The only 2017 technology and gaming gift guide you need!

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From audio gear to computers and gaming gear, hopefully you’ll find a few useful gift ideas here!

O.K., maybe that was a bit of a stretch and we’re sure you’ll be hitting up numerous gift guides this year, but the items in this guide you know have been personally vouched for by Techaeris writers and editors! We’ve decided this year that we would only be including products that we have personally reviewed or are in the process of being reviewed and we already know will be worthy tech or gaming gifts. Without further ado, here’s the “only” gaming and technology gift guide you’ll need from the staff here at Techaeris for the 2017 holiday season!

NOTE: order on the list doesn’t infer preference, in fact, we’ve put them alphabetically (categories as well) for that reason alone!

Audio

Bluetooth Speakers

Fender Newport

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Fender Newport

With Fender’s music background, it’s not surprising to see the second of their two introductory Bluetooth speakers take home a Top Pick of 2017 Award here at Techaeris. Compact, great sound, stylish retro design and an all-day battery are just some of the reasons why you should consider the Fender Newport Bluetooth speaker.

  Read our full review  Purchase from Amazon

Fender Monterey

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Fender Monterey

The Fender Monterey Bluetooth Speaker definitely isn’t cheap, however, the old saying “you get what you pay for” is more than true in this case. The build quality, but more importantly the excellent sound put out by this speaker, is well worth the price. Fender has entered the Bluetooth speaker market in a big way with the classic design and deep, rich, amp-like sound of the Monterey.

  Read our full review  Purchase from Amazon

Minirig MRBT-2

Minirig MRBT

Minirig MRBT-2

The Minirig MRBT-2 Bluetooth speaker may be a small speaker, but don’t let that fool you. There is a lot packed into this little powerhouse. Great styling, amazing sound, an epic battery life, and enough volume to entertain all your neighbors.

  Read our full review  Purchase from Amazon

Monster Superstar Ravebox

Monster Superstar RaveBox

Monster Superstar RaveBox

The Monster Superstar RaveBox brings the sound in spades then adds the light show on top of it. If you’re looking for a speaker that adds a little something extra to your parties over and above sound, you’ll want to check out this one from Monster.

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Tronsmart Element T6

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Tronsmart Element T6

Great sound doesn’t have to break the bank. The Tronsmart Element T6 Wireless Speaker is well deserving of a Top Pick of 2017 Award here at Techaeris given its loud, clear sound, great battery life, and compact size at a very affordable price.

  Read our full review  Purchase from Amazon

V-MODA REMIX

V-MODA REMIX

V-MODA REMIX

The V-MODA REMIX isn’t cheap but it also has a few other features other Bluetooth speakers don’t have, USB-C charging as well as the built-in amp. Amps alone can get pricey but V-MODA included it on board here and I think the $300USD asking price is reasonable for this all around package. No, the V-MODA REMIX is probably not for everyone but it does sound amazing and offers up an attractive design along with the addition of an audiophile grade amp for separate headphone listening.

  Read our full review  Purchase from Amazon

Wired headphones

Creative Flex

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Creative Flex

The Creative Flex have an MSRP of $39.99USD and are currently available for $19.99, which offers amazing value given the sound quality and comfort. With its lightweight design, fantastic clear and balanced sound, and affordable price point, the Creative Flex easily earn a Top Pick of 2017 Award here at Techaeris.

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VAIN STHLM Commute

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VAIN STHLM Commute

VAIN STHLM sent us their debut wired earbuds and we were thoroughly impressed. Now the company has a new on-ear headphone that not only looks sexy but has an affordable price tag to boot. If you’re looking for a decently priced pair of quality on-ear headphones, the Commute might be your buy.

  Purchase from Amazon

Wireless Headphones

AKG N60NC Wireless

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AKG N60NC Wireless

Just like the AKG N60NCs, if you travel a lot and require a lightweight, well designed, easy to transport, noise cancelling pair of earphones and prefer going the wireless route, you’ll want to have a look at the AKG N60NC Wireless on-ear headphones — another Top Pick of 2017 here at Techaeris.

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Damson HeadSpace

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Damson HeadSpace

The Damson HeadSpace Wireless Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones are a no-brainer for a Top Pick of 2017 Award here at Techaeris. Durable, stylish construction with fantastic ANC sound at an extremely reasonable price — what more could you ask for?

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Focal Listen Wireless

Focal Listen Wireless

Focal Listen Wireless

The Focal Listen Wireless stand up to some of the best wireless headphones in this price point and arguably some priced higher. Focal continually impresses us with their sound and build quality and their comfort is pretty amazing as well. If you’re looking for really great sounding wireless headphones, these are a pair you should consider.

