Best Electronic Gifts for Christmas 2012 (Part III)

This a continued article from my last article – Best Electronic Gifts for Christmas 2012 (Part II). Let us see some more gifts for your loved ones before this Christmas starts.

Part 1: Best Electronic Gift for Christmas 2012 (Part I)

Noise Cancelling Headphones

Noise cancelling headphones reduce unwanted ambient sounds by means of active noise control (ANC). Noise cancellation makes it possible to enjoy music, without raising volume excessively high, or help passengers sleep in noisy airliners. Let us look at some of the products.

Sennheiser HD 700 Headphone

  • Open, circumaural dynamic stereo headphones for maximum wearing comfort
  • Outstanding soundstage with a warm and balanced audio reproduction
  • Specially-tuned, highly effi cient drivers capable of delivering high sound pressure levels and a flat frequency response
  • Highly optimized ventilated magnet system minimizes air turbulence and harmonic, intermodulation distortion
  • Open-back ear cups facilitate transparent sound while showcasing cutting-edge industrial design

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Beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Headphones

  • High-end semi-open headphones with true sound definition and phenomenal bass response
  • Reproduces immersive three-dimensional acoustics with 5 Hz to 35 kHz frequency response
  • Combines best of open and closed technologies to reproduce complete sound spectrum
  • Single-sided cable, replaceable soft ear pads, and padded headband for comfort
  • 1/8-Inch gold-plated stereo mini jack and 1/4-inch adapter

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Sony MDRDS6500 Digital Surround Headphones

  • Sony MDRDS6500 Digital Surround Headphones

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Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

  • The best Bose® headphones reduce noise across a wide range of frequencies
  • Enjoy music and movies with clear and lifelike sound
  • Comfortable, around-the-ear fit; ideal for frequent flyers
  • Includes cable with remote for iPhone®/iPod® control, mic for hands-free iPhone calling, and carrying case
  • AAA battery: 35 hours average life

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Klipsch Image X10i Audiophile Noise-Isolating Headset with 3-button Apple Control (Copper)

  • Superior resolution and bass response from custom designed armature and patented oval eartips
  • High-quality, echo-cancelling microphone
  • 3-button iPhone/iPod control (VOL+, VOL-, ANSWER/PLAY/PAUSE/SKIP+/SKIP-, Voice Control)
  • Patented Oval Ear Tips for best-in-class comfort and noise isolation
  • Includes five sizes of oval eartips and carrying case

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Etymotic Research ER-4PT MicroPro Noise-Isolating In-Ear Earphones (Black)

  • Highest noise-isolating earphones on the market
  • Reduction of outside noise reduces the risk of listening at unsafe levels
  • Designed for audiophiles, musicians and sound engineers
  • Assortment of ACCU-Fit eartips included to ensure proper seal and comfort, plus airline adapter and 1/4 inch stereo adapter

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Bose SIE2 Sport Headphones – Green

  • Tonally balanced audio with crisp highs and deep lows
  • Stay Hear ear tips remain in place even during strenuous workouts
  • Sweat- and weather-resistance, using hydrophobic acoustic cloth
  • Reebok fitness armband holds your audio device during exercise

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STREET by 50 Cent Wired In-Ear Headphones – White by SMS Audio

  • Apple control mic with volume control
  • Ergonomically designed
  • Crystal clear sound
  • Gold plated connectors
  • Carry Case

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Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headset

The hands-free noise cancelling Bluetooth Headsets are in great demand today for their superior sound quality as well as stylish design. Let us take a look at the best few available in the market.

Plantronics Voyager Pro+ is the current best in its class. Despite its bulky design, it is an easy wear on the ear. It has superior sound quality for callers and is a top pick.

Jawbone ERA Midnight Bluetooth Headset is the most stylish one available and also has a great in call sound quality.

BlueAnt Q2 Bluetooth Headset has a very intuitive voice interface that sets it apart from the others. Also, its slender profile is a great attraction.

Motorola HZ800 Finiti Bluetooth Headset has advance multiPoint for receiving multiple calls.

