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It’s December and that means it’s nearing Christmas holidays! It also means retailers discounting products so you can grab great deals on products you’ve always wanted to get during the year. Below are some of my top picks for new gadgets this Christmas, whether they are going as a gift, or you are splurging on yourself, as you deserve to! Products on Amazon.com which do not ship to NZ, can be shipped via NZ Post’s YouShop.
The Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more. It has a built-in speaker, but you can easily connect it to an external speaker via Bluetooth or via a 3.5mm jack for added volume. For only US$40 (originally US$50), it is a great way to be able to add Alexa smart assistant to any room in your home!
The big, bold, beautiful sound of UE ROLL 2 gives adventure a soundtrack. Sound so loud, you’ll have to shout to be heard. It’s an ultra-portable wireless Bluetooth speaker that goes where you go with a stretchy, attachable bungee. You can even attach it to a kayak – it’s totally waterproof. With a companion app with awesome features and updates, it works with Apple and Android Bluetooth wireless devices! Priced at US$95, down from US$100.
If the Amazon Echo Dot is a bit too small for your liking, try the full fledged Amazon Echo! Shaped as big as a UE Boom, the Amazon Echo can fill your room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio, with music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice! The Alexa smart assistant will also be able to hear you from across the room thanks to its far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing. Alexa can answer your questions, read audiobooks and the news, reports weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service. It is now only US$140, down from the original price of US$180!
The D-Link Day & Night Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-932L) is a video surveillance solution for your home or small office. The DCS-932L is a standalone surveillance camera that requires no special hardware or software, and can run independently even without a PC and it even includes sound & motion detection. Send e-mail notifications with snapshots whenever sound or motion is detected using just the DCS-932L and an Internet connection. You can even customize areas and volumes to monitor for motion or loud noises – helping you keep watch over entryways or sensitive areas of a room. Night time monitoring is possible with the built-in infrared LEDs which allow for night time viewing of up to 16 feet, enabling round-the-clock monitoring of a home or small office. Now priced at just US$40, down from the original US$90, it is a great cheap way to monitor your home these holidays, while you are away.
The Amazon Fire TV is a great set top box to connect to your TV to view over 7,000 apps, games, and Alexa skills including access to over 300,000 TV episodes and movies on Netflix, Amazon Video, HBO GO, Hulu, and more. New Zealanders do require a subscription to a Smart DNS or VPN such as UnoTelly to view some geo-locked, overseas content. And if you think browsing with the remote is too hard, use your voice! Simply say, “Play Game of Thrones” or “Launch Netflix” and Alexa will respond instantly. The Fire TV now has 75% more processing power, a dedicated graphics engine, better Wi-Fi support, 2 GB of memory, 8 GB of storage and expandable storage of up to 200 GB. Priced at just US$80, there is something for the entire family, including Minecraft, Lego Star Wars, Pac-Man 256 and over 1400 games!
With Christmas coming, also comes many delicious sugary and savoury treats! The Philips Sonicare 2 Series plaque control rechargeable toothbrush removes more plaque than manual brushing. The snap-on brush head features curved bristles to match the shape of your teeth for a superior clean that removes up to 6x more plaque than a manual toothbrush. The Easy-Start feature slowly increases the power of the brush as you get used to the Sonicare experience and the Smartimer encourages a full 2 minutes brushing time. An ergonomic handle with intrinsic grip makes it easy and comfortable to hold the brush, and the two-color battery charge indicator lets you know when it’s time to recharge. Priced now at just US$30 with a $10 clipped coupon, down from the original US$70, it is a must have gadget for your health!
Quiet Comfort 35 wireless headphones are engineered with world-class noise cancellation that makes quiet sound quieter and music sound better. Free yourself from wires and connect easily to your devices with Bluetooth and NFC pairing. Volume-optimized EQ gives you balanced audio performance at any volume, while a noise-rejecting dual microphone provides clear calls, even in windy or noisy environments. Voice prompts and intuitive controls make communicating and controlling your music hassle-free. A lithium-ion battery gives you up to 20 hours of wireless play time per charge. And if you anticipate a situation where charging may not be possible, just plug in the included audio cable. Wired mode gives you up to 40 hours of play time per charge. Priced at US$349.
If you aren’t already enjoying your books on an e-reader like this Kindle, I recommend doing so. With a light-weight design, the ability to store thousands of books, and with no screen glare (even in direct sunlight) unlike tablets, you are free to read your books in peace, wherever you are in the world. And with features that help build your vocabulary, learn about characters, and connect with like-minded readers all without leaving the page, it is certainly smarter than a traditional paperback book. The high resolution display of 300ppi and a built-in adjustable light, you can read day in, day out, night in, night out! It is now priced US$120, down from US$140.
The Samsung 850 EVO 2.5-Inch SATA III SSD can transform your PC’s speed. Featuring Samsung V-NAND technology and Dynamic Thermal Guard protection, the 850 EVO ensures the integrity of your data even under heavy workloads. The 2.5-inch form factor is an ideal fit for most desktop PCs and laptops. With exceptional read/write speeds and TurboWrite technology, the 850 EVO can easily handle high-intensity tasks such as video editing, data analysis, and gaming. Priced at just US$90, it is a relatively inexpensive way to speed up your PC’s read/write speeds.
Never lose your wallet, purse or phone again with Tile Slim — the world’s thinnest bluetooth tracker. Tile Slim is the easiest, quickest and most reliable way to find your wallet, phone and more. As thin as two credit cards, you can slide, tuck or attach Tile Slim to anything! Attach it to your notebook, laptop, or Kindle. Slip it into a tight spot like your wallet or jacket pocket. Then, use our simple app to make it ring or see the last place you had it. If it’s your phone you’re looking for, simply press your Tile Slim to make your phone ring — even if it’s on silent. With over 5 million Tile devices sold, the Tile community is the world’s largest lost and found network. Now priced at US$25, down from US$30.
The Seagate Expansion portable drive provides extra storage for your ever-growing collection of files. Instantly add space for more files, consolidate all of your files to a single location, or free up space on your computer’s internal drive to help improve performance. Setup is straightforward; simply plug in the included USB cable, and you are ready to go. The drive is automatically recognized by the Windows operating system, so there is no software to install or configure. Saving files is easy too–just drag-and-drop. Take advantage of the fast data transfer speeds with the USB 3.0 interface by connecting to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port. USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 for additional system compatibility. Priced at just US$55, down from the original US$70, it is currently the Number 1 Seller in the External Hard Drives category on Amazon!
The Fire HD 10 Tablet is Amazon’s largest display on their thinnest tablet yet. With a 10.1″ widescreen HD display with over a million pixels, with a fast quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz; rear-facing 5 MP camera and front-facing HD camera, it is a heck of a lot of tablet for US$199 (originally US$230) with Special Offers.
There are many tech product choices to suit many people here. There are many more great tech products out there, but these are my current top picks for the day! If you are buying on Amazon, please use our affiliate link by clicking here.
If you have any other cool tech products that you think need to make this list, leave a comment below! Happy Holiday Shopping!