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Focal Spark Wireless

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Focal Spark Wireless

The Focal Spark wireless headphones offer the same great sound as the wired Spark headphones but give you the freedom from wires that you may need if you’re on the move quite a bit. Whether you are commuting, exercising, or hard at work, going wireless always makes being on the move easier.

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Marshall Monitor BT

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Marshall Monitor BT

While Justin felt bad that it took so long to complete this review, the wait was largely to confirm that you will, in fact, have to try very hard to kill the battery on these headphones. For all of the reasons that he mentioned — great sound, awesome battery life, comfort, and design, it’s pretty easy to see why the Marshall Monitor Bluetooth headphones are walking away with a Techaeris Top Pick for 2017.

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Optoma NuForce BE2 earbuds

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Optoma NuForce BE2

The Optoma NuForce BE2 headphones are priced at $49USD and that’s really a great price for what you get here. Yes, there are more expensive headphones that sound a bit better but these are really top notch for what you pay.

If you’re looking for a pair of Bluetooth headphones that are sweat proof, are built well, are priced right, and sound really good for the price. Then the NuForce Be2’s are worth your time.

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V-MODA Crossfade 2

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V-MODA Crossfade 2

The honest truth is, there are a ton of really spectacular headphones on the market, the V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless just happen to be one of them. These headphones are a little more bass heavy than some of the others I’ve reviewed and I think bass-lovers will really enjoy that. The price (if you don’t go nuts customizing) is also very competitive and there’s a ton of value here from the hardshell case to the premium cables included with the headphones. One more note, in the photos the headphones are folded incorrectly, the earpads should be touching when folded.

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Wire-free Headphones

Bragi’s The Dash Pro

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The Dash Pro

Wire-free or true wireless headphones are becoming all the rage these days. Bragi’s marketing line for The Dash Pro is “True Wireless Intelligent Earphones.” After using them for the past couple months, I can safely say that they are pretty intelligent and getting smarter with each update. If you’re looking for a pair of true wireless earbuds with fitness tracking and more, The Dash Pro earbuds are worth every penny.

  Read our full review  Purchase from Amazon

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Alpine iLX-107

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Alpine iLX-107

The Alpine iLX-107 isn’t for everyone. This stereo was built for those who don’t want to buy a new car with wireless Apple CarPlay built-in but would rather enhance their existing vehicle. While there are plenty of other head units with WIRED CarPlay capabilities, the ability to go wireless is totally worth it. Alex recommends this unit to anyone who really wants wireless Apple CarPlay in their vehicle right now. There may be more options coming in the future, but Alpine has really done an amazing job with a first product here.

  Read our full review  Purchase from Amazon

Computers

Laptops

Alienware 17 (2017)

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Alienware 17 (2017)

While it may cost you a bit more than most laptops, the Alienware 17 Gaming Laptop (as tested) is a performance beast in a sleek, well-built chassis with a beautiful QHD screen to enhance your gaming experience. With plenty of customization options when it comes to video card, storage, RAM, and screen resolution, there’s sure to be an option to fit your needs and budget.

  Read our full review  Purchase from Amazon

Dell Chromebook 11 3180

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Dell Chromebook 11 3180

If you’re in the market for a Chromebook for your child or looking at Chromebook solutions for the classroom, you can’t go wrong with the Dell Chromebook 11 3180. Given the price point, extra features like the rubberized edges and spill-resistant keyboard which definitely add value, and performance of this Chromebook, it’s easy to give this a Techaeris Top Pick of 2017.

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Lenovo Yoga 720 15″

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Lenovo Yoga 720 15″

We’ve reviewed a lot of Lenovo laptops and they continue to make improvements every year. The Lenovo Yoga 720 is a worthy choice if you’re wanting a premium built laptop with great performance, a good screen and great user expereince. It is a bit heavy in terms of weight and may be a little heavy for some in terms of price, but it’s well worth it.

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Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)

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Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)

Microsoft has stepped their game up with the Surface series giving it some great specs under the hood, but the design has generally been the same with the Surface Pro 3/4. If you already have the Surface Pro 4 with the higher end specs, then there’s no point in upgrading. If funds aren’t an issue, sure go ahead and upgrade, but only get what you think you’ll need because, in Kyle’s opinion, no one needs to go out and spend $2700 on a 2-in-1 that could be obsolete in the next year or two.

  Read our full review  Purchase from Amazon

Desktops

Dell XPS 27 AiO 7760

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Dell XPS 27 AIO 7760

All-in-one computers aren’t for everyone and let’s face it, the iMac seems to be go-to for AiO buyers. Dell has seriously produced something here that AiO buyers and iMac upgraders should really consider as a purchase. The Dell XPS 27 AiO 7760 has a few things going for it. That 4K display is brilliant, you can upgrade it, that MAXX sound is brilliant and the design is on the same playing field as Apple.

