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Windows Central Valentine’s Gift Guide 2018

Looking for the best gifts to give your loved one this Valentine’s Day? We can help! We’ve been testing a lot of great (and some not-so-great) products to identify our absolute favorite tech gifts. And we brought it all together here to help you find practical gifts your significant other will love!

Windows Mixed Reality

Windows Mixed Reality is here, and it’s making waves in the virtual reality world thanks to full motion tracking and a growing collection of games. Choose a headset from Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, or Samsung, and step into a new world.

From $399 Buy Now

Microsoft Surface Pro

Sometimes a standard laptop isn’t enough; in that case, you need a 2-in-1 PC. Microsoft’s Surface Pro is the embodiment of everything we love about Surface, and now it’s better than ever. Blazing performance, a detachable keyboard, and a slim, sleek body will keep your loved one happy for years to come.

From $799 Buy Now

DecalGirl Surface Skins

It’s difficult to not fall in love with your laptop, and in that case, you might be interested in some extra flair. These skins from DecalGirl are available in plenty of different designs and colors, and once applied, they offer stylish scratch protection for a low cost. This is a perfect gift for any Surface owner out there.

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Waterfield Staad Attaché

Waterfield products are handmade in San Francisco, resulting in a premium build that truly lasts. The Staad Attaché is designed as a meeting point between messenger and briefcase, offering padded compartments for tablet and laptop, as well as multiple smaller pockets for accessories. Made from a mix of premium leather, waxed canvas, and ballistic nylon, this bag can keep up with a busy professional.

From $229 Buy Now

Peak Design Everyday Messenger

All the tech gear gifted this year is going to need a quality bag. The Everyday Messenger from Peak Design is one of the best out there, thanks to a high-quality build, a ton of pockets and space, and a magnetic clasp that keeps things sealed up tight. Equal parts function and fashion, this is the bag for pretty much anyone on your list.

$220 Buy Now

Brenthaven Collins Vertical Messenger

The Brenthaven Collins bag is intended to be a light travel companion, perfect for short outings when all you need is your trusty laptop. Inside is a Surface Pen holder, a small pocket for your mouse, and a cushioned main compartment for your PC. The bag is made from a durable chambray material and is accented with vegan leather, giving it a sharp look that stands out while it’s on your shoulder.

$53 Buy Now

Tom Bihn Daylight Briefcase

It’s light, it’s made in the U.S., and it comes in three colors and designs. It’s not very flashy, making it perfect for anyone who loves a solid bag that sits more on the minimalist side of things. There are plenty of pockets inside for organizing your stuff, and a lifetime guarantee is hard not to adore.

$80 Buy Now

Anker SoundBuds Slim+

Anker’s Slim+ line of Bluetooth SoundBuds check all the right boxes. They’re lightweight, the battery lasts up to seven hours, the cable between the two buds has an inline remote, and, most importantly, they deliver impressive sound. If you want to give the gift of music without spending a mint, these headphones are a great choice.

$30 Buy Now

UE Boom 2

Share the gift of music with this portable, waterproof speaker that will easily fill a room with tunes. It will blow you away with its 90 decibels of 360-degree sound. Expect up to 15 hours of battery life on a single charge, and it’ll stay in mobile range up to 100 feet away.

$127 Buy Now

Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones

These Bluetooth headphones offer amazing noise-cancelling technology and a battery that lasts up to 20 hours. If you have the budget, there are really no other wireless headphones that do it this good. The recently updated Series II models now also come with built-in noise-cancellation adjustment and a virtual assistant button for quick access to Siri or Google Assistant.

$349 Buy Now

Spotify Premium

Love streaming ad-free music? Grab a Spotify Premium subscription and listen to music on all your devices. From specific songs to curated playlists to radio stations, you’ll find your favorites here. This is the perfect add-on gift for anyone who can’t get enough music.

From $10 Buy Now

Harman Kardon Invoke

The Invoke is one part quality speaker, one part Cortana digital assistant, offering voice-activated automation for your home. Ask to play music, make calls through Skype, manage your calendar, and control your other smart devices around the house. For anyone who relies on Cortana to get things done, this is a perfect centerpiece.

$99 Buy Now

Xbox One X

True 4K gaming from a console is here in the form of the Xbox One X. Featuring 40 percent more power than other modern consoles, you’re getting an incredible gaming experience at a relatively affordable price. Take advantage of Xbox One X Enhanced games to get the best optimization, and stream your fun in glorious 4K/60FPS. If you have a gamer in your life, they’re going to love this gift.

$499 Buy Now

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller

The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller grants unprecedented control over your game, adding ridiculous amounts of additional configuration and customization options. It’s a must-buy for Xbox gamers looking to get a leg up on the competition.

$150 Buy Now

Cuphead

Despite being ridiculously challenging, Cuphead is a smash hit. Every little details is drawn by hand in the style of 1930s cartoons, all the music is original jazz recordings, and there’s a wink and a nod to times gone by in almost every level. Play alone or play with your significant other as you collect contracts to pay your gambling debt back to the devil.

$20 Buy Now

Assassin’s Creed Origins

Taking place in Egypt, Origins tells the story of how the Assassin’s Brotherhood was founded. Climb the pyramids, talk with the Sphinx, and explore ancient Cairo in an open world filled with quests.

