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Nov 30th 2017

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2017 Geek Gift Guide II: Man Cave

Holiday gift giving, man cave, music production, NAS, USB-C, Docking, Gaming, Lapboard, Superhot
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Category: Help & How To

What do you give the geek who has everything? What about a man cave? Padre & Jason Howell take you through the gear THEY have inside their man caves!

Storage

Synology DS418 Play - $429.99

  • 4-Bay (48TB Maximum capacity - 12TB x 4)
  • Quad-Core Intel J3355 Processor WITH an encryption engine
  • Dual GigE ports (with support for aggregation and failover -- or dual-homing)
  • Dual-Channel, on-the-fly encoding (Two simultaneous transcoding streams up to 4K)
  • 2GB DDR3 Memory (expandable to 6B)
  • ENCRYPTED Throughput (226MB Read/185MB/s Write)

PERFECT FOR

  • Media Server
  • Backup Server
  • Security Camera Server
  • File Server (CIFS/AFP/NFS/FTP/SFTP)

Music

Etymotic MP 9-15 - Music Pro High Fidelity Electronic Musician's Earplugs - $299

  • Professional-level Ear protection
  • Can protect your from noise up to 120db while not affecting WHAT you can hear.
  • Uses a three-part process
    1. Microphone picks up room noise
    2. A compression processor cleans up the sound, removing overt noise.
    3. A driver delivers the compressed sound at a sound level you can choose (9 or 15db cut).
  • Has an array of tips
  • Uses a coin-battery (lasts about 8 days)

Etymotic ER20XS High Fidelity Earplugs - $19.95

  • Multiple tips
  • Carrying case
  • Can reduce noise by 13db

OWC USB-C Travel Dock - $49.88

  • 60W Pass Through
  • PC & Mac
  • 2 x USB 3.1
  • SD Card Reader
  • HDMI 2.0 (Supports 4K 30Hz)

Anker Premium 60W Wall Charger - $49.99

  • 5 Ports (4 x USB, 1 x USB-C)
  • Can deliver 60W

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 - $82.99

  • 2 x 15W USB POrts (3A max)
  • 1 x 30W USB-C Port
  • Comes with a 27W USB-C Wall Charger
    • Lets it charge at 27W (Zero to Full in 4 hours)
  • Supports PowerIQ for compatible devices (fast charging)
  • Weighs just under 600 grams (1.3lbs)
  • 26.8 Amp/Hours of power (96.48 Watt/Hours)
    • To put that into perspective:
      • an iPhone 7 has a 7.45 or 11.1 Wh battery
      • a OnePlus 5 has a 12Wh battery
      • the Acer Chromebook R13 has an 18Wh battery
      • a MacBook Pro has either 54.5 Watt/house or 49.2 Watt House
  • It can charge an iPhone 7 8 to 13 times
  • It can charge a OnePlus 5 7.5 times
  • It can charge a high-end Chromebook 5 times
  • IT can charge a MacBook Pro roughly twice (But it won't quick-charge)

Cons:

  • It cannot charge while it is being charged
  • (You can't charge from the USB-A ports while it's being charged via the USB-C port)

VR

Acer AH101-D8EY Windows Mixed Reality Headset (w/2 wireless controllers) - $379

  • Same price as Oculus Rift, but with better sensor tech & controllers
  • Uses what they call "World Scale" VR/MR
  • It's what the rest of the industry call "inside out" tracking
  • That means there's no external hardware that you have to install
  • Six degrees of freedom (roll, pitch, yaw, forward/back, up/down, left/right)

Specs:

  • 1.35lbs
  • 13 foot cable (HDMI + USB 3.0)
  • Dual 2.89" Hinged 2880 x 1440 LCD displays (90Hz refresh) (1,440 x 1,440 per eye) (706ppi)
  • 100 degree field of view
  • Proximity sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer
  • Tracking camera
  • Bluetooth sync
  • Spatial audio
  • Motion controllers

Acer Aspire 7 - $899.99

  • 7th gen Intel Quad Core i7-7700HQ
  • 8GB DDR4 (expandable to 32GB)
  • 256GB Intel PCIe SSD
  • 15.6" 1920x1080 LCD
  • NVidia GeForce GTX 1050 (2GB GDDR5)
  • Gigabit Ethernet + 802.11ac (with collapsing jack)
  • 1 USB 3.0 + 2 USB 2.0
  • HDMI
  • USB-C 3.1
  • 3230mAh LiPoly Battery (7 hours)
  • 5.29lbs

HyperX Cloud Alpha Gaming Headset - $99.99

  • 50mm Dual-Chamber Drivers
  • Memory foam + leather (super comfortable for long sessions)
  • Aluminum frame
  • In-line controls
  • Detachable cord and microphone
  • Works for PC, PS4 Pro, Xbox One S, Nintendo Switch, phones...basically anything!

Roccat Sova (Gaming Lapboard) - $149.99

  • Full Keyboard (Membrane) - mechanical version is $16 more
  • ROCCAT backlit keyboard (6 brightness levels)
  • 4 meter breakaway cable
  • 2 x USB 2.0 ports
  • Includes a write rest and mouse pad
  • Cable management (including a cable bungie)
  • Swarm enabled (color, control)

What Would Jason Have in His Man Cave

What he does have:

What he wishes he had:

3M Portable Screen - $100

  • 26" Diagonal
  • 5lbs

Anker Nebula Mars Portable Cinema Home Theatre - $599.99

  • 500 ANSI Lumens - equivalent to 3000 Lumens - Generated by a 3000LM LED lamp
  • 1280 x 800
  • Dual 10W speakers
  • 19,500 mAh batter (3 hours of operation)
  • Wireless Connectivity (2.4 & 5G WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0)
  • Android
  • Remote
  • Less than 4lbs

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