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Sensory Overload

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Mediaphile

There’s a word for someone who appreciates the finer details in digital entertainment. (There’s also another word for someone who takes appreciation to a level of obsession, but we’ll focus on the positive one -- it's the holiday season.) After all, anyone worth buying for probably deserves a bit of downtime, and there’s nothing like a splash of A/V newness to stimulate the senses. It’s true that a screen is a screen and a speaker is a speaker, but buy with that mentality and all you'll get is the "I love the knit sweater!" forced smile. Nobody wants that. So start here, with our recommendations to suit the media fanatic in your life.

Ready for Takeoff

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Globetrotter

Whether it’s a comfortable pair of slacks or the ultimate travel bag, making him feel like travel royalty is only a good buy away. This is the best globetrotting gear of 2014 -- gifts so good he'll feel right at home, even when he's getting familiar with a TSA agent.

What's New, Now

Today in Gear: August 18, 2014

Today in Gear: the McLaren P1 GTR, DJI's new personal drone camera, an entry-level camera from Sony and more.

What's New, Now

Today in Gear: August 4, 2014

Today In Gear: Vespa's 946 Collection Bellissima, a Michael Bastian and Gilt collaborative smartwatch, Sony's affordable speaker system, an innovative wireless flash transceiver and 100% Montana wool.

We're Gonna Need a Bigger Wall

A Millionaire’s Guide to Mega TVs

The home entertainment arms race has evolved to include factors like pixel counts, connectivity and even screen shape. But the importance of size...that will never change. Meet the TV heavyweights of 2014 that redefine big.

Meet this year's hottest new shooters

The New Camera Class of 2014: DSLR Alternatives

In just a few short years the world of photography has been turned upside down, and the advent of the iPhone and other innovations like mirrorless cameras has created a dizzying array of options. We take a look at the latest new class of cameras, none of them DSLRs, but all capable and unique in their own right.

Today in Gear: May 16, 2014

Today in gear we examine Sony's revealed RX100 III, the adidas battle pack collection, Alton Brown's upcoming bowties, a truly advanced bike lock, a newly free app for climbers and the ideal set of filters for GoPro videographers.

Today in Gear: May 2, 2014

Today in gear we examine Samsung's Level Over headphones, a personal Vitamix, a Uniqlo blazer for spring, Logitech's ultimate iPhone case and a reversible belt worth packing.

Today in Gear: April 28, 2014

Today in gear we examine, Leica's new T system, the wine bottle reinvented, carbon fiber wrenches, Sony's STR-DN1050 Receiver and James Perse towels.

A Far-East Beauty

Essentials Inspired by the 1970 Datsun 240Z

For those dreaming of a vintage car collection, the Datsun 240Z is a great place to start. But you shouldn't drive it in a dirty tee and sweatpants. We hunt down some great gear and garb from the era and the area from which the 1970 240Z hails.

Today in Gear: April, 21, 2014

Today in Gear, we examine Sony's new 4k media player, plywood task chairs, bluetooth-enabled air purifiers, an EDC kit for cyclists, an educational whisky series and a candle worthy of your ambitions.

Today in Gear: April 14, 2014

Today in Gear we examine a new book for Cub's fans, your iMac's new wood friend, Lexus' sharp crossover, barrels for homebrew and "The Rhino".

Today in Gear: April 11, 2014

Today in gear we examine a wooden suit for the PS4, the perfect stout glass, Omega's latest astronaut watch, the global launch of Samsung's Galaxy S5, Bellroy's new slim wallet and a Hoover vacuum that ditches the cord for good.

Today in Gear: March 31, 2014

Today in Gear we examine the return of the "Pepsi bezel", Office's move to mobile, an off-roading bumper built for Wranglers, a new escapement from Nomos and a modern take on the Super 8.

Today in Gear: March 21, 2014

Today in Gear we examine Sony's take on virtual reality, Porsche's new Cayman and Boxster GTS, Ghurka's Norwalk collection and more.

Nip your audio in the bud

Cheap Beats: The Best Budget Earbuds

Earbuds, rather than full-size headphones, are essential to many a man mostly because they are so very compact. If you're a commuter or jogger or some other type of person who can't balance one-pound earmuffs on your head all day, and you don't want to spend a pretty penny on something that you're likely to lose or break, these are for you. They're the best budget earbuds we've heard of, so listen up.

Streaming Consciousness

Net Flicks: Cut the Cord With These Great Set-Top Boxes

Nowadays media streaming devices offer dramatically improved user experiences, access to a wide range of content at 1080p, and price tags easily within anyone’s budget, making it easier than ever to cut the cable company's iron umbilical cord. We’ve selected the top five that should satiate any media user, aficionado to amateur.