  Read our full review  Purchase from Amazon

Monitors

Dell U2717D UltraSharp 28 InfinityeEdge LCD QHD

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Dell U2717D

If you’re looking for a larger QHD resolution monitor with great colour representation, the Dell UltraSharp 27 InfinityEdge monitor offers just that at a reasonable price. For these reasons, it’s earned itself a Top Pick of 2017 Award here at Techaeris.

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Dell UP2718Q 4K HDR

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Dell UP21718Q UltraSharp 27 4K HDR

Dell makes really great monitors in general. The UP2718Q is no exception here and it’s a solid choice if you’re searching for a 4K monitor for your desk. Don’t let the $1999USD price tag scare you too much, Dell has it listed for $1479USD and that’s really a good price for this monitor.

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Accessories

Amped Wireless Helios AC2200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router

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Amped Wireless Helios AC2200

If you’re looking to upgrade your current router to get a bit more speed and less congestion with all the tech you have in the house, definitely check out this router right here. We highly recommend it because it’s extremely easy to setup, doesn’t take up any room at all, it’s tri-band so more things can connect to the network, the price isn’t going to hurt you, and did we mention that it’s tri-band?

  Read our full review  Purchase from Amped Wireless

CUJO

Cujo Smart Firewall

CUJO

While no software or hardware firewall is going to keep you 100% safe from hacking or malware, CUJO does a great job of blocking sites and hacking attempts that you probably didn’t even know existed across all your connected devices to help keep your network safe from malware and hacking. And with a lifetime subscription included in the price, there’s no monthly fees.

  Read our full review  Purchase from Amazon

Drobo 5N2

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Drobo 5N2

If you run a home office, small business, or are just a home user looking to backup your files, the Drobo 5N2 is a reliable, fast, redundant, and super easy to use NAS device with plenty of additional features to make it a worthwhile investment. It’s for these reasons that we’ve awarded it a Top Pick of 2017 here at Techaeris.

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KNOMO London Albion Backpack

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KNOMO London Albion

We know the price is probably going to be your main concern like any other high-end backpack, but KNOMO does a wonderful job with the quality of the backpack all around. The leather is a nice touch and the mesh makes it easier to carry a lot of items in the bag without causing too much discomfort. There are so many pockets in here that I don’t even use all of them, but it’s nice to know they’re there in case you go on a trip out of town. Kyle very much enjoyed reviewing this backpack and uses it every day for work.

  Read our full review  Purchase from KNOMO London

HP ENVY Photo 7855

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HP ENVY Photo 7855

Jason was pretty impressed with the quality of the photos and prints that his daughter was printing from the memory card in her Fujifilm FinePix XP camera. Even photos from smartphones like his wife’s Nexus 5X or his Moto Z printed better than he expected as well. The HP ENVY Photo 7855 is an affordable, easy to use, all-in-one quality photo printer for your home or small office, especially when coupled with HP’s Instant Ink Program.

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Solo New York Roadster Collection

Solo-New-York-Shorewood-Briefcase-review-top-pickThe Solo New York Roadster Shorewood Briefcase is well crafted and would definitely be appreciated by anyone who wants to transport their laptop and other items with a touch of class and style. While the Shorewood Briefcase is the larger version, Solo New York also has a slim briefcase, a duffel bag, and a backpack to round out the limited edition Roadster Collection. If the Top Pick of 2017 awarded Shorewood Briefcase is any indication, the entire collection is gift-worthy for those who appreciate quality and style.

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TYLT ENERGI Pro Power Backpack

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TYLT ENERGI Pro Power Backpack

If you’re frequently on the go with your various devices that require charging and are looking for a well designed and well-constructed backpack, the TYLT ENERGI Pro Power Backpack definitely has the space and juice to keep you going. It’s no surprise here at Techaeris that it is an easy shoe-in for a Top Pick of 2017 Award.

  Read our full review  Purchase from Amazon

NOTE: for gaming headsets, mice, keyboards, gaming-specific monitors, and speakers for PCs, hit up the Gaming section further down the list!

Educational Tech

Bluebee Pals

Bluebee Pals

Bluebee Pals

Bluebee Pals is so much more than just a toy for kids and parents. The Bluebee website has a plethora of educational uses, apps, and resources for a variety of applications from parenting to special needs and therapy use. As one of my social media followers put it: “Bluebee Pals is this generation’s Teddy Ruxpin.” This is a fun and useful plush toy that can be used in many scenarios and is well worth the money and it easily earns a Techaeris Top Pick of 2016 award.

