Top 10 gadgets 2012: Man edition

Top 10 gadgets for men: 2012


1. Samsung Galaxy SIII


Samsung’s Galaxy SIII smartphone has become the company’s most successful mobile handset to date, managing to sell over 20-million units in its first 100 days of availability, definitely worth a spot on our top 10 gadgets list. Samsung estimates it is selling about 200,000 units per day – making it even more popular than the iPhone 4 from rivals (and arch nemesis) Apple. The successor to the also highly successful Galaxy SII, the phone has a 4.8-inch touchscreen, 8-megapixel rear-facing and 1.9-megapixel forward-facing camera, and runs on the latest version of Android — Ice Cream Sandwich, soon to be updated to Jelly Bean. The smartphone also has NFC technology built into its design, and comes with a Super AMOLED HD (1280×720) screen. In more technical specification terms, it is powered by a 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos 4 Quad processor, resulting in 20% less power usage.

2.       Apple iPhone 5


Another top 10 gadget maker, Apple, stuck to it’s design specification since the launch of the iPhone 4, and the fifth version was not that different. Inheriting the same form factor as the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, it is slightly “taller” to accommodate the larger screen. Users will now be able to enjoy all the media content on a larger 4-inch screen which displays at a 326 PPI “Retina display” and 1136 x 640 pixel resolution with a 16 x 9 aspect ratio. The taller screen has also allowed Apple to induce a fifth row on the home screen for applications. In technical specification terms, it makes use of an Apple A6 chip, providing twice the CPU and graphic output of previous versions. The chip is also 22% smaller than previous models. But with a stronger chip comes battery issues that Apple have faced in the past especially with the Iphone 4S and Apple has also addressed that – the iPhone 5 exceeds the battery life of the 4S, boasting 225 hours of standby time.

3.       Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga

Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga is a mixture of a tablet and notebook, and runs on the recently released Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system – making the screen compatible with a keyboard as well as having full 10-point touchscreen functionality. The IdeaPad Yoga is run on an Intel Chief River platform, utilising an Ivy Bridge processor, has 8 GB of RAM, and two SSD each with 128 GB. The 13.3-inch display has a resolution of 1600 x 900, and the entire unit is only 17mm thick.

4.       Sony 84-inch 4K Bravia

Sony’s 4K Ultra High Definition Bravia with LCD display is the industry’s largest 84-inch class, and display images at four times the resolution of standard High Definition, creating a crisper and clearer image – even from just 1.5 meters away. Pointing towards a growing trend in the home television market with other 4K launches during the year, Sony’s price tag of R276 000 makes the unit only attainable within a niche market, for now.

5.       Apple iPad 4

Apple introduced its highly anticipated new iPad earlier this year and designed it to be 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than the third generation iPad. The new device features a 9.7-inch Retina display, new Apple-designed A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera and ultrafast wireless performance. It has already sold more than three million units in just three days since the launch of its new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad – twice the amount of the previous first weekend’s milestone of 1.5 million Wi-Fi only models sold for third generation iPads in March.

6.       Nokia Lumia

Nokia’s Lumia range of smartphones were one of the world’s first phones to make use of Microsoft’s Windows 8. The Nokia Lumia 920 also comes with the Nokia City Lens, the latest addition to the Nokia location suite. By pointing the camera at a city street, City Lens overlays information about restaurants, shops, hotels and more on the surfaces of buildings, for the most intuitive way to explore surroundings. The Nokia Lumia 920 is the flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone, and includes the latest in Nokia PureView imaging technology.

7.       PlayStation Vita

Whilst this is not the first time Sony has had a bash at the handheld console market – they launched the highly successful PSP (PlayStation Portable) in 2004, definitely a top 10 gadgets in its day, and they managed to sell 71.3 million units up until 2011. The PlayStation Vita is definitely one of the best handheld gaming units to come out in recent years, which is why it’s made it to our top 10 gadgets list. On the inside, the Vita sports a four-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor and a four-core SGX543MP4+ graphics processing unit, making it one of the most powerful handheld gaming devices on the market. Thanks to the powerful GPU, it has the ability to produce really stunning graphics for such a little device.

8.       Samsung’s 68cm Series 9 LED Monitor

You’ve got a good computer setup, great, but have you got a good enough monitor?  The 27″ S27B970D Series 9 LED Monitor is very impressive at standing tall on any desk, ready to display whatever you throw at it. The natural display will jump to life on the 2560 x 1440 (Wide Quad-HD) resolution, which is a lot bigger than most monitors on the market. The monitor has a 178° / 178° viewing angle, as the display can be moved up and down (Height Adjustable Stand) on the back-support, as well as tilted forwards and backwards.

9.       HP Compaq Elite 8300 All-In-One

All-In-One (AIO) computers are not as popular as their competitors, one of the more underrated top 10 gadget makers. For any business that relies on having the fastest equipment and office-bound staff, an AIO is a great option to save space and funds. HP’s Compaq Elite All-in-One is probably as good as AIO can get, as the machine has everything a user could possible want – while looking incredibly stylish. It features a stunning 23-inch diagonal TN widescreen WLED backlit LCD screen and has a native resolution of 1920 x 1080, while there is the optional integrated 2.0 MP webcam and dual microphone array as well.

