Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are highlighting the best and most exciting innovations in gaming and gadgets as we approach the holiday season. Looking for that perfect gift for a loved one or simply want to treat yo' self to a well-deserved hardware upgrade? We've got you covered!
Below is Screen Rant's continually evolving 2016 gaming, tech, and gadgets holiday gift guide which highlights products (mostly launched in 2016) catering to everyone from casual to advanced users, consumers, and gamers. We've got a wide range of headsets, microphones, third-party and tournament-ready custom console controllers, virtual reality headsets, lifestyle accessories for smartphones, tablets, and laptops, and much, much more!
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Logitech G introduced an all-new family of gaming gear in September which included a keyboard, a headset and a pair of mice all built around the simple design principle of offering a high level of performance and comfort in a simple-to-use package and affordable price point for every level of gamer.
The G403 Prodigy Gaming Mouse and Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless Gaming Mouse deliver long-lasting comfort, thanks to their lightweight, ergonomic design. Rubber grips on the left and right sides give you added control, and the included 10g removable weight allows you to increase the weight if you prefer a heavier mouse.
Both mice are up to eight times faster than standard mice, which means when they are moved or clicked, the on-screen response is near-instantaneous. Each mouse has advanced button tensioning that helps keep the left and right mouse buttons primed to click, reducing the force required to click, delivering exceptional responsiveness. These mice feature the PMW3366, the world’s most advanced gaming mouse sensor, preferred by eSports pros worldwide. Exceptionally precise and consistent, the PMW3366 gives you the confidence of quicker responses and more accurate targeting. The mice can be used directly out-of-the-box, or with LGS you can fully configure the mouse to customize your lighting, buttons and DPI settings. Specifically, the G403 Prodigy Wireless Gaming Mouse is equipped with the same energy efficient, high performance wireless technology as the award-winning Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum. The highly optimized 2.4GHz wireless connection has 1ms report rate for incredible lag-free responsiveness that outperforms competitive solutions, including wired ones.
Logitech® G213 Prodigy™ RGB Gaming Keyboard (MSRP $69.99)
An entirely new product for Logitech, the G213 is the first of its kind the enter the hybrid market in that it its a rubber dome keyboard that embrace elements of mechanical keyboard design. These "Mech-Dome" keys have the tactical response and height of mechanical keys with the quiet sound of more traditional keys - and it's even resistant to liquid spills thanks to its membrane and keyframe construction design.
Designed for gamers of all levels, the G213 Prodigy keyboard features a sleek, spill-resistant design that is comfortable and durable. 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 G213 Prodigy keyboard brings together the best in tactile feel and performance with keys built specifically for gamers. Each key on the G213 Prodigy is tuned to deliver ultra-quick, responsive feedback that’s up to four times faster than standard keyboards. Plus, its anti-ghosting gaming matrix is tuned for optimal gaming performance, keeping you in control when you press multiple gaming keys simultaneously.
The G213 Prodigy keyboard features five RGB illumination zones that can be personalized from a spectrum of up to 16.8 million colors. Change colors to match your setup, specific games, or showcase your favorite colors, and synchronize lighting effects with other Logitech G devices using Logitech Gaming Software (LGS). Low light leakage around each keycap means more light comes through the lettering and less spills out around the keycaps, making it easier to find your keys in the dark. Additionally, the dedicated media controls allow you to play, pause, skip and adjust the volume of your music with a touch of a button, without having to switch out of the game.
Logitech® G231 Prodigy Headset (MSRP $69.99)
Comfort is the focus of the G231 gaming headset and its sports mesh cloth ear cups are not only removable for easy washing, but are more durable than the common faux leather cups. This new unit takes the best parts of Logitech's older G430s and G230s and makes it compatible with all platforms. No USB setup required, just plug and play the Analog 3.5 mm cord.
Using 40 mm neodymium drivers, the G231 Prodigy Gaming Headset delivers high-quality stereo sound that keeps you immersed in your PC or console game from start to finish. The earcups are covered with carefully selected sports performance cloth for a comfortable, soft touch even after hours of use. And they slip off easily for washing to keep the headset in top shape. The earcups are also designed to be slim and light, without skimping on audio quality.
A crystal-clear unidirectional boom mic can be positioned to pick up your voice alone, ensuring that you will be heard loudly and clearly. And when not in use, the mic can be folded back into the headphones. In-line audio controls for volume and microphone mute are within easy reach on the connection cable.
Follow eSports? The pro players of Call of Duty, Halo, Gears of War, etc. use the best that's available when it comes to input devices and that usually means SCUF - a common sponsor or pro players, especially among the Call of Duty scene, SCUF's latest lines - the Infinity1 and Infinite4PS support PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gamers, and are completely customizable - from button designs and additional paddle controls to changeable thumbsticks, color schemes, patterns, grips, and more.
