It’s that time again! What gift to buy your techie for the holidays?
Here is my list of cool gifts for the techie or semi-techie in your life… each with a price tag under $100:
Stanley DPS109 Digital Portable Power Station
The Stanley Digital Power Station will help jump start your car and so much more. It offers road-trip-friendly features such as a 350-amp battery jump starter with 700 peak battery amps, a 3 LED emergency light and a built-in digital tire inflator with automatic set and auto shut-off — but it will also power or recharge practically all of your portable electronic gear with a 200 watt/120 volt power inverter, USB outlet for your cell phone or MP3 device, and DC outlet — all in form factor of just 10″ x 7″ x 11″ and 11 lbs.
Logitech Harmony 650 Universal Remote
Universal remote controls have one thing almost universally in common: they are universally bad. Well, that’s what I believed before someone brought the Harmony 650 to my attention. This intuitive remote control has a color screen to display shortcuts, available commands and helpful information and will control up to five different multimedia devices. Its one-click programmable buttons can be set up with either a Windows or Mac OS computer and it is capable of a lot more than just changing channels and adjusting the volume. This is a remote control with a brain, a memory and a constantly-updated database of over 5000 devices. It is sure to be a welcome gift for any home theater owner.
Altec Lansing Octiv Duo iPhone Dock
The attention to details and striking wedge-like design really make me like this iPhone speaker dock. Two side-by-side docking stations allow for simultaneous charging. The remote control magnetically attaches to the back of the dock to keep it from getting lost. Then there is the free accompanying mobile app, which allows the dock to shuffle songs from each of the two docked devices — and lets you pick what percentage of songs pop up from each of your music sources.
Griffin Helo TC Assault
When you need a break from those business presentations, try taking this 8″ missile-equipped flying machine for a spin. Using the included USB charging cable, it takes about 35 minutes to recharge the chopper and you’ll get about 10 minutes of flight time. With the appropriate iOS or Android app and audio output from the phone, your phone becomes the copter’s remote control system and rocket launcher using either an on-screen touch controlled joy stick or by tilting your phone to steer. You can expect to go through at least two or three battery cycles before getting the hang of things, and if you have a serious crash along the way, replacement parts kits are just $10.