The Marshall Amp fridge, the Jawbone Up band, a Useless Box and the Razer Manticor
The Marshall amp fridge €449
Music fans will love this: a mini fridge styled like a Marshall amp.
More than just a way to keep your beer (or beverage of choice) cold, it’s a piece of rock’n’roll history. It’s made from authentic Marshall amp parts and, from the outside, looks almost like it could be a working amp.
Sadly, the switches and knobs do nothing of note, besides looking authentic. But it does come with Jim Marshall’s signature engraved on it, and it will store enough drinks to keep you going through most sessions.
The Jawbone UP €129
The second coming of the Jawbone band features some changes, making it more reliable and robust than its predecessor.
It will measure everything from your daily movement to sleep, as long as you remember to switch between active and sleep modes. You can also time activities such as taking a class or going for a run, and log your food intake, so you can build up trends for everything from distances covered to your nutrition. The UP links in with other services – MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper, Sleepio – to give you even more information about your daily activities.
Useless Box Kit $40
What do you get someone who has everything? A useless box, that’s what.
This pointless toy is oddly compelling, considering it is, as it says, completely useless. You assemble the box yourself, so line up the soldering iron. Once you flip the switch, a small artificial finger pops out and turns the switch back to off.
That’s all it does but, like many very simple concepts before it, it’s actually fun to watch the reaction of the unwitting victim.
Razer Manticor €50
A mouse mat may seem like the simplest piece of kit in the world but, if you’re a gamer, this often overlooked piece of equipment can be crucial.
Enter the Razer Manticor. It’s made from a sheet of aircraft-grade aluminium that has a lab-developed microscopic texture the manufacturers say will give you a consistently accurate sensor reading for rapid response.
It’s wider than your average mat too, so you’re play isn’t interrupted by inadvertently falling off the surface, while a rubber, non-slip base means it stays put.