These 100% Made In The USA controllers are fully customizable from start to finish. You can choose shell colors, button colors, regular or long and domed or concaved thumbsticks, thumbstick ring colors, grips, & more.
Unlike a traditional controller, each SCUF controller is handmade after it is customized online by the gamer. The primary focus for SCUF controllers are the functional features, which go toward improving your game, allowing you to reduce latency and use more of your hand in a safe and ergonomic way.
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In addition to the custom controllers yourself - which you can use to accompany your YouTube or Twitch color scheme and personal brand - SCUF also offers button covers, carrying cases, and high-end, extra-length charging cables.
Another top maker of custom controllers for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is the team from Evil Controllers who just launched a new website. The Evil Pro Controller is easily tweaked on the spot and features the following massive list of customizable features to design the perfect controller just for you:
Pro Button Remapping
Pro Trigger Remapping
Official Website MSRP $799.99
The highest ticket item in this holiday gift guide and offering the most premium gaming experience currently on the market, the HTC Vive is the top virtual reality headset available for consumer purchase. It comes with everything needed to experience the best in VR, including a pair of motion controllers (something the Oculus Rift is only now just getting) and a pair of base stations for 360 degrees of motion tracking.
The Vive is a Valve and HTC product meaning it's designed to work with the most popular PC service and store (Steam). The groundbreaking headset offers a level of immersion unmatched in gaming. But it's so much more. Use the Vive to socialize with more casual apps, explore Google Earth in VR and defend the Millenium Falcon with your very own lightsaber and angle that Stormtrooper laser fire right back at them!
Just make sure you have a Vive-ready PC since it does require an impressive rig to run. Learn more about Vive ready computers here.
Official Website MSRP $399 (Headset), $499 (Launch Bundle)
The HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift are the premium options strictly for PC power users. For the console gamer and mainstream market, the best selling virtual reality hardware with the biggest name games (Batman: Arkham VR!) is Sony's PlayStation VR which is exclusive to the PS4 line of consoles.
The base package only ships with the headset but in order for PS VR to work, the PlayStation 4 camera and a pair of Move controllers are required as well and there is a launch bundle available. For more details about PlayStation VR and our thoughts on it and its launch lineup of games:
Over the years SteelSeries has made a big name for themselves among the competitive PC gaming scene with their popular line-up of super-comfortable headsets (the Siberia series) and their high quality premium mice designed with and for shooters, among other products and licensed accessories. With the company's unique approach to high-end design, construction, and marketing (which caught our eye years ago at E3), we couldn't help but notice some of their items released in 2016.
Rival 500 (MSRP $79.99)
The Rival 500 is the first 15 button MOBA/MMO mouse designed to function with the natural movements of your hand
The brand new Rival 500 does away with the outdated 12-button numbered grid design that became popular for MOBA mice in recent years and replaces it with something more intuitive and interactive with the player's hand. It features a next-gen side button layout, tactile alerts (which you can customize based on in-game events). From timing stuns to feeling the heartbeat when at low HP, the Rival 500 does it all and fully supports SteelSeries Engine 3 which lets users control everything from the 16.8 million colors of illumination of the mouse wheel and logo to the CPI, Macros and tactile feedback options.
Rival 700 (MSRP $99.99)
Elite Performance Gaming Mouse
The Rival 700 also features the tactile vibration of the 500 with the same zero recoil as to not affect gameplay and control but also includes an OLED display. Want to see your game stats or count your headshots? You can! Want to display your team logo and gamer ID? You can! Just download logos or other gun GIFs from the community and you can customize it all with SteelSeries Engine. On the hardware side, users can even swap the physical covers (the unit comes with two black swappable top covers to ensure players get the right look and feel of their choosing).
For any use looking to purchase a SteelSeries Mouse, be sure to checkout their mousepad options as well.
Official Website MSRP $59.99
The absolute must-buy gift for any player of Madden NFL on Xbox One is the NFL Official Faceoff Controller. This officially licensed Xbox One controller supports multiple faceplates so you can support any team. All 32 NFL tams have official faceplates (with even more to come in the future!) and you get a second one to choose from when purchasing this controller from the designers at PDP.
