Top Five Tech Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day may have already passed by this year, but it’s never too late to tell Dad how much he means to the family. These five tech gifts for Dad appeal to his inner kid while still conforming to his adult responsibilities.

3D Movies at Home

3D technology is past the novelty phase. While some movies feature poorly executed 3D effects, many movies, like Avatar, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and How to Train Your Dragon, were excellently done and look absolutely stunning in 3D. With the financial success of 3D movies around the world, the technology is here to stay. Get Dad at the forefront of this tech trend with a 3D Blu-ray player. You still need the silly looking glasses, but you (and more importantly, Dad) will forget all about that once you start to watch some of the best movies produced in the past decade.

32-Inch Sony BRAVIA KDL32EX720 1080p 3D LED HDTV, Black

55-Inch Samsung UN55C7000 1080p 240 Hz 3D LED HDTV, Black

Tablet Computer

It’s about time Dad got an Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab. He’ll finally be able to read the news or surf the web without worrying about somebody looking over his shoulder, and video chatting with his family and friends has never been easier. No longer does he need to sit in front of a computer screen and a web cam. He can take the tablet wherever he wants when he want. Reserve this tech gift for really special occasions since a solid tablet starts at $400.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101-B1 10.1-Inch Tablet Computer (Tablet Only)

Apple iPad 2 MC769LL/A Tablet (16GB, Wifi, Black) NEWEST MODEL

Game Console

Most of the current generation of game consoles have been out for four to five years now. They were incredibly expensive when they first came out, but most have dropped in price to more reasonable levels. A new Playstation 3 still costs $300, but used models can shave $100 off. Xbox 360s start as low as $150. However, these game consoles can also double as DVD players (or Blu-ray player in the case of the PS3). What’s cooler:  getting Dad another DVD player or an awesome game console?

Xbox 360 4GB Console

PlayStation 3 160GB System

Wii

Wii Hardware Bundle – Black

Next Gen Monitor

LED monitors and televisions have been on the market for several years now, and they’re almost as cheap as LCD screens now. However, they’re far thinner and often feature deeper blacks and superior colors. Considering that LED monitors use a fraction of the power that LCD screens do, a new monitor should also appeal to environmentally-conscious dads out there. Even if he’s not, there’s no better screen on which to watch movies or play games. That makes them one of the best tech gifts you can buy for your Dad.

ViewSonic VX2250WM-LED 22-Inch (21.5-Inch Vis) Widescreen Full HD 1080p LED Monitor with Integrated Stereo Speakers

Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch (23.6-Inch Vis) Widescreen LED Monitor with Full HD 1080p and Speakers – Black

E-reader

Okay, so this one’s a little more low-tech than the other gadgets. Still, an e-reader like a Kindle or a Nook is a perfect fit for any dad who reads newspapers, magazines, or books. The Kindle doesn’t have a glossy screen, so sunlight won’t glare off the screen. Dad can go onto Amazon, buy a new book for $5, and have it downloaded to his Kindle in about 10 seconds. That saves him a trip to the bookstore or a week-long wait for a book to come in the mail. The Kindle may not be the most high tech gift, but because of its low price point, it is one of the most popular tech gifts for all occasions.

Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook Reader (WiFi only) [ Black & White ]

Kindle 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 3G Works Globally, Graphite, 6″ Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology

There are tons of great tech gifts for Dad out there, but don’t worry if you haven’t found something to fit your budget or his tastes just yet. Older technologies, like home entertainment systems or car CD players, can be cheaper and provide a solid replacement for his old gadgets. With so many choices of high tech gifts available, just use this as a starting point to help you come up with the best tech gift for your Dad.

Nicole Rodgers has been blogging in the technology and social media industries for 3 years. When she’s helping family and friends create a website, she uses tools to make the job easy and fun. When she buys a tech gadget gift for her dad, she tries to save money by using a Best Buy coupon code whenever she can.

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