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What technology gadgets do the experts love, or would love to have? is asking experts in several fields about their favorite high-tech toys. This week, we asked syndicated journalist Marc Saltzman.

(CNN) -- Marc Saltzman has what many believe to be a dream job: reviewing, rating and reporting on the latest video games and gadgets.

The syndicated journalist, whose weekly game review column appears here on, has also written 14 books, hosts two radio shows and appears regularly on television as a games and gadgets guru. Nice work if you can get it -- even with sore thumbs as an occupational hazard.

Here, he shares with his favorite new game-related accessories to heighten the interactive entertainment experience.

1. RedOctane Guitar Hero Wireless Controllerexternal link Rock out in style with RedOctane's megapopular "Guitar Hero" games -- by cutting the cord that tethers you to the PlayStation 2.

The Guitar Hero Wireless Controller is a $59.99 wireless guitar accessory that feels much like the wired one that ships with the games, but now you can freely move around your living room as you jam to familiar tunes from The Police, Guns N' Roses and Rush.

In case you haven't yet laid your hands on these music games, the "Guitar Hero" franchise challenges players to press the correct button on the neck of the guitar according to the onscreen instructions -- and at the right time -- in order for your performing band to wow the crowd, rack up points and unlock new ditties.

2. Nyko Wii Charge Stationexternal link

As many video game fans would agree, the Nintendo Wii is the most exciting thing to happen to this industry in a long while -- largely in part to its motion-sensing wireless controllers. But it's no secret the AA batteries in the Wii Remotes can drain faster than the pipes in a Mario Bros. game.

There is a solution. For $29.99, the Nyko Wii Charge Station is a rechargeable battery for two Wii Remotes and docking station to recharge the controllers when not in use.

They're a breeze to install on the back of the remotes, which basically involves replacing the AA batteries with the NiMH (nickel metal hydride battery) packs, and snapping on the new Nyko back covers, complete with rubber grips for greater control. Now your remotes can last up to 25 hours of play before recharging.

3. Microsoft Habu Gaming Mouseexternal link

By partnering with celebrated PC peripheral company Razer, Microsoft has created a high-performance mouse for all your PC games.

Perfect for 3-D shooters, real-time strategy games and role-playing games (RPGs), the Habu ($69.95) is a "laser" mouse that offers incredible precision (reading 2,000 dots per inch), high-speed motion detection, incredible comfort and programmable rubber-coated buttons. While it's a wired mouse for superior performance (and gold-plated USB connector), it actually feels like it's wireless thanks to the thin and flexible wire.

You'll also love the glowing blue highlights for low-light, late night gaming sessions.

4. Pelican Wireless Nerf Controllerexternal link

How many times have you wanted to throw your gaming controller across the room out of frustration? Now you can -- without fear of breaking it into pieces.

Performance Design Products has teamed up with Hasbro to create the Pelican Nerf Wireless Controller ($29.99) for the PlayStation 2, a gamepad encased in soft, durable foam. This controller, which is available in multiple colors -- black, blue, red and orange (and in May, green) -- can withstand twisting, squeezing and throwing. Despite its foamy feel, the shape and button layout resembles a regular PS2 controller -- and it's wireless, too.

Needless-to-say, this enduring controller is also ideal for young kids.

You've seen what one expert loves. What technology do you crave? Send us photos of yourself with your favorite gadget. (I-Report)

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