Tech Gadgets Holiday Gift Guide 2017: 4K TV, Drone, And More
By Jimmy Thang on
The SNES Classic may be tough to find, but it'd make an incredible gift not just for its rarity, but because it packs some of the most iconic games from the early '90s. Its lineup, which includes the likes of Super Mario RPG, Final Fantasy III (VI), Super Metroid, and Super Mario World, makes the SNES Classic much more than a novelty or collector's item to keep on a shelf. Most of its included 21 games are still worth playing today.
Bluetooth Earbuds: Jabra Sport Pace Wireless Earbuds
If you’re looking for Bluetooth earbuds that offer top-notch sound for around 50 bucks, the Jabra Sport Pace are a good choice. Its audio quality stands out among other wireless earbuds, putting out decent mid- and high-level frequencies. The Jabra Sport Pace Wireless earbuds hook around your ears, which help them stay put when you're running or working out.
Power Bank Portable Charge: Anker PowerCore 10000
With mobile devices being so vital to our daily lives, it's essential to keep them up and running. That's why it's important to carry a power bank. One of the best portable chargers is Anker's PowerCore 10000. As the name implies, it offers 10,000 mAh of juice. That's more than enough to fully charge an iPhone 8 more than four times over. To top it off, the PowerCore 10000 is very portable and offers high-speed charging.
Portable Bluetooth Speaker: Ultimate Ears Boom 2
The UE Boom 2 is arguably the best portable Bluetooth speaker around. It's loud enough for small parties, rugged enough to survive five-foot drops, and is waterproof up to one-meter for 30 minutes. This makes it a great speaker to use in the shower or at the beach. It's also got a big battery that can last 15 hours on a single charge.
Tablet: Lenovo Tab 4 8
Lenovo's Tab 4 is a great value tablet that you can often find for under $130. It's rocking an 8-inch 1280x800-resolution screen and comes with Android Nougat. While it's equipped with 16GB of internal storage, it also supports Micro SD cards. The device offers good performance for its price with its Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. It also comes with a large 4850mAh battery.
Drone: DBPower U818A FPV Drone
While high-end drones can be really expensive, DBPower makes a good entry-level one for $113. The company's U818A FPV Drone comes with a 720p camera that you can control with your phone.
4K HDR TV: TCL 55P605
TCL's 55P605 is arguably the best budget 4K TV. Considering it also supports HDR 10, Dolby Vision, and costs $600, it almost sounds too good to be true. To top it off, the ultra high-definition TV comes with Roku support built in.
Projector: OCDAY 2800 Lumens Video Projector
OCDAY's 2800 Lumens is arguably the best budget video projector on the market. As the name suggests, it's capable of providing 2800 lumens, which is bright enough for most rooms. It's also a 1280x768-resolution projector that is optimized to shine on surfaces between 50 and 200 inches away.
Star Wars: Jedi Challenges AR headset
Developed by Disney using Lenovo's augmented reality headset, Star Wars: Jedi Challenges allows you to become a Jedi in AR. The game compilation features three gameplay modes. One allows you to wield a lightsaber against hologram foes like Darth Vader and Darth Maul, but there are other modes that allow you to play Star Wars chess or engage in a top-down strategy game where you can spawn tiny Clone Troopers to duke it out on your living room floor. At $200, though, it's really for only for the most hardcore Star Wars fans.
Set Top Box: Nvidia Shield
The Nvidia Shield not only supports your standard array of popular streaming apps like Netflix and Amazon Video, but it allows you to play a bunch of Android games and stream PC games from locally networked computers. The Shield supports Google Assistant, so users can ask it to keep them up to date with reminders and more. It also supports Google Cast, which allows people to stream videos to the device using their phones.
Monthly Netflix Subscription
Starting at $8 a month (4K streaming is $12 a month), Netflix is a great, affordable way to unwind. The streaming service offers over 6,400 movies and 1,600 shows and works on almost every computing device out there. Users can also download select videos to watch offline, and the service can be canceled anytime.
Price: Starts at $8 per month
Delivery Service: Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime provides a lot: free shipping, extra discounts, Prime Video, Prime Reading, and even Twitch Prime benefits (like no ads and free games). You can almost find anything you'd need to buy on Amazon, so the free shipping and extra discount on certain items is arguably enough to justify a membership.