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What To Get Someone Who Loves Technology

What To Get Someone Who Loves Technology

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With Christmas just around the corner, it’s that time of year where it’s time to start shopping for everybody’s Christmas presents. But what are you supposed to get for the technology enthusiast that seems to already have everything? Below are some of the top picks for this season that are sure to be perfect for any tech lover in your life.

Echo Auto

List Price: $49.99

Made By: Amazon

Bring Alexa to your care with the echo auto! This compact device can be clipped directly to any compatible air vent and connects directly to the Alexa app on your phone. The device can then be connected to your vehicle’s speakers through Bluetooth or AUX input. It can connect your car’s speakers to services such as Audible, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, SiriusXM, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio. This device is also specifically designed to be able to recognize your voice over road-noise, A/C, and loud music. As a mostly hands-off device, the eco auto is a safe way to control what you’re listening to without taking your eyes off the road.

PROS:

  • Because this device is almost completely hands-free, it is a much safer option than using your phone while driving
  • This version of Alexa is much like the Alexa that is on your phone and a regular echo device; it can understand a slew of basic commands other than “Alexa, play music”, including looking up directions, searching for potential traffic jams/diversions, and keeping you updated on the weather
  • Voice-controlled music makes it much easier for multiple people to coordinate what songs to listen to in the car, instead of constantly having to pass the AUX cord or phone around

CONS:

  • Before purchasing this product, be sure to check whether or not it is compatible with your vehicle’s Bluetooth system. Most negative reviews stem from connectivity issues, specifically between the device and the vehicle’s Bluetooth
  • In the case of echo auto mishearing what location you requested directions to, you will have to manually unlock your phone to renavigation
  • Some users have reported that this device constantly loses connection with their phone, rendering it largely unusable

Tile Mate

List Price: $47.99

Made By: The Tile Store

The Tile Mate is a perfect way to keep track of your keys or other important items. It can be clipped to most anything with the attached key ring and connects to your phone via the Tile App. Open the app to find your items when they are nearby (within 200 feet), or ping their most recent locations if they are far away. Tile Mate can also be used to find your phone when it goes missing, even if it is on silent. Tile Mate comes with a 1-year use replaceable battery and is water-resistant.

PROS:

  • This device is able to locate and ping your phone even if it is on silent
  • So long as you have one or the other, Tile Mate makes it easy to quickly locate the corresponding device/tracker
  • The app is simple to navigate and makes it easy to activate the sound capabilities on your Tile Mate

CONS:

  • In the case of technological issues, customer support can be less-than-helpful
  • After a few months, The Tile Store may not replace your Tile Mate if it is lost or damaged, and may instead send you a coupon code to repurchase an entirely new device
  • Because this device requires your location services to be on at all times, it can be very draining on your phone’s battery life

RFID Carbon Fiber Wallet

List Price: $29.95

Made By: SHEVRON SV

Protect your cards from external RFID readers with the RFID Carbon Fiber Wallet! This wallet is specifically constructed to prevent electronic pickpocketing. Electronic pickpocketing is when your card’s information can be stolen by using an external reader to scan the RFID microchip that is built to many different kinds of bank cards and government-issued IDs. Made out of RFID blocker and tough carbon fiber, this wallet is a slim, easy access wallet that keeps you safe from thieves.

PROS:

  • Unlike other RFID protective wallets, this wallet maintains a sleek, non-bulky design
  • This wallet also has ample interior space and can store up to 12 individual cards
  • Cards are easy to access without being too loose so as to constantly tumble out

CONS:

  • Because cards are packed tightly together, they may be prone to scratching against each other
  • This product is not built like a conventional wallet; instead, it is made of two plates and a clip. Some customers were disappointed to find that it was not a complete wallet

CyberpowerPC Gamer

List Price: $799.99

Made By: CyberpowerPC

This PC is perfect for the game fanatic in your life! Equipped with an Intel Core i5-10400F 2,9 GHz processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB Graphics Card, this PC is more than equipped to keep a gamer occupied for hours. It also features a tempered glass side panel, RGB case lighting, and comes with an RGB 7-colored gamin mouse. With free lifetime tech support and 1 year of parts and labor, this PC is built to last.