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Cozmo

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Cozmo

Say hello to Cozmo, a gifted little guy with a mind of his own. He’s a real-life robot like you’ve only seen in movies, with a one-of-a-kind personality that evolves the more you hang out. He’ll nudge you to play and keep you constantly surprised. Cozmo’s your accomplice in a crazy amount of fun. Further expand Cozmo’s functionality and movements with Cozmo Code Lab.

  Purchase from Amazon

Kano

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Kano Computer Kit

The Kano computer kit lets you build and code your own Raspberry Pi 3-powered portable computer, complete with a 10.1″ screen, speaker, wireless keyboard, sound sensor, and battery. With 100 step-by-step tutorials and challenges, people of all ages can learn to code and begin to understand loops, variables, and logic. In addition, the Kano is a fully working computer featuring a web browser, YouTube, Google Docs, Wikipedia, WhatsApp, Google Maps, and more apps.

  Purchase from Kano

Robotics U

Robotics U

Robotics U

RoboticsU teaches kids the basic robotics and programming skills needed to better prepare them for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers and interests.

Self driving vehicles are incredible feats of technology, engineering and programming. Learn all about them as you build and program unique robots, play fun games and activities and enjoy hours of entertaining content with this one-of-a-kind robotics kit.

  Purchase from Robotics U

Sunny The Robot

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Sunny the Robot

Educational toys like these are just an amazing investment in the education of our kids. As much as I love other toys like Star Wars lightsabers and Minions fart guns, toys like these are far superior and more valuable than your average mindless toys that are out there. These are totally worth the price and I have no complaints about this kit whatsoever.

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Gadgets & Toys

Anki OVERDRIVE Fast & Furious Edition

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Anki OVERDRIVE Fast & Furious Edition

Anki OVERDRIVE Fast & Furious Edition is easy to setup and the movie tie-in element it brings to the mobile app/game is quite fun. With its levelling up format and available accessories, the system can be expanded and use is only limited by your imagination. That being said, depending on your level of interest some people may tire of it quickly, especially after they beat the main game component but it’s easy and quick to put up and tear down and a fun game to show guests.

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Dripo

Dripo

Dripo

For under $30USD you can have easy to make and portable cold brew coffee. The one thing I do wish Dripo offered is a larger vessel to hold more coffee! Still, this is a great value if you’re a cold brew coffee drinker and there’s no doubt you’ll use this faithfully. I can think of hundreds of worse things you could spend $30USD on and this isn’t one of them.

Like cold brew coffee? Dripo is a quick and easy way to get it, so what are you waiting for? Hit that Amazon link below! Cheers!

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Gululu Water Bottle

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Gululu Water Bottle

I’ve reviewed smart water bottles before and the naysayers (vocal minority) will always find a way to troll such devices. Most of them think a device like this is unnecessary because they have no issue drinking water. There are legitimate reasons why kids and adults could benefit from a tool such as the Gululu bottle even if you may not. So far, it’s been a pretty great tool to increase our daughter’s water drinking habits. I’d recommend this for those who do have kids with hydration issues. I wouldn’t recommend spending this much money on it to simply use it as a toy.

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Keyport Pivot

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Keyport Pivot

As long as you’ve got keys, you’re going to want a way to hold them. The Keyport Pivot is small, light, easy to use, and offers additional functionality by way of its inserts and modules. It looks good and even feels good in your hand. The basic model is very reasonably priced, and the expansions are priced fairly as well. If your key chain is a mess and you want a more organized way to go, Keyport Pivot has got you covered.

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OxyLED

OxyLED

OxyLED

We’ve reviewed several OxyLED products here on Techaeris, with more reviews on the way. We’ve been impressed with the quality of their products as well as their low prices, and the variety of products that they offer mean there should be something for just about everybody on your list!

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Gaming

Xbox One

Razer Wolverine Ultimate

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Razer Wolverine Ultimate

The Razer Wolverine Ultimate controller for the Xbox One and PC is comfortable, well built, and customizable — giving you the option to game the way that suits you best. It is wired, which is unfortunate, but the build quality, customization, and performance offer enough value to overlook that.

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SCUF ELITE

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SCUF ELITE

The SCUF ELITE Professional Gaming Controller builds upon the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller and adds SCUFs own spin on it including customizable shell and button colours, control discs, paddles, and grip types. Its solid design and comfortable grips make this a controller gamers won’t want to pass up and is why it’s earned a Top Pick of 2017 Award here at Techaeris.

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Seagate Game Drives for Xbox

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Seagate Game Drives for Xbox

Even though we reviewed these late last year, given the release of the Xbox One X and increasing game sizes, extra storage is almost a must-have for the Xbox One. The Seagate Game Drives for Xbox offer a few excellent options, and if money is no object and you’re after all the performance increases you can get, you should definitely check out the Game Drive for Xbox SSD. There’s even an 8TB Game Drive Hub with two USB hubs you can get if you really need to increase your storage.

