Gift Guide – Stocking Stuffers

  • Review: Tokyoflash Tibida Watch

    Review: Tokyoflash Tibida Watch

    I’ve always had a thing for Tokyo Flash, but it’s always been from a distance. She was so alluring and yet so perplexing. I was awed and mystified. We’ve finally gotten together with the new Tibida. The best thing is how she looks on my arm, sleek and dark. When people see her, it’s all ‘wow’ and ‘cool’ and ‘how much did she cost you?’… Read More

  • Review: Energizer Hard Case Professional Headlight

    Review: Energizer Hard Case Professional Headlight

    Do you play too much Splinter Cell? Do you sneak around the neighborhood knocking people unconscious and dragging their bodies into the shadows pretending to be Sam Fisher ? If you can’t afford proper night vision goggles, you could try this headlight. You won’t see in the dark or see your neighbor’s heat signature through their wall or tell where the main electrical lines are… Read More

  • Review: Energizer Hard Case Professional Inspector Flashlight

    Review: Energizer Hard Case Professional Inspector Flashlight

    I’ve been through my fair share of Maglite Minis. They’re good flashlights, but they can’t hold a candle to many of the modern LED flashlights. Take the Inspection Light from Energizer’s Hard Case Professional line. It’s about the same size, but a fraction of the weight. It feels solid. The casing is an ergonomic combination of steel and rubberized plastic. Oh yeah… Read More

  • Review: Zagg InvisibleSHIELD Gadget Protectors

    http://www.viddler.com/player/9cd39f87/ Zagg makes the InvisibleSHIELD line of gadget protectors.  The one I install in the video above is for my Canon DigitalRebel XT camera, but they make screen protectors for a dizzying number of cameras, phones, laptops, and more. Bottom Line Installation is quick and easy, and it really is invisible once installed. For a couple bucks, these are a pretty nice… Read More

  • Review: Bandai's Mugen Pop Pop

    Review: Bandai's Mugen Pop Pop

    As my brother said, “this is an tendinitis nightmare” or something like that. It’s quite addicting but it takes a bit of effort to actually get the fake bubbles to pop. I don’t see little kids over the age of 8 having the finger strength to play with this for very long. The texture of the bubbles is surprisingly similar to that of bubble wrap, though. And who doesn’t… Read More

  • Review: Black & Decker Smart Driver

    Review: Black & Decker Smart Driver

    Since we started our Gift Guide I’ve been leaning towards ever more esoteric yet thoughtful gifts for the nerd in your life. That said, I present to you the Black & Decker Smart Driver, one of the coolest little drills you’ll ever own. Read More

  • Review: iStik for the iPod Nano 3G

    Review: iStik for the iPod Nano 3G

    I’ll keep this review short and sweet. The Good Super strong magnets keep this case in place and actually manage to keep your fat nano from falling out. It freaks people out, too, which I like. Read More

  • Review: Good Nite Lite

    Review: Good Nite Lite

    If you have kids or roommates who are younger than three, you’ll quickly learn that toddlers can’t read clocks and, as a result, will wake your ass up at 5am. The Good Nite Lite is designed to keep the younguns asleep – or at least in bed – until you’re at least done listening to Morning Edition. Read More

  • Review: Amethyst AIP aka the iPig

    Why do you need a pig-shaped iPod dock? I don’t know, but it exists and it’s a sensible little device. The pig blows out some thin music but it’s nice and heavy on the bass and it looks great in a kids room. It is audiophile quality? Absolutely not, but it comes with a mini-remote that controls most iPod features and it costs about $150 – probably less when it comes to… Read More

  • Floppy disk gift tags for tagging your boxes of gift floppies

    Floppy disk gift tags for tagging your boxes of gift floppies

    I really love these things. Floppy disk labels were great. It was an amazing feeling to peel one off and place it on a fresh disk and then write “Leisure Suit Larry Disk 1″ or whatever on it. These gift tags allow you to relive that joy whenever you give a gift to your loved ones. They’ll be thrilled to remember just how nerdy you are. $5.50 on Etsy. via TechNaBob Read More

