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December 20th, 2016 by


If you’ve discovered that you have a bit more cash than you’d expected, and you’re just dying to buy that extra special gift for the techie in your life, then we have a few suggestions for great gifts under R2000.

CLICK BELOW to view 7 Christmas gifts for geeks under R800.

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5 Tech Gifts Under R2000

1. Nintendo Classic Mini NES

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Retro has been back for a while. But, it’s never been more evident than with the miniaturised version of Nintendo’s classic NES.

The console comes complete with 30 NES games built-in. These include beloved classics like Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, and Kirby’s Adventure.

The Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System comes packaged with an HDMI cable, a USB cable for powering the system, and one Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Controller.

Whether you’re rediscovering an old favourite, or experiencing the joy of NES for the first time, the amazing collection of NES classics included with each system should have something for all players.

Cost: R999

2. Kindle

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Any bookworm knows that the festive season is the perfect time to unwind with the latest best seller. But, when you’re travelling, you can only take one book with and it can still take up a far amount of space. Then, there’s also the question of what do you read when you’re done with your current book?

Kindle is a great alternative to an actual physical book. It’s less than 1cm thick, has 4GB onboard storage, and uses an e-ink display. This means that it’s easy on your eyes and easy to read when outdoors. Furthermore, the battery also lasts up to four weeks.

Books can be downloaded, wirelessly, from Amazon’s Kindle Store. PDF’s can be side-loaded onto the device.

If you’re gift shopping for someone who owns one of Samsung’s recent Galaxy flagship smartphones (S6, S6 Edge, S7 or S7 Edge), then you might seriously want to consider getting them the Gear VR.

Samsung’s Gear VR is made in conjunction with Oculus, arguably the world leader in VR, and it’s made for Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

Unlike other VR headsets, which need an expensive, powerful computer, Gear VR uses your Samsung Galaxy smartphone as the display and power behind the device.

If you’re going to get lost in immersive gaming, exploring new worlds, or even just exploring our beautiful planet, then you need a VR headset which is comfortable and fits well. The new Gear VR headset weighs just 345g for extended sessions (312g without front cover). It has foam cushioning, a bigger field of view, smoother images, and incredibly low light leakage.

Controls are conveniently placed on the side of the headset on the larger, and completely flat, touchpad. These function as tap or swipe controls.

The new Gear VR is compatible with both USB Type-C and Micro USB connector ports. All you need to do is snap on the connector module for your phone and you’re done.

Cost: From R1 299 (PriceCheck).

4. Quadrone XLC (With Camera)

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If you’re looking for a drone, with a camera, but you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, then you should definitely take a look at the Quadrone XLC.

It has an oversized, soft PVC chassis for indoor play and practice, which can be removed for outdoor play and better flip and rolls. It comes with a remote with a built-in LCD screen to alert you of distance, battery power, and play mode. The Quadrone XLC also comes with a 300K pixel, built-in camera with photo and video capabilities.

Cost: R1 999 (PriceCheck).

5. 3Doodler Create

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The 3Doodler Create is an update on the world’s first 3D Printing Pen, which is capable of drawing in the air or on surfaces.

The 3D printing pen uses ABS plastic, which is the same material used by many 3D printers.

The 3Doodler contains a mains-powered electric heater that melts plastic, and then cools as it comes out of the end of the pen.

Working similarly to 3D printers, the pen allows a practised user to produce sophisticated three-dimensional shapes.

Cost: R1 999 (PriceCheck).