As most of you already know, I love watching movies! I have a big screen TV with a Blu-Ray player that I often spend all day in front of just watching movies. There is only one problem; I do not have a surround sound system. Not because I couldn’t afford one but because I simply have no space for it. I live in an apartment in NYC… and consider myself lucky that I can even fit a couch in the living room, let alone a couch, TV and a surround sound system.
I still wanted to upgrade my sound system, but being limited on space, I needed to find a space-saving solution… so I went out and got my hands on a VIZIO VSB200 sound bar. The VIZIO soundbar features a front-rendered surround sound solution by SRS Labs called SRS TruSurround HD. I have heard what SRS Labs can do with sound before, with their iWOW audio adapter for iPod/iPhone as well my TV’s built-in audio system, so I was instantly confident in the surround sound capabilities of this soundbar. My only reservation was that I was skeptical to believe that front-rendered surround sound could compare to an actual 5.1 system.
There are only a few more shopping days left this Christmas Season and if you still don’t know what to get your loveable geek for Christmas here are 10 things that may make them happy.
The first is BuckyBalls! BuckyBalls are magnetic balls that allow you to create different shapes and just entertain yourself while your board at your desk. All my Geek Friends want a set and some even want the entire set (four different color sets black, silver, gold and plain metaltic). Buckyballs start at $29.95 but you can use coupon code “HardwareGeek” for 15% off over at http://www.getbuckyballs.com. You can find buckyballs in stores at Hallmark.
Next on the list are two items, the Netgear WNDR3700 and the WN2000RPT. The WNDR3700 is probably the best wireless N routers on the market. It has a super easy set up and have wireless network up in running within minutes. It provides a rock solid connection to all devices connected wirelessly to it. I personally use one and have yet to have an issue. Can’t say the same about my Linksys and DLink routers. The WN2000RPT is an extender. So if you get the WNDR3700 or have any other wireless router and you have a dead spot (area with no signal) the WN2000RPT will connect to your wireless router and fill in the dead spot. It’s also easy to use and delivers a quality signal. Both are a must have if your geek wants to improve or set up a wireless network. For more information on both visit http://www.netgear.com. Both products are available at major electronic stores. By the way this counts as two and three on the list.