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Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Royal Flush Magazine’s Holiday Gift Guide is finally live! We have a few hidden gems here and there but there’s definitely something for everyone here! We’re continuing our Secret Santa tradition, and encourage everyone to check it out right here!

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 - Luxury

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Microsoft succeeded in creating a unique tablet that replaces both a laptop and in some cases even a desktop as well due to its surprisingly powerful hardware. Artists will appreciate the pen interface when using programs like Photoshop.

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RAGE Works Recommendation

Mario Wii U Bundle

Nintendo has stepped their game up with an assortment of great titles and if you were looking to jump in then the Mario bundle is best way do so.The bundle includes a great flagship Mario title plus there are various retailers offering this and many other bundles for a solid price.

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RAGE Works Recommendation

Galaxy Note 4

The Note 4 improved on its predecessors’ features and added more power-saving and camera features as well. The wide-angle front-facing camera now comes with 3.7 mega pixel resolution and f1.9 lens, which will surely make low light photography better and of course lead to better selfies. The features that were standouts on the Galaxy S5 are front and center here as well, including the fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitoring. I felt the Note 4 has a wealth of new features that make upgrading from a Note 3 a must.

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Infinite Ammo Recommendation
Infinite Ammo Recommendation

HP Sprout

HP has been a little quiet in the last few years but they’re working their way back into our tech-minded hearts. In addition to their new Omen gaming laptop, HP cooked up something that can cater to the whole family or the artist in all of us. HP’s new Sprout. It’s a system that really can’t be fully explained in just a paragraph for two. I’ve had the pleasure of trying out the demo unit that HP had on display at Intel’s Holiday Tech Showcase and it is, in a word, “neat!” The all-in-one PC has an Intel powered RealSense camera which allows the user to scan 2D and 3D objects and the mouse pad-like surface that is used as a workspace allows multi-touch gestures to manipulate the objects. There was no discernible lag and the interface was easy to use. I wish I could get into more detail but I see a lot of potential here. For families with children, artists, tinkerers alike, HP’s Sprout offers computer to human interactivity that cannot be found anywhere else at this time. It can be purchased at major retailers including Amazon, Best Buy and HP Direct for around $1900.

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Samsung Gear Fit
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Gear Fit

The Gear Fit is a well-designed smart watch/fitness band hybrid that provides a vibrant display and good battery life. The 1.84-inch Super AMOLED screen is vibrant and easy to read. There is no overabundance of buttons, just a simple home button that can be customized as a shortcut for a few apps (double-press) in settings menu. Perfect for those looking to get into wearable tech and are already avid Samsung fans.

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GamerGal Recommendation
GamerGal Recommendation

Tab S

The Galaxy Tab S screen indeed is a sight to behold. At first glance, you think you are looking at a paper or magazine display as opposed to an image that is being projected to you via a screen. Colors are vivid and life-like. You forget that you are actually touching a tablet’s screen and not some magazine cover. It’s the perfect tablet for those who are looking for the ultimate screen quality in a relatively small size.

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


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Level Box

A portable box that packs a punch might be the best way to describe Samsung’s Level Box. The Level Box allows you to easily streams audio wirelessly from any Bluetooth enabled device and features easy NFC pairing. Couple that with an outstanding battery life as well as having a speakerphone functionality for conference calling, this might be a portable speaker worth looking out for.

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GamerGal Recommendation
GamerGal Recommendation

HTC One M8

The HTC One (M7) is a solid product that is hard to improve on. While the HTC One M8 uses the new HTC Sense 6, what actually makes the M8 “more” impressive is what made the M7 the big deal in the first place… Its hardware. The build that was 70 percent metal is now 90 percent covered by it. You even get better screen protection thanks toCorning Gorilla Glass 3. The already solid camera has a BSI sensor that improves its low-light image capturing. Sound comes across event clearer and louder, with and without headphones, thanks to improved speakers and HTC Boomsound. Take that better sound with the larger screen and you have an improved overall multimedia experience.

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GamerGal Recommendation
GamerGal Recommendation

HTC Re

The HTC Re is the one-handed on the go camera  capable of shooting 16 MP photos and 1080p video. The device is designed to be both simple and ergonomic with its curved architecture. The Re is always on, using a low energy capacitive sensors to activate and ready itself the moment you grab the device. A simple press of the button takes a photo while a long press takes a video. A smaller secondary button allows you to take slow motion video. The lens is a 146 degree wide angle lens for capturing the scene at almost any angle. Re is waterproof as it allows you to take it underwater for those submarine shots. No PC software needed as HTC has developed apps for Android and iDevices for you to sync pictures or control the Re remotely.

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NeatConnect Review
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NeatConnect

If you are drowning in a sea of paper, the NeatConnect might be the solution you are looking for.  The ability to be able to scan directly into OneDrive, Evernote, Google Drive and others are definitely going to be tempting for some. The ability to keep all your documents within your preferred service or even trying out the Neat Cloud is great. You’ll love being wireless and being able to scan documents without being tethered to a computer.

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By Dani "GamerGal", Pop Culture Editor

GamerGal, more commonly known as Dani, is a Pop Culture Editor for Royal Flush Magazine. She is a lover of all things gaming. Her favorite game franchises include Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Kingdom Hearts, Halo, Dance Dance Revolution, and Rock Band. When not gaming, she's navigating the dangerous waters of Web Development while having a long lasting love/hate relationship with IE7.