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PC Perspective Holiday Buying Guide 2012!

Author: PCPer Staff
Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Various

Allyn Malventano's Picks

An SSD!

There's a reason several of my peers chose a Solid State Drive. It's pretty much the best, universally acceptable upgrade to any system, be it a desktop or laptop. The 2.5" form factor can fit just about anywhere, especially if it is 7mm thick, such as my current favorite choices in this area:

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These give good bang for your buck and should provide years of performance boostiness to anyone you gift one to. All of the above models come with upgrade kits, including necessary hardware and cloning software as to guarantee a smooth and painless migration to a speedy computing experience.

Shure SE115m+ Earbuds

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I'm a bit of a picky audio listener, and I've always loved Shure earbuds. They currenly offer a very cost effective setup that comes complete with a cable designed for smartphone use, complete with integrated mic and playback controls. These sound great for the ~$100 street price, and make a great gift. I've already gifted a set to someone, and I personally own a pair of their higher end SE315-CL, which can be paired with the optional CBL-M+-K, a $50 addition to any of their current line.
 
Samsung Smart TV
 
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If you're feeling spendy, I'd recomment a Samsung Smart TV. Their 2012 series offers among the best picture and features of all current offerings, and there have been some very good sales lately. Samsung also makes an interesting wall mount kit that lets you essentially hang the set like a picture, less than 1/2" from the wall. Just be sure to research the set you've purchased, as there are three variants of that wall mount kit, each specific to the VESA mount width.
 
December 13, 2012 | 11:09 AM - Posted by YTech2 (not verified)

For this PCper Season Holiday Gift Picks;

I preferred:
- iFixIt.com Pro Tech Tool Kit
The tool kit would be a great addition to my current set. Then probably a bigger tool box. Unfortunately, the cost is a little high and could only find US vendors. Meaning, I'd have some extra burden to ship to Canada.

- Samsung 840 Pro 256
I read a lot of good feedback about this piece. Sadly, I could not find any Canadian Vendors. I may go for the OCZ Vector (non-sandforce version) or an Intel.

To add, I have been looking for a good wireless headset to allow free distance movement (~20 feet radius) for live broadcast, skype, gaming, and other. So far, I could not find anything better than my wired 10 years old gadgets.

December 13, 2012 | 09:01 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Ryan seems to like the Vengeance 2000. As it's based on the 1500 I think it's a good headset built-quality and sound-wise but I'm not sure on how far away you can go with the 2000.

December 13, 2012 | 01:42 PM - Posted by Adeste Fideles (not verified)

i thought josh would have picked more hair and ryan more amenable minions.

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