Tis the season! It can be hard to shop for a techie or you are new to this. Yes, this is a guide for a Techie Christmas. This is a list of items to buy for those techies in your life. They are a special breed. This year, do not go last minute shopping for that perfect gift. Let me do the hard work for you! Let’s get started!
Mice and Keyboards:
The all important mouse. This is the main device for any techie. It is also difficult to choose between the various different options. Should you go with a wired mouse or a wireless one? Which company has the best mouse? Should I get one that lights up? What does DPI mean? I know, there’s a lot of options. Let’s get started!
This is my favorite mouse. I have used it since it was released and Logitech has done a great job of making a gaming mouse. There are a few buttons on this mouse, but, it makes up for it on the DPI or dots per inch. You can change in on the fly from 200 to 12,000 DPI. I feel like my game has stepped up since I got this mouse. Also, it’s really light. This mouse weighs 4.6 ounces. The price is $70. It is a little steep for a lack of button support. However, this is going to be the best choice for gamers and techies alike.
Corsair’s gaming mouse is similar to what Logitech is offering. However, the main differences are the price and DPI. The DPI is 10,000 instead of 12,000. The price is about 30 less than Logitech’s gaming mouse. This gives the Corsair a competitive edge. If the Logitech mouse it a little too much out of your budget, then, this mouse is for you.
Razer also has a mouse similar to the other two. This one is about the same price as the Logitech, but, has only 10,000 DPI. If you love Razer this is a great mouse to get. It has almost all the same features as the other two.
Sometimes you cannot use a wired mouse. They do have a fatal flaw… their cable. Yes, it is usually better to game with them and using them for work is beneficial if the cord can reach from your computer to your hand. This Logitech wireless mouse is a good choice. This is more for the techie and less gamer person in mind. If they are a gamer, this would not be the best for them. However, it will work for your day-to-day work.
Razer rarely makes inexpensive mice. They are known more of their gaming mice, but, this mouse can do both. It has the highest DPI in the list. The DPI is at 16,000. Battery life is at 20 hours and it has an adjustable click force technology. This is not a cheap mouse; coming in at $150.00, you’re going to be paying for it.
The best value for a wireless mouse. The Microsoft mouse is best suited for work and it is handy for those on the go. The battery lasts about 12 hours and it is the lightest mouse on the list.If you know a techie that is all about business, this is the mouse for them.
This is the most interesting design on the list. The Logitech wireless mouse has two mouse wheels. The best part is the battery. Logitech claims the battery will last for 40 days with one charge. That’s great for those that forget to charge their tech every day. Yes, some techies do forget. It’s not the most expensive mouse on the list and the advantage is with the battery. This is great for a person that likes not having to charge the mouse every day and can use it for a long time.
Another important part of building or even being a techie. The right keyboard can help quite a bit. There are many different kinds of keyboards. To some techies, a keyboard can be part of the whole “status symbol” for your desktop. It’s not a bad thing, it can be confusing to people new to this or shopping for their techie friends or family. Here’s my list.
This is my top pick for keyboards. I love this keyboard. It is sturdy build. The keys are not very loud. It has a USB pass-through port. This allows someone to use it for their mouse or phone. It also has an anti-ghosting key technology. This registers each key press for more precise gaming or typing. There is a wrist-rest that is detachable as well. You can change the color of the keyboard too. I have enjoyed use this keyboard with the Logitech Pro Gaming mouse. It’s not a cheap keyboard. The keyboard will set you back $140.00.
Another great gaming keyboard. This has easy media controls. This keyboard is for those that love media and gaming. The keys are durable and Logitech claims you each key can be hit 50 million times. That’s a lot of double jumping or manipulating photos or video. The Corsair keyboard has more options, but, this keyboard is another great choice. It does have a customizable color scheme too.
This is one of a unique design. The SteelSeries keyboard has a large spacebar. They claim it is for speed. That remains to be seen, but, it does look like it is designed to be helpful. The backend of the keyboard is angled up for ease of use. It has two USB ports for users to put their mouse or phone. It has the anti-ghosting keys, but, most do now. It’s not a cheap keyboard. The price for it is $200.00. However, it is the holidays, so, there will be deals!
You could not have a list without Razer. Gaming and Razer go together so well. The BlackWidow is a great keyboard for your gamers. It’s even better with other Razer gear. It has an inter-device syn. This allows other Razer products sync the colors together. Sometimes gamers like to sync their colors. Like the rest, you can customize what colors show and how they do it. It’s a good, durable keyboard with an SDK for developers. Like the other mechanical keyboards, this is not cheap. The price is $169.99.
There are times when a wired keyboard will not work. Usually, it is the length of the cable. Even though wired keyboard has a better response rate, they have their limitation. For those that cannot afford or detest wires. Here’s a short list of great wireless keyboards to use!
This is for those that love typewriters. This wireless keyboard is useful for desktop, laptops, and tablets. This is a mechanical keyboard. If you know someone that loves typewriters and wishes they had something like that, this is the keyboard for you. I do like the versatile nature of this too. It is bulky, so the weight is a problem. The price is going to set you back. The price is $349.99. Yes, it is steep.
This is a very slim keyboard. It is very portable too. The keyboard also lights up, like mechanical keyboards, above. The keyboard has a USB port on the keyboard which comes in handy. It has a dual mode. That means it can switch between Bluetooth or wired connection. If you are, a friend or loved one is always on the go, this is a great keyboard to get. The price of the keyboard is $59.99.
Logitech has made an interesting keyboard. This keyboard has a 3 port switch to switch between different devices. Some of the buttons have multifunction. You can put a mobile phone and a tablet on the keyboard. It works with Android, iOS, Windows and Mac. It’s the most versatile keyboard and a great choice for people that use multiple devices. The price is $49.99. It’s a moderate price for what you get out of it.
This is a good lightweight keyboard. It’s great for sitting on the couch and using your TV as your monitor. The Microsoft keyboard is also good with media. If you are looking for a gift for someone that loves media, this keyboard is for them. It’s another keyboard that is not going to break the bank. The price is $39.95.
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