10.   Dell’s XPS 13 Ultrabook

Ultrabooks proved to be the latest trend in notebooks this year, with a number of manufacturers releasing their own versions of the sleek laptops.  Dell’s XPS 13 falls squarely into the Ultrabook category, and provides a quick and easy computing experience – with a 13-inch screen that neatly occupies the room an 11-inch normally would. The inner workings of this little machine pack a rather heavy punch. It features a Intel QS67 i5 or i7 chipset, 1.3MP webcam with dual array digital microphones, Intel Centrino Advanced-N Wi-Fi adapter and the 47WHr battery will provide just under 9 hours’ worth of power. Issues such as RAM need to be determined when purchasing the XPS, as several configurations exist.


So with that we hope you enjoyed our list of top 10 gadgets for 2012! More to come soon

A cool gadget for men for all your HD spying needs

Budding secret agents, pay attention, this cool gadget for men will self destruct in 10 seconds. Despite its appearance this is no ordinary pen.

Cool gadgets for men - spy video pen

Cool gadgets for men - spy video pen

It’s in fact a state of the art hi-def video recording device. It writes like every normal pen so you can be safe it won’t blow your cover, however it incorporates a pin hole camera above the pocket clip. Simply tap the button at the top to commence your surveillance. Not only will it record video in HD it also captures audio and will take still images – most suited for if you stumble upon the blue prints regarding the secret doomsday device. Another possibility is an option to time and date stamp meaning you don’t would need to remember the fine details. Try and not to draw attention to yourself though,. As this device is loads of fun.


When fully charged (via USB) the pen can provide you up to 2 hours recording time using an 8GB micro SD card. After you’ve uploaded your footage you can also use the pen currently being a webcam.

Product features:

  • 2.0MP high definition CMOS
  • 720 x 480 VGA resolution – 30fps AVI video
  • Photo resolution is 1280 x 1024
  • With time and date stamp
  • High fidelity sound recording
  • PC webcam function
  • High-capacity lithium polymer battery
  • Micro SD card slot supports up to 8GB (Micro SD card not included)
  • Up to 2 hours of recording time when using 8GB memory card
  • Replacable pen refills
  • Small in size, easy to carry
  • Good quality pen!
  • Charges via USB

In terms of cool gadgets for men, we rate this as ultra cool.

Cool gadgets for men? This one is ice cold…

As far as cool gadgets for men go, most of us have imagined having a high powered weapon of some kind. Behold the life-size FN F2000 assault rifle with its intricate parts customized for an actual combat experience.



The FN 2000 Laser Gun


The real FN F2000 has made its debut in 2001 during the IDEX exhibition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. However, I bet you could hardly imagine yourself holding a real prototype of this assault rifle while you scan and survey your enemy lines in the confines of your room.

We’re glad the listened to public opinion and  Microvision have created a veritable prototype of this movement-sensing machine with mounted laser projector to produce one of the most exciting additions to the top 10 gadgets for men. Just imagine, those big burly guys anxiously holding those FN 2000 and perched on top front of it is a tiny projector with a built-in highly sensitive motion-sensing device.

The feeling is awesome! You would surely feel the intense action while adroitly toggling backward and forward and left and right as you aim on your illusive targets. Likewise, another button permits you to zoom in and zoom out of your targets with ease, and shoot with total precision at your hapless targets who would really scurry away at the sight of you holding that FN 2000 prototype. Moreover, there is a reset button which allows you to reset the gadget. Amazing indeed! Amazing enough to say that your dream of owning a must have gadget has transpired.

One thing good about the FN 2000 is that there is a gyroscope with radio frequency which allows you to know your exact location using x and y coordinates that you would see on your tracking device. The projector is basically a laser projector which definitely means that every pixel point in the screen is a target point on which you could aim your laser in a precise manner. Furthermore, you could set the sensitivity of the mouse in relation to the size of your room and the bigger your room the better your relative experience of the war game.

The prototype is in its reference-phase which means that if you like it and love it, Microvision would surely mass-manufacture it. But we think you will surely love it. The feel is real and the thrill of the experience in holding this prototype will surely be a shoo-in for those of you searching for new technology gadgets for men.. Likewise, this prototype of the FN 2000 would surely make for an exciting gift for big boys on their birthdays considering that these big boys have long been casually deprived of new and innovative toys, which they could cart away to their rooms and play with without being tagged as childish.

There is always that little child inside every man and we believe the child should be nurtured with a vast array of gizmos and gadgets. So if you are still in quandary as to what gifts you want to give your big boys, don’t hesitate to try the FN 2000 prototype which will surely amaze and tantalize the eyes of your big boys without doubt. Definitely goes on our top 10 best cool gadgets for men list.

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