Electronic gadgets for men
By Andrew Koziara
I defy you to find me a man who doesn’t love electronics in some form or another. Whether you just want to build the ultimate home entertainments system for football night, blast “noobs” in the latest yearly Call of Duty release, or build a computer from scratch and install Linux on it, electronics provide joy for us all. Unfortunately, theater systems, gaming consoles, and monster PCs don’t come cheap. But if you shop wisely and find those online deals, that mammoth flat screen LED TV could be yours in no time.
Build your own home theater
Gamers, sports fans, and film buffs alike love a good home entertainment system. A 50+ inch flat-screen TV with surround sound (and maybe even 3D compatibility if you’re feeling fancy) makes for a great experience for which you don’t have to leave the house. Paying attention to deals at places like Best Buy or Sam’s Club can make all kinds of media junkies happy. Electronics sections at such places is beyond compare. Who doesn’t love a good camera or laptop too? If you’re specifically into gaming, the pre-owned prices at GameStop are hard to match. I just wouldn’t recommend selling things back to them.
Computers for techies and casual users
The more hardcore nerds among us spend more time in the computer section of the store than the entertainment one. A new computer is simply a wonderful thing to have. Those happy with a pre-built PC or laptop should pay attention to retailers like Dell (who also make Alienware). However, a real PC enthusiast will want to build their own towering hulk of a PC that can run four games of Skyrim or Battlefield 3 simultaneously with the highest graphics settings, so shopping around for parts at TigerDirect is probably the way to go.
The nerd is strong in this one…
One of the coolest places to shop in all the vastness of the Internet is ThinkGeek.com. The site’s selection is huge, and the options are really very creative. From clothes that have electronics in them, to Star Wars and Doctor Who paraphernalia, to an actual zombie survival kit. These are the same people who make the iCade mobile gaming accessories for iPhones and iPads. Stock your home and office up with nifty lamps, clocks, programmable remotes, and so much more. The best part is that they have very frequent sales, so you can make a wish list and just wait for great deals.