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Gifts that DIY techies will enjoy and use
Welcome to the official 2013 edition of our ZDNet DIY-IT Gift Guide. This year, in honor of 2013, we present to you 14 interesting and useful products that the DIY-ITer in your life will find particularly useful, fun, or cool.
You probably noticed the puppy image above. Clearly, any DIY-ITer would love a puppy, but that little guy isn't really on our recommended gift list. It was just, you know... Puppy!
What? Puppy! Puppy! Puppy!
We now resume our regularly-scheduled gift guide programming...
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Monoprice 4x4 HDMI switcher
Let's kick off our list with something truly geeky and wonderful at the same time. Monoprice offers the 4X4 True Matrix HDMI Powered Switch w/ Remote ($142.35), which allows you to switch any four HDMI inputs to any four HDMI outputs. Cool, huh?
Imagine having, say, your media center PC, your XBox, your Roku, and your Apple TV connected to your main screen in the living room. You can easily switch the big screen TV between any of the inputs. So far, so good, right?
Okay, now let's punch it up a notch. Let's add two smaller TVs on each side of the big screen. After all, as I'll show later in this guide, you can get a 24-inch smart HDTV for less than $200. Now, if you want to watch Netflix on the big screen, your wife wants to fiddle with Facebook on one side screen, and Junior wants to battle XBox zombies on the other screen, you can.
If you want to move the Roku to a side screen and the media center PC to the main screen, you just select an input, and an output and there you go. You're up and running.