Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Multimedia Gadgets That Make Great Gifts for Men

If you ask most people what the best type of gift to buy for men is, the first thing that springs to mind is usually "gadgets". Of course, plenty of women love their gadgetry too, but it's rare to find a man who isn't interested in a piece of technology that will make his life easier or just more fun. From phones, computers, games consoles and cameras to specialist tools for the home, garden and car, find a gadget to match your man's interests and you have found the perfect gift.

In terms of multimedia, and particularly portable multimedia, there are a lot of choices that can make excellent gifts for the tech savvy guy. Here are some ideas:


The hottest, must have gadget currently on the market is of course the iPad. Now in its second generation, the iPad offers everything the iPod Touch did, but on a grander and more powerful scale. You can do everything from sketch and play games to compose emails and surf the net, as well as being able to watch movies and play music as you could on the smaller devices. It also allows for video calling, and plenty of apps are available both to help with work and communications and to keep him entertained - excellent for long flights. Of course, the iPad is pricey, and not everybody loves Apple products, so it is worth considering the numerous alternatives available from companies like Dell, Blackberry and Toshiba. These tend to retail for a lower price, and if somebody is a Blackberry user for their phone, it could be that they would prefer that tablet.


Smaller and less powerful than a laptop, and cheaper than a tablet, a netbook is a small computer designed mainly for surfing the net on the go. It has a keyboard rather than the touch screen interface you see on a tablet, so it can be better for people who send a lot of long and detailed emails or like to work on documents on their commute or when otherwise away from home or the office. There are countless netbooks available, a lot of them very reasonably priced indeed, and these can be a perfect gift for a busy man who likes to stay connected.

Handheld Games Consoles

Not just for kids, the popular handheld games consoles the Sony PSP and the Nintendo DS and now 3DS are just as well loved by adults, especially guys. The PSP is more geared towards your serious gamer, offering great graphics and many of the same games as the full sized PS3, as well as internet connectivity via WiFi and the ability to play movies. The DS is more novel and fun, more about an addictive and enjoyable gaming experience and less about serious graphics. It has two screens, with a touch screen you interact with a stylus and another that displays most of the in game action. The brand new 3DS is the first commercial device that creates a visual 3D effect without the use of 3D glasses, which is a huge innovation the man in your life is bound to think is pretty cool.

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