In 2008, just 17% of people owned a smartphone in the UK. A decade later, that number was 78% and as high as 95% among 16-24 year-olds.
Tech products have become must-have items for many of us, and with new models and products being launched every year, there’s always something new to get your hands on.
If you’re looking to purchase some tech gifts this Christmas, the choice can be a bit overwhelming.
Read on and we’ll take a look at some of the top tech gifts to buy this season.
1. Dyson 360 Eye
What do you get the tech lover who has it all? How about one of the world’s best robot vacuum cleaners?
Dyson has long had a reputation for creating some of the most innovative products out there, from hoovers to hand dryers. The Dyson 360 Eye is no exception. There are plenty of other robot vacuum cleaners out there, but not quite like this one.
For a start, it’s much smaller than it’s rivals. At just 23cm in diameter, it makes the Dyson 360 Eye much better at getting through tight gaps such as chair legs.
It has a 360-degree camera (hence the name) that maps out your room before it gets to work. Unlike other robot vacuums that just bumble around at random, the Dyson 360 Eye plots the most efficient route around your room, for a faster clean that uses less energy. At the end of it’s run you can see a map of where it’s been in the app, so you can check it’s covered every part of the floor.
The cleaning power is also seriously impressive, but it comes at a price; the Dyson 360 Eye is one of the more expensive models out there, coming in at just under £800.
2. Smartech Motiv Ring
Fitness trackers have become hugely popular, with the vast majority of people using a smartwatch or fitness band to track their steps, exercise, and more.
Where watches and bands fall down is when it comes to sleep tracking. Many of us don’t feel comfortable sleeping whilst wearing a watch or bracelet. Step in the Smartech Motiv Ring.
This clever gadget looks like a standard ring but is packed with smarts that can track your steps, heart rate, activity, and calories burned. The real selling point is that it can also track your sleep, and is small enough that you won’t even notice you’re wearing it in bed.
3. Apple AirPods Pro
When Apple released its first AirPods in 2016, they were an immediate hit.
No longer did your headphones have to be tethered to your phone by a wire. And with AirPods you could even leave your phone behind and stream music direct from your Apple Watch.
Rivals pointed out that these hugely popular earphones lacked some of the features of other products out there, such as noise cancellation. So this year Apple has dropped the AirPods Pro.
They have an all-new design that forms a tight seal in your ear, in order to make the most of the new active noise cancellation features. You can block out noise from the outside world, but if you need to hear what someone is saying to you, just activate Transparency mode, and you can clearly hear what people are saying.
If you’ve got great earphones, you’ll want to be sure the rest of your Apple gear is in perfect working order too.
Sticking with Apple, if you’re looking to buy someone a new laptop, you can’t go far wrong with a MacBook.
The latest MacBook Air comes with Touch ID to unlock the laptop or make purchases with Apple Pay. It also has up to 1TB of SSD storage, and all-day battery life.
The MacBook Pro now comes with a 16-inch Retina display, the largest ever in a MacBook. It also features a Touch Bar that you can customise with your most-used shortcuts, and comes with up to 8TB of SSD storage.
If you’re not looking for a new laptop, but want to upgrade an old one, replacing the hard drive with an SSD is one of the easiest ways to give your computer a serious speed boost.
5. Gaming PCs
If you’re not an Apple fan, then another great gift for tech lovers is a gaming PC.
These are computers that are custom-built specifically for gaming. They’re made with high-performance parts including processors and graphics cards and packed with enough RAM to ensure that your games run flawlessly.
It’s not just all about gaming either. If you need a powerful PC that can handle demanding tasks such as VR, 3D modelling and photo, video or music editing, the very best custom gaming pc builder services specialise in building custom gaming PCs built to exact specifications, with hand-picked components for superior performance.
The beauty of gaming PCs is that because you can have them built to your exact needs, you’re only paying for the features you need. Throughout the build and installation process, a dedicated engineer will be on-hand to discuss build requirements or to resolve any teething issues you may encounter quickly and without a fuss.
If you have a PC lover in your family, then this really is the perfect gift for them.
6. Nintendo Switch Lite
Nintendo has a long tradition of innovation in the world of gaming consoles. The Wii was one of the most revolutionary consoles ever, and the launch of the Nintendo Switch in 2017 followed in the Wii’s footsteps.
The Switch was the first major console that could be played both as a regular console through a TV, and also as a handheld standalone device. This year Nintendo has released the Switch Lite, which does away with the docked mode and is aimed at players who are just looking for handheld experience.
With games such as Breath of the Wild which is regularly rated as one of the best games out there, this is a perfect gift for gamers on the go.
7. Echo Show 5
Voice assistants are hugely popular. Around a quarter of UK households have at least one.
The vast majority of these devices are voice only, meaning that the only way you can get your information is by listening to what is read out to you. There are now a number of new devices that include screens, but the one that we feel most perfectly hits the sweet spot between function and price is the Echo Show 5.
It has a compact 5.5-inch display that is just the right size for most people’s needs. The addition of the screen makes the device so much more useful; you can have video recipes playing as you cook, watch episodes of shows from Amazon Prime as you’re doing the washing up, and even make video calls via Alexa or Skype.
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