PC Perspective Holiday Buying Guide 2012!
Ryan Shrouts Picks
December is upon us, and that means the holidays are just around the corner! In the following pages, the PC Perspective editors have outlined their top picks for gifts that they would like to receive or that would make great gifts for others.
Once you have read through the guide, feel free to share your picks in the comments below. Everyone at PC Perspective would like to wish you a safe and joyous holiday! Thank you for continuing to support the site.
Ryan Shrout's Picks
There comes a time in every tech nerds life when you just don't have the tool for the job and you sit and stare at your trusted Philips screwdriver and curse. That happened to me while I was taking apart the Nintendo Wii U recently, and I don't want it to happen YOU. So picking up this kit ahead of time will save you a lot of frustration for not a lot of money.
Inside the packages you'll find a 54-bit driver kit with unique pieces like tri-wing and triangles and...stuff. Several shapes of tweezers, suction cups, spudgers (prying tools) and even an anti-static wrist strap are included! For the low, low price of just $59.95.
Yes, there are faster processors out there, but that's not the point here. AMD's Trinity APUs make great for starting your own HTPC, as detailed over the past couple of weeks by our own Chris Barbere's HTPC guide. For just about $115 you get a quad-core processor that runs as high as 4.2 GHz with an integrated GPU that can handle some 720p and 1080p game at modest quality settings, all for under 100 watts of TDP.
If there is one thing it turns out I am fan of with mobile devices, it's mobility. That often means extended batteries like the one I picked up for my Galaxy Nexus. Yes they are kind of pricy at just under $90 but the ability to go two full days with a modern smartphone without needing to find a wall outlet is quite liberating.
When I work I often need some background noise to get things done; music, podcasts, etc. But often times my co-workers and wife don't want to listen to that crap. The Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless headset allows me to listen to high quality music and sound without annoying anyone around me while still allowing me the freedom to walk to the fridge or bathroom without needing to remove the headphones. Yes, I listen to them in the bathroom sometimes, deal with it.
The 2000s are also great for gaming with an included boom mic and great sound quality. The only down side is having to remember to plug them in to charge at the end of the day.
Some components of the holiday gift guide photo came courtesy christmasstockimages.com.