Help Me Spend $750!

Help Me Spend $750!

Joel Pirela
Jan 12, 2011

We get lots of tips, questions and other info via our twitter feed, but it's not everyday that you receive a request to help someone spend $750 on sweet new gadgets! Here's the actual tweet: Could you recommend awesome tech to purchase for teen (guy) tech room? I have $750 from Xmas to spend!

Two of our editors have gone at it with what they think this lucky young man should spend his Christmas dough on. Peep the extensive list (we're not kidding when we say extensive!) after the jump...

Joel's List:

iPad 3G ($729)
No household is complete, unless there is an iPad laying around! This revolutionary device will keep this young man entertained, but also, can help with homework, research, light writing and reading ebooks and magazines. The 3G factor means that he's not attached to a WiFi only network when he's on the go.

Parrot AR Drone + iPod Touch ($299 + $229 = $528)
The ultimate remote controlled helicopter. Not only has two cameras (one for navigation and another for gaming) but with the onboard gyroscope, there's a guaranteed smooth landing, regardless of how careless the pilot is. using the iPod Touch as a remote, provides a view of what the drone is seeing and is very usefull when playing games against each other via the augmented reality overlay.

Leica D-Lux5 ($759)
Since I lost my mom's range finder Leica some 20 years ago, I started a little obsession about them. They are great for taking pictures with very low light and the glass is versatile enough for zoom pictures and even very close macro shots. When you grow out of the camera, you can sell it on ebay for every pretty penny and upgrade to a M series.

Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock ($79)
You can bundle this with the LCD TV and still come out with some change in your pocket. This may be the hardest Guitar Hero for a casual player but the level of difficulty is the hook for those gamers that overtake a release within few hours. Start practicing to get those stars!

iHome iP1 Studio Series Audio ($199)
Never a set of computer's speakers looked this good! You don't need a big system if space is at a premium and you only need to fill your bedroom with tunes. The clear panels, almost make the unit disappear. Sound quality is pretty decent, aside from the lack of bass and maybe a little too much power on the tweeters.

Numark iDJ iPod 2 Channel Mixer ($129)
You'll need two iPods for this set up but even if we add two Nanos, you still come ahead of the game. Very simplistic to use and almost toy-like. 2 Channel mixer plus USB connectivity and mic input. The EQ has 3 bands with gain control too.

Panasonic Viera 37" 1080p LED LCD w/apple dock ($449)
I think 37" is big enough for the bedroom and you can even use this high definition gem to connect to your cable provider, game console or even computer/laptop, so you can get rid of the monitor if you are running out of space. 1080p guarantees that you won't be left in the dust and the 20,000:1 contrast ratio ensures the blacks you are seeing and true for a better viewing experience.

Anthony's List:

PS3 Slim ($300): A great system that does games, Blu-ray, CDs, DVDs, and pretty much anything you can think of. Consider this if you're looking for a well-rounded entertainment system. 32" LCD TV ($300): Most TVs these days will suffice, but it saves so much room with a thin 32-incher. We normally don't suggest going over 32-inches for bedrooms. Audioengine A2 ($200): Robust and accurate, this small-form factor set of stereo speakers has been loved by audiophiles and consumers alike for its portability and surprisingly great sound. Logitech Harmony 650 ($80): A refined product from years of extensive experience designing universal remotes, this will take care of all your future devices and removes the need to ever have more than one remote out on the coffee table at time.


NuForce Icon uDAC-2 Black Headphone Amp ($130): If you're going to invest in audio, you need a proper Digital to Analog converter to get the most out of your equipment. The uDAC-2 is a compact work of audio art that's as portable as you are. Just feed in from your PC or Mac and you'll have golden sound coming out.
Denon D2000 ($300): Such excellence in sound doesn't come cheap. Luckily, you don't have to cough up a fortune to enjoy one of the best headphones we've heard in this price bracket. With silky smooth bass, perfect mids, and comfortable ear cups, you'll be in audio heaven in no time.
Audioengine A5 ($325): If you thought the A2's sounded great, wait until you hear its bigger brother, the A5's. This set is perfect for audio aficionados looking for both practicality and great sound. It even has a spot on the back to plug in your Airport Express so you don't have to string wires all over the place!

[Image: Mike's Surprising Student Studio]

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