Holidays 2006

  • Favorites and Lemons of the Year?

    Favorites and Lemons of the Year?

    The Holiday Season (TM) is upon us and we’re getting our workshop ready for your perusal. However, you can help us out by sending in some of your favorite/least favorite gear of the year. Email us at tips at crunchgear dot com with the subject “HOLIDAYS” and we’ll enter you into a top secret holiday drawing. Read More

  • Holiday Buyers Guide 2006: Console Gaming

    Holiday Buyers Guide 2006: Console Gaming

    Don’t you miss the old days when all you had to do was walk into an electronics store, find that one good game and go home happy? With so many consoles on the market, and even more games to choose from, choosing the right console and right games can become a difficult task. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 give you cutting edge high definition graphics, the Nintendo Wii gives you… Read More

  • V-Moda's Vibe Headphones: Big Audio DY-NO-MITE


    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/video player, the V-Moda Vibe excels in both sound quality and style. And at a price of $101 they deliver a large listening experience for a relatively small investment. The V-Moda Vibe’s are certainly more sophisticated looking than most in-ear headphones. Made from a metal alloy, they are incredibly lightweight… Read More

  • Holiday Buyers Guide 2006: Audiophile Gear

    Holiday Buyers Guide 2006: Audiophile Gear

    The word “audiophile” gets bandied about so much that it seems in danger of losing its true meaning as a descriptor for a grade of products that is of such high quality that most of us can’t hope to afford then. But this year saw quite a few items blurring the line between audiophile and consumer audio, as higher-end components are finding their ways into… Read More

  • Holiday Buyers Guide 2006: DSLR Cameras

    Holiday Buyers Guide 2006: DSLR Cameras


    Single-lens reflex cameras were a hugely important innovation upon their release. It provided photographers with the ability to view their subjects directly through the lens. This was different from previous cameras that often used a separate viewfinder that didn’t see exactly what the lens was viewing. The proliferation of these new SLR cameras offered a reasonable method of avoiding… Read More

  • MAKE Offers Open Source Gift Guide To The Masses

    MAKE Offers Open Source Gift Guide To The Masses

    is one of the cooler items on the guide, but you’ll find stuff like Ubuntu Linux with tech-support, the x0xb0x (which is a homemade improvement on the popular Roland TB-303 bass machine – techno junkies will LOVE this), and robot kits that will keep any five-year-old entertained for hours. They even have some freebies on the list too, like the open-source music player firmware… Read More

  • Nikon D40 Hands-on

    Nikon D40 Hands-on

    DSLRs take sharper stills, but their price, size and overflow of features tend to scare Average Joes back to the compacts. The 6-megapixel D40, Nikon’s training wheel DSLR, tries its best to cut back on the scare factor, hopefully easing people into a lifetime of dropping Benjamins on pricey lenses. It hits shelves in December, but we’ve been playing around with it for a few days. Read More

  • "Healing Moon" for Hippy Shut-Ins

    If your apartment is anything like our apartment, meaning small, cramped, and with token “windows,” then you might benefit from this “Healing Moon” by Brando. We’re not sure if it actually heals anything, but it does make a half-way decent artificial moon, if that’s your thing, mimicking the 12-phases on cue via an IR remote. The real point of this thing is… Read More

  • Holidays 2006: Must Have Wii and PS3 Accessories

    Holidays 2006: Must Have Wii and PS3 Accessories


    If you were one of the tens of thousands (possibly hundreds of thousands) of people who lined for hours, or even days, for a chance to get a Sony PlayStation 3 or Nintendo Wii, and actually scored a system you probably thought you were all set. But after a long night, you likely forgot something… or more to the point Sony and Nintendo planned to get a few more dollars from you with stuff… Read More

  • Bow to Your New Banking Robotic Master

    We love robots. We really do. And we don’t just say that so that our asses are covered when we’re forced to serve mechanical overlords—we’re saying it from years of experience with Transformers. Robots can be helpful, like this Talking Robot Bank from Sharper Image. This robotic assistant is a piggy bank that features the grim visage of a destructive droid that… Read More

