Gifts for Indoor Dads

For the sports fan, TV-watching Dad Retrevo recommends some TV and sports related gadgets.

Universal Remote Control

If your household is like most multimedia-enabled homes you probably have a basket-full of remote controls. This year you can make everyone's life simpler and give your Dad a cool present at the same time with a universal remote that can consolidate all or most of your remotes. The Logitech Harmony 880 will set you back about $200. It has a color LCD screen and gets good ratings from users who say it can control all their devices. The Logitech Harmony 1000 is a bit pricey at $400 but it’s like having a small computer with large color touch screen in your hand. Users say it’s easy to program and fun to use. Retrevo’s best value universal remote is currently the $150 Universal Remote Omega MX-650. It gets very high marks from reviewers who mention its ability to perform many macros.

Logitech Harmony 880
Logitech Harmony 1000
Universal Remote Omega MX-650
Logitech Harmony 880 Logitech Harmony 1000 Universal Remote Omega MX-650

Blu-ray DVD Player

It might still be a little too soon to buy a Blu-ray DVD player. While we wait for Profile 2.0 to appear in stand-alone players you could easily rationalize getting Dad a PlayStation 3 that already includes a Profile 2.0 Blu-ray player and is a pretty good deal at around $300. Just think of the cool simulation and sports games many of which support 1080P high definition resolutions. NBA 2K8 gets high marks for realistic graphics as does MLB 08 and Madden NFL 08.

NBA 2K8 (PS3)
MLB 08: The Show (PS3)
Madden NFL 08 (PS3)
NBA 2K8 MLB 08 Madden NFL 08

Okay, before you say, "I can't afford to buy my father an HDTV set," maybe you can be creative and get the family to pool some money and buy a reasonably priced HDTV set. For example, the Vizio VU42LF is a 42 inch LCD TV that supports 1080P and can be purchased for under $800. The Toshiba 42LX196 is another 42 inch, 1080P LCD TV that costs a little over $1000. The Olevia 242T doesn't do 1080P but only costs a little over $700. For a little under $500 you can get a 23 inch Samsung LN-T2342H that does 720P.

Vizio VU42LF
Toshiba 42LX196
Oleva 242T
Samsung LN-T2342H
Vizio VU42LF Toshiba 42LX196 Olevia 242T Samsung LN-T2342H

Following the Games Away From Home

If your father is a huge sports fan and doesn't already have a Slingbox then maybe you should consider getting him one of these devices that will let him watch whatever is on the TV at home on his computer at work or wherever he is. You can get a Slingbox AV for around $100 or move up to the Slingbox Pro version which supports HD for under $200. For a more portable gadget that gets Dad instant sports scores away from home, check out the Wireless Sportscast that pulls in sports scores to a handheld device.

Slingbox AV
Slingbox Pro

Wireless Sportscast
Slingbox AV Slingbox Pro Wireless Sportscast

Other Father Types
Okay so your father isn’t the couch potato, sports fan, movie watching-type. Good for him. For other personality type fathers check out our other Father’s Day gadget gift guides for Outdoor Dads, Professional Dads, and Nerd Dads.

Also don’t forget to use Retrevo next time you need any information about a gadget you want to buy or need to use. Retrevo has manuals and reviews for all popular gadgets and gear like HDTV, GPS, Digital Cameras, Camcorders, and more.

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