PROS:

  • This computer can handle just about any game at max settings without stuttering or dips in quality
  • Extremely customizable, this PC is easily modified to fit your specific standards
  • Because the PC comes pre-loaded with all of its components, there is no hassle over choosing and assembling complicated parts

CONS:

  • This is definitely a pricier gift and should be saved for the very special people in your life
  • It may be tricky to connect this PC to the internet via Wi-Fi; consider using an ethernet cable
  • This PC only comes with a base RAM of 8GB, not much for those who are interested in running modern games

Portable Countertop Ice Maker

List Price: $162.35

Made By: IKICH

This portable ice maker is perfect for anybody who loves cold drinks but doesn’t have much space to work with. It can produce up to 26 lbs. of ice in 24 hours and makes one round of ice cubes every 6 minutes. Easy to operate, low noise, and energy-efficient, this is a wonderful device to make perfect ice cubes every single time.

PROS:

  • At only 8.7 inches wide x 12.3 inches deep x 12.6 inches high, this device doesn’t take up much space and is fairly easy to store
  • This device comes with an ice scoop, keeping ice production clean and sanitary
  • When the ice basket gets full, the device will automatically shut itself off, meaning that it doesn’t need to be babysat while it is running

CONS:

  • Sometimes the ice may naturally pile up unevenly, causing the device to shut off even when the ice basket isn’t full
  • Cleaning can be a bit tricky, as it doesn’t come with cleaning brushes
  • In some cases, customers complain that this device may have a leaking problem if the fan breaks or stops working

Furbo Dog Camera and Treat Tosser

List Price: $249.00

Made By: Furbo

This Wi-Fi-enabled camera and dog treat thrower allow you to play with your pup even when you aren’t home. By connecting to the device through the Furbo app, you can look through the camera, throw treats, and even utilize the 2-way audio to speak to your dog! The Furbo Dog Camera and Treat Tosser also include real-time Barking Alerts which will automatically notify you if your dog is making lots of noise.

PROS:

  • This device allows you to check in on your dog even when you aren’t at home, so long as it has a stable Wi-Fi connection
  • Virtually any type of dog treat is compatible with this device, so long as it fits in the treating chamber
  • By accessing this device’s camera, responding to Barking Alerts, and using the 2-way audio feature, the Furbo Dog Camera is also a great way to keep your home safe from potential intruders

CONS:

  • Some of the device’s core functions are only accessible through the Premium Paid option after a certain period of time
  • The app can easily freeze, and has been known to not always function properly on all user’s phones
  • Users will be prompted to leave a review before being able to fully use the app

Kenmore 31510 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

List Price: $199.99

Made By: Kenmore

The Kenmore Robot Vacuum is perfect for keeping your floors clean without any intensive work. With up to 2 hours of battery life and an auto-return function, this device is able to keep itself charged without outside assistance. The cleaning function works on both carpet and hardwood floors, and smart-navigation technology allows the Kenmore Robot Vacuum to get every nook and cranny without falling off of any stairs or drop-offs. This device is also equipped with voice and in-app controls, allowing users to set cleaning schedules and switch between cleaning modes easily.

PROS:

  • This vacuum is great for picking up pet hair off on any floor type, including carpet
  • The body’s small size allows it to get into tight spaces, such as under beds and between chair legs
  • Because you can set an individualized cleaning schedule, the robot will automatically keep your floors cleaned regularly, freeing up the time that it would normally take to sweep and vacuum an entire space

CONS:

  • The robot may not always align perfectly with the charging base and may need assistance connecting
  • Some users have reported that the wireless voice control is unable to recognize commands
  • If you are unable to use the app to control the robot, you will need to utilize the buttons on the robot’s surface

Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones

List Price: $249.95

Made By: Beats

These wireless Bluetooth headphones are great for any on-the-go music lover. With 9 hours of listening time and resistance to both sweat and water, these headphones are designed for long-term wear in even the toughest environments. These headphones are also compatible with any iOS or Android device.

