Cool Tech Gifts for Guys


It can be hard to shop for a tech-savvy guy, in part because he's likely to buy the latest tech gadgets before you even know he wants them. Laptops, digital cameras, MP3 players--he already has them all. When you're shopping for tech gifts for these guys, the challenge is to fix a problem that he didn't even know he had and find a gadget that will make his life even cooler than before.

Cool Security and Tech Gadgets

  • Not all will admit it, but there's a little James Bond in every guy. The coolest tech gadgets are those that look normal but actually do some pretty amazing things.

    An Ironkey flash drive is one such option for top-security data storage. Retailing for upwards of $139.99 (as of May 2010), the Ironkey is almost 100 times more expensive than traditional flash drives; however, it includes a password-protected data encryption chip that will keep unwanted visitors from accessing important files.

    Security-conscious guys might also appreciate a spy cam pen camera to stealthily capturing video. It has a myriad of uses, from documenting in-store customer service nightmares to creating a video blog.

Portable MP3 Speakers

  • Gone are the days of carrying a giant boom box on your shoulder. Music is now more portable than ever, with tiny MP3 players and music-capable smartphones. A portable speaker set is an ideal addition, enabling guys to play their favorite songs by the pool, at the beach or anywhere else.

    iPod-compatible speakers are an industry standard, with most manufacturers either working with Apple directly or developing unofficial iPod music stations. A good portable speaker set will also have a line-in jack for smartphones and other brands of MP3 players. Logitech, Apple and Bose are popular brands.

    If you plan to use your speakers around water, consider waterproof or water-resistant options from eGo.

Give the Gift of Wireless

  • Any tech-savvy guy already has technology such as TVs, computers, laptops, printers and peripherals. He probably also has yards of cables snaking around his house.

    Many products on the market are already available with wireless capabilities: PCs, printers, digital video recorders and music speakers. By placing a wireless router in the center of your house (you may need two if you live in a large home) and using network adapters on wireless-compatible electronics, you can connect all of these devices together. That means your guy can program his living room TiVo while he's sitting in the bedroom, relax on the front porch and print wirelessly from his laptop, and create a surround sound experience throughout the entire house.

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