“Must Have” Gifts for Dads & Grads • June 6, 2013
with Mario Armstrong, Technology and Digital Lifestyle Commentator
There used to be a clear line in the sand between a great gift for kids and a great gift for adults. But the digital age has blurred that line — especially when it comes to technology and gadgets. These days it’s much more common for kids and their parents to share their gear, and with Father’s Day and Graduation coming up, there’s likely to be overlap in who wants what.
Mario Armstrong, Technology and Digital Lifestyle Commentator, offers up some of his favorite gift ideas for dads and grads:
AMSUNG is transforming the TV experience through innovations in software and hardware. There’s no better example than the gorgeous 55” Samsung F8000 LED TV, which offers the very best 2D and 3D picture quality with eye-popping colors and high contrast. Whether Dad is a movie or sports buff, the Samsung F8000 offers seamless access to his favorite content. It delivers personalized programming based on his viewing preferences and what’s popular on the redesigned Samsung Smart Hub. The Smart Hub now offers five dynamic menu panels to help consumers manage and navigate different types of content. Also, now through June 15th, Samsung has a great offer. Surprise Dad with the TV of his dreams and treat yourself as well – your choice between a 29” Samsung F4000 LED TV or a DA-E670 wireless audio dock and HW-F450 soundbar.
Samsung F8000 LED TV – $2,499.99
he Nest® Learning Thermostat™ solves the hassle of programming your thermostat so you can easily save up to 20% on your heating and cooling bills. Use Nest like a manual thermostat for about a week (turn it up when you wake up, down when you leave the house, up when you come home, down when you go to sleep) and Nest will take it from there, creating a personalized heating and cooling schedule. The Nest also automatically turns itself down when no one’s home thanks to built-in activity sensors that can tell when the family’s out. That can save energy and money. And, if you want to control the temperature by remote control, apps are available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
Nest Learning Thermostat – $249.00
reat Dads and Grads to something that will help them better enjoy a favorite pastime – gaming. PC gaming enthusiasts will appreciate the newly launched Logitech G line of PC gaming accessories, including keyboards and mice. These devices leveraged the company’s passion for science to deliver advanced technology to help gamers play their best. For instance, the Logitech G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard offers high-speed, low-noise mechanical keys and adjustable dual-zone backlighting to minimize distraction and help players stay focused on the game. The Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse provides precision, customization and full-speed wireless capabilities. The mouse also comes with 13 programmable buttons.
he Acer Aspire R7 is a revolutionary 15.6-inch notebook that redefines the touch and type computing experience. Featuring a Full HD 1920×1080 touch screen, the Acer R7 was made for the new computing lifestyle, which increasingly combines touching and typing. With a repositioned keyboard and a revolutionary “Ezel Hinge” that allows it to flip, reverse, lie flat or float, the R7 makes the combination of touching the screen and using the keyboard more intuitive and natural. Its ergonomic design allows users to explore and determine their own preferred way to interact with technology.
ACER R7- MSRP: $999.99
Home, the #1 brand in digital audio, has the perfect portable audio companions for Dads and Grads, as well as anyone else who wants to take the party on the road! The company’s new Block Series stars the portable, rechargeable Bluetooth iBT4 boom box with FM radio, compatible with most Bluetooth enabled devices. The iBT4 also has two “smaller siblings” — the iBT16 and iBT24. Touting wireless, explosive sound, fun colors and a rubberized finish, these ultra-cool boom boxes have even joined some hot celebs on their vacations.
he HP Officejet Pro 276dw MFP is a great gift to complete Dad’s home or small office or for the college grad making the transition to the working world. They will love the speed and efficiency of this inkjet printer, which provides professional color documents for up to 50 percent lower cost per page and energy use than competitive lasers. The HP Officejet Pro 276dw MFP makes it easy for your Dad or Grad to print documents and photos directly from most mobile devices by providing leading mobile print solutions such as HP ePrint, Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Samsung printing and wireless direct printing.
HP Officejet Pro 276dw MFP – $399.99