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For a gamer…

If you're buying for a frag-loving button basher, these will keep them busy all year round...

If you're buying for a frag-loving button basher, these will keep them busy all year round...

In control

Your goggle-eyed gift recipient is unlikely to win our Windows Gaming Competition unless he or she can accurately control and fine-tune their on-screen movements. That's why a quality mouse is so important. Step forward then Microsoft's Sidewinder release - the first ever digital rodent to feature an LCD display (for recording macros) as well as those ever useful tweakable DPI settings.

$81, www.microsoft.com/middleeast

Wheely cool

Should the person you're buying for be PlayStation-minded and a fan of tarmac - munching driving sims, then why not help them meet their racing needs by bagging them this quality accessory. Capable of 900-degrees of rotation, and with three metal pedals, six-speed stick shift, and rumblicious Force Feedback technology built-in, this leather-stitched super sphere is the real wheel deal.

$320, www.logitech.com

Shine it bright

Once your frag-addicted friend or relative has played their favourite multiplayer title on a huge, wall-sized display, they'll wonder how they ever survived without this inspired buy. Projectors you see, are a fantastic addition to any gamer's suite of solutions, particularly when combined with a pumping surround-sound audio system. You get a huge display, crystal clear graphics and the chance to lounge on the sofa rather than peering into a small screen. The particular edge ViewSonic's PJ258D ViewDock holds is its iPod function; the user just slots in their pod and projects its content directly onto their wall or screen. Includes an impressive year-long lamp warranty.

$1089, www.viewsoniceurope.com

Sounds good

If your gaming buddy doesn't have a monstrous surround-sound system and you're on a budget, then head for Harmon Kardon's Soundsticks II. This three-piece plug-and-play multimedia speaker system churns out really high-quality stereo sound - helping the gamer to feel really immersed in the action - and looks absolutely distinct. Sure to impress.

$190, www.harmonkardon.com

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