Your music, pictures, games, video entertainment - all just got better.
Namco Original Arcade TV Games video system. Have you ever wondered what to do with the state-of-the-art Trinitron sitting in your basement, the centerpiece of your living room when the Eagles last played in the Super Bowl? Guess what - for $10.95, you can add this state-of-the-art video system featuring five classic video games: Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Galaxian, Rally-X, and Bosconian. The game console has everything from the joystick to the cable. There's no instruction manual; just plug in and play. (www.magisterrex.com/proddetail.asp?prod=WEBTOY060)
Skullcandy Player Series headphones. Go ahead. Ditch that little white earbud for the Skullcandy headphone with plush leather ear pillows. Better yet, for $69.99, get one from the limited edition NBA Player Series in the color of your favorite team. The A.I. 9 version is named for the Sixers' Andre Iguodala, a member of the SkullCandy dream team. The crew of Iguodala, Kevin Durant, Deron Williams, Derrick Rose, and James Harden helped launch the series as a way for the Park City, Utah, company to expand beyond the stage and onto the NBA court. (www.skullcandy.com/)
Wham-O Snowball Blaster. If this winter is anything like the last, make sure you bring the Wham-O Snowball-Blaster to the fight. The device compresses snow into three tightly packed snowballs and launches them. More significantly, the Blaster can shoot them up to 80 feet, making you the indomitable snowman. Available for $24.99 to $29.99. (www.hammacher.com, www.target.com, www.amazon.com)
Olympus E-PL1 digital camera. You want a digital camera capable of taking better pictures than the compact in your pocket, but you don't want to lug around a heavy SLR? You want the ability to shoot HD video, too? You're in luck. Panasonic, Leica, Sony, and Olympus are among the manufacturers to introduce just what you want. One of the most promising models is the Olympus E-PL1 for $599.99. The E-PL1 is small enough to fit in your palm and comes with a collapsible 14-42mm zoom lens. Among the useful features are face detection, built-in flash, image stabilization for sharper photos in low light, and 3 frames-per-second (fps) shooting for still photos and 30 fps for 720p movie recording. (www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1501#/product Views)
Roku players. It's not cool to talk about cutting cable if you live in Kabletown. (Thank you, 30 Rock.) But if you don't need access to Spike TV and want to save a little something for presents, a Roku player is the way to go. The California-based company sells three players that range from $59.99 to $99.99, capable of streaming high-definition programs such as Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, Hulu Plus (coming soon), and MLB over your broadband connection. To get a high-def signal, pick up an HDMI cable for about $10, plug it in, and follow the on-screen instructions, written in plain English. (www.roku.com/)