$60 Buy Now

PDP Talon Xbox One Remote

The Xbox One makes a great media streaming centerpiece, but it’s annoying wearing your Xbox controller’s batteries down while watching a TV show or movie. Grab this remote from PDP, and next time you’re cuddled up with your better half, use it to choose what you’re going to watch.

$20 Buy Now

Xbox Live Gold subscription

Without an Xbox Live Gold subscription, you won’t be able to get access to the best online multiplayer, a bunch of discounts in the store, and free bonuses each month. Grab a month for $10, or splurge for an entire year for $60. This is the perfect add-on gift for any gamers obsessed with Xbox.

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Xbox Game Pass

Instead of buying each game separately, the Xbox Game Pass lets you play more than a hundred Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One games for one monthly price. If you’re in love with a gaming fanatic, give them a gift they’ll have a hard time wearing out.

$10 Buy Now

Razer Thresher Ultimate

When it comes to wireless headsets for Xbox and Windows 10, Razer’s Thresher Ultimate might just be the best when it comes to 7.1 surround sound and general quality. They’re comfy to wear for long periods of time, they come with a sweet stand, the microphone is detachable, and the battery lasts up to 16 hours.

$250 Buy Now

Samsung MU6300

Not only is the MU6300 a stunning, affordable 4K TV for everyday TV and movie watching, it also lets you take full advantage of everything the new Xbox One X has to offer. Plenty of sizes are available from 40 inches up to 75 inches, and Color Drive technology means incredible contrast and brightness. This is a lot of gift, but it’s something they’re sure to love.

From $350 Buy Now

Amazon Kindle

How do you fit thousands of books into your hand? With an eReader! Amazon’s Kindle has a glare-free touch display, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a battery that lasts for weeks at a time. If you’re shopping for a bookworm, there’s no better gift than a Kindle. For Valentine’s Day, the price has been dropped down to $60.

$60 Buy Now

Logitech C922x webcam

The Logitech C922x lets you record video and enjoy Skype calls in 1080p, and it has some impressive features, including a virtual green screen, for anyone who streams video. This is a perfect way to keep in touch with your loved one when apart.

$102 Buy Now

Logitech MX Master 2S

Logitech’s MX Master 2S is a beast of a wireless mouse, sporting great functionality and some advanced features. It is accurate enough for both gaming and productivity, and it is designed to easily switch between wireless-capable devices. Don’t worry about dead batteries — get up to 70 days of power from a single charge.

From $87 Buy Now

Razer Atheris

Razer knows how to make quality mice, and the wireless Atheris is no different. It has a high DPI, an affordable price, and comfortable, compact design that can easily fit into your laptop bag.

$50 Buy Now

HP OMEN 800

As far as wired headsets go, the OMEN 800 from HP is probably the most comfortable you’ll find. There’s no 7.1 surround support, but audio is delivered through 53mm drivers for serious sound. The microphone is adjustable for when you just want to watch a movie or TV, and a meter-long braided cable gives you some freedom to move around.

$55 Buy Now

Dell UltraSharp 25-inch LED monitor

Laptops are great when you’re on the go, but when you need to get down to business, plugging into a monitor is superior. At 25 inches and with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, this monitor will fit nicely on your desk while delivering a beautiful picture.

$329 Buy Now

Amazon Fire TV Stick

Is someone you know addicted to video streaming? Amazon’s Fire TV Stick allows them to watch all their favorite shows and movies from popular services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Amazon Video, and more. With Amazon Alexa support built-in, all it takes is a simple voice command to start watching.

$40 Buy Now

Plugable USB 3.0 docking station

Laptops provide a portable computing solution, but sometimes you need to sit down at a real battlestation and get things done with a full-size keyboard, external mouse, and multiple monitors. In that case, this laptop docking station from Plugable can make life easy. It’s not the most romantic gift, but it will certainly be appreciated.

$95 Buy Now

Satechi Dual Sonic PC Speakers

PC speakers don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. This two-pack from Satechi offers impressive sound despite the small size, and all it takes to connect are a USB-A port and 3.5mm jack. Whether you and your significant other enjoy listening to streaming music together, or you two like to watch movies from your laptop or PC, these will certainly add to the experience.

$28 Buy Now

Fitbit Charge 2

The Fitbit Charge 2 is the best Fitbit (and the best fitness tracker in general) for the average person, because it does almost everything well and is comfortable to wear for long periods of time. It’s also a low-key way to keep your partner healthy all year long.

$120 Buy Now

Fitbit Ionic

The latest device from Fitbit, Ionic is a true attempt at creating a smartwatch, combining the fitness features you love with a gorgeous 348 x 250 display, storage for music, built-in GPS, and a beefy battery. For fitness freaks and smartwatch lovers alike, the Fitbit Ionic is a great accessory.

$270 Buy Now

TuneBand Go Armband

This fitness armband fits any phone from 5 inches to 6.5 inches in size thanks to its clever clip system, and you can even keep the case on the phone for maximum protection while working out. For anyone who likes to stay active, this is the perfect accessory.

$20 Buy Now

Jaybird X3 Sport Headphones

The Jaybird X3 Sport wireless headphones deliver great sound quality with a battery that lasts up to eight hours. Both sweatproof earpieces are tethered together, and you get a three-button remote for control over your music.

$100 Buy Now

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