The Tom's Hardware 2017 Gift Guide

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Michael Justin Allen Sexton

Michael Justin Allen Sexton is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers hardware component news, specializing in CPUs and motherboards.

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  • JoeMomma
    I have the Corsair Flash Survivor Stealth 128GB. You didn't mention it's main reason for existence. Toughness! It is waterproof to 100 meters and I have seen one dropped from a 10 story building and still work (with a few minor scratches).
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  • IInuyasha74
    All flash drives are water proof if you just let them dry out first. Had several get dropped in water over the years and continue to work. Just had to let them dry first.
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  • elbert
    The steam link is on sale for70% off from steam so its only $14.99.
    http://store.steampowered.com/app/353380/Steam_Link/
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  • BaRoMeTrIc
    Steam Link is currently 14.99 on Steam. So definitely don't buy it from Amazon.
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  • 10tacle
    ^^Wow that's a serious deal for a Steam Link. SOLD! Price is good through 11/6.

    Regarding gift cards for Steam and whatnot, keep an eye on Groupon and Dealcatcher. Regularly you'll see a discounted offering. Here's an example for a $60 12-month Xbox Live (Gold) membership for $48 that Dealcatcher linked to eBay:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Microsoft-Xbox-LIVE-12-Month-Gold-Membership-for-Xbox-360-XBOX-ONE-/141607184417?rmvSB=true

    But I'll wait for Cyber Monday before buying any tech stuff. Almost always you will get a better deal than the so-called Black Friday "deals" out there.
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  • Firedrops
    That G13 Gamepad really hurts... I wish they'd update it already, don't want to buy Razer and have yet another background software running.
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  • lazymangaka
    A 128GB MicroSD card is also a must-have for all of those new Nintendo Switches that will be opened on Christmas morning. The 32GB of internal space goes quickly, especially if you're buying most of the games digitally.
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  • bloodroses
    Not sure I'd put the SNES Classic Edition in the gift guide list. While it's a neat little device for retrogamers, the thing is harder to find than the Tickle Me Elmo was; outside hiked ebay prices.
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  • rabbit4me1
    Apparently the clown cars inside I guess cuz the guy that wrote this was really a bozo he has no idea what's out for Christmas and he completely missed the Jedi challenge thingy... Sad and he got paid to do this article
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  • rabbit4me1
    Apparently the clown car is in sight and this bozo doesn't really know what's hot and not for Christmas in the tech world. He completely missed the Jedi challenge thingy you use the cell phone with that's cool as all get out. Sadly he was paid for this ...sad..
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  • Hal-Jordan
    The Logitech G13 is currently selling for $57.95 on Amazon. Not sure where the inflated price in this article came from.
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  • DotNetMaster777
    Nintendo is very nice but expensive !!
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  • 10tacle
    Anonymous said:
    Nintendo is very nice but expensive !!


    It's not, really when you consider what it is: a two-in-one device. It is a portable console that can be used either on an HDTV like a PS4 or XB1, or it can be taken on an airplane and played with as a hand held device. For $300 (US - Amazon) I consider that a fair price. The only fault I see is that they don't have many games out yet for it. But that never stopped Sony from launching their latest Playstations either.
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  • bloodroses
    Anonymous said:
    Anonymous said:
    Nintendo is very nice but expensive !!


    It's not, really when you consider what it is: a two-in-one device. It is a portable console that can be used either on an HDTV like a PS4 or XB1, or it can be taken on an airplane and played with as a hand held device. For $300 (US - Amazon) I consider that a fair price. The only fault I see is that they don't have many games out yet for it. But that never stopped Sony from launching their latest Playstations either.


    I agree that the Switch isn't that bad of a price at all. It's priced competitively with the PS4 and XB1. The SNES Classic isn't that bad of a price either; if looking at retail. He might be noticing the gouged online prices of that device.
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  • bloodroses
    One item I'm kind of surprised not to see on this list, although it's not computer based but is geeky cool: The Lego Snowspeeder. I'm not even a huge Star Wars fan myself, but still think that kit is pretty neat since I build Lego kits as a hobby. That $200 price tag is hard to swallow though.
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  • 237841209
    A lot of places have 128GB SD cards for less than 20 bucks. Quite useful for a lot of things.
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  • 10tacle
    Anonymous said:
    A lot of places have 128GB SD cards for less than 20 bucks. Quite useful for a lot of things.


    Yeah and unfortunately the trend for smart phones (Android) these days is going away with allowing a memory upgrade with a micro-SD card. I think it's a conspiracy between all the Android phone makers to force people to pay more up front for more memory. Years ago I bought a 64GB mSD card for my 2011-era 32GB Motorola Razr (16GB internal, 16GB mSD card) giving it a whopping 96GB memory. Had that phone not become outdated, I'd still be using it as a phone. But it's still a backup video and camera device and I have about 20GB left in storage compared to only having 4GB left on my 32GB Samsung Note 5. It's real aggravating not having enough memory to have home videos and movies simultaneously in storage at my fingertip on demand.