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PC peripherals and storage: Gift ideas for Christmas

If you're after some purely practical gifts for a PC user, then this is the gift guide for you.

From sensible storage solutions through to to wonderful Wi-Fi routers -- this stuff might not be sexy, but it will get a lot of use!

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Asus AC2400 RT-AC87U Dual-band Wireless Gigabit Router

The name might be a bit of a mouthful, but the Asus AC2400 RT-AC87U Dual-band Wireless Gigabit Router is one of the best AC routers on the market.

At around AU$329 it might not be the cheapest, but for anyone making the switch to 802.11ac, this is a great option.

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WD My Passport Wireless

The My Passport Wireless not only packs in either 1TB or 2TB of storage, it'll also wirelessly connect you to your SD cards.

Using 802.11ac means you can access (or upload) your data quickly. This is a great gift for any photographer who likes to get out and about.

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Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router

The design may be a little retro, but on the inside the WRT 1900AC is pure cutting edge.

This is a fast Wi-Fi router with a great capacity for handling network storage drives and all -- if you're willing to shop around a little -- at a pretty competitive price.

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Apple AirPort Extreme

Nothing among all networking devices screams fashion louder than Apple's new 802.11ac AirPort Extreme.

If you're into style or just want to have something pretty to decorate your lounge room, this router's fast Wi-Fi speed and printer/file-sharing functions are at least helpful extras.

Alas, it's not cheap, which is exactly why you should put it on that wish list and subtly let your loved ones know.

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WD My Passport Pro

With a built-in Thunderbolt cable, the My Passport Pro will have a strong appeal for Apple users.

At AU$450 for 2TB and AU$650 for 4TB, it's not the cheapest drive on the market, but the multi-drive set up means you can easily run a RAID setup with it.

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Netgear R7000 Nighthawk AC1900 Smart Wi-Fi Router

It's not small, but the Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Smart Wi-Fi Router offers excellent performance on the 5GHz band and includes a killer feature set.

If you've got the room, then this is a great router option, even with the AU$319 cost.

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SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD

Definitely some of the best-performing SSDs available today. If you're super worried about solid state speeds and performance, these are what you need.

Prices start at AU$279 for 240GB and it's worth every cent.

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