What Geeks Want for Christmas

Geek!This is ZweeK’s submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own:

The holiday we’ve all been waiting for is getting closer. As geeks who desire gadgets and gizmos, we all have something we want this Christmas. I have created a list that consists of the top things geeks would die for (or at least want). First, let me tell you guys about who I am – since these things are purely what I like and would buy for myself.

I am a first year college student majoring in computer engineering and writing this article to have a chance in winning the HP Magic Giveaway. I love computers and everything about them, so there is a high chance there are some computer-related items on this list. I first got into computers when I was around 12, watching my mom fix computers for her job as a computer technician. I was fascinated, and that was when my knowledge for technology took off. Now that you know more about me, I would like to know more about my fellow geeks! After reading my list, I would like to see your wish list to see what you want this Christmas! Other than that, enjoy what’s on my top 5 list.


We spend hours and hours in front of the computer, so having a good keyboard is “key” when typing a paper or chatting on geeks.pirillo.com. But a true typist will really appreciate a keyboard that has good tactile feedback and durability. The “daskeyboard” has all that. It is completely mechanical; each press of a key will make a satisfying click from the gold plated switches, no mushy keys here. It has LED back-lit indicators and extra USB ports on the side. This is a great gift for bloggers as well. It comes in 2 versions: Professional having printed keys and Ultimate having 100% blank keys for those who don’t need to look at their keyboard when typing.

Nerf Vulcan

If you’re like me, you still like toys that reveal your inner-child. Now you bring take your first person shooter games into reality. Here is Hasbro’s Nerf Vulcan EBF-25, a battery powered, fully automatic, foam dart gun. This thing is a beast in the office; no one will ever steal your papers and pens again! It fires 3 darts per second and comes with a belt, box magazine, removable tripod and 25 darts.

Flip MinoHD

The Flip has been a really popular gadget this year – even Chris has one! What makes it so great is its simplicity of use. All you need to do to start recording is to turn it on and press the big red button. Video quality is superb for its size, and you don’t even have to carry a USB cable with you to transfer video back to your computer. A USB connector simply “flips” out the top of the Flip. The Mino HD records in 1280 by 720 at 30 frames per second and holds 4GB of built-in memory (60 minutes of video). Comes in black, but you can skin it! This is a great gift for “YoutTubers” or people who don’t like carrying around big camcorders.

Eternalight ELITEMax

This is the ultimate gift for geeks who are attracted to anything that glows (like Chris). This LED flashlight is not like any other flashlight – it’s “smart”. It has multiple modes and output option, like instant momentary overdrive, auto-off timer, dimmable settings, variable rate flasher, variable rate strobe, SOS, attention getting effects, 4-level battery status indicator and more! It uses AA batteries and comes with a limited LIFETIME warranty. How’s that for a flashlight?

KOR One Hydration Vessel

The KOR One looks like an elegant piece of art. It improves upon standard water bottles by having a hinge for the cap, wide mouth for ice cubes and most importantly is made of BPA-free polycarbonate. Thirty dollars may seem a little expensive for a plastic water bottle but in the end you are helping the environment and looking good while doing it.

So, what do you guys want for the holidays? Please post a comment and share your wish list with the geek community!