Holiday Gift Guides

Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Holiday Gift Guide 2014

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PlayStationWirelessHeadset
RAGE Works Recommendation

PlayStation Wireless Headset

This reasonably priced headset offers great sound and a hidden microphone that clearly picks up your voice so you can enjoy online gaming with your friends. While blasting your latest Call of Duty session at loud volumes is certainly a guaranteed way to immerse yourself we all know that loud ass sessions are sure to annoy some people. A wireless headset ensures crisp and clear sound plus a way to immerse yourself without annoying family and or significant others in the process.

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Elgato Game Capture HD

Hey, do you want people to see your play-though of Far Cry 4 by any chance? Then I have the perfect gift for you. Great for creating YouTube walkthroughs or reviews of games. This is perfect for anyone that hasn’t made the next gen console plunge. However, just because you can record gameplay on your consoles doesn’t mean your aspirations for YouTube stardom are relegated to just the console. An Elgato Game Capture HD ensures better captures and more chances deliver stellar content and maybe even become the next YouTube sensation.

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EnergizerChargingStation
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Energizer Charging Station for PS4 & XBox One

I have owned the Xbox 360 charger system for a few years and minus the issue where one of my knucklehead guests broke the charger mount I have to say that the system has worked flawlessly. The PS4 controller battery life is quite good so the charger got minimal use. The times I did use the unit it definitely charged my controller fairly quickly and best of all eliminated the wire clutter. You can pick up this unit for your PS4 for $19.99.

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Polk 4 Shot (Xbox One Gaming Headset)

This year I’m recommending two headsets in the same affordable price range. If you’re looking for a headset for the Xbox One and haven’t yet acquired the Xbox One Stereo Adapter, then the Polk 4 Shot may be the one for you.
The Polk 4 Shot is as compact as over-ear headsets get and light enough for comfortable listening on the go. It has a very solid build while being flexible enough to accommodate users of any head type. Its not only easy on the eyes but most importantly easy on the ears. The 4 Shot comes fully packaged with an Xbox One Stereo Adapter, a swappable threaded cable with an in-line boom mic for use with said adapter, and a second swappable cable for use with mobile devices -complete with an in-line music/phone call controller. The boom mic on Xbox gaming cable is bendable, allowing for a large range of possible mic placements. When you use the mobile cable with the 4 Shot, the mic that is used for phone calls is actually a nifty spring loaded piece that hides discreetly in the left ear cup.

Polk’s 40 year experience in the audio business shines through in a big way with the headsets vivid and balanced sound presentation. The sound performance in and out of game makes the 4 Shot a headset you’d actually want to take with you everywhere. For a complete package like this, I found the price point of $129.95 to be a gift for gaming and music enthusiasts. Other Xbox One headset makers definitely have a competitor to look out for with the Polk 4 Shot. In the market for a generously priced Xbone headset that delivers?

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Double-Jump Recommendation
Double-Jump Recommendation

SteelSeries Siberia v3 (PC and Console Gaming Headset)

The second headset I’m recommending this year is not “second” in quality by a long shot. If you’re in the market for $99 PC Gaming headset, then you need to check out the SteelSeries Siberia v3. Continuing with the standard suspension headband design, the SteelSeries Siberia v3 will feature a retractable mic and noise-reducing memory foam ear cushions for providing passive sound isolation around its new 50 mm drivers. This headset’s cable with have a 3.5 mm jack and will come with a dual-jack extension for facilitating support for PCs, consoles, and mobile devices. They’ve even swapped out the in-line volume control for a mic mute switch.

Simple yet pleasing to the eye, SteelSeries Siberia v3 continues with what SteelSeries fans are used to while tweaking comfort for the better – if that was even possible. SteelSeries Siberia headsets always excel in comfort so it’s difficult to assess whether the SteelSeries Siberia v3 matches or beats its mid-tier predecessor, the SteelSeries Siberia v2, in that regard. At the very least, it is definitely more than up to par with SteelSeries-established comfort levels. The memory foam cushions and headband hug your head securely and comfortably allowing for a gaming session of any length to go unnoticed in the fatigue department.

