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Valentine's Day Gadget Gift Round-up... for him

Reg Hardware's first round-up of cool kit. This time, stuff for the man in your life...

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Creative Zen Vision:M and Aurvana in-ear 'phones

Show him you really care with the award-winning iPod nemesis, Creative's Zen Vision:M coupled with a set of Aurvana in-ear 'phones. While the Vision:M has the capability to keep any man occupied for hours on end thanks to its capacious 30GB or 60GB memory that can hold thousands of songs, tens of thousands of photos and hours of video, all displayed on the crystal clear 2.5in screen, it's the Aurvanas that signify the piéce de rèsistance. Why? Simple: these in-ear 'phones are among the most effective noise-blockers we've ever come across. Once in his ears, he won't be able to hear a single word you're saying. True love indeed.

Creative Zen MP3 player

Creative Zen Vision:M and Aurvana earphones


Come in, iPod, your time is up... 65%
Price £180 (Zen Vision:M) and £90 (Aurvana earphones)

Parrot 7in Photo Viewer

One of the boom areas of technology over the last two years, the digital photo viewer has morphed from naff novelty gadget to picture frame for the 21st Century. And Parrot's excellent Bluetooth-enabled seven-incher is a stellar example guaranteed to brighten up any man's abode. Available with a variety of frames - we like the leather - it can store and display up to 500 photos on that bright and clear screen in either freeze-frame or slideshow style, and automatically rotates the image to landscape or portrait depending on your taste. Load it up with 500 pictures of you and never let him forget what he's got...

Parrot Photo Viewer

Parrot 7in Photo Viewer


Back-lit digital picture frames are the way forward, and this one is among the front runners... 90%
Price £134

One-For-All Kameleon UCR8308 remote control

If there's one gadget guaranteed to make him feel like a man in command, it's a remote control. And they don't come much more controlling than the Kameleon 8308, a touch-control remote that not only takes care of up to eight gadgets like TV, DVD player, amplifier, Sky+ and stereo, but can also control up to 256 lights to create the ultimate mood for your Valentine evening's activities. Just hook up an OFA lighting system and while he turns down the lights for the latest Steven Segal actioner you can kid yourself it's because he's being romantic.

all-for-one kameleon

One-For-All Kameleon UCR8308 remote control


Finally, complete control... Mwahahah-hahaha!!! 80%
Price £100

Verdict

There's no doubting Valentine's Day is the weirdest holiday of the year. You don't get the day off work, it sucks if you're not in a relationship and if you are, it can suck even worse with the pressure on to make it great and keep the fires of love a-burning. But we think you'll agree, with this little lot to stoke the embers, it should be an evening of unabashed romance for all and sundry. Probably...

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