Gamers are interesting people to buy for. By interesting, I mean “often difficult.” Most gamers I know buy the games they want the week they’re released. Gift cards are nice, but why not surprise the gamer in your life with something that, while not directly game-related, is something your gamer is bound to appreciate?
Belkin’s Conserve line of surge protectors comes to mind as one of these potential gifts. Home entertainment devices use a lot of power, and when they’re off, they still consume standby power. Particularly guilty of this are power adapters, and most game consoles have them.
Conserve surge protectors have a wireless remote-controlled on/off switch that can be used to stop power to devices connected to it. This is particularly handy for those of us who have a nest of wires behind our entertainment units and desks or who can’t otherwise easily turn off their surge protectors. For added convenience, the switch can even be mounted on a wall. The surge protector also has two “always on” jacks for devices that need to have constant power, such as PVRs and VCRs. Pretty cool!