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Tech Guide’s 2020 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas – Day 5: Gaming

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We’re up to Day 5 of Tech Guide’s 2020 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas – and our goal is to help you find the right gift to put under the tree for your family and friends.

Today is Day 4 and we’re talking about gaming from consoles to the actual games and accessories.

Here are Tech Guide’s 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas:

Day 1: Cameras

Day 2: Smartphones

Day 3: Wearables/smartwatches

Day 4: Headphones/speakers

DAY 5: Gaming

DAY 6: Tablets/e-readers

DAY 7: Drones/Gadgets

DAY 8: Smart/IoT devices

DAY 9: In-car gadgets

DAY 10: TVs/Blu-Ray/4K

DAY 11: Appliances

DAY 12: Computers

DAY 5: GAMING

SONY PLAYSTATION 5 – $749

The PlayStation 5 is harder to find than a unicorn right now.

It is set to propel gaming to an all-new altitude thanks to the incredible improvements under the hood.

The PS5 has one of the most flamboyant designs we’ve ever seen on a product but we’re happy to report the beauty goes far beyond skin deep.

Under the hood the PlayStation 5 has some remarkable specs Including the X86 AMD Ryzen eight-core 16 thread processor, 16GB RAM and the 825GB SSD solid state drive.

The unit itself is a lot bigger than its predecessor, the PlayStation 4, with a unique shape and design.

But what you can buy now is an extra controller, charger and media remote.

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REVIEW OF THE SONY PLAYSTATION 5

XBOX SERIES X – $749

It’s a monolith. It’s a block, It’s a big rectangle. It’s big. It’s beautiful. It’s ugly. It’s boring. It’s brilliant, Call the Xbox Series X what you want – but what you can’t argue with is that it is seriously powerful and a huge improvement across the board.

Unfortunately they will probably have a better chance of finding the Loch Ness monster before Christmas than getting your hands on the Xbox Series X.

The less is more design has already seen a love it or hate it reaction.

For us, we quite like the simplicity and understated look and feel. This isn’t something you wear or carry out in public.

Quite frankly we think a lot of other gamers probably thought the same way. It’s not going to win any beauty contests but it would win an arm wrestle.

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REVIEW OF THE XBOX SERIES X

CALL OF DUTY BLACK OPS COLD WAR – PS5, PS4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, PC

Each entry of the famous franchise Is always a hard act to follow but Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War still manages something fresh and exciting.

The game takes us back to the early 80s when tensions between the US and Russia were at an all-time high and the Cold War was in full swing.

And the game gets off to a flyer when one of the opening scenes features a stunningly realistic US President Ronald Reagan in a secret meeting greenlighting the mission and giving the operatives permission to do whatever it takes to succeed.

Right off the bat you know you’re in for one hell of a ride. And that’s exactly what you get.

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REVIEW OF CALL OF DUTY BLACK OPS COLD WAR

HYPER X CLOUD STINGER CORE WIRELESS HEADSET – $169

Playing the latest games are so much more enjoyable with great sound and the new HyperX Cloud Singer Core wireless headset can provide just that without disturbing anyone else in your household.

The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core wireless headset + 7.1 offers virtual surround sound when playing PC games with the aid of the HyperX NGENUITY software.

It connects wirelessly to your PC through the included USB receiver and also works with PlayStation 4 and Xbox as well.

The headphones are comfortable to wear with nicely padded earcups and headband so you can wear it for hours.

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REVIEW OF THE HYPER X CLOUD STINGER CORE WIRELESS HEADSET

NETGEAR NIGHTHAWK PRO XR1000 WI-FI 6 GAMING ROUTER – $549

Netgear, the number one wi-fi brand and leading provider of networking products, has released the Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR1000 Wi-Fi 6 AX5400 router which can offer a network optimised for online gaming.

The XR1000 combined the speed and range of Wi-Fi 6 with the advanced DumaOS 3.0 software which is purpose-built to provide superior gameplay conditions and smoother video streaming.

The gaming router is designed to improve performance and reduce network latency which can make a huge difference to a competitive online gamer’s experience.

It can mean the difference between winning and losing.

READ TECH GUIDE’S REPORT ON THE NETGEAR NIGHTHAWK PRO XR1000 WI-FI 6 GAMING ROUTER

SUPER MARIO LEGO STARTER COURSE – $89.95

Who doesn’t love Lego? But when it’s combined with Nintendo’s Super Mario it’s a home run. The new Adventures with Mario Lego Starter Course brings the beloved plumber to the real world in a fun and interactive game.

The Lego set works with the Lego Super Mario app which not only provides building instructions but it can also offers enhanced play and suggestions for other ways to play.

Everything we love about Lego and Super Mario are beautifully combined to create a game that can be played solo or in a group.

READ TECH GUIDE’S FULL REPORT ON THE SUPER MARIO LEGO STARTER COURSE

WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD – $225

Get rid of lag time this Christmas with the WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD. Enhanced with next-gen PCIe® Gen4 technology your PC build will be ready for next-gen games.

READ TECH GUIDE’S REPORT ON THE ENTIRE WD BLACK LINE-UP

PRECISION 4-IN-1 GAMING BUNDLE WITH HEADPHONE, KEYBOARD, MOUSE & MAT -$99.95

The Precision 4-in-1 Gaming Bundle ensures that the gamer this Christmas has everything they need to get started.

Enjoy RGB LED lighting coming from the keyboard, mat, mouse and headphones. Create some wow factor in your gaming setup!

The ultimate gaming experience with the 4-in-1 Laser Gaming Bundle is specifically designed for action-packed gaming marathons. The Laser Gaming Bundle offers durable construction and leading technologies to deliver exceptional audio, control and responsiveness.

BELKIN BOOST CHARGE POWERBANK 10K STAND – $84.95
A powerful, personal and portable power bank that allows you hours of streaming or gaming on the go. It includes a convenient, inbuilt retractable stand to hold your device at the perfect viewing angle while you charge.

This 10,000mAh battery offers up to 36 hours of extra battery life for your smartphone.

You can also power up 2 devices at the same time, meaning you can charge both your smartphone and game controller or headphones, while you play.