PROS:

  • These headphones have an extremely long battery life, and the charging case offers an additional 24 hours of charge
  • The adjustable ear hooks keep these headphones firmly in your ears without any uncomfortable rubbing or chafing
  • Each headphone also offers volume and track controls, allowing you to adjust the volume and skip songs by gently tapping its sides

CONS:

  • Some customers have claimed that these headphones do not have the greatest sound quality, and tend to overcompensate for a lacking midrange with overwhelming treble and bass
  • You can only pair these headphones to a device when they are in the case. If they accidentally disconnect while listening, you will have to take them out and set them in the case in order to reconnect
  • If these headphones start acting up, you will have to send them back to get serviced, which could take anywhere between a few days and a couple of weeks

DJI Mavic Mini Combo

List Price: $395.12

Made By: DJI

This Mini Quadcopter Drone weighs approximately 0.55 lbs. and doesn’t require government registration. Sporting 30 minutes of flight time and a 29 mph max speed, this mini drone is perfect for capturing life’s most beautiful moments. The DJI Mini Drone also comes with 3 spare propellers, spare controller sticks, and a durable carrying case for easy transportability. The camera that comes equipped with this drone is able to support 12 MP photos, as well as 2.7 K HD videos.

PROS:

  • This drone is easy to store and transport, making it easy to move from location to location
  • At a max elevation that is over 300 feet in the air, this drone is able to capture high-quality photos and videos from very high up
  • Users have reported that, even in less than ideal conditions, this drone is able to maintain impressive camera stability

CONS:

  • The flight range maxes out between .75 and 1 full mile, meaning that the controller has to stay relatively close to the drone at all times
  • The return home feature, which is meant to automatically bring the drone down to the location of the controller, isn’t very accurate
  • As of June of 2020, this drone is incompatible with android phones

Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Vlogging Camera Kit

List Price: $649.00

Made By: Canon

The Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Vlogging Camera is able to capture high-quality photos and videos. With a 241 Megapixel APS C CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 8 Image Processor, this camera is able to photograph vivid colors and even the most minute of details. The touchscreen that comes installed with this camera can be adjusted to tilt at various angles, allowing for both high-angle and low-angle shooting.

PROS:

  • According to camera-enthusiasts, the autofocus that this camera sport is one of the best currently on the market
  • The touchscreen also offers tap to autofocus and tap to shoot functions, adding to the camera’s ease of use
  • The camera’s relatively small size makes it easy to transport between locations

CONS:

  • There are not a wide range of lens options that are compatible with this camera
  • Unlike some other cameras, this model does not have a headphone input
  • This camera automatically crops 4 K videos, which can be undesirable for some editing purposes

VYBE Percussion Massage Gun

List Price: $197.99

Made By: VYBE

This compact deep tissue and muscle massager is perfect for muscle recovery after a heavy workout. With 9 different speed options, users can customize their massage experience to best fit their body’s needs. The VYBE Percussion Massage Gun also comes with 8 different massage heads meant to target specific muscle groups.

PROS:

  • With 8 heads and 9 different speed settings, this massager can be used in a variety of different ways on virtually any muscle in the body
  • This machine is very quiet, even at the highest speeds
  • The battery life is incredibly long and can last for a number of uses in between charging

CONS:

  • The heads can be slightly difficult to change, as they may get stuck in the device’s nozzle
  • When used without clothes, or some fabric in between the head and the skin, the rapid vibrations can cause some minor skin damage
  • In the case of a lost or missing charging cord, replacements can be difficult to find online

TP-Link Deco Mesh WiFi System

List Price: $169.99

Made By: TP-Link

This Wi-Fi router alternative allows for 5,500 square feet of coverage, eliminating dead spots that traditional routers can’t cover. Three units are included in this kit, allowing for a wider connective range that can support up to 100 individual devices. A free lifetime subscription to TP-Link HomeCare comes with the purchase of this product, which has antivirus, parental controls, and quality of service features. After this system is connected to your modem and a power source, it can be controlled via the Deco App on your device.

PROS:

  • This system supports high speed, secure internet over a much wider area than a traditional router
  • Most people who bought the 3-pack report that, for a normal-sized home, 2 was sufficient to cover any dead spots
  • Certain devices can be set to “priority” in order to maximize bandwidth

CONS:

  • Because there is no web set-up, you will need a mobile device that supports the Deco App.
  • According to some users, this system is prone to crashing when using a high number of devices at the same time
  • Due to the ease of setting up your network, this has raised security concerns with some users

Polk Audio Signa S2 Ultra-Slim TV Sound Bar

List Price: $139.00

Made By: Polk

This soundbar comes with an included wireless subwoofer and remote control, and Dolby Digital Decoding minimizes voice delays and delivers premium sound quality. Featuring HDMI, optical, and AUX input, this soundbar is compatible with most 4K HD Smart TVs. You can also pair your phone, tablet, or computer to listen to your favorite tunes in beautiful clarity.

