With so much going on in the world, the holidays and celebrations are hitting a bit different this year. Graduations have been deemed pretty much virtual and social distancing has caused us not to spend as much time with loved ones like we want to. But if you happen to be able to in some capacity it is an awesome feeling. Another fantastic thing is those in your life that are fans of tech. We got some last-minute gift ideas that may add a smile to that person in your life next you see them physical or digitally.
A portable speaker that handles itself in all areas is from Sonos. The Move has an IP56 weather resistant meaning it can deal with various conditions. Get it wet, leave it in the sun, snow, and the list goes on. Its also shock resistant if you drop it. But with its built-in handle I doubt you will. It features the best sound quality you can get from a portable speaker but best of all it can be used in the home and connected with Wi-Fi. If you are planning to live the Sonos life, it is a terrific middle between portable and home.
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Austere V / VII Series Power
Just how smart is your power strip? Austere takes the guesswork out for you. Their outlets have features such as Flameless MOV Protection to protect your devices but any dangerous surges and PureFiltration which will protect signals from interfering with each other while plugged in. Besides having the choose of 6-8 outlets, they also have Rapid Charging via (2) Type-A and (3) Type C ports (VII has a 45W USB-C PD port). Austere pays attention to detail giving you a stylish power protector and even has a WovenArmor cable that ensures long durability.
Buy It Here: Austere
Price: Starting $129.99 – V / Starting $179.99 – VII
Last year’s guide we talked about slimming the wallet but this time around there is an option to minimize that jangle of the keys. KeySmart Pro can hold up to 10 keys at a time and it gives your pockets needed space. Pro does include Tile built-in so you can find those misplaced keys and even has a LED flashlight and bottle opener. It is a jack of all trades key organizer and one you will love in your arsenal.
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NVIDIA Shield TV 2019 Edition
If you have a huge appetite for media consumption, the Shield TV always feeds that digital hunger. NVIDIA has updated it with a faster processor, supports Dolby Vision/Atmos and even has AI Upscaling. It handles 4K HDR smooth too. Its highly supported and updated by NVIDIA on the regular and once you use a SHIELD you wont even think about those other streaming “sticks” laying around. It does warrant more out the wallet but it worth every penny.
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Mophie PowerStation Hub
The PowerStation Hub by Mophie is an all-in-one power block of sorts. It holds 6100mAh of power and gives you the opportunity to charge multiple devices when plugged into an AC outlet thanks to its built-in power prongs. It has charging ports featuring USB-C PD and two USB-A. If you do not want to deal with cables it also has wireless charging capabilities.
Asus ZenBook S13
A productivity workhorse that does not shy away from elegance is the ZenBook S13. Featuring brushed aluminum its less than half an inch thick and under 3lbs. A laptop you can easily pickup and go that really lives by the name ultrabook. It comes outfitted with a Core i7 chipset, NVIDIA GPU, and has a 13.9” display that has a 97% screen-to-ratio. Its stylish but also powerful.
Buy It Here: Amazon
Price: Starting at $1,089.99
With a lot of us either working or schooling from home, video chat has really shown its importance over the past few months. Logitech couldn’t have released the StreamCam at a better time. Supporting Windows and Mac it streams a clean 1080p HD w/ 60fps. It allows viewing angles to be utilized in portrait or landscape. Also allows itself to be mounted on a monitor, laptop, or even on a desk thanks to its included tripod mount. Its available in colors of white or black.
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Still considered to be some of the best true wireless earbuds is the Vista from Jaybird. Sound is exceptional and its customizable EQ helps tune them to your liking. Vista has 32hrs of battery life with the case which is also one of the slimmest cases I have dealt with for true wireless. They are available in three colors and you can’t go wrong with either one.
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Adonit V-Grip 7-in-1
As mentioned with the KeySmart, minimizing bulk is a plus and the V-Grip is a welcome addition to this idea. It is a 7-in-1 device that does everything from becoming a selfie stick, tripod mount, phone stand, cold shoe mount, wrist strap hole, remote camera shutter, and camera grip. It fits most phones whether you live the Android or iPhone lifestyle.
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Peak Design Everyday Sling
If you are picking up some of this gear plus the stuff you already have you probably need something to store it in, right? One of my go-to bags comes from Peak Design with their Everyday Sling. I have been using the 10L which can hold a 13in laptop, mirrorless camera and a lens or two. That is just the main compartment. It also has pockets for memory cards and if you want to throw a couple phones in the front. It has removable FlexFold dividers which can help separate items from each other if necessary. Its adjustable straps also make it possible to wear as a sling or carry via its handle. Everyday Sling is available in smaller sizes of 3L and 6L depending on your needs.
Buy It Here: Peak Design
Price: 3L – $79.99, 6L – $99.95, 10L – $149.95