Ok so you don’t get the in-line volume control as seen in the Siberia v2. However, you do get the mic mute switch, which when comparing two practical controls, the mute switch is more favorable in my opinion. You would sooner have urgent need to mute a mic than to finagle with volume control. And last but not least, you get the dependable sound quality that keeps casual and competitive gamers alike constantly coming back to SteelSeries for their gaming audio needs. At the very least, SteelSeries is still my vendor of choice for PC gaming headsets. Coming in black and white, the SteelSeries Siberia v3 is available now for $99.99 and does not disappoint. With upper tier sound quality coming in a mid-tier price point, I can’t see how even the most cost-conscience PC gamer could pass up on the SteelSeries Siberia v3.

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Plus, did you know that you could enter to win one right now?!


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Phonejoy (Mobile Gaming Controller)

Phonejoy dives into the controllers-that-clamp-your-phone arena with a new “hold” on your mobile device: a more comfortable and weight-conscience hold. Phonejoy utilizes a simple horizontal hold concept to clamp onto your device that it’s a surprise that no one has tried it yet. All of the other controller-clampers I’ve seen up to now hold your mobile device over the controller. Over time, top-heaviness can start to cause fatigue in your hands and/or wrists unless you’re constantly shifting about. However, with all the weight centralized in the center, Phonejoy excels in comfort over long term use. I was able to use it from a full charge to the point of Phonejoy’s complete battery depletion without feeling tired.

The button layout is in league with the controllers of current-gen game consoles and overall button placement feels natural and comfortable.You have dual analogs, a d-pad, four front-facing action buttons, “Back” and “Start” buttons, and four trigger buttons along the top. The controller feels solid and sturdy throughout its build. All of the buttons have a good feel to them, have the right amount of depth and bounce, and don’t feel too squishy. I like the feel of the analog knobs as well. They have a similar make to that of the original PSP’s analog “knob” except the rubberized coating here helps your thumbs keep a better hold. Also, the controller can hop quickly between three modes for a wide range of device support: gamepad mode for your Android devices, iCade mode for your iPhone and iPad, and TV Navigation mode, should your TV support it.

The Phonejoy Basic bundle runs for $69.99 (with referral) – tangibly granting you just the controller. But only $10 jumps separate the more inclusive packages: Advanced ($79.90) and Pro Gamer ($89.90). Going with the Advanced bundle will grant you a soft carrying pouch, a 3.5 mm audio adapter and a MicroUSB power adapter. These adapters allow you to use headphones or charge your mobile device while it is in Phonejoy’s grasp – respectfully not simultaneously. Not a point of complaint by far, as Phonejoy continues to maintain its respectable and stable hold while using either of these dongles. Just don’t try both dongles at once as not even Phonejoy can handle the stretch. Plus, it would just look silly. The Pro Gamer bundle gives you the same as the Advanced bundle but includes a hard carrying case and tablet kickstand. Phonejoy is the best mobile companion I’ve used to date.

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Lil Nubi Recommendation
Lil Nubi Recommendation

Naga Epic Chroma

When it comes to gaming on a PC there is and will always be one name that immediately comes to mind, RAZER! Their brand new mouse, the Naga Epic Chroma will leave whatever mouse you have been using previously dead in it’s tracks.  This MMO mouse features 19 Programmable buttons.  Do you need 19 programmable buttons?  HELL YES YOU DO!  Rather than wasting time clicking on spells, or hovering your hands above a bunch of hot keys you have everything you need in the convenience of one hand.  This of course frees up your other hand to do other things…A fan of a wireless mouse?  It’s wireless!  A fan of a wired mouse?  It’s wired!  You have the option by either plugging the USB cord into the wireless base for the ultimate freedom.  The battery getting low after a sleepless night of battling the horde?  Plug the USB cord right into the Naga and it’ll charge while you are playing.  Zero loss of time!  Creating profiles to perfectly meet your needs for each game has never been easier with the included Razer Synapse software.  Did I mention that there is Chroma lighting with over 16 million customization color options?  Oh, I didn’t?!  WELL THERE IS!  I’m absolutely loving this mouse.  The speed and comfort is unrivaled.  It fits perfectly in my hand, almost as if it was made specifically for me   For $129.99 this is the perfect mouse for any gamer looking to up their MMO Game!

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