. They offer a wide range of models with different looks and features. Some features that you can get are: all-black face buttons; removing the rumble packs to make the controller lighter; an anti-slip Grip paint; a soft, comfort grip; concave or domed analog sticks for precision; trigger stops to decrease aim / shooting depress time; adjustable hair triggers, allowing you to find the trigger sweetspot for each game; and two back-panels to mimic any two of the face buttons. I personally own the SCUF FPS competition and use it on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. These controllers are a must for anyone that plays a lot of Call of Duty.
Kindle Fire – $199.99 – This is the newest, affordable tablet. It's getting rave reviews. You get a 7" multi-touche display and get access to movies, music, apps, reading, web, and more. It is easy to use, and for the price, is a steal! It's $400 cheaper than the iPad, and this is sure to be one of the hottest gifts this holiday season.