PROS:

  • The subwoofer is easy to set up; just plug and play, no additional syncing needed
  • Even in large open spaces, this soundbar is able to emit consistent, bodied sound
  • The sleek look integrates well into almost any space without looking awkward or clunky

CONS:

  • Unfortunately, this soundbar does not offer Alexa syncing
  • This soundbar offers only 3 preset sound modes and 3 voice levels, making it slightly difficult to adjust depending on what you are listening to
  • Double-check to make sure that this soundbar will work with your specific devices before purchasing because there is a limited range of TVs that it is easily compatible with

Bond Touch – Long Distance Bracelets

List Price: $98.00

Made By: Bond Touch

This bracelet is perfect for long-distance relationships. By connecting your bracelet to the Bond Touch App, you will be able to keep track of your partner, no matter where they are in the world. When your partner touches the bracelet, you will be able to feel a vibration that lets you know they are thinking about you. Waterproof and highly durable, this bracelet can work for up to 4 full days in between charges.

PROS:

  • This bracelet is perfect for communicating with each other when you don’t have time to call or text; just by touching your bracelet, you can easily remind them that you are always thinking of them, even if you are busy
  • Wi-Fi isn’t needed to send and receive touches
  • The simple design of this bracelet is minimalistic and fashionable and can go with virtually any outfit

CONS:

  • Because this bracelet needs to be charged, you will have to take it off every few days and may risk missing touches during that time
  • The bracelet needs a constant Bluetooth connection in order to send and receive touches
  • You will not be able to send or receive touches in areas that have a poor connection.

Oculus Quest 2

List Price: $299.00

Made By: Oculus

This descendant of the original Oculus Rift offers next-gen gaming capabilities and improved immersive qualities. This new model also supports previous titles, meaning you can go back and replay your favorite games without owning an older device. The new display offers 50% more pixels than the original Oculus Quest, greatly improving image quality.

PROS:

  • The controller offers intuitive controls, allowing for faster, more accurate representations of your movements in-game
  • There are 3 different lens spacing options to get the best image clarity
  • This device supports nearly every VR game available on the market, including any VR game on Steam with proper USB cable play

CONS:

  • In order to use this device, you will need to connect a Facebook account
  • This system does not offer any audio features, meaning you will need to use a separate audio device
  • Because the head strap isn’t the best, you will have to tie it fairly tight to prevent it from slipping down your face during gameplay.

Google Nest Learning Thermostat

List Price: $199.00

Made By: Google

This programmable thermostat allows for the easy adjustment of temperatures so as to maximize energy efficiency. After you leave the house, this thermostat will automatically lower the temperature in order to reduce energy consumption. The Google Nest Learning Thermostat can be accessed on virtually any device, meaning that temperature can be controlled from nearly anywhere in the house. Over time, this thermostat is also able to become accustomed to your preferences so as to keep rooms at your ideal temperature.

PROS:

  • This system is compatible with 95% of all heating and cooling systems
  • The model comes in a few different “looks”, giving you various options that will blend in with nearly any space
  • The Airflow function allows you to get the most out of your air conditioner by turning the condenser off a little earlier than the fan

CONS:

  • There is a known “Low Battery” issue which can result in an extreme temperature fluctuation in your home
  • There have been some complaints that, over time, this device will stop using enough energy to power an AC unit
  • Customer service can be less than helpful

UberScoot 1600w 48v Electric Scooter

List Price: $759.00

Made By: UberScoot

This electric scooter stands 43 inches high and can hit top speeds of up to 30 mph. With a charge time of up to 8 hours, the UberScoot can handle up to 265 lbs., and its knobby tires help to improve traction so that it can be used on all kinds of terrain.

