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This is 2018; geeks and nerds are cool now. You're quirky, weird, and smart—that's nothing to be ashamed of! Write that fanfiction, go to that convention, wear that cosplay. Geeks change the world with their passions, often making it a better place. There are many different kinds of geeks and nerds; and this roundup will feature a little something for everyone. Whether you nerd out over audio, appreciate modernized remnants of the past, or just want to show off your fandom, I think you'll be happy with the gear you find below. So please, go create. Let your passions lead you; the world needs that genius.
GameVice iPhone Controller ($79.95) Too often, the best games on your iPhone are held back by the lack of a controller. GameVice solves that problem, placing your iPhone snuggly in the center with a traditional controller coming off the left and right side of your display. The only, very small, drawback I faced was that I had to remove my iPhone X case (which I expected) and my screen protector (which I did not expect) in order to use the GameVice. But that was a small price to pay for the eight hours of gameplay that followed. When you remove the iPhone, the two sides of the controller stay together with a magnet and fit perfectly inside your backpack. GameVice is perfect for lazy weekends at home and long commutes. For the iPhone gamer, this is an absolute must-have.
Casetify ($18–$60) We all need a protective case; why not appreciate what you're passionate about with yours? Casetify is fantastic at featuring a huge variety of graphics, images, and themes that you can have printed on the case you want. From a simple snap-on case to a heavy-duty dropproof model, Casetify offers multiple options. My current favorite is a Star Wars case with blue glitter that Casetify sent me, but there is certain to be a design for (nearly) everyone.
Harry Potter PopSocket ($15) As a Ravenclaw, it's my duty to let you know that PopSockets offers designs for all the houses from the Harry Potter world. Show off your lucky Gryffindor stripes, declare your proud Hufflepuff roots, or subtly remind others of your superior Slytherin upbringing. If Harry Potter isn't your fandom of choice, you'll also find your favorite Pokémon and superhero emblems from PopSockets. A PopSocket is the unofficial musthave accessory for every iPhone user. Its awesomeness can't be overstated: use it to hold your phone without dropping it on your face, use it as a stand to prop your phone up for watching a video, or wrap your headphones cord around it to keep those knots at bay. It may seem trivial, but I am never going back to an iPhone life without my PopSocket. And once you've tried it, I doubt you will want to either. Game of Phones Deck of Cards ($20)
Instead of getting together with friends only to stare at your phones, why not use your phones to play a group game? Game of Phones challenges you to find, share, create, or do something with your phone in a Cards Against Humanity-style game. After one card is drawn, the group then has 60 seconds to produce, after which the judge for that round decides who won and the winner collects the card. The game is over when one player has ten cards total. It's a silly and fun adventure that asks you to explore new levels of humor and trust with your friends. Of course, everyone needs a smartphone to play, so maybe don't invite your hipster friend with a flip phone to this particular party.
Libratone Track+ In-Ear Headphones ($199) I tried the Libratone Track+ earbuds at CES this year and found a pocket of calm amid the noise of the crowd. I immediately wanted a pair. With adjustable noise cancellation, you can decide how much of the outside world reaches your ears. The soft cord that connects the two earbuds houses an eight-hour battery and is the smoothest I've tried—it's easy to forget it's there at all. The headphones are sweat and splash proof, plus they come with five different ear tips so you can find the most comfortable fit, whether you're listening to a podcast on the train or blasting music while running a 10K. The Libratone Track+ earbuds havequickly became my go-tos; I can easily hear the difference between their incredible sound and subpar earbuds. If you're an audiophile nerd on a budget, don't pass these up.
Twelve South BookBook Case for iPad & iPhone ($29.99–$99.99)
Book nerds rejoice! Hide your beloved tech under the guise of an old book with BookBook. This case is available for various models of the iPad, MacBook, and iPhone. To my surprise, my BookBook genuinely fools people far more often than I ever expected. Plus, it acts as the perfect slim-fit case for your devices. The BookBook for iPad Pro also doubles as a stand, with an angle for both sketching comfortably and lounging with a movie. I have been a huge fan of Twelve South for years now, and it's never let me down. BookBook is my favorite of all Twelve South products. Keep your iOS device looking stunning, classic, and sleek while warding off any book haters.
Qwerkywriter S Keyboard ($249) Typewriters are a remnant of the past, but do they have to stay there? The Qwerkywriter S brings the feeling of typing on a typewriter into the modern world. Simply connect it with USB or Bluetooth to your computer, iPhone, or iPad. Then enjoy as the nostalgia rushes in. Knock-off models of Bluetooth typewriters abound, but none have the high-quality materials and attention to detail of the Qwerkywriter S. The lithium battery lasts up to a full month on a single charge, the knobs work for scrolling and volume, and even the return bar does its job. One reviewer put it perfectly when they said, “As silly as it sounds, it makes me want to type!” That's nerd-speak for, “I'm geeking out right now, and this is awesome.” I couldn't agree more.