What Happens in Vegas Goes on the Internet

Today in Gear, CES 2014 Edition: January 9, 2014

Have you (geeks) heard? CES 2014 is on, and we’ve got two men on the floor, app-ing and connectivity-ing and syncing with a vengeance. We’ll be updating you all week with the coolest thing’s we’ve found so far. Here’s the second batch, replete with a smart bed, a new flagship 3D printer and exciting news on the PS4 front.

What Happens in Vegas Goes on the Internet

Today in Gear, CES 2014 Edition: January 8, 2014

Have you (geeks) heard? CES 2014 is on, and we’ve got two men on the floor, app-ing and connectivity-ing and syncing with a vengeance. We’ll be updating you all week with the coolest thing’s we’ve found so far. Here’s the second batch, with an ultra-portable gaming computer, a 3D printer for the kitchen, TVs that'll make your eyes weep with joy and much more.

What happens in Vegas goes on the internet

Today in Gear, CES 2014 Edition: January 7, 2014

Have you (geeks) heard? CES is on, and we’ve got two men on the floor, app-ing and connectivity-ing and syncing with a vengeance. We’ll be updating you all week with the coolest thing’s we’ve found so far. Here’s the first batch. LET’S GET TECHNICAL Best of Gear Patrol 2013: Tech | Tested: Xbox One |...

Music to His Ears

12 Guys of Christmas: The Mediaphile

Thought purchasing a Christmas gift for your in-laws was tough? Try shopping for someone who knows everything about media gadgetry and can't abide anything but the best. The Mediaphile's affinity for films, games, music, and yes, eBooks, goes beyond the bounds of reason and continues to expand as the consumer market welcomes the latest tech innovations daily. Best believe he's on top of everything from next-gen gaming consoles to popular subscription-based apps. This presents a problem, because you think HDMI, DSLR, DAC and WAV are medical tests and/or prerequisite exams for grad school applications. Don't run to the Geek Squad yet. We've pulled together some awesome media-primed options worth your coin this holiday. He'll thank you -- and then you won't see him for a couple months, save for Doritos runs and the rare bathroom break.

A Dozen Gifts for the Mountain Man

12 Guys of Christmas: The Outdoorsman

We've all got a guy in our lives who's more at home chopping a cord of wood or filleting his latest fly fishing catch than spending the day lazing in front of the TV or playing Halo with the bros. He'd wear flannel and hiking boots to board meetings if he could. For that ultimate outdoorsman on your gift list this year, forego the REI gift card and DVD set of Duck Dynasty. Whether he spends his time hunting big game, scouring the river for the best brook trout lies, or just enjoys living in front of a campfire instead of a laptop, we've got the best gifts for the modern day backwoodsman.

Talk about shopping in advance

12 Guys of Christmas: The Techie

Oddly enough, the proliferation of electronic gadgetry, computer stuff and other digital goodies has made buying for the discerning sparkhead (we just coined that -- please enjoy and proliferate at will) tougher. With this list, we aim to make the shopping a little simpler by covering suggestions for readers, photogs, movie buffs and gamers. Take a gander and start clicking; your techie giftee will thank you, probably with an email or holographic video message or something.

Today in Gear: October 29, 2013

UnionMade x Baxter Of California Bar Soap The skincare/haircare/always care guys at Baxter have teamed up with expert men’s apparel curator UnionMade to create these rather masculine bars of soap. There’s no need to cut into this bar with a pocketknife in the Irish countryside to unleash mandarin lime, black pepper and amber scents mixed...

Point Taken

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

Thanks to 16MP smartphone cameras and the mirrorless revolution, the old point-and-shoot has been headed towards extinction. That’s not exactly the way Sony sees things. They stubbornly released the best damn pocket camera in the world, the RX100, last year. The mighty marvel’s massive one-inch sensor paired with a fast f/1.8 Zeiss lens effortlessly produced rich 20MP images, even in the novice hands of doting grandparents and hapless tourists. How did Sony respond to the positive reviews? They released the RX100 II ($748), which is even better.

Hope you don't have a fixed income

Prime Time: 5 Best Fixed-Lens Cameras

There was a time when photographers didn’t carry nine different lenses with their camera, a time when one wide-angle lens was enough to get an adroit photographer through the day because he realized that sometimes the best way to zoom in was to damn well walk closer to his subject. While most of us like having a versatile zoom lens, there’s something to be said for having only one focal length: when you shoot with a fixed focal length camera, you don’t take pictures, you take photographs. We’ve rounded up the top six “fixies” to get you started on your path towards being an artisan.

