It’s that time of year again! Getting everything ready for Christmas can be daunting, especially shopping for the gadget obsessed ones in your life. Here’s our pick of the 10 best technology Christmas gifts available this year.
1. Google Home and Google Home Mini
Google Home is one of the latest gadgets to take the world by storm. Place it anywhere in your home and just say “OK Google, what’s the weather going to be like today?” and Google home will talk back to you giving you the answer. It also has built in speakers so you can ask Google to play your favourite song, or set a reminder which will also sync to your mobile phone. Not to forget Google Home Mini, the smaller sibling but with all the best features, just a smaller less powerful speaker.
2. Xbox One X
The Xbox One X is the latest improvement on the already great Xbox One. It’s upgrades now make it the most powerful gaming console available with 40% more power than any other console, 4K definition gaming to bring enhanced AI, real world detail and smoother interactions to your gaming. 12GB GDDR5 of graphic memory add speed and power to game performance to enable bigger worlds, further horizons and quicker load times. Game graphics are faster and more detailed with 326 GB/sec memory bandwidth, to keep your gaming momentum flowing. It’s the must have gaming console this year with new titles like Call of duty and Forza Motorsport 7 being available to play in 4K HD giving the most immersive experience possible without VR glasses.
3. PlayStation VR
Talking of VR, Sony are now offering a VR headset to give you the most immersive experience when playing games on PlayStation. It includes a 5.7” OLED screen to see hyper-real 3D environments come to life. 360 degree vision makes you part of a living, breathing world with a seamless field of view, 120 frames per second provide smooth visuals and super low latency combine to create an incredibly immersive gaming world. If that wasn’t enough it also has 3D audio that lets you accurately perceive the direction and distance of sounds that are coming from above, below and all around you. The future of gaming right there!
4. Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch console is looking to capitalise on the brilliant success of the Wii and DS. It can be used as a standard console with TV screen and controller, or used on the move with it’s portable screen. The controller can also be re assembled into 2 different controllers similar to that of the Wii allowing you to play more interactive games with friends. It’s a brilliant console for your Christmas parties with family and friends.
Fit bit watches have been around for a while now but they are a great gift for the fitness fanatic in your life this Christmas. They record things like daily steps, exercise and even sleep patterns, then send all the data to an app on your smartphone to read through and geek out on.
Tile is one of the most simple, but useful pieces of tech you could ever buy for a clumsy loved one who is always losing things. Tile is a tiny Bluetooth tracker and easy-to-use app that finds your phone, keys, and anything you don’t want to lose-in seconds. Simply attach to an item and locate it by seeing its last known location on your smartphone using an app. It works round the other way too, simply press a button on Tile to make your lost phone ring even when it’s on silent.
7. Touchscreen gloves
We’ve all been in the situation before when trying to answer your phone in the winter and you’ve got gloves on. Now you can with gloves that use a special material on the fingertips which still work with smartphone touchscreen displays, even car sat navs too. They are the perfect stocking filler present this Christmas.
8. Sphero – R2-D2 App-Enabled Droid
Every year there seems to be a new Star Wars gadget. This year Sphero have made and app controlled R2-D2 droid and is the perfect gift for anyone mad about Star Wars. Control your droid with your smart device or watch it patrol on its own. It includes fully functional front and rear LED lights and an integrated speaker bringing R2-D2 to life in your own home. App controls include authentic movements exactly like you see in the films. If you have another Sphero Droid they can both interact together. However, the best part by far is if you are watching a Star Wars film the R2-D2 droid will react to parts of the film. We want one!
9. Nest Thermostat
The Nest thermostat is a handy gadget to help take control of your heating at home. It works the same as a normal thermostat allowing you to set heating schedules and temperatures, but it is also connected to your online account which can be operated through an app. So you can turn your heating on remotely ready for it to be nice and warm when you get home. The app is really easy to use and the device is very tactile with a great modern design fitting in to any home environment.
10. Bose headphones
Bose headphones are one of the more superior brands producing headphones. Their design and build quality is next level making them popular with DJ’s and music artists. The top of the range models include features like surround sound and noise cancelling helping you to zone out and listen to your music in peace. The perfect gift for anyone into their music this Christmas.
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