Represent your favorite NFL team with your very own officially licensed NFL Faceoff Controller for Xbox One. Experience enhanced gameplay with vibration feedback and impulse triggers and the audio control button located directly on the front of the controller, so you can adjust game and chat audio levels without interruptions. Plug in your headset to the 3.5mm audio jack and you’re ready to chat with friends. The 10 foot detachable cable gives you plenty of room to get comfortable
Any consumer of third-party gaming peripherals for consoles will be familiar with PDP and their comprehensive lineup of controllers, headsets and licensed products. Most recently, they've supported Gears of War 4 with a life-size replica Lancer rifle and Titanfall 2 with a few items of branded merchandise. In their long-running Afterglow series of light-up accessories there are two modern headsets with your attention:
Speak freely with our 100% true wireless headset for PS4. The Afterglow AG 9+ is the premium true wireless headset you’ve been waiting for. The AG 9+’s unmatched value makes it the most affordable true wireless headset on the market—and we’re positive its impressive acoustic design will blow you away. Professionally tuned for incredible depth, richness, and premium sound, the AG 9+ offers two distinct audio modes: Pure Audio and Bass Boost. Immerse yourself in your favorite PS4 games and experience how they’re meant to be heard. On top of all that, we’ve added our Afterglow Prismatic color select LED lighting to the mix. Pick your favorite color or turn off the lights completely. Simply plug in the included USB transmitter and you’re good to go. With a wireless range of up to 40 feet and 16 hours of battery life, there’s no reason to cut short a great gaming session with friends. Hear other players clearly with the flexible noise cancelling mic and benefit from the comfortable and adjustable headband for a personalized fit. Find a comfortable spot on the couch because you’re in for a long night.
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Official Website MSRP $199.99
Several members of Screen Rant swear by Blue's premium Yeti microphone for meetings, podcasting, and streaming - a device we included in Screen Rant's 2015 holiday gift guide - and in 2016 Blue has something entirely new: the Raspberry USB Mic.
The Raspberry's smaller form factor makes it the ultimate mobile USB and iOS microphone (Compatible with iPhone, iPad, Mac, and PC) that delivers professional, studio-quality audio –from anywhere - and it does so with a stunning retro, red-leather design. For on-the-go YouTubers, voice-over artists, podcasters, musicians, singers, vloggers & more (available at Amazon and Best Buy):
Ideal for mobile podcasts, on-location interviews, voice-overs, YouTube, and music, Raspberry lets you create incredible recordings beyond the desktop studio. Whether you’re creating unboxings for YouTube, recording your acoustic guitar solo or podcasting about Westworld, this mic is like having a portable vocal studio in the palm of your hand.
Official Website MSRP £119.99 / $149.99
A sleek headset with unique design that blends form factor with functionality, the LS30 is LucidSound's mid-range premium headset promises its user the most intuitive control scheme ever built into a gaming headset. Each earcup features an integrated control wheel and button for simple controls and is built to be comfortable for extended use on all head sizes. It even has a pair of mics for use both on consoles and mobile. (Compatible with PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Mac, Smartphones and Smart Devices)
LucidSound is the most exciting name in gaming audio today. A new company comprised entirely of professionals from a gaming audio background, LucidSound formed to build a better headset, focusing on high quality audio, control innovation and beautiful, lifestyle orientated designs, notably different from the child-like aesthetic so common in this sector. The LS30 Wireless Universal Gaming Headset features a uniquely refreshing design, far removed from bulky, over-engineered designs commonly associated with gaming audio and instead focusing on comfort, style, and innovation. Proprietary channel-hopping technology provides interference-free audio and advanced 2.4GHz uncompressed wireless technology provides best-in-class sound quality. 50mm Neodymium drivers provide deep bass and clear highs while three audio modes, Normal, Bass Boost and Treble Boost, provide gamers with optimal audio for a wide range of gaming genres. In addition, the rechargeable battery offers up to 15 hours of uninterrupted gameplay.
The snakebyte game:kit is ideal for transporting your game controller and accessories when travelling to friends and family over the holiday season. Protecting your controller in a high quality, tough, yet extremely light carry case, it’s unique triangular design combines safety with ample storage space. The controller compartment snugly fits your console game pad to prevent damage and lifts to reveal a secondary compartment to house your accessories. Included with the game:kit is a three metre USB charging cable and four Controller Caps which protect your thumbsticks during transport. Comes complete with the practical carabiner, allowing you to quickly attach to a bag or backpack when on the move.
Snakebyte Game:Pad (PlayStation 4) MSRP £34.99
The Game:Pad 4 provides precision control and ergonomic design to PS4 gamers. Compatible with all PS4 games and apps, the controller includes a full complement of controls, including silky-smooth analog thumb sticks, advanced dual vibration motors, clickable touch pad as well as Share and Option buttons. The ergonomic trigger and action buttons have been designed to provide years of effortless response, all combining to provide a great value, highly desirable game pad, perfect for local co-op parties when hosting friends and families over the holidays’!
