The PCTechBytes Gifts For Geeks recommendations are in for this year, and if you are struggling to find tech bling for the nerd in your life, we are here to help. While crazed shoppers are lining up for Black Friday deals, you can get these gifts online and have them delivered to your front door. We will do a series of these and categorize them by price, whether you are looking for stocking stuffers or something that will shock and amaze your geek, we’ll have a lot of recommendations for you. This is our $100 and below category of must-have gifts this season.
If your house contains as many wireless devices as ours, then you understand how messy it is to have wires all over counter tops and desks. The Chargepod is a device that with multiple interfaces and adapters that can charge multiple devices at once. Blackberry and iPhones, BlueTooth headsets, digital cameras and even game systems. They also sell different adapters if you have a device that isn’t standard. At around $35, this is a portable device must-have.
Kingston 16 GB Thumbdrive
Everyone should have one. This ridiculously cheap 16 GB thumb-drive is a great stocking stuffer. It can be used to backup documents or photos, can be used to transfer large files between the home and office, or can simply be used as extra drive space on your computer. At under $40, this is a great idea for those in your family that do not backup. All you have to do is plug it into the computer and copy files onto it–there’s nothing to install.
All geeks like tools. This kit is a great starter set for someone looking to get into the business or for someone who likes to tinker around the house. It has precision screwdrivers, wire strippers, soldering iron and ratchet screwdriver and socket set and much more all for under $40. These are all tools standard for repairing and upgrading computers, and this Belkin set comes in a nice carrying case. So even if you have a larger case, this one can be used for those on the fly-jobs.
Windows 7 Secrets
Paut Thurrott is a Windows expert that has written a lot of great Windows Secrets books in the past. This massive book (all 1080 pages of it) contain secrets in Windows 7 that average users would probably never know about. If you want to get the most out of your new Operating System, Windows 7 Secrets is a great title. It covers installing and upgrading to Windows 7, security, media and great personal configuration tips. The book is around $35 and a great addition to your geek library.
1 TB External USB Drive
Rounding out our $100 and below list is a Western Digital 1 TB USB Drive. We love the Western Digital drives and this amount of storage at under $100 is a steal. You can use this drive to store movies, music, photos and to backup your entire computer. A drive of this size should be used as a backup and archiving solution, but can certainly be used in day to day storage for PCs that have limited hard drive space.