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Turtle Beach Stealth 700

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Turtle Beach Stealth 700

The Stealth 700 takes things up a notch with synthetic and bonded leather headband, earpad, and ear cushions, as well as includes active noise cancellation, Dynamic Chat Boost, and Bluetooth connectivity for use with the Turtle Beach Audio Hub app. In addition, the Stealth  700 for the Xbox One is one of the first wireless gaming headsets that connect directly to your Xbox One without the need for a dongle. Even though it was plagued with audio issues at launch, a firmware upgrade has taken care of those concerns with this truly wireless Xbox One headset.

  Purchase from Amazon

Xbox One X

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Xbox One X

We’d be remiss if we didn’t include the recently launched Xbox One X as a top ticket Gift Guide item this year! Whether you have a 1080p or 4K setup, the Xbox One X is definitely the console to behold to date. With Xbox One X Enhanced games, 1080p displays do see a bump in improvements, but those with 4K HDR setups are in for the real treat.

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PlayStation 4

SCUF Infinity4 PS PRO

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SCUF Infinity4 PS PRO

There’s a reason why SCUF controllers are trusted in pro gaming. They provide an elevated experience compared to what you’re probably used to with your stock controller. They do come at a premium price, but for the customization and overall experience you’re going to want to see what SCUF can do for yourself. Check out the SCUF IMPACT for PS4 too, our full review will be coming soon.

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Seagate Game Drive 2TB/4TB

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Seagate Game Drive

If you’ve got a lot of PlayStation 4 games, or just like to take your games with you to a friend’s house, the Seagate Game Drive for PS4 offers good storage at a decent price. Its ease of setup with your PlayStation 4 offers good value for gamers looking for simplicity with their storage. Available in 2TB and 4TB sizes.

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PC Gaming

Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse

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Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse

Alienware isn’t new to the gaming industry but are new to the gaming peripherals market. The Elite Gaming Mouse, one of two debut mice from the company, features swappable grips and 13 programmable buttons, making it perfect for MMOs.

  • 16.8M ALIENFX RGB lighting DPI indicator
  • 5 on-the-fly DPI settings
  • All programmable buttons
  Purchase from Amazon

Alienware Pro Gaming Keyboard

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Alienware Pro Gaming Keyboard

Like the ALienware gaming mouse, the company has also put out a pair of gaming keyboards. The new Alienware Pro Gaming Keyboard adds a dedicated volume role and 13 zone-based RGB AlienFX backlit lighting options. Onboard memory allows gamers to assign keystroke combinations for added efficiency and to help get a leg up on the competition.

  Purchase from Amazon

Razer Basilisk

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Razer Basilisk

The Razer Basilisk comes equipped with a 5G true 16,000 DPI optical sensor, the same sensor used in the celebrated Razer DeathAdder Elite and Razer Lancehead Tournament Edition, proven to excel under the demanding accuracy and precision needs of FPS gamers. What’s more, the Basilisk features Razer Mechanical Mouse Switches with an industry-best 50 million click lifespan. The removable clutch allows easy access to additional mouse actions, as well as on the fly temporary DPI adjustments.

  Purchase from Amazon

Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

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Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

If you’ve been looking for a compact gaming sound solution for your desktop computer, the Sound BlasterX Katana delivers fantastic — INSANELY LOUD — sound for games, movies, and music in a solidly designed package. Beside fantastic sound, the Katana Sound bar also has customizable RGB lighting, optical audio support, Bluetooth support, USB flash drive support, a sleek design, and easy to use software.

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Sound BlasterX Kratos S5 Speakers

Sound BlasterX Kratos S5

Sound BlasterX Kratos S5

The Sound BlasterX Kratos S5 speakers can be yours at an MSRP of $159.99. You can, however, right now pick up the S5 speakers for only $129.99 on Amazon as well as Creative.com. At that price you’re getting a solid set of speakers with a great build quality and impressive sound. They’ll take whatever audio you throw at them and if you’re into all of the crazy lighting, they’ve got you covered there too.

If you’re in the market for a nice 2.1 speaker system, the Sound BlasterX Kratos S5 should be at the top of your list. The quality wood construction and huge sound are worth the asking price.

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SoundBlasterX Siege M04

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Sound BlasterX Siege M04

Having solidified its place in gaming audio, Creative’s first foray into gaming peripherals is off to a great start with the Sound BlasterX Siege M04 gaming mouse. The Sound BlasterX Siege M04 is pretty responsive with its Pixart PMW3360 IR LED precision sensor and even features a sniper button for on the fly DPI-adjustments.