Official Website MSRP 89,90 €
Capture breath-taking skyward footage in stunning HD video with the super-light Q420 cruiser. Equipped with the FlyCamOne Nano HD camera, photographs and video are triggered via the remote control, effortlessly captured on SD card at the touch of a button. The integrated six-axis gyro 2.0 technology guarantees a silky-smooth flight at any skill level, and with four selectable flight modes, all skill-sets are accounted for. The powerful engines and high-precision components help to stabilize flight and to make complex maneuvers look easy! The color coded rotors ensure easy orientation when airborne and for night-time flying, the integrated LED lights powerfully illuminate the flight path for a visually stunning display.
Longtime fans of the old Screen Rant Underground podcast may recall my praise of the original Astro A50 wireless headset which I used for years of daily gaming, YouTubing and podcasting. And now, we're three iterations in with 2016 being host to the introduction of the ASTRO Gaming New A50 Wireless Gaming Headset + Base Station package.
ASTRO Gaming recently released the highly anticipated ASTRO A50 Wireless Headset featuring the new Base Station transmitter. The A50 wireless line was originally introduced in 2012, and the third iteration - the new and significantly improved ASTRO A50 Wireless + Base Station - delivers a host of enhanced capabilities and functionality, including updated features and refined audio characteristics.
The original ASTRO A50 Wireless Gaming Headset is the studio’s flagship audio product and today remains one of the most technologically advanced gaming headsets available to gamers and home theater enthusiasts alike. The updated ASTRO A50 Wireless + Base Station has once again raised-the-bar with a slew of feature improvements, comfort and quality adjustments, audio refinements and technological advancements. The all-new ASTRO Base Station features a 5GHz wireless transmitter that provides clear, low-latency voice communication, while making headset pairing and charging simple. Battle through long, intense gaming sessions in comfort with up to 15 hours of battery life. Hear enemies and objects from all angles with Dolby® Headphone 7.1 surround sound and optimize your chat levels and game sounds with the built-in MixAmp technology. For even more flexibility, the optional A50 Mod Kit allows users to swap out the headband and ear cushions for improved noise cancellation and comfort.
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Every gamer knows Turtle Beach for their world class headsets and we have two newer models to discuss, but the company has also developed their first Streaming Mic, a high quality device that's plug-and-play compatible.
Turtle Beach Stream Mic (MSRP $99.95)
Stream like a pro directly from your Xbox One and PlayStation®4, as well as from a PC or Mac with the Turtle Beach® Stream Mic. With universal plug-and-play compatibility, adaptive mic patterns and customizable software, the Stream Mic will elevate your livestreams to the big time. A dual-capsule mic array with advanced digital processing supports multiple pick-up patterns while a zero-latency headphone output provides accurate monitoring. Hear the game/chat audio loud and clear through the headphone jack. Your Twitch, YouTube and MLG.tv streams will never sound the same again with the Turtle Beach® Stream Mic.
Turtle Beach Stealth 350VR (MSRP $79.95)
Put yourself in the heart of the action with the built-for-VR design of the Turtle Beach® Stealth 350VR. The revolutionary ergonomic design provides clearance for a VR headband and cables. Smooth, fabric-wrapped memory foam, over-the-ear cushions keep you comfy and cool while the 50mm Neodymium speakers fill your ears with crisp highs and thundering lows. And battery-powered amplification creates an even more immersive experience. On board audio controls with amplification and Bass Boost let you easily adjust your volume so you can always hear your teammates loud and clear.
Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament Headset (MSRP $199.95)
Turn your headset into an audio weapon with the first headset re-imagined from the ground up for eSports athletes - the Turtle Beach® Elite Pro. Stay comfortable through hours of gameplay with Turtle Beach’s ComforTec™ Fit System – a revolutionary tension adjustment system that includes AeroFit™ Ear Cushions to keep you cool under fire and the patented ProSpecs™ Glasses Relief System which removes pressure on your eyeglasses. Ensure your every command is heard with the Pro Gaming Microphone with TruSpeak™. Immerse yourself in crisper sound with less distortion thanks to the 50mm Nanoclear™ speaker. It’s everything you need to be elite.
Turtle Beach Elite Pro T.A.C. (MSRP $199.95)
Dominate the competition with the most powerful audio controller ever designed for eSports - the Turtle Beach Elite Pro T.A.C. Bringing together cutting-edge technologies like DTS™ Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound and Superhuman Hearing™, with incredibly powerful chat and microphone tools, the Elite Pro T.A.C. gives you every tool you need to win. Combine the Elite Pro T.A.C with the Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset and Elite Pro Tournament Noise-Cancelling Microphone to unlock the full power of the ultimate gaming audio setup and experience team chat isolated from the roar of the crowd.
