The 2011 Gift Guide For Guys

Game on with these toys and tools that will get your pulse racing.

These are great times for gamers. The proliferation of devices – consoles,  mobile phones, laptops and even dedicated desktops – has expanded the gaming universe, allowing aficionados to indulge anytime, anywhere. 

Sandisk Ultra Solid State Drive
If you need to save your patched game for re-installation later, do it on the Ultra. Unlike conventional disk drives, it has no moving parts, so it lasts longer and consumes less  power. The drive reads up to 280MB per second and writes up to 270MB per second, offering blazingly fast data-transfer rates. This translates into faster start-up times, while  applications launch quicker as well. Best of all, it offers long-term reliability – up to one  million hours, claims Sandisk. Now, that’s a helluva long time in the gaming universe.

From $230
Razer Mamba 2012
This latest iteration isn’t a cheap remake of the original Mamba gaming mouse. It’s armed with a fourth-generation dual-sensor that allows for faster and precise tracking. This means both laser and optical sensor are utilised for calibrating to different surfaces, and allow adjustment of lift-off tracking distance. Battery life is bumped up to 16 hours of continuous usage. Plus, it’s decked with leading-edge gaming-gradewireless technology, firmly putting it in a league of its own.

Price $199
Asus G73SW 
We wonder if the folks at Asus drew inspiration from the F-117 stealth bomber when they designed the G73SW. Its matte black finish is understated, yet projects a menacing look. No wonder, for it has a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor under the hood, and 8GB of fast DDR3 RAM, plus an Nvidia Geforce GTX 460M with 1.5GB dedicated frame buffer – a pretty dandy gaming machine indeed. The laptopalso comes with a sizeable 17.3-inch LED-backlit liquid-crystal display that has 1920x1080 pixel resolution. While the machine is hefty, its list of features more than compensates. There’s a Bluray writer, built-in web camera, card reader, HDMI port and four USB ports. For those who have some cash to splash, there’s even a 3-D version that costs just $100 more.

Price $2,698
HP Pavilion HPE Phoenix  
The Phoenix is a beast built for performance, To highlight this point, it even comes with an illuminated side window that lets you peer into its innards. It’s packed with all that a gamer needs to frag friends and foes into oblivion: 16GB of DDR3 system memory, a high-end discrete graphics card and an Intel Core i7-2600 processor. There’s also a 1.6TB hard drive, which is expandable up to a whopping 9TB. Sound-wise, the Phoenix features Beats Audio technology that pumps out more powerful, clean and clear sound from the discrete headphone amplifier. To take full advantage of its rich sound, we suggest you get a pair of Dr Dre Beats Audio headphones. If you are a serious enthusiast, this is one gaming rig that you will want to get your hands on. 

Price $2,599 


Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle
When it comes to motion sensor for game consoles, the Kinect for Xbox 360 is still king  of the hill. Nothing even comes close to its full-body, 3-D motioncapturing and facial- recognition capabilities. The Kinect uses an infrared projector that detects your movements, even in low-light settings. In fact, the technology is so cutting-edge that  some innovative students from Temasek Polytechnic used it in a project to diagnose the severity of conditions in stroke patients. This is achieved by measuring the patients’  range of movements using the Kinect. 

Price $469

Bose Companion 20 Speakers
Enhance your gaming experience with the sleek Companion 20. They reproduce full,  natural sound whether you’re centimetres away from the screen or across the room. Games come alive with striking clarity and impressive low notes, regardless of the  volume setting. In case you think this is achieved with a subwoofer, you’re wrong – there isn’t one. The speakers’ port design and powerful drivers do all the work, pumping out powerful bass for a rich sound that adds depth to your games, music and videos.
Price $539
Razer Anansi
Bid farewell to days of fumbling with your awkward key binds in the middle of a hectic  boss fight. The Anansi is the world’s first keyboard that lets you increase by seven times the number of commands you are able to execute from your current 12 ability keys.  In-game, this means you can exponentially expand the repertoire of spells, abilities and macros. Whether you’re a hardcore raider or casual MMO gamer, the keyboard will give you the edge in both Player Versus Environment (PVE) and Player Versus Player (PVP) conflicts.

Price $159 
HP X2301 Micro Thin LED Monitor 
A powerful gaming rig needs the right monitor to match. For that, look no further than  the x2301. Its svelte profile is simply gorgeous. It boasts LED backlighting that illuminates the display and edges around the screen. Performance-wise, it has full high-definition resolution, fast response time and a high-dynamic contrast ratio. All these  take for images on screen that are crisp, sharp and finely detailed. For added visual effect, this slender baby comes mounted on a translucent aquamarine base stand. What a looker!

Price $399
Dell Alienware M17x 3D 
The M17x is Alienware’s first 3-D capable laptop. If you truly wish to soup it up, throw  in the top-range Nvidia GTX 580M graphics card and Alienware 3D Vision kit. What  you’ll get is mind-blowing frame rates for your games, even in 3-D mode, and at high resolutions. At the moment, there are up to 400 titles in stereoscopic 3-D. Old-school gamers can take heart, though, for most old games still work even with the 3-D mode on. The machine also comes with an HDMI port that allows you to connect audio and video from a Blu-ray player. What really surprised us was the incredible bass from the M17x’s stereo speakers – all thanks to its built-in subwoofer.

From $3,499




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