From Canon's fanciest point-and-shoot camera to Google's earbuds offering real-time translation, here are the latest and greatest tech gifts for the holidays.
APPLE TV 4K
Apple's latest version of Apple TV comes with support for 4K-resolution video, which has four times more pixels than standard HDTV—that means sharper, crisper content from sources like Netflix, which produces all of its original shows in 4K. Apple is so proud of this advance that it even put 4K in the new product's name. It also supports high-dynamic range (HDR), which translates to a higher-contrast video that brings things closer to how they look in real life.
NEBIA SPA SHOWER SYSTEM
Even showers have gotten smart. This system creates a spa-like experience that uses breaks up the water stream into millions of tiny droplets. It also uses 70 percent less water than a regular shower, making it a win-win.
The second generation of Amazon's Alexa-enabled smart assistant features an upgraded speaker with Dolby processing and six styles to choose from, including fabrics and wood veneers. Ask it to play music, read the news, set an alarm, or just buy something else you need from Amazon.
MASTER & DYNAMIC MH40 OVER-EAR HEADPHONES
For the frequent flyer that always ends up sitting next to a screaming baby, these noise-isolating headphones are a gamechanger. And the best part? They happen to look as good as they sound.
WEARABLEX NADI X RESPONSIVE YOGA PANTS
Smart devices can be wearable. These yoga pants, which took two years to develop, include neoprene stripes with haptic technology that offer real-time vibrational feedback that will help guide you through your yoga flow. They also pair with an app that includes 40 poses and accompanying
LG HOM-BOT SQUARE ROBOTIC VACUUM WITH MOP
A robotic vacuum might sound like something out of The Jetsons, but we can assure you it's very real—and it really works. You can control the device with a remote, or instruct it to memorize a specific route, maneuvering around furniture, into tricky corners, and underneath the couch. It'll even announce when the battery needs to be recharged, or the dust box needs to be emptied.
TECHNOGYM WELLNESS RACK
Fitness freaks with an eye for design won't know how they lived before "designer dumbbells."
HUROM HP PERSONAL SLOW JUICER
Bulky juicers that take up valuable counter space are officially a thing of the past. This one isn't just compact—it's also nice-looking.
GOOGLE PIXEL 2
In addition to having what's been called the best cell-phone camera on the market for low-light situations, Google's Pixel 2 supports Google Lens, a nifty feature that intelligently identifies objects in the real world. Take a photo of a famous landmark or painting in a museum, for example, and Google Lens will offer details about it. The larger "XL" model adds $200 to the base price, but it's worth it.
CORAVIN MODEL ONE WINE SYSTEM
By allowing wine lovers to pour wine from a bottle without pulling the cork, Coravin changed the way people drink wine when it debuted a few years ago. Its latest innovations, screw caps ($29.95 for a pack of six) and an aerator ($69.95), make it even more appealing.
LG OLED TV
One of Consumer Reports's top-rated 60-plus-inch TVs, this 65-inch model pairs 4K Ultra HD picture quality with High Dynamic Range, offering the best contrast range possible, so Stranger Things looks as good as it possibly can.
BOSE SOUNDLINK MICRO BLUETOOTH SPEAKER
Small enough to fit into a purse or pocket, Bose's latest Bluetooth speaker's size belies its power. The bass is surprisingly strong, and the waterproof speaker offers six hours of play time from a rechargeable battery.
CANON POWERSHOT G1 X MARK III DIGITAL CAMERA
Serious amateur photographers will appreciate the first compact digital camera from Canon to feature a large 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor and a Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, which offers incredibly quick autofocus—even for subjects in motion.
HAWTHORNE CUSTOM FRAGRANCE
$100 for two bottles
This fragrance company uses a quiz to help customers figure out which scents
NETGEAR ORBI WI-FI SYSTEM
To combat the limited range of wireless routers, electronics companies are now offering improved WiFi systems that use "mesh technology" to blanket a whole home. This one is easy to set up and covers spaces up to 5,000 square feet. And unlike clunky range extenders, it offers the same fast speeds everywhere the signal reaches.
PHILIPS HUE STARTER KIT
This kit turns your lights into smart devices, offering voice control through Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant.
KEF LS50 WIRELESS SPEAKERS
KEF's wireless speakers recently added Spotify integration, resulting in a complete, high-resolution audio system solution that can be accessed through Bluetooth or WiFi.
DYSON SUPERSONIC HAIRDRYER
This Rolls-Royce of hairdryers is controlled by a microprocessor and a digital motor.
DEVIALET PHANTOM SPEAKER SYSTEM
This bundle includes two stylish but brawny Phantom Silver speakers plus a dialog hub, which allows wireless pairing to create multi-room systems.