Official Website MSRP $50
HyperX Cloud Stinger™ is the ideal headset for gamers looking for lightweight comfort, superior sound quality and added convenience. At just 275 grams, it’s comfortable on your neck and its ear cups rotate in a 90-degree angle for a better fit. Its 50mm directional drivers position sound directly into the ear for audio precision and gaming-grade sound quality. For ultimate comfort in prolonged gaming sessions, it features high-quality HyperX signature memory foam.Features
Kaliber's mission statement is to offer affordable, professional-grade gaming accessories. No matter what the gamer in your life plays, Kaliber has must-have items for PC and console and the first item we're going to highlight certainly fits the bill and qualifies as an all-out "gamechanger"
KeyMander (MSRP $99.95)
KeyMander brings the unmatched speed and precision of a keyboard and mouse to console gaming to help you destroy the competition! Get ready to be accused of hacking after setting up the KeyMander on the PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, or Xbox One. That's right - on any console where shooters are played you can now bypass the limitations of the controller and use the PC's mouse and keyboard precision.
Take the advantage of PC Gaming and convert it to real results on your Game Console. Now you can use your keyboard and mouse skills to dominate. Taking the best of both worlds - PC Gaming technics and the convenient mass multiplayer on console gaming. Play your favorite FPS, RPG or RTS games with an increase of precision and accuracy on games such as Halo, Call of Duty and Battlefield!
The KeyMander supports most keyboards and mice, so you can use your favorite combos to destroy the competition. A micro USB port is provided for connection from the KeyMander to a PC, allowing for firmware updates and customization via the custom KeyMander software.
RETIKAL (MSRP $34.95)
The RETIKAL aims to offer gamers incredible accuracy as its name indicates. It allows players to store up to five profiles of which they can instantly switch between on the fly, non-slip rubber coated wheel and thumb rest for high-pressure marksmanship, and its signature Sniper button which increases accuracy when pressed by altering the dpi when pressed.
Kaliber Gaming by IOGEAR's RETIKAL Pro FPS Gaming Mouse is a pure-bred gaming beast, specifically built to dominate first-person-shooter games. The RETIKAL's tournament-grade optical gaming sensor provides a huge step up in accuracy, allowing much more precise shots, especially when aiming-down-sight. In addition to its tournament-grade sensor, the RETIKAL also features a dedicated sniper button that changes mouse dpi whil pressed, making head shots much quicker and easier. RETIKAL's built-in memory store up to five different mouse profiles, and allows you to change every single programmable option from dpi steps to macro functions with a single click. With five programmable steps up to 5000 dpi, RETIKAL is great for low sensitivity FPS gamers and has more than enough resolution for even high sensitivity 4K Ultra HD gaming.
SYMMETRE (MSRP $24.95)
The Symmetre is a notable item on our holiday gift guide not just for its great price but because it's simply the most accessible gaming mouse on the market - perfect for both casual and hardcore gamers who want high performance without extra features. It' 100% ambidextrous!
Kaliber Gaming by IOGEAR's SYMMETRE Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse is the perfect choice for both casual gamers, as well as hardcore gamers that care more about performance than bells and whistles. On the outside SYMMETRE is designed for everyone, and features a truly ambidextrous design with thumb buttons for right and left-handed gamers. At the heart of SYMMETRE is a gaming-grade optical sensor that delivers a level of speed and accuracy on par with mice costing over twice as much. Rather than compromising performance to save cost, SYMMETRE instead strips away “fluff” like custom lighting colors that while looking nice, certainly won't help you win any games. What does help you win games are core features like user programmable buttons for adding macros, and shift on-the-fly adjustable resolution up to 4000 dpi which make SYMMETRE an excellent performer and a great value.
We use our smartphones and tablets for almost everything and bring them everywhere we go, and to help make that a more practical and user-friendly reality, Kenu has many interesting lifestyle accessories to improve this experience, regardless of your device.
Stance (MSRP $24.95)
Position your iPhone, USB-C or Micro-USB phone any way you desire with this incredibly small but useful tool that can fit on your keychain. Stand your smartphone upright (vertically) for streaming, lay it sideways and angled up for easy landscape viewing and enjoy hands-free app use. And yes, it even has a bottle opener!
Stance is an essential companion to all smartphones including the new iPhone 7 and Google Pixel. It’s a simple, yet versatile, compact tripod that allows you to position and stabilize your smartphone. With Stance, you can take incredible time-lapses, selfies on self-timer mode, and easily stream on Facebook Live.
Airvue (MSRP $49.95)
Forget built-in TVs for the backseat of your vehicle - use your own tablet and play your own digital content with the Airvue mount!
Airvue is a car tablet mount that simply and securely mounts to a car’s headrest, holding the most popular tablets (iPads, Android tablets, etc.) in place so that those in the backseat can easily watch movies and play games without expensive devices sliding all around the car.