PROS:

  • Because of the scooter’s heavyweight, it is able to maintain stability even at high speeds
  • This scooter’s sturdy build allows it to resist damage even in incredibly demanding environments
  • Because of the knobby wheels, this scooter is able to handle rocky, rough terrain, and can be great for off-roading

CONS:

  • In the case of damage, there is no online chat function or customer service line that you can use to contact the manufacturer directly
  • Because the battery is LED instead of lithium, it has a much shorter lifespan
  • In order to make this scooter street-friendly, you’ll need to separately install turn signals and side mirrors.’

PBOX Heated Socks with 5000 mAh Rechargeable Battery

List Price: $58.88

Made By: PBOX

These rechargeable heated socks offer a convenient solution for those who constantly have cold feet. With hidden heating wires, these socks heat your entire foot for up to 18 hours and have 4 different heating level options. Made with highly elastic nylon braided thread, these socks are also durable to heavy wear and tear and will fit most foot sizes.

PROS:

  • Because the heated coils run around the whole foot, including the toes, these socks are able to evenly heat the entire foot
  • The multiple heat levels allow users to choose what temperature is most comfortable for them, depending on how cold it is
  • These socks are made of relatively thick material, which also helps with heat retention

CONS:

  • Leaving these socks on the highest heat level for an extended period of time could potentially irritate/injure bare skin
  • Some customers have reported that a connection issue to the battery pack causes the socks to shut off after a short period of time
  • The sock’s fluffy interior can give off large amounts of lint, which may be annoying for some people

Anker Nebula Capsule – Smart Wi-Fi Mini Projector

List Price: $349.99

Made By: Anker

This soda can-sized projector offers both 100 ANSI-lumen images, as well as a 360-degree speaker. This projector works with all of your favorite streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube. On one charge, this projector offers up to 4 hours of continuous use and can handle even the longest movies. With a projection range of up to 100 inches, this in-home projector is perfect for any parties or gatherings.

PROS:

  • This projector’s sturdy design makes it resistant to everyday wear and tear
  • The corresponding app for this device can also act as a remote, allowing you to control your projector from your mobile device
  • Although this device is made for Android devices, Apple users can use airplay and mirroring to easily connect their devices

CONS:

  • Some users have expressed concerns with this device’s Privacy Policy, which states that information from both this device and the device that it is controlled with can be monitored and collected
  • Unfortunately, there is no screen resizing option
  • Because this projector isn’t very bright, it works best in a completely pitch-black room

SAMSUNG 65-inch Class QLTD Q800T Series Flatscreen TV

List Price: $2,297.99

Made By: SAMSUNG

This massive display offers 8K resolution; 16 times better than the average HDTV. High contrast LED backlights allow for a crisp contrast between the darkest darks and the lightest lights. All four sides of this TV also come with built-in speakers, and it also comes with Alexa built-in.

PROS:

  • With its massive size and high resolution, this TV makes it easy to pick out even the smallest details
  • This TV also works great with gaming systems to produce an immersive experience
  • Easily compatible with external audio devices

CONS:

  • Some users report that the grids of LED lights inside of the display could be seen through images, resulting in an annoying distraction
  • Some users have also reported that, over time, the display may start to develop dark “clouds”
  • If your TV needs a software update, it will temporarily be rendered unusable until the update gets installed

Segway Ninebot Electric GoKart

List Price: $799.00

Made By: Segway

This mini GoKart Drift Kit allows for anybody to engage in high-speed backyard fun! With three different riding modes with three different speed settings, users can easily customize their personal experience. The corresponding Intelligent App also has various functions, such as anti-theft, self-diagnostics, and personalization settings.

PROS:

  • Because this GoKart has low-speed settings, it is safe for even children to use
  • Users that are above the intended weight limit can still ride, it will just drain the battery faster
  • This GoKart comes with lights on the front and back, making it easily visible even late at night

CONS:

  • Some users have reported that this device can easily get stuck in reverse
  • Other users have complained that Segway customer support is less than helpful
  • Due to its complexity, this device may be difficult to assemble for some users
Mark Franks Mark Franks is an author, entrepreneur, and Youtuber who has a strong passion for technology. He's the owner of Plentyofgadgets and has authored three books to date. Mark believes in a future where technology pushes the limits of what's possible and what's not. He also believes it's better to be well informed and prepared to take on any new technology of the future than to sit back a let innovation pass us by.

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