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Sound BlasterX Vanguard K08

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Sound BlasterX Vanguard K08

Given the performance of the custom Omron PRES switches with their lower travel distances, quality build, additional media controls, and USB pass-through port, the Sound BlasterX Vanguard K08 mechanical gaming keyboard is pretty fairly priced. As with the Seige M04 gaming mouse, it’s also a great entry for Creative into the gaming peripheral market.

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SteelSeries Rival 310

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SteelSeries Rival 310

If you’re looking for a high-performance, affordable gaming mouse and can stand a lighter mouse, you should definitely check out the SteelSeries Rival 310. Given the performance, comfort, and price point, the Rival 310 earns a Top Pick of 2017 here at Techaeris.

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Acer Predator 35″ Z35P

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Acer Predator Z35P

A 35” curved monitor isn’t going to be for everybody. Shoot, this monitor may not even fit on your desk depending on your setup. However, if you can swing it, I think you’ll really appreciate what the Acer Predator Z35P offers. All the screen real estate you could ever need along with fantastic performance. It’s for these reasons that the Acer Predator Z35P gaming monitor earns a Techaeris Top Pick for 2017.

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Gaming Headsets (multiplatform)

Razer Thresher Ultimate (Xbox One/PC/Mac)

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Razer Thresher Ultimate

If you’ve been looking for a lag-free wireless gaming headset with great sound and fantastic battery life for your Xbox One console or PC/Mac, look no further than the Razer Thresher Ultimate for Xbox One — a headset deserving of a Top Pick of 2017 Award here at Techaeris. In my opinion, it’s the current gaming headset to beat for the Xbox One.

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SteelSeries Arctis 3 (Xbox One/PlayStation 4/Nintendo Switch/PC/Mac/mobile)

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SteelSeries Arctis 3

The SteelSeries Arctis 3 is a very comfortable, lightweight, great sounding, and versatile gaming headset which works great on a variety of devices from PCs to mobile to consoles, and is definitely worthy of a Top Pick of 2017 here at Techaeris.

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SteelSeries Arctis 7 (Xbox One/PlayStation 4/Nintendo Switch/PC/Mac/mobile)

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SteelSeries Arctis 7

If you’re looking for a pair of gaming headphones that are great not only for gaming but will fit nicely outside of your game time, give the SteelSeries Arctis 7 a look. They’ve been out of stock pretty frequently, but that just reaffirms what I’ve been saying: these are a quality pair of headphones — not just gaming headphones — and have rightfully earned their status as a Techaeris Top Pick.

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Video Games

Aaero (Xbox One/PlayStation 4/PC)

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Aaero

If you’re a fan of EDM and looking for a challenge, Aaero is a great little game for kicking back, turning up the stereo, and enjoying some sick beats as you navigate through the various levels. As challenging as it is, it can also be very relaxing. The two-man studio Mad Fellows definitely has a hit on their hands here and as such, Aaero is a no-brainer for a Top Pick of 2017 Award here at Techaeris.

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Assassin’s Creed Origins (Xbox One/PlayStation 4/PC)

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Assassin’s Creed Origins

While most of the Assassin’s Creed entries have been fairly solid, recent stumbles forced Ubisoft to take a step back and re-examine the series after the previous launch. As a result, Assassin’s Creed Origins feels and plays like the grandest AC so far, both in gameplay and story. If you’ve played previous games in the series, you will no doubt enjoy Assassin’s Creed Origins with the attention to detail and changes in gameplay and game mechanics.

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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Nintendo Switch)

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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

The familiar worlds of Mario combined with the quirky Rabbids makes for a fun and enjoyable turn-based strategy game with hours of fun to be had. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is most definitely a strange mashup that actually works and can be enjoyed in bite-sized chunks or longer gaming sessions.

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Accessories

Arozzi Mezzo Gaming Chair

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Arozzi Mezzo Gaming Chair

Given the comfort, ease of assembly, materials used, construction, and adjustability, the Mezzo is definitely fairly priced for what you get — especially if you’re someone who sits a lot for gaming and/or working.

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Health & Fitness

Sansaire sous vide

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Sansaire sous vide

If you love to cook, an immersion circulator is a great tool to have at your disposal, and the Sansaire 1.5 is a great immersion circulator that will give you some fantastic results. Even if you aren’t a seasoned chef, sous vide cooking really is ridiculously easy. It’s a great way to get started and see some amazing results right away. The Sansaire 1.5 immersion circulator easily takes home a Techaeris Top Pick for 2017. If you like to cook, you owe it to yourself to give the Sansaire immersion circulator a shot.

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Home Theatre

Acer V7850 Projector

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Acer V7850

The Acer V7850 is a solid UHD 4K HDR projector for both movie watching and game playing. Not only is the image crisp and bright, but there are plenty of colour and image settings to tweak it to suit your exact tastes. The HDR colour range adds much more depth and realism and really helps with further enjoyment of shows, movies, and games.