Groovies (MSRP $29.95)
No longer are audio splitters needed and you can forget the idea of sharing earbuds, each user only getting one ear of sound! With the kid-friendly Groovies, multiple headphones can be linked together and synced so listeners can listen together. And they's super durable with no hinges for the little ones to break.
Groovies are headphones for kids that provide premium sound with volume limiting technology, making them safe for young ears. They are Sharelink enabled, allowing kids to sync up and listen together!
Official Website MSRP $99.99
HyperX™ Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard features a minimalistic, compact design that’s ideal for FPS gameplay. Its space-saving layout maximizes desktop space for FPS mouse movement. Ultra-portable, HyperX Alloy FPS comes complete with a high-quality mesh travel pouch to store and protect the keyboard and accessories, and the detachable, mini-USB braided power cord reduces storage bulk and potential cable damage. For high-precision, gaming-grade key contact and reliability, it features Cherry® MX mechanical keys.Features
From standard USB keys to storage needs of cameras, smartphones, tablets and even drones and GoPros, Kingston Technology has you covered. Here are several options depending on your needs:
DataTraveler microDuo 3.0 (16GB-64GB Variants)
DataTraveler 50 USB (8GB-128GB Variants)
DataTraveler® 50 is a lightweight USB Flash drive that's available in capacities from 8GB to 128GB1. The drive’s compact, capless design features a metal casing and colorful accents that range by capacity. Fast2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0)3 performance ensures quick and easy data transfer. Backward compatible with existing USB 2.0 ports, the drive is also customizable.4 DT 50 is backed by a five-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston® reliability.Features
microSD Action Camera UHS-I U3 (16GB-64GB Variants)
The Kingston microSD Action Camera UHS-I U3 (Ultra High-Speed Bus, Speed Class 3) offers incredible performance (90MB/s read and 45MB/s write) to capture life’s adventures. Fits most action cameras, GoPro®, and drones, the rugged microSD Action Camera UHS-I U3 is waterproof1, shock and vibration proof2, x-ray proof3 and temperature proof4. Enjoy faster upload speeds, increased write speeds and higher sustained write speeds. Capacities from 16GB to 64GB5.
GOPRO, HERO, the GOPRO logo, and the GoPro Be a Hero logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of GoPro, Inc.
Recently rebranded from "Division Zero" the Das Keyboard lineup of peripherals has everything a PC gamer setup or workstation needs from a high-end mechanical keyboard and pro gaming mouse to mousepads, a cord bungee and additional customization options. Below is their gaming lineup of items currently available and an image gallery of what's listed.
X40 Pro Gaming Mechanical Keyboard (MSRP $129.00)
Das Keyboard's has a new gaming line for Pro Gamers. The Das Keyboard X40 is a pro gaming mechanical keyboard equipped with new Alpha-Zulu Gaming switches specifically designed for gamers with gold contacts for gaming grade durability and speed. The X40 is also equipped with red LED backlighting, customizable metal top panel, macro keys, and full n-key rollover to take the gaming experience to the next level.
M50 Pro Gaming Mouse (MSRP $69.00)
Das Keyboard has a new gaming line for Pro Gamers. The Das Keyboard M50 is a pro gaming mouse with a sleek ambidextrous design, premium materials, metal components, and advanced features to increase performance. The M50 has 9-programmable buttons to perform commands at the click of a button and an onboard memory & microprocessor that stores up to 6 game profiles and individual settings. Execute maneuvers in an instant with the ultra responsive data transfer making the M50 dangerously fast with a superior design.
Das Keyboard Gaming Mouse Bungie (MSRP $19.00)
All games require mouse precision and any gamer who has the Das Keyboard Gaming Mouse Bungee will most certainly have the upper hand by reducing cord drag. This support gear will take your precision to the next level allowing you to execute commands with your mouse without tangled and unstable cords. You will now be able to destroy your enemy without ever having to worry about being betrayed by your mouse cords (Formerly known as Division Zero Mouse Bungee)
47W-Flex Pro Gaming Mousepad (MSRP $19.00)
The Division Zero 47W-Flex has a textured woven tracking surface that provides precision, uniform tracking, and smooth gliding characteristics that are optimized for versatility. The high quality bonded rubber base construction keeps the pad flat and in place ensuring smooth mouse movement. The 47W-Flex has a reinforced stitched edge that is durable, fray-resistant, comfortable and keeps the corners from curling up (Formerly known as the Division Zero 47W-Flex Pro Gaming Mouse Pad)
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Charge Block for PlayStation 4 MSRP $14.99
Nyko's latest product, Charge Block is a versatile solution for quick, easy controller charging – plug it into any wall outlet, USB port, or even another Charge Block from either platform for simultaneous charging
Conveniently store and charge your DUALSHOCK®4 controller with Nyko's Charge Block Solo for PlayStation®4. The Charge Block Solo for PlayStation®4 utilizes Nyko's patented dongle system that attaches to the Micro-USB port on the controller leaving the ergonomics and grip of the DUALSHOCK®4 controller unchanged. This allows for an easy drop and charge design, no cord, wires or plug needed. Connect multiple Charge Blocks together from the same or different platform to create your own customer charger*. No more low batteries during extended gaming sessions. The low-profile design allows for the Charge Block to fit easily in most entertainment centers while the LED charge indicator keeps you notified of the charging status. (Connecting more than 2 Charge Blocks requires a USB 3.0 connection)
The sad reality of modern console gaming is that if you're not playing with friends, you're probably playing with people who don't use their voices in-game... or if they do it's full of profanity. Nuke's lifesaver for in-game text communications, is this Type Pad which attaches to the controller so you can avoid slowly using the analog stick to go from one character to the next.
