by Ray Willington — Monday, November 29, 2010
HotHardware Holiday Gift Guide 2010
Let's Go Caroling: Audio and Video Gadgets
Okay, so you've got your GPU squared away, but what good are great graphics without great audio to accompany it? No good at all.Razer Orca headphones - $52
Razer's new Orca headphones have more going for them than just an attention-getting green exterior. They're purportedly comfortable to wear, and you can switch between gaming at home and listening to music on the go without worrying about getting all tangled up in cabling. That's because Razer includes two sets of braided cables for the Orca headphones, including a shorter, standard cable for plugging into your MP3 player while you groove down the block, and a longer, 2 meter extension (a little over 2.5 feet) when you want to get your game on.
Turtle Beach Ear Force DX11 - $129
The Ear Force DX11 Gaming Headset has just hit the market wire, with Dolby 7.1 channel surround sound tucked into two major earcups that are sure to provide brain-rocking sound to keep you engrossed in Halo: Reach. These also have a pull-down microphone for chatting over Xbox LIVE, and there's even a bass booster, 40mm sound drivers, S/PDIF-to-analog converter, front panel USB pass-thru that allows other USB devices to be connected for power or data, and independent volume controls for game and voice signals to balance XBOX LIVE® chat and game sound.
Logitech Wireless Headset F540 - $149
This headset uses 40mm laser-tuned drivers, a noise-canceling microphone and a 2.4GHz transceiver. And if you're tired of going through batteries, this one has a rechargeable cell that can recharge overnight when you dock it. It'll last around 10 hours on a single charge.
Asus WiCast Wirless WHDI Wireless HDMI Transmitter Kit - $193
The Asus WiCast is one of those devices that "just works." This little gem takes an HDMI signal from virtually any device (like a notebook, game console or PC) and transmits it wirelessly to a receiving unit that plugs into an HDMI input on your TV. It doesn't even come with a driver disc. Just plug it in and watch it work. Spanning or cloned mode, whatever your existing graphics chip can display, these little boxes will transmit it and set it up. It's a thing of beauty.
Rocketfish 4-Port WirelessHD HDMI Kit - $299
This wireless HD kit sends full HDMI quality signals from up to 4 source components to an HDTV or projector and operates on a 60GHz frequency range for crystal-clear reception.
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