Holiday gifts for alpha geeks: Part 2 (photos)

Holiday gifts for alpha geeks: Part 2 (photos)

Summary: Design-inspired and original gifts rule the roost this season--here are 11 ideas for DIYers, provocateurs and cool hunters.


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  • For the uncompromising audiophile, the P5 noise-isolating headphones from Bowers & Wilkins draws on 45 years of hi-fi expertise to bring natural sound on the move. (Image Credit: Bowers & Wilkins)

    Availability: Now
    Price: $299.95

  • Mugo’s toy-like music players will be hard to keep away from the hands of children. Designed by a team of artists, these eye-catching portable devices have 2GB capacity to store photos, videos, and data. They can play MP3, WMA and WAV audio files and come with a rechargeable battery that lasts between 8-10 hours. Best of all, no cables or software is required. (Image Credit: Mugo)

    Availability: Now
    Price: $49.99

  • Capacitive touchscreens don't work with winter gloves. But with Mujjo’s Touchscreen Gloves, you'll be able to answer a call or send a text without taking off your (Mujjo) gloves. Voila, no more freezing hands. (Image Credit: Mujjo)

    Availability: Shipping December 3rd, 2011
    Price: €24.95 (US$34)

Topic: Apple

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  • RE: Holiday gifts for alpha geeks: Part 2 (photos)

    Got tired of reloading the pages...
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    For the love of all that is good and pure in the world, please have the site developers refactor the image gallery so that a page reload isn't required for navigating each image. It can take a good 3 seconds for each page to load, and that becomes rather irritating with a gallery of 10 images (hence why I rarely make it past the third image in any given gallery).
    • RE: Holiday gifts for alpha geeks: Part 2 (photos)

      They won't do that because everytime the page gets reloaded, it generates more mouseclicks and mouseclicks mean more money around here.
      • RE: Holiday gifts for alpha geeks: Part 2 (photos)

        @ScorpioBlue Yeah, I know, but they'll get even less clicks as readers stop viewing the pages entirely.
  • RE: Holiday gifts for alpha geeks: Part 2 (photos)

    Those are all pretty crappy gifts lol If I got any I wouldnt be very excited. Then if I found out what the item cost and didnt just get the money Id be pissed lol All true overpriced garbage.
    • RE: Holiday gifts for alpha geeks: Part 2 (photos)

      @Fletchguy I agree, I mean, $135 for a single light bulb? $850 for a portable synth? $200 for a Bluetooth speaker? $250 for a thermostat? $300 for headphones? Let's make some real world comparisons.

      ~$5 for four 60-watt replacement fluorescent bulbs that use 11 watts of power each and have 10,000 hours lifespans.

      ~$125 for an M-Audio portable synth/MIDI controller.

      ~$30-70 for just about any quality portable speaker, Bluetooth or otherwise.

      ~$75 at Home Depot for a digital, web connected, remote controlled from anywhere over IP thermostat.

      ~$25-$125 for Sennheiser studio headphones. You know, Sennheiser? As in the Sennheiser Orpheus?

      So in all reality, this list could have done a much better job if it had been comprised of products both in the average consumer's budget, AND products that were even logical. There's another overriding thing the writer forgot about alpha geeks. We love love LOVE a good deal on our tech. By that, i mean that it has to be tech that justifies the price. None of this tech is good enough to command the price tags.

      True, the touchscreen gloves and the kit guide magazine are pretty cool and worth the money, and I got one of each, but everything else is either pointless (looking at you, footswitch) or grossly overpriced.