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Samsung TV

Samsung Q8C

Samsung QLED 4K HDR Q8C

Samsung’s QLED 4K HDR Q8C is an entertainment powerhouse. The display is vibrant and amazing, delivering great blacks and crisp whites. If you’re doing 4K HDR content then you’d be doing yourself a favor to consider buying this TV. It’s an excellent television for movies, TV, and gaming. Read the full review at the link below!

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Mobile

Smartphones

BlackBerry KEYone

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BlackBerry KEYone

The BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition definitely looks prettier — in our opinion — than its silver sibling. Colour difference aside, the increase in RAM and double the storage is definitely worth the price difference between the two KEYone versions and easily retains its Top Pick of 2017 status here at Techaeris. Either way, you can’t really go wrong with either version.

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iPhone X

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iPhone X

The iPhone X isn’t for everyone, it’s priced high but it does offer a new iPhone experience. It’s the first iPhone with an OLED screen and the first iPhone to do away with the home button. If you’re the type of person who needs to have the new thing. Then the iPhone X is a solid buy, provided you’re ready to dish out the cash for the new thing.

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Moto G5

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Moto G5

The Moto G5 is on the higher end of the budget smartphone spectrum. With its metal body design, Moto Actions, microSD card slot, and decent performance and battery life, the value is definitely there. If you’re looking for a smartphone with more than the basic features to get you through the day with decent performance and isn’t going to break the bank, Motorola has proved once again why the Moto G series is one to strongly consider.

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Moto X4 Prime Edition

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Moto X4

We all dislike ads, but the Moto X4 doesn’t have as many ads as you think it would from Amazon. The phone itself is excellent and handled the tasks I put it to, so with the affordable price and Christmas coming up, definitely look into the Moto X4.

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Samsung Galaxy Note8

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Samsung Galaxy Note8

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 will appeal to those hardcore Samsung fans (especially existing Note owners and the community is very vibrant) who want the best that Sammy has to offer. I think it will also appeal to potential iPhone owners who want to switch to Android. The build quality is great, the cameras are awesome, and the Samsung Experience software is miles improved.

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Accessories

Aukey 30,000mAh Power Bank

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Aukey 30,000mAh Power Bank

The Aukey 30,000mAh power bank with Type-C is well worth getting or at least think about getting if you’re looking for another power bank. Thanks to it having Qualcomm’s Quick Charging, your devices will charge just like they’re being charged from the wall outlet. The only downside Kyle saw was that at random times, the power bank would occasionally stop charging his device, but a simple press of the power button fixed the issue.

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Incipio DualPro Cases

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Incipio DualPro smartphone case

If you’re looking for a case for your shiny new smartphone, you should definitely give Incipio a look. The DualPro case gives you scratch and impact protection in a stylish minimal package and adds protection without adding too much bulk.The Incipio DualPro cases are slim, lightweight, and offers decent drop protection for your smartphone.

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Seidio Surface Cases

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Seidio Surface Case

Another favourite here at Techaeris are the Seidio Surface cases. We’ve reviewed a number for a bunch of different smartphones with the same outcome: slim, light, durable and reliable. If you’re looking for a smartphone case and like a slim looking case with decent protection, the Seidio Surface case is available for a wide range of current smartphones, and is a fantastic choice for protecting your investment. The otpional holster also allows you more carrying options for your device as well.

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Office/Home Office

ErgoChair

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ErgoChair

The Autonomous ErgoChair is comfortable, adjustable, easy to assemble, and offers fantastic lumbar and ergonomic support for those long days sitting behind a desk in the office. As such, it’s more than worthy of a Top Pick of 2017 Award here at Techaeris.

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Evodesk

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Evodesk

There are a wide variety of options available if you’re looking to start standing more at work, and Evodesk should definitely be on the top of your list when you start to look. They’ve got an incredibly solid base with their Evolution Frame system and desktop options. Add to that the customization and available accessories and you should really be able to equip your desk in a way that really works for you. Evodesk easily earns a Techaeris Top Pick for 2017. The company has also released a gaming-centric version of the desk which includes a new EvoGuard finish which turns your entire desk surface into a mousepad.

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Varidesk ActiveMat Groove

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Varidesk ActiveMat Groove

The VARIDESK ActiveMat Groove is an affordably priced anti-fatigue mat which also helps promote circulation for your feet, legs, and hips while using a standing desk setup. Regardless if you have a standing or sitting desk, the mat alone is worth it and the balls only add to making your daily work experience that much more comfortable and enjoyable.

