Star Wars gift guide: Top picks for fans who are tech geeks

    You want this Star Wars present information. There’s no approach any human may navigate the tens of millions of Star Wars-themed gadgets accessible, due to Disney’s merchandising-industrial complicated. However you need this Star Wars present information, too, if you’re (otherwise you’re purchasing for) a Star Wars fan who’s additionally a tech geek.

    “Tech geek” describes 100 % of the workers at PCWorld, and as for Star Wars…properly, I noticed Episode IV greater than 24 occasions within the first 12 months (sure, I misplaced depend), Episode V 14 occasions within the first 12 months, and Episode VI eight occasions (blame the Ewoks). Simply name me OG Star Wars. In the meantime, my esteemed colleague Gordon Mah Ung has three reproduction lightsabers, together with one he gave to his spouse for his or her first wedding ceremony anniversary. Awwww!

    We truly used all of the presents we included. We’ll let you know what we preferred and didn’t like about them so you may make an knowledgeable selection. We’ll replace this information on occasion after we stumble upon one thing else value mentioning. 

    Our favourite Star Wars presents

    Nvidia Star Wars Particular Version Titan Xp

    Everyone knows the Empire abolished slavery on Tatooine, despatched the organized crime Hutts underground, and cracked down on spice working. So if you wish to rejoice all the great the Empire has completed for the Galaxy, do it with a restricted version Nvidia Titan Xp.

    Positive, associates might say a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is a quick card, however that’s as a result of they haven’t witnessed the ability of this absolutely unlocked and operational Pascal graphics chip. And sure, by absolutely unlocked we imply all three,840 CUDA cores and 12GB of GDDR5X reminiscence.

    Even higher, it’s nearly a deal at $1,138 (gold star if you understand how they got here up with that value), as a result of the subsequent step up is a $three,000 Titan V. The Star Wars Titan Xp might be the one GPU out in the present day that may truly enhance in worth over time (assuming you don’t open the field and wreck its collectible worth.) —Gordon Mah Ung

    Lenovo Star Wars Particular Version Yoga 910 Insurgent Alliance

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    The Yoga 910 is already a very nice laptop, and Lenovo’s Star Wars Particular Version makes it even higher. Make your allegiances clear the subsequent time you flash your gear on the cantina in Mos Eisley spaceport. We’re assuming you’ll choose the Insurgent Alliance model, however an Imperial model can be accessible. 

    Lenovo Star Wars: Jedi Challenges

    Star Wars: Jedi Challenges

    Lenovo’s Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is augmented actuality completed proper. It’s straightforward to arrange and use, and the video games are enjoyable, although restricted to the Star Wars film franchise. Better of all, it’s inexpensive at $200 (beware of upper costs at sure main on-line retail websites).

    The package contains an authentic-looking Jedi lightsaber, a single monitoring beacon that you just use to determine your location in a room, and an augmented actuality headset that you just pair with a protracted listing of appropriate smartphones. As a result of the headset comes with interchangeable microUSB, USB-C, and Lightning connectors, it may theoretically be used with any cellphone that may obtain the app. Nonetheless, some telephones might lack the show or processing energy wanted for the sport to work appropriately.

    The video games vary from hand-to-hand fight with varied characters (utilizing the lightsaber, natch) and ability ranges, to a relaxed recreation of holographic chess (tip: Let the Wookie win). —Melissa Riofrio


    Sphero Star Wars BB-9E App-Enabled Droid with Droid Coach

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    BB9E is a brand new droid debuting in Episode eight: The Final Jedi. As you’ll be able to inform from the colour, it’s an evil Imperial droid, and we stay up for seeing it sq. off towards BB8. Sphero’s model costs on a spherical base and features a second Coaching Base so you’ll be able to observe maneuvering this malevolent ball of evil. You will get the BB8 or R2-D2 Sphero droids, too, and have them work together through the identical particular Star Wars Sphero app. —Melissa Riofrio


    Sphero Star Wars R2-D2 App-Enabled Droid

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    The R2-D2 Droid delighted us a lot, we did not need to cease enjoying with it. Sphero lastly ventured past a easy rolling ball and made a droid reproduction that appears, strikes, and seems like our favourite spunky, snarky, three-legged robotic. Setup is straightforward: You cost the droid through an included microUSB cable, and obtain Sphero’s particular Star Wars app, which works with R2-D2 and his newer counterparts, BB8 and BB9E. You’ll be able to even have the droids work together with one another via the app. —Melissa Riofrio

    Star Wars Particular Version Yoga 910 Galactic Empire

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    With the ability of Lenovo’s Yoga 910 behind you, there’s nothing to cease you from ruling the galaxy. Make your Imperial ambitions clear with the Galactic Empire model of this wonderful laptop computer. Or in case your allegiances lie elswhere, there’s a Insurgent Alliance model accessible as properly. 

    littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Package

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    We’ve not seen so many droid choices since that Sandcrawler pulled up exterior our moisture farm. The package is just about a fundamental RC automobile with a transparent R2-D2 shell loosely bolted on. 

    However is it value spending a complete season’s financial savings? Possibly. Whereas our Star Wars- and tech-savvy 12- and 10-year-olds had no issues constructing Artoo, they complained concerning the lack of directions within the field itself. For those who’re anticipating extra of a toy-like expertise, consider this package as extra LEGO than Hasbro.