NESPRESSO VERTUOPLUS MACHINE
VertuoLine machines accommodate both coffee and espresso capsules from Nespresso, and no matter which one you choose the beverage is made with just a touch of a button and comes with a silky crema on top.
Apple's first iPhone with facial recognition also has the biggest screen to date. While demand has been reported as "off the charts," it's well worth trying to get your hands on one.
NEST CAM IQ
Nest’s newest and most advanced indoor security camera—which features a 4K sensor, 12x digital zoom, and HDR imaging—can tell the difference between a person and a thing, and then alert you.
GOOGLE PIXEL BUDS
When paired with a Google Pixel phone, these game-changing earbuds offer real-time translation in 40 different languages.
SAMSUNG FRAME TV
The Korean conglomerate has always been at the forefront of developing new television technology, and the latest addition to its product portfolio is called “The Frame” series. It's a 4k TV that can literally be installed on a wall like a piece of artwork. When not in use, the Frame displays a piece of artwork. The TV comes with 100 pre-installed artworks, with additional paid options from Samsung's Art Store. Bezels are also customizable, in case you want the TV to match your interiors.
Why carry a laptop and tablet separately when you can have both with this flexible device? The 2017 Surface Pro is well-built and quiet, has an excellent screen and improved battery life, and is one of the best 2-in-1 hybrid devices money can buy. The fancy Alcantara® fabric keyboard may not be for everyone, but it's a nice addition that allows a different kind of typing experience. Another defining feature of this piece of hardware is the optional Surface Pen (that you can purchase for $100), which you can use for drawing or writing.
FUJIFILM SP-3 SQ MOBILE PRINTER
If you're the nostalgic type who enjoys printed, classic square format photographs, you'll want the new SP-3 SQ mobile printer from Fujifilm. The easy-to-use mobile printer allows smartphone photographers to turn their digital images into classic 1:1 square prints popularized by Instagram. It also comes with an improved Instax Share app that combines the best of analog style with digital tech by letting users access their Instagram accounts from within the
FUJIFILM INSTAX SQUARE SQ10
Fujifilm's latest addition to the Instax line of instant cameras, the SQ10, is the first to use the brand's new square format film. It's also the company's first “hybrid” instant camera, working like a standard digital camera while still being able to print photos. Because of this hybrid functionality, the SQ10 can now offer conveniences that weren't available in previous iterations of the Instax camera, such as having an LCD screen and being able to save photos so you won't have to waste a film ever again. The SQ10 also comes pre-installed with Instagram-style filters, that can either be used while shooting or added to saved photographs later.
The LG V30 is a photography powerhouse with its unique dual-camera setup––a 16-megapixel primary snapper, and a secondary 13-megapixel wide camera with a viewing angle of 120-degrees. It's also a performer in the videography category as it allows users to record videos in log format that gives video editors some flexibility in terms of color correction. To demonstrate its video capturing capabilities, the LG V30 was used to recreate the longboard scene from the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Audiophiles won't be disappointed too because the phone features 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC––which makes music sound closer to how the original source would have sounded.
Drones make for an excellent travel companion, thanks to their unrivaled capability to take spectacular aerial photos and videos. But they can be a chore to carry around, and can still intimidate the average person. But popular drone maker, DJI, changes all that with its latest DJI Spark. The Spark is DJI's smallest, most user-friendly drone to date. It's as small as an iPhone and only weighs 300g. It's equipped with a 12MP camera that can take panoramic photographs, shoot FHD videos at 30 frames per second, and also have all the intelligent flight modes of its bigger siblings. The one unique feature of the Spark is that it has a Gesture Control Mode that allows users to control the drone by waving their hands like a Jedi.
IPHONE X 4000MAH EXTENDED BATTERY CASE
One thing that's most often overlooked by consumers when purchasing a new phone is its battery life. It's still bound to lose its juice at the end of the day. You may want to invest in a case like ZeroLemon's Extended Battery Case. Its 4000mah battery effectively doubles the capacity of the iPhone X, while not being too bulky to hold or put in your pocket.
GOPRO HERO 6
Traveling and shooting videos don't usually go hand-in-hand, especially if your itinerary involves outdoor activities like biking or diving. You can, of course, use your smartphone, but it can't beat the versatility of an action camera. The latest from GoPro, the Hero 6, still retains its advantage over other video capturing devices, as most of what it can do are related to how compact, mountable, and rugged this tiny camera is. It still does all the best things a GoPro can offer, but the obvious upgrade of the Hero 6 over its predecessor is that it can now record 4k videos at silky smooth 60 frames or an ultra slow mo 240 fps at HD.
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