Plantronics Voyager Pro+ Bluetooth Headset

  • Podcast, GPS, A2DP streams music
  • Enhanced voice alerts for convenience
  • iPhone headset battery meter
  • Plantronics Vocalyst voice and text service
  • Dual-mic AudioIQ2 noise cancellation

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Jawbone ERA Midnight Bluetooth Headset

  • 10mm wideband speaker, lets you experience an HD audio
  • NoiseAssassin 3.0 with wind reduction
  • Accelerometer built-in
  • Customizable features with MyTALK platform
  • Jawbone meter automatically displays on iPhone, Blackberry and a few others

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BlueAnt Q2 Bluetooth Headset

  • Rich audio with voice control
  • Answer calls or make calls with your voice
  • Reads out the name of the incoming caller
  • A2DP streaming for playback of music, podcasts or GPA from phone
  • Feature to connect two phones and answer the one that rings- MultiPoint

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Motorola HZ800 Finiti Bluetooth Headset

  • Implements dual microphone technology for reducing background noise
  • Listen to or dictate text messages if you have an Android 2.2 or above smartphone
  • Stealth mode microphone- during extreme wind and noise, converts vocal vibrations into speech
  • Advanced MultiPoint
  • Upto 5 hours talk time and 6 days standby time

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Video Game Consoles

For gamers of all ages, a video game console is the best and most recommended Christmas gift. Throw in a bunch of video games there and you’ll have them stuck to their gift for the whole of Christmas! Not to forget, now-a-days, video games are a perfect excuse to get the whole family together, playing. Let us look into the most recommended ones and you can decide the best buy for yourself.

The XBOX 360 games have stunningly realistic effect. It has HD quality local and online core. The features included are hand-free motion gaming, casual gaming, download and storage of digital game, streaming and DVD video playback, access to an exclusive and deep online gaming community, video chat and IM. It is gamer friendly with nice online capabilities and a user friendly interface.

PlayStation 3 is the high end Blu-ray with HD quality online and local core and casual gaming and has the richest graphics of them all. It also has features like Streaming and DVD video playback, access to exclusive online gaming community called PlayStation Network, download and store of digital game and other content, internet browsing and video chat.

Wii has casual gaming featuring intuitive motion control. You can Download and play classic arcade games. The streaming video playback is energy efficient. The Wii U on the other hand, has HD quality local and online core and casual gaming, access to and integration with existing media services, internet browsing and video chat.

XBOX 360

  • Game selection- Xbox 360 games
  • Online game play and community- Xbox Live
  • Motion Gaming- Xbox Kinect
  • Media type- CD/DVD
  • Graphics Quality- Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i
  • Backward compatibility- compatible with about 500 original Xbox games, all Xbox games downloadable from Xbox Live

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PlayStation 3

  • Game Selection- PlayStation 3 games
  • Online Game play and community- PlayStation Network
  • Motion Gaming- PlayStation Move
  • Media type- CD/DVD/Blu-ray
  • Graphics Quality- Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i
  • Backward compatibility- Compatible with all PS1 and PS2 games available at PlayStation Network

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Wii

  • Game Selection- Wii games
  • Online game play and community- via external servers or WiiConnect24
  • Motion Gaming- Remote Plus for Wii
  • Media type- Optical Disc
  • Graphics Quality- supports 480p
  • Backward Compatibility- few older model Wii consoles are compatible with Nintendo GameCube game disks and controllers

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Wii U

  • Game Selection- Wii U games
  • Online game play and community- Miiverse
  • Motion Gaming- GamePad for Wii U
  • Media type- Optical Disc
  • Graphics Quality- supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
  • Backward Compatibility- compatible with most of the Wii games and Wii accessories

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Sony PlayStation 3: Assassin Creed III Bundle

  • Unbelievably realistic graphics, animations and physics
  • A thrilling, never ending, online multiplayer mode, free on the PlayStation 3 Network
  • A 500GB hard drive to store all your updates and new content with a capacity of about 3750 games, 297 movies, 198437 songs and over 80000 photos
  • It also has unique 4 single player missions
  • To add to it, if you purchase Assassin’s Creed III and Assassin’s Creed III Liberation, for PlayStation Vita, you get an exclusive in-gaming content for Assassin’s Creed III Liberation

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Nintendo Wii U- 32GB Black Deluxe Set

  • Enhanced Broadway cores with ‘Espresso’ CPU
  • AMD Radeon based HD GPU, a unique API=GX2 , which supports Shader Model 4.0
  • 1GB memory that applications can use, up to 32GB on SDHC card for storage memory
  • HDMI 1.4 out port

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X Box 360: Halo 4

  • A console custom designed by Halo 4 developer, 343 Industries and X Box 360
  • Halo 4 custom wireless controllers, 2 numbers, with blue LED lights and a rotating D-pad. They have a range of about 30 feet
  • Halo 4 standard edition game, with Halo Reclaimer saga
  • Exclusive sound and custom content

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Wii Console Bundle

  • Wii Mario Kart
  • One Nunchuk Controller
  • One Wii Remote plus controller
  • Sensor Bar
  • Power Chord Features Controls
  • Standard Composite Cables
  • Motion sensing technology
  • Abundant games

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Portable Video Game Consoles

If you are looking for gaming on the go, Portable consoles are what you need to check out. You don’t need to wait to reach home for your fast, powerful games. You will have to pick from either Sony’s PSP series or Nintendo’s DS series. If you have to gift to kids or fun time gamers, Nintendo is preferable for its great games and multiplayer experience, whereas, for serious gamers, Sony’s PSP is a big yes.

