2011 Holiday Gift Guide For Men – Outdoors

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This holiday season can be a little stressful if you don’t know what kind of gift your husband, brother, father or guy friend will enjoy.  We are taking away the need to guess because we did a survey of over 50 men ages 18 to 55 . Here is a list of a few of the most wanted items on their lists:

Outdoors/Sporting Edition

 

Garmin Forerunner 410

2011 Holiday Deals – Gifts For Men

Buy Garmin Forerunner 410

The Garmin Forerunner 410 GPS enabled sports watch and heart rate monitor – $299-$375 – Amazon Reviewers gave this item 3.5 stars out of 5

 

The Garmin Forerunner 410 heart rate monitor will help you take your training to the next level. This powerful GPS-enhanced watch accurately records time, pace, distance, elevation and heart rate.

  • High-sensitivity GPS receiver stays locked onto satellites, even near tall buildings and under tree cover; HotFix® satellite prediction locks onto satellites quickly
  • Included premium heart rate monitor chest strap aids you in optimizing your performance while training
  • 5 customizable heart rate zones help you improve your fitness by ensuring you’re working out at a level that provides the most benefit
  • Touch bezel around display allows users to easily scroll through function screens with a single finger while running; touch bezel has been enhanced to work well when moist
  • Forerunner 410 features an advanced calorie-consumption formula that calculates calories burned based on changes in the user’s heart rate during aerobic activity
  • Customize the data that is displayed on up to 3 training pages; you can determine how many fields are displayed on each page—1 big field, 2 fields or 3 smaller fields
  • Virtual Partner® allows you to set time, distance or speed goals and then compete against a runner icon on the 410 display
  • Mark locations, save locations or navigate back to the starting point with the basic navigation capabilities
  • ANT+ wireless technology lets you automatically transfer data between your computer and Forerunner without even taking the watch off; compatible with Mac and PC computers
  • Use the Garmin Connect community website to track your time, speed, distance and calories burned; store and share routes with other Forerunner users on the website
  • In Garmin Connect, you can see the route you traveled on a map, view a summary of your run, create goals and find new courses to run
  • You can also share workout information and compete against other users’ recorded courses by wirelessly transferring data to other Forerunner 410 or Forerunner 405 units nearby
  • Sleek design allows the watch to be worn during everyday activities; or, power it down completely to conserve battery power
  • Built-in, rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 8 hrs. of use in training mode and 2 weeks in power save mode
  • Water-resistant construction meets IPX7 standards (submersible to 1m for 30 min.)
  • Includes the standard wrist strap and 2 fabric replacement straps that fit a variety of wrist sizes
  • Optional foot pod (sold separately) transmits speed/distance data without the use of satellites, so the Forerunner 410 can also be used indoors
  • Forerunner 410 tracks your cycling workouts when paired with a GSC 10 Speed and Cadence Sensor, sold separately
  • Includes Forerunner 410, USB ANT+ stick, premium heart rate strap, 2 fabric replacement wrist straps, charging clip, AC adapter, owner’s manual on disk and quick start manual
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Boxee Box From D-Link – Winner!

The Boxee Box by D-Link has been out for over a year now.  The initial reviews of this device were poor, but i decided that I should check it out for the sake of the website.

Most of the early problems connected with this device have been corrected.  The Netflix application works like a charm and I think that it may be the best implementation next to the Xbox 360’s built in app.

Connecting media via a USB external hard drive or USB Flash media drive could not be easier.  It plays nearly any format that you throw at it.  It even plays FLV files that can be downloaded from You Tube or other Flash streaming sites.  Many devices require you to re-encode media to enable playback, but the Boxee Box team has done an excellent job on including the most popular playback formats.

The other great thing about this device is that it is constantly being updated with tweaks , patches and applications.  The seamless integration with Facebook and Twitter is also a plus, but we haven’t gotten around to wanting to post all of our media watching on social media just yet.

The user interface is nice and may just be a little less attractive that the second generation Apple TV.  The user interface is easy to navigate and explore.  The search capabilities are a nice added touch. The list of apps is impressive and each offer a unique viewing experience.

Considering that you can purchase a Boxee Box for approx. $150 on Amazon or maybe even cheaper locally on Craigslist, I think that it is a real steal.  After testing most of the major streaming devices, we would have to say that is the device to select if you are not an Apple fanboy.

 

Boxee supports the following file types and container formats:

Physical media: CDs, DVDs, Video CDs (including DVD-Video, VCD/SVCD and Audio-CD/CDDA)

Container formats: AVI, MPEG, WMV, ASF, FLV, MKV, MOV, MP4, M4A, AAC, NUT, Ogg, OGM, RealMedia RAM/RM/RV/RA/RMVB, 3gp, VIVO, PVA, NUV, NSV, NSA, FLI, FLC, ISO, and DVR-MS (beta support)

Video codecs: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (SP and ASP, including DivX, XviD, 3ivx, DV, H.263), MPEG-4 AVC (H.264, including Nero Digital), HuffYUV, Indeo, MJPEG, RealVideo, QuickTime, Sorenson, WMV, Cinepak.

Audio codecs: AIFF, WAV/WAVE, MP2, MP3, AAC, AACplus, AC3, DTS, ALAC, AMR, FLAC, Monkey’s Audio (APE), RealAudio, SHN, WavPack, MPC/Musepack/Mpeg+, Speex, Vorbis and WMA.

Digital picture/image formats: BMP, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, MNG, ICO, PCX and Targa/TGA

Subtitle formats: AQTitle, ASS/SSA, CC, JACOsub, MicroDVD, MPsub, OGM, PJS, RT, SMI, SRT, SUB, VOBsub, VPlayer