Us being us, we love it when we get gadgets for Christmas (or any other time, for that matter). The best part, I think, is that after the first impressions are gone, you get to go gift shopping to buy accessories for your gadgets. With that in mind, here are 5 of the greatest things we’ve seen for the gadgets you might have just gotten.
DODOcase for iPad
$59.95 – DODOcase.com
Without a doubt, there are a huge number of accessories for the iPad. Not the least of which, however, are cases. With all of the choices, from Bluetooth to included keyboards to folios and carrying handles, the choices are many. What we love about the DODOcase is that it’s a unique spin on the normal. Borrowing from the look of your favorite journals, the DODOcase protects your iPad from going the way of the Dodo and manages to do it in style.
adidas miCoach armband for iPod
$29.99 – GriffinTechnology.com
If you’ve eaten a bit too much this holiday season, and maybe you’ve put losing weight onto your New Year’s resolution, Griffin has you covered. While there are a ton of armbands available for your iPod Touch or mobile phone, this adidas-branded one has a couple of extra features to make life easier.
A built-in key slot on the band will make sure that you can get into your house or into the gym. The arm band is also more comfortable than many we’ve tried, While it’s extremely thin, it still manages to keep from cutting into your arm as so many others can. Want one? it’s only $30 and you’ll be one step closer to your resolution. Or at least a step closer to looking like you are.
Turtle Beach Ear Force DX11 for Xbox
$129.99 – BestBuy.com
So you’ve gotten the Xbox, now you’ve gotten the Kinect. Once you’re done dancing around and looking somewhat foolish, it’ll be time to pwn some noobs in Call of Duty. With massive bass drivers and 5.1 or 7.1 sound, you’ll be able to hear that sniper before the rest of your team. Instead of a normal or even Bluetooth headset, the Ear Force DX11 has an included optical interconnect to give you truly positional sound. There’s a great-quality microphone, fabric mesh ear pads and it’s one of the lightest that we’ve used given the features.
$99.99 – UltimateEars.com
No matter what audio gadget you might have picked up lately, the worst possible thing that you can do is load it with Justin Bieber song. The second worst thing that you can do is to cheat yourself out of audio quality by using the cheap, throw-away ear buds that come with it.
Ultimate Ears is a company that specializes in high quality audio. From custom-fit in-ear monitors to their lower-end ear buds, the company makes great sound sound great. So really, forget about your Skullcandy or Beats trash, do yourself a favor and invest a few bucks into getting the most from what you just opened. The SuperFi 3 ear buds are a mid-level product, from the price standpoint. At less than $100, they’re absolutely the best you can buy.
Razer Naga Molten SE
$79.99 – RazerZone.com
Finally get your hands on that new MacBook Pro or gaming computer? If you’re one of the more than 30 million people worldwide who play MMO and RTS games (World of Warcraft, Everquest 2, Starcraft 2) then the Naga is specially made just for you. You already know that you simply don’t have enough fingers on your hand to reach every key that you need on your keyboard. The Naga is a fully programmable, macro-enabled mouse that will solve your button-mashing needs.
Those buttons on the side? If you’re using Windows, you’ll be able to fully program them to do any macro function that you want. Need to increase or decrease your sensitivity? You can do that on the fly. It’s oversized, so not for small hands. However, if you have bigger hands or tend to appreciate oversized mice, then the Naga is going to be just for you.
The Molten Special Edition isn’t out, just yet. You’ll need to pre-order it for shipment just after the first if the year.
So there you have it. Go out, get shopping and accessorize. We’ll start rounding up the great stuff that comes out for the newly-released phones such as the Nexus S and the forthcoming LTE devices as well. For now, enjoy your gifts and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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