  • Smokeless Ashtray Powered by USB, Guilt

    Smokeless ashtrays have been with us for a few years, they’re not new. By using either air convection or ionic attraction, they suck up the excess smoke caused by your cigarette to keep it from affecting those around your (or your PC). What is new is this USB-powered smokeless ashtray. It seems rather clear that this thing is geared toward old-school Unix programmers, as they tend to… Read More

  • The Gama Watch Tells Time, RADs

    Sometimes we find gadgets on the Interwebs and we have no idea who the target demographic is. Others are aimed far more steadily at a specific audience. Take, as an example, this Gamma Watch. It’s not called a Gamma Watch just because it sounds cool, it’s called Gamma Watch because it’s got a freakin’ radiation detector in it. Sure, it doesn’t offer any… Read More

  • Holidays 2006: The Season's Best Home-Theater-In-A-Box Systems


    With all the talk about screen resolutions on HDTV sets, people tend to forget about the other important part of the high-def experience: 5.1-channel surround sound. So if you’ve got yourself a sweet plasma, LCD, projector, or rear-projection HDTV and you’re rocking the built-in speakers (though we know there are some good ones out there) you’re doing you and your loved ones… Read More

  • ScottEVest Tactical Jacket: Special Sale for CG Readers

    , at least without the solar panel. Scott writes: HUGE discount off our most popular jacket, the Tactical 4.0. This usually sells for $229.99, but with special coupon code “EMPDISC”, you get 40% off, or only $137.99, or a savings of $92! Go ahead and check it out. Product Page [ScottEVest] Read More

  • ScottEVest Secret Sale

    ScottEVest Secret Sale

    I’m a fan of SeV stuff. Scott essentially makes clothing with lots of pockets for carrying almost anything imaginable. I have one of his jackets, for example, and I’ve carried bottles of J&B Whiskey and laptops without making myself too conspicuous. That said, pop on over to his newly redesigned site and enter the coupon code SITEYES if you like his new site or SITENO if… Read More

  • Holidays 2006: The Season's Best Point-and-Shoot Cameras

    Basically every digital camera that’s not a digital SLR (dSLR) is a point-and-shoot camera. From there though, the camera model types get more segmented by features as well as by size: compact, ultra-compact, advanced/enthusiast and super-zoom. And with so many models of each type on the market, we decided it was about time we broke down and told you about some of our favorites. Read More

  • Tiny Living Xmas Tree for Your Desk

    For less than $10, you can tell that person in your office who whines about getting an office Xmas tree to STFU. And this little guy isn’t some plastic fakey tree, but a real growing organic lifeform. You’ve heard of them, now you can get your own. The best part is that this diminutive Tannenbaum comes with something called “magic feeding fluid”, which, if I had had that… Read More

  • CrunchGear for the Holidays

    CrunchGear for the Holidays

    Welcome to our first annual Holiday Buying Guide series chock full of fun gear and gizmos for the geeks and non-geeks in your life. We’ll be posting Holiday Guides for the next two months and flag a few interesting items with the “Holiday Guide 2006″ tag for your perusal. Enjoy! PR folks take note: if you’d like to be featured in your guide, please send an email to tips… Read More

  • Cellphone Garter for Sexy, Sexy Geeks, Lonely Girls, Your Realdoll

    This is a garter with a slim pocket for cellphones. That is all this is. We’re not sure who this is for. We’re not sure who would buy this for themselves. Even more, we’re not sure who’d buy this as a gift. But we’re sure they’re out there. They must be, but we just hope we never, ever meet them. That is all we have to say about this item. Garter maker… Read More

  • Top 10 Products With High Wife-Acceptance Value

    Being the gadget lovers we are, we can’t count the times we brought home yet another expensive toy only to have our wives look at us in disgust, refusing to finish the “delicious” dinner she’d been making. Well, actually we could easily count the times by counting the scars on our backs thanks to the god-awful couch we end up sleeping on each time. Nevertheless, it would… Read More