Ryan and Ken
SimpliSafe Security Systems – $100-600 @ Amazon
PNY Elite Performance 256GB SD Card – $89 @ Amazon
If you get the camera above, or any high performance 4K camera, you are going to want large SD cards. The PNY Elite Performance 256GB is U3 rated for up to 95 MB/s reads and is fast enough to work with the A7S II at full 4K 100 Mbps record. And damn, for $90…hard to go wrong.
Infrared Thermometer – $16 @ Amazon
Seems pretty basic, and it is, but the uses for a handheld infrared thermometer are numerous. PC enthusiasts will find them helpful for finding hotspots in their builds, or to the measure the benefits of push/pull airflow. But I have also used them to find drafty areas in the house, check on the status of the heating and cooling systems at the office, etc.
Mobile TV Stand – $259 @ Amazon
At $250 for a TV stand, you might be wondering why you would need this. If have a bigger open area, as we do in our new office, having a TV stand on wheels make TV placement very flexible. Pair that with mobile streaming services like DirecTV Now or Netflix and you have a system that can go nearly anywhere with a single extension cord. The shelf is great for holding a gaming console too.
HTC Vive – $799 @ Amazon
The crazy high markup is gone and the selection of software continues to expand for VR. After getting my hands on the Oculus Touch controllers, I still think the Vive has a slightly better implemenation of the technology with true room-scale support. Don't get me wrong, the Oculus Rift + Touch is a great setup, but if I could only pick one for you to buy for Christmas, it would be the Vive.
Monoprice Maker Select Mini 3D Printer – $209 at Amazon
Those of you who have been paying attention might scoff at the fact that my sole pick for this year is a 3D printer, but hear me out!
Monoprice has turned into a force to be reckoned with in the 3D Printing world. Piggybacking on the massive sucess of it's big brother the Maker Select, the Monoprice Maker Select Mini is a fantastic entry point in the wild world of 3D printing.
For just over $200, the quality of the prints from the Maker Select Mini are quite stunning. The build area is a bit small at just 120 x 120 x 120 mm, but it's more than enough to get you addicted to this rabit hole of a hobby. Just be sure to pick up a few rolls of 1.75mm PLA filament to keep you going!