Throughout the entire year, we’re inundated with new tech releases; a seemingly daily phenomenon in fact. So much so that, at least for the majority of us, the overwhelming nature of tech iterations appears to leave us in the proverbial dust, left still trying to figure out if we want to commit to that next software update on our 2-year-old smartphone. However, there is one type of individual who lives, breathes and, naturally, monitors the tech world with a close eye. We all known one, whether in the family or in our friend group. They’re our own personal geek squad. They’re the technophile.
And while we’re busy trying to not sound like cavemen when purchasing last year’s tech today, the tech junkie is already hip to next year’s trends. They’ve followed the year in tech with diligence, so you can bet this holiday season their wish list will be chock-full of gadgets and gizmos. Fortunately, we’ve gathered the best of the best from this past year in tech, including everything from Bluetooth speakers to Drones, as to appease the technophile in your life. Because nothing says Happy Holidays circa 2016 like some electronic convenience.
Kingston Digital Data Traveler
No matter where their journeys may take them, a good technophile never leaves home without some sort of memory stick. The Kingston Digital DataTraveler offers up to 64GB of storage space, ultrafast USB 3.0 speeds for lightning-quick file transferring and is guaranteed under a five-year warranty.
Lightning Nomad Key
Keep your smartphone charged and your photos uploaded with the Lightning Nomad Key. Each piece hosts a miniature connector for iPhones at one end and a USB charger at the opposing end for a quick juice or to upload some content on the nearest computer. It can also fit a couple house keys on the key ring as well.
Bluelounge Posto Headphone Stand
Every tech junkie wires in on a daily basis. And odds are they’re sporting a pair of headphones while doing so. In this case, give the gift of a nice home for their headphones when not in use. This headphone stand integrates seamlessly into their workspace and boasts a silicone headrest that keeps the pair in excellent shape while in rest.
Raspberry Pi 3
Any technophile will no doubt appreciate the gift of a tiny computer motherboard this year. The Raspberry Pi 3, hosting 1 GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.1 capability, a 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core, and complete with 4 USB ports and full HDMI port will be of the utmost use to them this season. And if you didn’t quite get all that, not to worry. Just trust us on this one.
Amazon Echo Dot
They may look crazy while speaking to it, but after learning more about the convenience of owning an Amazon Dot those insecurities will have been thrown by the wayside. This is a hands-free, voice-controlled devices that plays music, can control your smart home devices, read you the news for the day, and even set alarms. And that’s just scratching the surface. The Dot is quite literally leading the smart home revolution.
Trianium Atomic Pro Portable Charger
With all the new features on that iPhone 7, your technophile is going to need an external battery case to keep their phone turned on and tuned in at all times. It hosts a 3200mAh lithium-polymer rechargeable battery that provides 100 percent additional battery life to the phone. Users can also sync their iPhone to their computers via the Atomic Pro and it comes with a Lifetime Warranty.
Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard
Wires are for the birds. Instead, opt for this wireless keyboard this holiday season from Logitech. It’s compatible with just about any computer or tablet via Bluetooth, boasts a full-size typing keyboard and an integrated phone and tablet stand.
Groovemade Walnut Laptop Stand
Bring some comfort and design to your technophile’s workspace with this Walnut Laptop Stand from Grovemade. It’s angled platform provides an ergonomic feel, and the stainless steel stop and vegetable-tanned leather in which the computer will rest ensure it’s comfortably worked on while treating the laptop’s design with respect.
Fujifilm INSTAX SHARE SP-2
Welcome to Polaroid 2.0. The FujiFilm Instax Share can receive images from either a smartphone or tablet and instantly print them off in high resolution in under 10 seconds. Now, hold onto those moments in the literal sense with the help of this nifty smartphone printer.
With cable continuing to dwindle in popularity, streaming services and apps-driven television is the future in which we now live. And Apple TV is the cream of the crop. Now, you can host all your streaming services in one convenient location in HD. It also allows users to play games and store various other applications on their television as well.
Fitbit Charge 2
New Year. New resolution. It’s going to happen. So gifting that techie friend or family member of yours with the newest FitBit Charge 2 is definitely a smart idea. It’ll track their heart rate, calories burned throughout the day, your sleep at night and send notifications via the FitBit’s OLED display. Keep them fit through the season of food and alcohol. The FitBit can help.
UE Boom 2 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Who doesn’t like music on the go? Whether out and about at the park, camping on the weekend, or at the beach in the summertime. The gift of portable music is appreciated across all mediums. The UE Boom is one such gift that will certainly garner a smile. It hosts a 15-hour battery life, is waterproof, shockproof, and overall designed for whatever adventure it’s taken upon.
ASUS Wireless Router
Hands down an obvious choice. Every tech junkie needs access to the online landscape. So help them ditch that cheap router and get them something that will boost their online speed and serve as a dependable conduit into the matrix. This ASUS router is one of the best options out there.
Defy Recon Messenger Bag
All that tech needs to remain safe and secure somewhere on the go right? Why, then, not opt for this Recon messenger bag. It’s made from military contractor sourced M35 canvas, can fit a 15-inch laptop, hosts a trim made from vintage bicycle inner tubes, and weighs in at a modest 2.5 pounds.
Bose QuietComfort Wireless Headphones
Keep all that unnecessary noise at bay with these QuietComfort Noise Cancelling headphones. They feature volume-optimized EQ for a balanced audio performance, the convenience of wireless capabilities, a noise-rejecting dual microphone system, and a 20-hour battery life.
GoPro Hero 5
Film, edit, and delete unsightly footage all with the GoPro 5’s new touchscreen interface on the back of the camera. It also shoots in 4K, takes 12MP photos in several modes, and is waterproof up to 33ft without a housing. Clearly, the leading force in the action camera world right now.
HTC Vive VR System
Give the gift of Virtual Reality this season. It’s by far the most trending new tech around and this set, in particular, offered through HTC, is built for room-scale VR. Users can expect to enjoy hundreds of games while wearing the VIVE and its included wireless controllers only enhance the immersive feel of the piece.
DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter
Better question: who wouldn’t want a drone this holiday season? This DJI is the newest iteration from Phantom and hosts a bunch of new features such as auto takeoff and return home, GPS technology, the ability to capture 4K ultra HD video, and utilizes Gimbal stabilization technology that results in smooth, clean footage each and every time.
Sonos 5.1 Home Theater System
No movie night or gaming station is complete without the proper home theater system. And with the Sonos, you can bring down the house whenever you want thanks to their wireless setup that includes a Subwoofer, the Sonos Playbar TV sound bar, and two of their smart speakers.
Sony a7R Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera
Introducing the world’s first camera hosting a full-frame back-illuminated Exmoor R CMOS sensor with 42.4 MP. This Sony also features 5-axis in-body stabilization and 4K movie recording capabilities. It’s time to take your photography hobby or business to the next level. This Sony will get you there.