GamePro 2008 holiday gift guide
- — 19 December, 2008 16:54
Gifts for Students
Between classes, all-night study sessions, mid-terms and essays, students have it rough. They're usually undernourished, sleep deprived and overworked, so do the student in your life a favor and get them one of these awesome gifts. That way, if they ever graduate and become rich, you can mooch off them without feeling any guilt.
A chumby sounds like a mean prank you pull on your friends; you know, in the "Dude, last week, when Frank wasn't looking, I totally gave him a chumby" sort of way. But in actuality, the Chumby is a really cool Internet enabled device that streams all sorts of cool stuff onto its cute little screen. It connects to your wireless network and there are over a thousand widgets that you can setup. Get games, weather reports, play games, watch show clips and sports highlights-it's the perfect desktop companion. Best of all, it'll free up your desktop for more important things like work; you do remember work, right? It's what you should be doing instead of reading this gift guide (but we won't tell your boss that you're goofing off on the Internet if you promise not to tell our boss that we're doing the same thing).
SONY VAIO AW
Guess what? You need a laptop. No, seriously: if you're a student these days, you need a laptop. It's like a knight not having a sword or a musician not having an instrument-you need a laptop. Now, most of you are probably going to spring for some budget system that'll chug like a tiny little train going up a hill every time you try to do anything useful on it, but those of you who are smart will spend the extra cash and buy a high-end system like the VAIO AW from Sony. We recently tested one out that came with maxed out specs: we're talking a dual-core proc running at 2.53GHz, an 18.4" screen capable of HD resolutions, 4 gigs of RAM, a built in Blu-ray drive, an nVidia graphics card with 512MB of memory, TV tuners, HDMI out-basically, the only thing this laptop couldn't do was toast our PopTarts for us. Yes, it's pricey but you're getting an all-in-one system that'll not only give you an edge in your homework but will make sure you're fully entertained when you're done pounding out that ten page term paper on the effects of British rule on early American political policies. Seriously, we threw games like Call of Duty: World at War and Blu-ray movies like Casino Royale at the VAIO AW and it performed like Bruce Jenner at the freaking Olympics. So if you're serious about your schooling, then get serious about your choice of laptop, okay?
Remember Razor scooters? They were pretty cool, right? Well, now that we've taken a few laps on the Fuzion Electron, the idea of stepping onto a Razor makes us want to take a nap. It would be sort of like trading in your sports car for a 12-speed. This four-wheeled badboy has a nifty design that makes getting around a breeze. It's highly manuervable and fun to ride, but it's a hell of lot safer than a skateboard (wear a helmet anyway: as Spongebob Squarepants always says, "Safety first!").
You know what? Getting up in the morning sucks. To top it off, we get up to the sweet sounds of our alarm clock blaring like some ridiculous prop from an action movie: you know the alarm kalxon that you hear whenever a self-destruct sequence has been activated? Yeah, that's pretty much what we wake up to every morning. But now that we have the iP99BR, our days of getting up and threatning our alarm clock with physical violence is over; this sweet alarm clock has an iPhone dock built in, meaning we can dock our phone at night and get out of bed the next morning to something inspiring like 'Eye of the Tiger'. It's also got great sound quality and the usual functions like AM/FM radio. Hell, with the iP99BR, it's almost a joy to wake up in the morning-on second thought, no it's not. But at least you'll wake up to something worth listening to.
We have a lot of stuff that we need to carry around with us on a daily basis. Laptops, MP3 players, paperwork, video games, an extra hoodie in case it gets cold-we're like a walking swap meet. In the past, we used to just cram all of our crap into a random backpack but then we got smart and ordered a bag from Manhattan Portage. Stylish and functional, their line of messenger bags were just what we needed to get our lives in order; we're guessing they can help you get organized, so throw away that lame backpack and get something actually worth carrying around, okay?
Nerf Nite Jam Nerfoop
This one's for those of you who are college bound: your dorm room is not going to be complete without a mini-basketball hoop hanging over the door. Trust us, these things are essential in any dorm environment; you can use them to blow off steam inbetween classes, create awesome variant games with bizarre rules (make three baskets in a row and your opponent has to run naked through the quad), and perfect crazy trick shots. We like the Nite Jam because the backboard lights up, meaning you can turn the lights off and still get your game on; it'll also double as a sweet mood light too.
Dell Ultrasharp 2408WFP
You know what sucks? Writing term papers. You know what sucks even more? Writing term papers while staring at a tiny computer screen. What's the solution? Get a big ass monitor, like the Dell 2408WFP. It's a 24" widescreen monitor that has the screen real estate you need to be effective; it'll also make your PC games look pretty sweet too.
Contour Lumbar Support
Students spend a lot time sitting on their butts, not just to play video games and watch TV; no, sometimes, they actually sit around and get work done. But improper posture can lead to a lot of discomfort and unnecessary pain-any student who's written a term paper or stayed up late reading multiple chapters can attest to that. Shoulders, necks, backs and arms-it's all interconnected kids. The best thing you can do for yourself is to invest in a lumbar support pillow for your desk chair; these things are life-savers. They help keep your posture correctly aligned when you're sitting and they take a lot of pressure off your back, which means you won't be hunched over the next morning when you're on your way to class. You only have one body, kids, so treat it right; you'll thank us in twenty years.