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Varidesk Pro Plus 36

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Varidesk Pro Plus 36

The Varidesk Pro Plus 36 is listed on the Varidesk site as a best seller, and after spending a few weeks using one, there’s no doubt as to why. With its solid, durable, easy-to-use design, the Pro Plus 36 easily earns a Techaeris Top Pick of 2017. With its pre-assembly, sturdiness, and ease of use, the Pro Plus 36 offers decent value for the price.

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Smart Home

C by GE Sol

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C by GE Sol

If the C by GE Sol LED lamp with Alexa-integration is any indication, consumers should be in for a treat with the number of upcoming devices with voice assistant integration. Sol is not only a decent lamp with its multiple colour temperatures but also a full fledged voice assistant which takes advantage of Alexa voice capabilities to not only control it but perform other smart home and digital assistant functions.

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Harman Kardan Invoke

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Harman Kardon Invoke

The Harman Kardon Invoke may be Microsoft’s first foray into bringing Cortana into your household, and while Microsoft may be a bit late to the game, it was well worth the wait with the Invoke’s premium build quality, sound, and functionality. It may not be perfect and it will improve with time but it’s worth it for the speaker sound quality alone. If you’re a Cortana user you’ll be pleased with Harman Kardon and Microsoft’s first endeavor in bringing her home…

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Ring Video Doorbell 2

Ring Video Doorbell 2

Ring Video Doorbell 2

Having an extra set of “eyes” on your front door at all times is a nice feeling to have. The ability to pull up a live view anytime Ring senses motion or anytime someone rings your doorbell is great. Having that ability whether you’re at home or far away from home is even better. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 gives you all of those capabilities and more. If you’re looking for a new video doorbell, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 should be on your list.

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SpotCam Sense Pro

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SpotCam Sense Pro

If you want to keep an eye on your belongings, pets, etc. and are looking for an IP camera, the SpotCam Sense Pro should be on your list. The quality camera, good features, and free basic online backup give you a good product for the price.

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Wearables

Fitness Trackers

Samsung Gear Sport

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Samsung Gear Sport

While we should have our review up shortly, the Samsung Gear Sport is definitely worthy of being in our Holiday Gift Guide this year. The latest version of Samsung’s wearable fitness tracker epitomizes what a smartwatch with fitness tracking should be. Toss in some onboard storage for music on the go, and the Gear Sport is definitely a winner for anyone into fitness — whether they have a Samsung smartphone or not.

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Hybrid Smartwatches

Fossil Q Grant

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Fossil Q Grant

This watch is slick, the two-tone gray color is amazing and the design is just stunning. I’ve said it before, you can change those smartwatch faces with software but these hybrid watch faces look so much nicer. Sure, you have to live with the same face every day but this is a sexy face!

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SKAGEN Connected Signatur

SKAGEN Connected Signatur

SKAGEN Connected Signatur

If you’re looking for a smartwatch then look elsewhere. The SKAGEN Connected Signatur is a minimal hybrid smartwatch. It’s not for everyone, but definitely for those who want the least amount and most important notifications, some fitness aspects and sleep tracking. Personally, I love hybrids because they are a watch first and smart second.

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Smartwatches

Fossil Q Explorist

Fossil Q Explorist

Fossil Q Explorist

The Fossil Q Explorist 3rd Gen really was a great way for me to break into the smartwatch scene. It’s a solidly constructed smartwatch with great looks, and Android Wear 2.0. After a long stretch of leaving watches off of my wrist, it’s gotten to the point of feeling odd when I’m *not* wearing the Fossil Q Explorist.

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Traditional Watches

Filippo Loreti

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Filippo Loreti Venice Silver Heritage

If the Venice Silver Heritage luxury watch by Filippo Loreti is any indication of the quality of the other watches offered by the company, and there’s no reason to think otherwise, the company is off to a fantastic start in offering affordable, quality, traditional luxury watches directly to the public. Based on its build quality, materials used, attractive design, and very affordable price point, the Filippo Loreti Venice Silver Heritage luxury watch is well deserving of a Top Pick of 2017 Award here at Techaeris.

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Wardour & Brewer Silverstone Silver

Wardour & Brewer Silverstone Silver

Wardour & Brewer Silverstone Silver

If you love the classic look and quality feel of timepieces from yesteryear, you should have a look at the Wardour & Brewer Silverstone Silver. From the eggshell white dial to the British racing green second hand, everything about this watch feels nostalgic. The watch is lightweight and bands are all very comfortable. It all adds up to a vintage look with modern sensibilities. The Wardour & Brewer Silverstone Silver is indeed a watch for the ages.

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…and there you have it! We hope you’ll at least find an item or two that will make the perfect gift for those easy or hard to buy people in your life. What do you think about some of the products we’ve listed above? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

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