 
  • Review: Microsoft Lifecam Show webcam

    Review: Microsoft Lifecam Show webcam

    You’ll like it if you’re looking for a high-quality webcam with decent software, autofocus, and good low-light performance. But not if you’re a Mac user or you can’t justify spending $100 on a webcam for simple stuff like videoconferencing and short, quick videos. Full review (with video) after the jump… Read More

  • Review: True Enough by Farhad Manjoo

    Review: True Enough by Farhad Manjoo

    Writing a book review after reading True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society by Farhad Manjoo is quite a fatalistic endeavor. You’re either going to like the book or you’ll despise it. But these comments won’t change your mind. They’ll enable you to feel good buying a book you already want or you’ll ridicule them for examining a book you already know… Read More

  • Review: WickedLasers Elite series lasers plus a giveaway

    Review: WickedLasers Elite series lasers plus a giveaway

    Giving a man of any age a powerful laser is like giving a bear an AK-47: it’s in his very nature to point it at things and look menacing. Thankfully, the bear is rarely able to do any damage – no trigger finger – but the man, be he 16 or 65 or 33, will definitely aim it at something that will inevitably reflect the laser back into his own eyes, rendering him temporarily blind and… Read More

  • Review: Peek e-mail device

    Review: Peek e-mail device

    In my humble opinion, the biggest issue concerning the Peek e-mail device isn’t whether or not it does what it’s intended to do, but who is it intended to serve? There’s a big market out there, to be sure. Who doesn’t have e-mail nowadays? Doesn’t matter, there aren’t many of them and they’re not reading CrunchGear. I’ll make that first question… Read More

  • Review: Maestro Dobel Tequila

    Review: Maestro Dobel Tequila

    We’re a gadget blog, true, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get a mean drink on when we’re cornered. Luckily, Maestro Dobel was nice enough to send us a bottle of their $74.99 Diamond Tequila, offering us entree into a world that was once reserved for Jay Z and mortgage brokers between 2002 and 2007. Read More

  • Review: Audio Technica ATH-ANC3 QuietPoint noise-canceling in-ear headphones

    Review: Audio Technica ATH-ANC3 QuietPoint noise-canceling in-ear headphones

    The ATH-ANC3 noise-canceling headphones from Audio Technica feature make for great travel companions thanks to active noise cancellation, which basically entails using built-in microphones to take an audio sample of surrounding ambient noise and then creating the exact opposite noise to cancel the ambient noise out. Sound amazing? It is! So how well does it work on such a tiny pair of headphones? Read More

  • Review: Lexar Professional UDMA 8GB CF card, Professional UDMA FireWire 800 CF card reader, Professional SDHC 4GB card

    Review: Lexar Professional UDMA 8GB CF card, Professional UDMA FireWire 800 CF card reader, Professional SDHC 4GB card

    How does one review a memory card without getting super technical and uber nerdy? Test it against every other memory card in your camera bag! That’s how. I’ve had the great pleasure of having the aforementioned memory cards from Lexar in my arsenal for the better part of two months. I hate to pit a Class 6 SDHC card against a lowly Class 2 SDHC, but that’s all I have. (Feel free… Read More

  • Review: Proporta Dual Skin case

    Review: Proporta Dual Skin case

    Well, now that we all know what side my bread is buttered on let’s take a look at the first of the iPhone 3G cases to hit these shores. While the Proporta Dual Skin case can fit any iPhone, this thin silicone case is made specifically for the 3G. It slips on like a rubber sock and keeps your the phone’s precious case from scratching against objects in your pocket or bag. Read More

  • Review: High Speed USB thumbdrive cage match

    Review: High Speed USB thumbdrive cage match

    You may have seen our review of the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX high-speed thumbdrive. If so, you’ll remember how it proved itself far superior to the peasant drives I put it up against. Well, it’s far from the only high-speed USB key on the market, so we got our hands on a couple other leading offerings from Corsair (the Voyager GT) and SanDisk (the Cruzer Contour) and have evaluated… Read More

  • Video Review: Smartparts 8-inch digital picture frame and printer

    Rather than bore you with words, I chose to do a video review for the Smartparts digital frame mashup. It poops out 4×6 glossy photos and handles a variety of memory cards. The UI is simple to navigate and there isn’t a whole lot to it, so it’s perfect for anyone with any sort of tech knowledge. One ink cartridge is good for 36 prints and refills cost $20. Swapping ink cartridges… Read More