Let us first start with Sony PlayStation Vita. With its improved hardware, it effectively blurs the line between reality and interactive entertainment. Its only detrimental factor seems to be its high cost. Though, its older version, Sony PSP 3000, being lower in cost is still popular.

Nintendo 3DS with its crisp, pleasing colors, gives you a 3D feel, that too without glasses! But, its technology is not so advisable for children.

The lightest and smallest of all PSPs, the Sony PSP Go, with its slider design, is a great gaming experience.

If the 3D feature of Nintendo 3DS seems to be a problem for you, you can opt for Nintendo DSi XL. It offers a great gaming experience and has features similar to that of DSi.

Sony PlayStation Vita

  • Dual analog sticks, multi-touch display, multi-touch rear pad
  • Front and rear cameras, new unit specific media flash-based storage and GPS
  • A multi-touch, 5 inch organic light emitting display
  • Location based gaming feature where users can find and meet friends virtually
  • Improved Wi-Fi capabilities

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Nintendo 3DS

  • 3D display without the need for special glasses
  • 3D depth slider
  • One inner camera and two outer cameras
  • A better and deeper wireless experience with SpotPass and StreetPass, connecting you with other users.
  • Adjustable Stylus and 6 AR cards with fun built-in softwares like Nintendo 3DS sound, Mii Maker app and Face Raiders.
  • Parental controls required for children under age 6 to use 3D

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Sony PSP 3000

  • Includes built in microphone
  • Memory stick duo slot for storage space expansion
  • Built in Wi-Fi that lets you access internet from any accessible hotspot
  • You can also listen to mp3 or watch movies

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Sony PSP Go

  • Built in flash memory of 16GB for file storage
  • Games, movies and other media can be directly downloaded from PlayStation Network to PSP Go
  • Bluetooth support
  • Slide out control, 3.8” LCD screen
  • The design contains no UMD which makes it more energy efficient and a quitter device.

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Video Games: Nintendo Wii

Here are a few Video games for Nintendo Wii that you should check out.

Just Dance 4

  • It has topped the charts and has a collection of over 40 all new dance numbers ranging from legendary favorites to Billboard hits
  • With the all new battle mode, challenge your friends in the six rounds of dance battle
  • The Just Sweat mode has all new workouts, personalized programs, real calorie counter and live feed back
  • With unique choreographies, each player can win his moment of fame for each member of your dance crew

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New Super Mario Bros

  • A new propeller suit is introduced which will shoot players into the sky with the shake of a remote
  • Cooperation and combination required
  • 2 to 4 players only in the multiplayer mode
  • Motion ability of Wii Remote Controller can be made use of
  • Playable characters are Mario, Luigi and the two Toads

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LEGO Lord of the Rings

  • Epic battles with Orcs, Uruk-hai, the Balrog, the Witch-king and others in the open-world of middle earth
  • Look out for the Palantir or Seeing-stone and jump between story-lines
  • More than 60 playable characters
  • Variety of magical items and weaponry to be collected

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Kirby’s Dream Collection

  • A set of 6 classic Kirby’s games
  • New copy abilities and new stages in challenge stages of Kirby’s Return to Dream Land
  • Games played by holding remote controller sideways

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Video Games: PlayStation 3

Here are a few Video games for PlayStation 3 that you should check out.

Assassin’s Creed III

  • Eliminate your enemies with guns, tomahawks and bows
  • Play a critical role in the legendary events of America’s revolution, from burstling city streets to chaotic battlefields
  • Know and experience the truth behind American Revolution
  • Introduction of Anvil Next, game engine

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FIFA Soccer 13

  • The all-new positioning intelligence intrigues the attacking players to analyze plays and position themselves to create new attacking opportunities
  • Every touch matters with FIFA 13 Complete Dribbling
  • A new trapping system eliminates near perfect control by creating uncertainity around trapping
  • Two new passing options- loft through balls to teammate or dink passes over the outstretched leg of the defender
  • Over 500 officially licensed clubs and about 50,000 players

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Uncharted 3: Drakes’ Deception

  • A cinematic experience that unifies games and Hollywood
  • You’ll face new challenges in Nathan Drakes’ challenges and will be able to visit  stunning locations around the world
  • Single player gameplay
  • A whole new set of Action Adventure Multiplayer that carries the exciting cinematic experience of single player into the multiplayer.
  • Available in stereoscopic 3D