Typing on the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is made easier with the Type Pad accessory (available for either platform), a full QWERTY keyboard attachment for your official wireless controller. The Type Pad is a wireless keyboard attachment that pairs with the Xbox One via the included USB dongle or to the PS4 via Bluetooth. It is compatible with any game or application that supports keyboards. It's small and compact design fits sleekly with the controller's natural design, allowing for accurate and quick texting with both thumbs during game play. The Type Pad is powered by the controller, no additional batteries are needed. The key pad also features a special analog nub for quick menu navigation as well as dedicated shortcuts for "@" and ".com". The easy to read keys work great in light while a special phosphorescent material allows the keys glow green in the dark. The type pad is the ideal way to send game invite messages, enter text into fields while web browsing or communicate with fans during your next live stream.
The Intercooler is the best way to guard against cramped, poorly ventilated entertainment setups. The Xbox One and PS4 Intercooler pulls hot air out and away from the system, keeping the console cooler while increasing airflow in tight spaces. Powered by USB, The built-in temperature sensing technology ensures the unit will turn on and off automatically without any prompting from the user. While attached, the Intercooler only uses one USB and still allows access to all important ports on the console. The Intercooler is the ideal attachment to help protect your investment.
Plantronics has a lengthy list of headsets and headphones and we're going to focus on their new-in-2016 offerings, the RIG 4VR (designed for use with PlayStation VR) and the minimalist designed RIG 600.
RIG 4VR Gaming Headset (MSRP $69.99)
Designed for use with the PlayStationVR, sure to be one of the hottest gifts this season. The Plantronics RIG 4VR is the ideal complement for an immersive experience, delivering accurate positional audio to place you seamlessly in virtual reality.
RIG 4VR is a complete audio solution for PS4 gamers, with interchangeable cables for use with PlayStation VR and the PlayStation 4 wireless controllers. A unique oval earcup design enables the RIG 4VR to fit comfortably while in use with wearable displays like the PlayStation VR headset. The vented earcup design allows in some ambient sound, helping players maintain natural balance during VR sessions. With the vented design also makes it possible for in-room conversations during social VR gaming experiences and provides greater heat dissipation so players stay comfortable when marathon gaming.
A removable boom mic and cables wired out the back of the headset enable the RIG 4VR to connect seamlessly to the PlayStation VR. With quick disconnect cables the RIG 4VR can easily be configured to work with PS4, other console controllers, PC/Mac, and mobile. Experience the most vivid game atmosphere ever with RIG 4VR.
RIG 600 Series (MSRP $99.99)
The slim, minimalist design of the RIG 600 Series offers hours of comfort, whether gaming, listening to music, or watching videos.
Balances distortion-free bass with vibrant mids and treble so you hear more detail in your games and music. Slim, fold-flat design with removable boom mic lets it transition from gaming to mobile music and media.
RIG 600 features easy access to the controls you’ll use the most so you can focus on The slim, lightweight design incorporates a cushioned headband and breathable materials for hours of comfort, whether you’re gaming, listening to music, or watching videos. When you’re done, the earcups fold flat so you can wear the headset around your neck or easily tuck them away.
RIG 600 lets you plug in and play your favorite game console or connect to your mobile device for music, videos, or podcasts. Choose between the noise-cancelling boom mic for team chat or the discreet inline mic to control volume, mute, and call answer/end.
Official Website MSRP $149.99
The Plantronics options above are wired so if you're looking for a wireless option slightly more affordable than the Astro A50, SteelSeries' new Arctis 7 might be the solution... if you can find one. The lag-free wireless headset has been selling out as SteelSeries struggles to keep up with demand so sign up at the official product page for availability notifications.