Reflecting on the best

More For (Mirror)less: 6 Best Mirrorless Cameras

When in 2004 Epson released the R-D1, the world’s first mirrorless digital camera, photographers weren’t sure what to make of it. Ten years later every major camera company has thrown their proverbial hat into the mirrorless ring. In fact, with digital sensors equal to those found in DSLRs, interchangeable pro-quality lenses, and magnesium-alloy construction, mirrorless cameras are quickly becoming the choice of many professionals looking to downsize their gear. It's safe to say 2014 will be the year of the mirrorless camera, and we've rounded up our favorites to help you prepare.

Today in Gear: September 18, 2013

SwingByte 2 Wanna get all Moneyball on your golf game? SwingByte, the little dongle that attaches to your club to measure golf data on both iOS and Android, just upgraded to a new version that’s easier to attach. A 360-degree visual representation of each swing, including angles, speeds, acceleration, etc., is available for review from...

Today in Gear: September 17, 2013

Fujifilm X-A1 Is there a better intersection in camera consumership than light weight, high quality and relative affordability? Fujifilm just plopped their latest machine right down where those three criteria meet. It features a 16.3MP sensor, wi-fi image transfer and the same interchangeable lens mount as their X-Mount series. Face detection, JPEG/RAW modes, up to...

Today in Gear: September 12, 2013

VASTRM Custom Polo Shirts As a modern shirt archetype the Polo has served us men well, but in terms of fit it can often be too tight, too loose, or too short. VASTRM’s got it all figured out: they send you a generic fit shirt, and then, based on your feedback (take the waist in,...

Today in Gear: September 10, 2013

Aquaovo Therm-O Bottle Beautiful, environmentally friendly, hot and cold: just like Leo DiCaprio when he refuses to return our texts. This chic bottle’s double-walled, FDA-approved glass works toward optimal insulation and zero condensation; the natural bamboo lid is a looker if ever we did see one; and the stainless steel tea strainer snaps in and...

Today in Gear: September 6, 2013

Sony Video Unlimited 4K Download Service If you’ve already got Sony’s 4K Ultra HD Media Player it’s time to start downloading some big guns. The new service went live over the weekend and allows users to download 4K television shows and movies. There are currently 70 films available for rent or purchase, with many more...

Today in Gear: September 5, 2013

Audi Sport Quattro Concept It’s been 30 years since Audi introduced the Sport Quattro homologation special to qualify for Group B rallying, and the world has been missing the hell out of it. A plug-in hybrid system combines with a twin turbo V8 to churn out a shocking 700 horsepower — over twice that of...

Today in Gear: August 8, 2013

American Harvest Vodka Usually when we think of vodka we think of a certain debonair chap from overseas, or, of course, Russia. But what if the man who created a famous French vodka decided to create a new vodka right here in the U S of A? Wonder no more: American Harvest small batch vodka...

They'll never believe you otherwise

Motion Captured: The 5 Best Action Cameras

Thanks to the introduction of action cameras, pretty much anyone with a thing for the outdoors -- novice mountain climbers, intermediate cyclists, veteran X-Games athletes and the lot -- is utilizing these point-of-view shooters for hi-def footage of mesmerizing scenery and insane stunts. Fortunately for you, we’ve managed to narrow down the top offerings based on performance, suitability, features and price. Take a break from planning that next base-jumping adventure and get a closer at the five best action cameras available now.

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Kit: Graduate School

So you've decided four years of college just wasn't enough to quench that thirsty brain of yours. You've trudged through essays, taken the tests and traded countless lattes for advisor recommendation letters. The wait, worry and work were entirely worth it, though, because you just opened that letter admitting you into the graduate school you've been gunning for. The parents are proud, the student loans are shrieking and your name train is ready for a few extra letters. It’s time to get schooled all over again, and we’ve prepped your shopping list. You're getting smarter -- so should your gear.

They're calling

Dialed In: 10 Best Smartphones Available Now

There was a time when shopping for a cell phone was ridiculously simple. You’d waltz into the nearest Radio Shack, browse through a handful of demo devices anchored onto the wall, and spend a good four to five Benjamins on a BlackBerry 8700 or RAZR V3 (or the Nokia with the changeable covers, which was awesome). What hasn't changed: we're enslaved to our mobile devices. What has: the field of competitors. Over the past few months, we’ve seen new entries from every major smartphone manufacturer spread across all four mobile platforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and believe it or not, BlackBerry. The result for you: choosing the right smartphone can be an overwhelming decision at the moment. Well, we took the liberty of breaking down the top handsets on the market to help simplify the process. Here are the 10 smartphones worthy of your upgrade.