    The Droid Inventor Package’s strongest characteristic is its capability to be repurposed. As soon as that R2-D2 shell will get boring, it may be simply modified into one thing else. In that approach, the Droid Inventor Package fulfills its mission, however simply know it is not as polished as different droids on the market. —Gordon Mah Ung

    Star Wars Snow Speeder 75144 Constructing Package

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    The LEGO Snowspeeder package is what you get when you’ve gotten hours of time to kill—or vacation company to maintain busy. With 1,703 items and 461 steps, it’s a time funding, although the payoff is a beautiful reproduction with shifting elements and shocking particulars.

    As with all LEGO package this huge, you need to respect the method. Learn the directions and construct within the precise order, otherwise you’ll rapidly find yourself in a world of damage, having to backtrack to determine which piece you forgot to connect. (Extremely organized teams may construct in parallel phases, however put together for arguments.) The brilliant-orange spudger that comes with every package will probably be your lifesaver. —Melissa Riofrio

    Star Wars R2-D2 USB Charging Hub

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    This Astromech droid options 4 USB knowledge ports and interfaces with most binary load lifters, in addition to any PC, at as much as 5Gbps. R2-D2 fortunately chirps and spins his head once you insert a USB machine, which ends up in the one downside: Whereas even hardcore Star Wars followers will rejoice at having Artoo round, its enter on whether or not it’s smart to go to the Dagobah system and fixed pleas to pilot your T-65 will strive your nerves. You’ll be able to change off the sound, however the head will nonetheless spin each jiffy. As soon as the novelty of that wears off, you’ll be reaching in your restraining bolt activator. 

    For those who’re in search of high-power cellphone charging, we measured the output at about eight watts, which is about as thrilling because the prospect of staying on for one more season of moisture farming on Tatooine. However hey, it’s an astromech droid, not an influence converter from Toshe station. —Gordon Mah Ung

    Star Wars Millennium Falcon Multi-Software Package

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    Who knew the quickest hunk of junk within the galaxy may double as a multi-cool package? (Sure with a “c”). That’s what you get with Thinkgeek’s Millenium Falcon Multi-Software Package. The package contains an adjustable wrench in addition to 4 hex-wrench instruments, plus a slotted and Philips driver. The physique is constructed of metallic that has good heft however you’ll be able to nonetheless sense its limitations. Let’s say we wouldn’t need to attempt to take away giant bolt with it. And yeah, that pirate DirectTV dish Han put in might be going to snap off.

    Frankly, the Millennium Falcon Multi-Software Package is finest as a conversational piece in your desk slightly than a alternative for a Leatherman. However not less than your co-workers can yell at you: “Chewie, deliver me the hydrospanner!” once they want a small job completed. —Gordon Mah Ung

    Star Wars vacation presents

    The marketplace for snow globes and ugly vacation sweaters tends to go down after December, however we’re preserving these vacation favorites round. Who is aware of, you may discover them on sale now…and it is by no means too early to buy subsequent 12 months.

    Nothing says the vacations like…

    LEGO Star Wars Introduction Calendar 75184 Constructing Package

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    The LEGO Star Wars Introduction Calendar checks off three vital bins for me. LEGO, verify. Star Wars, verify. Introduction Calendar, a vacation dependancy for me: verify. It’s a whole lot of vacation enjoyable in an inexpensive and low-effort format.

    You get 24 toys to place collectively, none of them requiring quite a lot of minutes’ work (not like the main dedication of an enormous LEGO package). The calendar field features a foldout tableau portraying the desert planet of Tatooine and the ice planet of Hoth, so you’ll be able to play video games as you construct figures. It’s nice vacation bang for buck. —Melissa Riofrio

    Star Wars Darth Vader Lack of Cheer Vacation Sweater

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    It’s pure Alliance propaganda that Sith lords traipsed about solely in fearsome black. Actually, throughout the vacation season, the Sith have been typically seen merrily celebrating the present giving spirit with such “ugly” sweaters as this one.  Whereas it would sound like a menace, Lord Vader was in actual fact urging all loyal Imperial residents to be cheerful—or else. —Gordon Mah Ung

    Star Wars Exogorth Area Slug Snow Globe

    Star Wars Exogorth Space Slug Snow Globe

    Full disclosure: We didn’t do that present, but when the Wampa Cave Snow Globe sells out, this seems like an ideal various. The Exogorth Area Slug Snow Globe shoots this previous, staid present class out of its deep gap in a desolate moon sooner than you’ll be able to say, “Chewie, get us outta right here!” —Melissa Riofrio

    Star Wars Wampa Cave Snow Globe

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    The Star Wars Wampa Cave Snow Globe turns the entire snow globe racket on its head—actually, with Luke hanging upside-down from the ceiling of the snow cave because the ravenous Wampa attracts close to. Shake the globe, and the mild bathe of snowflakes brings one of the vital thrilling sequences from the unique collection again to life.

    Give this to the collector who has a couple of too many snow globes with banal sleigh-ride, Santa, or different overused vacation tropes. They should combine issues up. —Melissa Riofrio

    Editor’s notice: At presstime, the Wampa Cave Snow Globe was bought out (ack!), so we supplied another…

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