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WWE ‘13

  • Predator Technology 2.0 includes all features that result in a smoother gameplay experience
  • Make use of the franchise’s industry defining Creation Suite to develop and customize your very own Superstars, Arenas, Finishing moves, Storyline and Entrances
  • Relive the attitude era and return to the unparalleled and groundbreaking era in WWE history
  • Experience the atmosphere, fervor and spectacle of a WWE live event through Spectacular moments with the brand new audio system designed to produce the most authentic experience in WWE video game
  • WWE Universe 3.0 , virtual never-like-before experience towards becoming a WWE champion

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Video Games: XBOX 360

Here are a few Video games for XBOX 360 that you should check out.

Halo 4

  • To battle an ancient evil bent on annihilation and vengeance, the Master Chief returns
  • Dawn of the epic new Halo adventure, solo or split screen, up to 3 players
  • Graphics, sound and epic gameplay is cutting edge
  • Online multiplayer and Spartans Ops missions require Xbox LIVE Gold Membership, not sold with the box

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II

  • All new storyline with new and returning characters
  • Single player campaign with two time periods linked by characters and their actions
  • Special Strike force missions
  • Different play modes and multiplayer options

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Dishonored

  • It is innovative and you can approach each assassination with your own play style
  • Use shadows and sounds to your advantage to move your way up the levels
  • Supernatural abilities and weapons to overcome obstacles and eliminate targets
  • Enter an original world envisioned by Half-life 2 art director Viktor Antonov
  • The world of dishonored reacts to how you play

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Resident Evil 6

  • This is one large scale horror, global. The outbreak of C-virus takes place worldwide
  • Multiple characters with intertwined storyline, experience the horror while playing the characters
  • It offers online or offline, solo or co-op mode gameplay
  • The returned zombies can jump, run and even use weapons
  • Enemy creatures, J’avo have the feature to regenerate when injured, can mutate affected body parts to a variety of different forms, making players rethink their strategies and adapt to unpredictability

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Digital Photo Frames

Using the Digital Photo Frame, you can display all the photos you want without printing them or using the computer. They come in a wide variety of sizes and display photos as slideshow usually, with adjustable time interval. The photos displayed are usually directly from the camera’s memory card.

Pix-Star PXT510WR02 10.4 inch FotoConnect XD has a high quality digital photo display with low power consuming LED backlight. It has features for Wi-Fi, email, web albums and UPnP/DLNA.

Sony DPF-D1010 10.2 inch WVGA is high resolution, small in size and a light weight device. It takes images via a memory stick and also standard USB interface.

NIX X08C Hu-Motion 8 inch has a motion sensor and a Hi Resolution Panel with LED Backlight. It is only compatible with Windows PC.

Pandigital PI1056DW 10.4 inch has two interchangeable and espresso frame and the built-in memory is of 1GB. It also has alarm, clock and calendar.

Pix-Star PXT510WR02 10.4 inch FotoConnect XD

  • 10.4 inches, 4:3 ratio, LED backlight
  • 2GB internal memory, Wi-Fi enabled, supports USB and SHDC memory cards
  • Images can be directly received to Pix-Star frame from the internet with its dedicated email address
  • Send pictures from frame to group or individuals of email address
  • Receive daily updates of weather forecast, for a selected number of cities
  • Stream internet radio station, play mp3 and WAV filed from USB dongle or SD card

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Sony DPF-D1010 10.2 inch WVGA LCD Digital Photo Frame

  • With its crisp and vibrant details, you can enjoy your favorite memories on the 10.2 inch display
  • Pictures are displayed as slideshow and you can add your desired transition effects
  • Multiple power ON/OFF settings
  • Includes a remote controller in the box

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NIX X08C Hu-Motion 8 inch Digital Picture Frame

  • 4:3 ratio, LED backlighting, 800X600 pixels Hi Resolution Panel
  • Displays Photos, Videos, MP3
  • Auto-rotate sensor and split screen image display option
  • Motion sensor that turns the screen ON or OFF when you enter or leave the room
  • Comes with a remote controller
  • Accepts SD/SDHC cards, USB stick and Thumb drive

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Pandigital PI1056DW 10.4 inch Digital Picture Frame

  • Aspect ratio of 4X3, holds up to 5000 images
  • Interchangeable black and espresso frames to suit your décor
  • Reads CF/SD/MS/MS-PRO/MMC/XD cards
  • 1 GB internal memory
  • Features for Alarm, calendar, clock, Programmable ON/OFF timer, Video, Audio

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