The Arctis 7 doesn't try to fool potential consumers with extreme edges, crazy lights, or some weird bulky design. It's strictly high performance, high comfort with a pleasant lightweight form factor. And it features an advanced microphone.
Every gaming headset has been using the wrong microphone. Even us. Until now, nobody ever went back to the beginning and challenged the status quo. All Arctis models feature a bidirectional ClearCast microphone. This re-engineered noise-canceling mic delivers incredibly clear voice communication, focusing on the user’s speech while acoustically eliminating virtually all background noise. ClearCast is setting a new bar in gaming microphones, against which all future headsets will be compared.
If you're lucky enough to get one of these hot ticket items (compatible with PC, Mac, PlayStation, Xbox, VR, and Mobile), there's also an assortment of accessories including a range of ear cushions, interchangeable headbands, and a carrying bag. Make no mistake, the Arctis 7 is a new flagship-class headset for SteelSeries.
Official Website MSRP $139.99
16.8 million customizable color options, nine different lighting modes, individual key illumination control help make the fully customizable keys of the fastest mechanical keyboard that much more special. Looking for style and efficiency with your keyboard? Tesoro's Agile Switch low profile design and software make the Gram Spectrum one of a kind.
The GRAM Spectrum features the innovative Tesoro Agile key switch in an optimized, low-profile design. The rapid reacting Tesoro AGILE key switch offers optimized keystroke, fast response and accurate actuation. Housed in a semi-translucent enclosure for optimal transparency and capped with a low-profile key, the Tesoro Agile key switches lets the light shine through for brilliant RGB lighting. The GRAM Spectrum combines peak performance with unmatched design allowing you to Dominate in Style.
Official Website MSRP $649.00
With the release of the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One S, both of which support 4K streaming (and the latter which supports 4K Blu-rays), gone are the days of 1080 HD TVs. It's all about UHD 4K which are more affordable than ever. Hisense's H7 series of Smart TVs feature pre-installed apps for Amazon (if you're in the U.S.), Netflix, and YouTube for 4k Streaming and its system is faster than ever thanks to the Vidaa Lite's Quadcore Processor.
The unit features built-in WiFi, optical audio output, and four HDMI inputs (two of them HTMI 2.0) and it can play all standard file types for audio/photo/video/music via USB.
Official Website MSRP $59.99
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ reports virtual reality, drones and wearables will top holiday wish lists with spending on tech reaching $36.05 billion during this 2016 holiday season. The Merge VR Goggles were recently selected as an ‘Expert Pick’ holiday gift by Consumer Reports, and they’re the only virtual reality goggles safety tested and approved for ages 10 and up.
Give a gift under $100 that takes you to exotic destinations around the world, on wild adventures from roller coasters to skydiving, and gets you VIP seats to concerts, sports events and live-streamed shows! Merge VR makes virtual reality easy to use and fun for the whole family. The goggles are made of marshmallow-soft foam that’s easy to clean, so they’re perfect for sharing with family and friends. They’re also practically unbreakable, and will keep your iOS or Android smartphone protected from accidental drops.
Official Website MSRP $39.99
Looking to protect your iPhone but want to maintain the look of the phone and its color scheme? The Presidio CLEAR for iPhone 7 and 7 PLUS might be the answer. It's drop-tested up to 8 feet to avoid pesky cracks with a design that fits tight and absorbs impacts. And it's even resistant to UV rays and that nasty yellowing effect you may have seen on other clear case products.
Official Website MSRP $549.00 (Sale Price: $279.00)
Need a lounge chair for your office or the ultimate comfort gaming seat? On sale for nearly 50% off, the Sumo Sultan Microsuede might be what you need to finish that precious room of yours. But it's these important details that make all the difference: the covers are 100% machine washable and stain resistant and you can buy new and different cover colors and types.
Official Website MSRP $79.95
Beyond adding cases to smartphones and tablets, laptop users may want similar protection for their even more expensive tech. If you want to keep it shiny and scratch-free, and maybe even add a little style to its exterior design - Urban Armor Gear has you covered. While it doesn't cover the 2016 touchpad mode, UAG's ICE case cover for the 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina display (3rd Generation) is a thing of beauty.
Official Website MSRP $$449.00
This guide features quite a few nods towards the latest and greatest in consumer and gamer tech and by that we mean virtual reality. If you are looking to invest in an HTC Vive for instance, you also need to invest in your desktop PC and the most important part may very well be the graphics card. NVidia has you covered with their GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 cards, the former of which retails for under $500 (the 1080 by comparison is currently $699.00).
Full, official specs of the GTX 1070 can be found here and extreme users can double the power with NVIDIA's new SLI bridge, but without getting into the nitty gritty, this card lets users play any and every PC game and all virtual reality hardware.