Top 10 Tech Gifts for This Holiday Season
Without further ado here are my top 10 picks for technology gifts this holiday season. They are in order from the least expensive to the most. Click the photo of each to view the details and ordering information at Amazon.com.
A personal fan attachment for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Just plug it in to the device’s 30-pin connector and start using it. Not compatible with the iPhone 5’s Lightning connector.
For under $10, you’ll be hard-pressed to find in-ear headphones that sound better and are more comfortable than the Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120s. They work in any phone, tablet, MP3 player or other device that has a standard 3.5mm jack.
#3 – Wacom Bamboo Duo 2-In-1 Stylus with Pen ($29.95)
A combination stylus and pen. Doodling, navigating, and writing will be more comfortable and natural. You can use it with any device that uses capacitive touchscreen technology, including smartphones, e-readers, and tablets. The other end of this stylus holds a ballpoint pen, so you can use your touchscreen device and write in a notebook with the same convenient tool. The ink cartridge is easy to replace.
This is a light, portable (4.3″x 2.4″ x 4.3″) external speaker to significantly improve the sounds and music from your smartphone or tablet. It’s available in several models and colors, including wired and wireless (bluetooth) versions.
TIME Magazine’s top pick in the gadget section of its Top Ten of Everything 2013 was Google Chromecast. With it you can easily enjoy your favorite online entertainment on your HDTV – movies, TV shows, music, and more from Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, Google Play Movies and Music, and Chrome. I think TIME’s explanation of the Chromecast sums up its success and appeal the best: “Instead of trying to do everything, this thumb-sized gizmo does one thing, does it as simply as possible and does it for the impulse-purchase price of $35.”
Watch live TV on your iPad and iPhone with EyeTV Mobile. Since the tuner technology uses special TV airwaves and is not streaming, you won’t need an internet connection, 3G/4G or a Wi-Fi hotspot to watch TV. EyeTV Mobile never touches your data plan, so you can enjoy real live TV in brilliant quality without waiting for any data to load. The compact TV tuner connects directly to the iPad or iPhone, receives the TV signal via the supplied miniature telescopic antenna and works with the free EyeTV Mobile app (available on the App Store).
Roku is a little box that makes it easy to enjoy the hottest movies, TV shows, music, games and more on your TV by streaming directly from the Internet. Millions of people use Roku every day to access their favorite entertainment instantly and on demand. Roku offers a huge selection of entertainment choices with over 1,000 channels, including Netflix, M-GO, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, VUDU, Amazon Instant Video, PBS, and Spotify.
Looking for some really nice, high quality, but portable headphones/earbuds? Hard to find a better choice than these from Bose. Besides outstanding sound quality, they have a built-in microphone so you can use them for making phone calls as well as listening to music, podcasts and audio books.
#10 – Seagate Wireless Plus ($179.99)
A very small, wireless storage device that let’s you enjoy up to 500 movies or thousands of songs, photos and documents on your smartphone or tablet. Up to 8 people can access it at the same time. Wireless Plus creates its own Wi-Fi network, so there is no need for an Internet connection and you don’t have to use your data plan.