Dave’s Gadget Gift Guide 2014

I put together a list of gadgets that any self proclaimed nerd would love to have this holiday season. The good news is you can find a great gadget for as little as $35, which is where the list starts.

Under $50

The Google Chromecast. I now have one of these on every TV at our house. It is easily my favorite gadget that has been released in the past year. It allows you to locate content with your device (on TouTube, Netflix, HBOGO etc) and cast it to your screen. You can also cast your devices’s screen to the TV if you have KitKat or Lollipop. If your family gathers for the holidays it is a fun way to share some of those funny videos from the internet without playing pass the phone! A must have gadget!

ChromeCast

Under $100

The Google Nexus Player is similar to the Chromecast just add a gaming controller (the controller is sold separately and will put over the $100 price point)  and Games. If you like to play games on your phone or tablet this device will give those same quality games on your TV, along with the same casting capabilities of the Chromecast.

Google Nexus TV (33) Cropped

Under $300

The smartwatch category is exploding. Finding the right smartwatch for your gadget loving nerd will depend on which phone or tablet and what they would like to do with it so here are several choices.

Motorola Moto 360 – Of course this goes best with the Motorola phone and is probably the best looking at all the smartwatchs. The android where software works great on it however it’s battery life is somewhat lacking.Moto 360 Watch

Samsung gear smartwatch – Works best with Samsung devices, it puts the Google now app on your wrist but it to suffers from low battery life. And for my money still looks old clunky.Samsung Watch

Sony smartwatch 2 – The second-generation of Sony smartwatch. It may have the most apps available of all the smartwatch is and is easy to read in the sunlight. It is still fairly large and only works with android devices.Sony Smartwatch

Pebble steel smartwatch – Pebble has been making smartwatch is for several years now, they do not make a phone so they are not trying to marry their device with a particular phone. They have their own app store for their smartwatch is the display gives the user more customize interfaces than the other manufacturers. Battery life is more than adequate for a full days use.

Pebble Watch

Both Microsoft and Apple will have new products arriving in this space shortly, they will be available for Christmas and could be good options for your favorite gadget guru.

Under $600

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2014. The galaxy note comes with a 2560 x 1600 TFT display compatible with its note pen, up to a 2.3 GHz quad core processor, 3 GB of RAM up to 64 GB of flash storage, an 8 MP camera, every type of wireless connectivity imaginable, GPS and 8220 mA battery and a very large assortment of built-in apps for productivity. This tablet does it all and makes a fantastic gift.Galaxy Note 2014

Break the Bank

The Asus ROG G750JZ provides a one of the best “portable” gaming notebook available. With its i7 Intel processor, HM87 chipset, up to 32 GB RAM, 17.3 inch Auto FHD display, Nvidia GTX 880M with 4 GB/8 GB GDDR5 memory, Blu-ray reader, and solid-state drives available this is one serious gadget for gamers.Asus G750JZ

I hope this help you find a great gift for your favorite nerd.

Don’t forget to visit my YouTube channel with tips on how to use some of these gadgets.

– Dave

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