So you made it through X-Mas but somehow you didn’t get everything you wanted, we can help. 2017 has a been a banner year for technology and it can be tuff to figure out what to get. We’ve put together a quick list of some of our top gadgets and tech for 2017 that you can run out and pick up to enhance your day to day life.
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The U11 combines excellent performance and an innovative new look that shines. The HTC U11 doesn’t just look cool with it’s liquid glass finish, it’s completely redesigned from the HTC 10 and offers beautiful camera performance with a DXO Mark Mobile of 90, “highest rated smartphone ever in DxOMark history”.
Equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 64-bit Octacore CPU the U11 is snappy as heck and comes in 64GB/128GB ROM sizes with 4GB of RAM. The HTC U11 features a 5.5″ 3D curved glass SuperLCD 5 (590 ppi) screen that provides excellent color reproduction. It isn’t just the visual elements that perform, the U11 comes with asymmetrical HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition speakers and four microphones that provide wonderful 3D audio recordings.
The HTC U11 is an all around performer for daily activity as well as gaming, movies, music and it’s IP67 certified for water resistance so you don’t need to worry about it melting in the rain.
HTC U11 $649.00
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Armed with a 10nm 2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz quad 64-bit Octacore CPU the Galaxy Note 8 is a multimedia powerhouse for day to day functionality as well as audio and video. The Note 8 is generously given 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM which you’ll feel every bit of in speed and smooth functionality. A beautiful 6.3″ Quad HD+ Super AMOLED screen displays at 2904×1440 HD res at 521 PPI stretches fully edge-to-edge for a completely bezeless viewing experience. Adjustable display from Quad HD+ to Full HD+ allows you to conserve on battery life when you want to. And of course the signature stylus with 4096 pressure sensitive levels lets you be as creative as you wanna be. IP68 certified for water/drop resistance the Note 8 is ready to go when you are.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 $930.00
Nuheara IQ buds wireless earbuds
If you want or need to cut the cables the fully wireless IQ Buds from Nuheara are a great choice to consider. The IQ Buds are audio enhancing for an integrated sound augmented listening experience. Easily adjustable to adapt settings for different environments the wireless buds offer Bluetooth connectivity with best in class battery life.
They also come with a charging carry case for up to 3x full recharges. Excellent runtime with 4 hours of full streaming audio and sound enhancement or 8hrs if you are just using them for sound augmentation. Nuheara’s IQ Buds are comfortable to wear and provide you with a nice array of earpieces to custom fit your ear size.
So whether you’re using them because your smartphone doesn’t have an audio jack anymore, want comfortable completely wireless earbuds or looking for audio enhancement the IQ Buds make a nice gift.
Nuheara IQ buds $299.00
Catalyst Waterproof Charging Case for Airpods
If you’re an Airpod user this little gem looks great and packs the functionality into a well designed, great looking little carry case. Compatible with 1st & 2nd Gen AirPods, the case is IP67 tested for waterproofing up to 1m or 3.3ft. They are also rated for MIL-STD 810G drop test/shock testing and they’ll also charge up your AirPods to boot!
The outer rubber shell integrates a tethered plug for access to the lighting port as well as a carabiner for convenient carry. Measures 60mm x 49mm x 26mm. The case is white but the rubber shells are available in 6 two-tone color schemes. If you are or know of an AirPod user, we can think of no better stocking stuffer, this thing is cool!
Catalyst Waterproof Charging Case for Airpods $24.99
Gaming & PC Gear
HTC VIVE VR System
If you’re looking for the very best in a VR experience, the HTC VIVE VR system wins hands down. At $599 this fully immersive virtual reality system comes with a digital code for the newly released Fallout 4 VR game! This fully VR version of Fallout is a must-have for you VR guys out there. Comes with two base station sensors, VIVE VR headset & controllers. Powered by SteamVR you’ll have access to 1500 games, you’ll just need a VR compatible PC to transform your living room for your very own VR holodeck.
HTC VIVE VR System $599.00
Death Adder Elite gaming mouse
Every gamer needs a good mouse and the DeathAdder Elite features ultra-smooth 16,000 DPI optical sensor and true tracking rated at 450″ per second. You get no fuss no muss 99.4% resolution accuracy for pinpoint precision. Your gaming keyboard isn’t the only thing engineered with mechanical switches. The DeathAdder Elite is gaming optimized for the fastest performance for up to 50 million clicks. That’s a lot of shootin. The tried and true ergonomics are minimal and very comfortable.
Two rubber sides allow agile grip for quick movement and handling. If you already own a Chroma enabled product like the BlackWidow Chroma v2, the DeathAdder Elite is equipped with lighting at the click wheel, the logo and even features a reactive mode & LED under the primary button. You can also tune the Chroma to Spectrum cycle, Breathe, static colors as well.
Razer DeathAdder Elite $69.99
OWC Drive Dock Thunderbolt 2/USB 3.1 GEN 1
Mac or PC user you’ll quickly come to realize how handy this little drive dock will be in your work or leisure computing. With this computing essential you can easily dock your bare 2.5″ & 3.5″ SATA drives as well as your SSD portables with blazing transfer speeds. Compatible with both MAC & PC’s the dock supports two drives at a time and offers 2x TB 2 ports and 1x USB 3.0 ports on the back. The unit measures 3.3 x 6.3 x 5.8″ and weighs 2.15 lbs. The perfect desktop ornament for the man or woman who spends a lot of time behind the keys. Great for backing up, accessing information on old drives without having to connect them to a tower. Comes with a 0.6 meter USB 3.1 gen 1 cable (type A to type B) and a 1 meter Thunderbolt cable for fast, convenient plug & play functionality.
OWC Drive Dock Thunderbolt 2/USB 3.1 GEN 1 $249.99
Home Improvement Tech
D-Link Omna 180 HD Wireless Surveillance Camera DSH-C310
Forget about dealing with trying to pan around the room to scan and see if anything is going on out of view. D-Link‘s new Omna 180 Cam HD gives you rich and detailed 1080p HD quality video with a huge wide angle 180° Field of View for at-a-glance convenience. This compact HD cam measures just 5.2″H x 2.28″L x 2.28″W and weighs just 8.18 oz, pretty tiny. Perfect to monitor larger rooms.
The Omna 180 HD is also equipped with infra-red LEDs the Omna 180 features up to 16ft of night vision in complete darkness, two-way audio, motion sensor with auto-on and a microSD card slot for the footage. The DSH-C310 is an indoor camera, fully Apple Home Kit compatible for easy integration. D-Link’s free app allows you to peek in on live footage, interact via two-way voice, view footage and receive alerts.
Omna 180 Cam HD $149.99
Ring Video Doorbell Pro
With all those porch-thieves out there running around snatching up your packages right off of your doorstep. The Ring Pro features 1080HD video for clear and crisp footage. Liveview and functional two-way talk audio allows you to answer the door and converse with your visitor from anywhere you have an internet connection and your phone. Set up custom motion zones so you can record anyone walking up to your doorstep, even at night with infrared. A clean design and 4 interchangeable face plates makes the Ring Video Doorbell Pro a perfect DIY tech upgrade for your home and the safety of your family.
Ring Video Doorbell Pro $249.00
Personal Health & Wellness
Omron Evolv Wireless Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor
Want the convenience of an automatic Blood pressure monitor? The Omron Evolv couldn’t be easier to use and you can take your blood pressure yourself at nauseum. The arm-band expands easily securing itself with a large section of Velcro and it stays curled so you can easily slide your arm into it by yourself. The curved LCD screen gives the Evolv a cool futuristic look and easy to read LCD screen.
Just sit in an upright and relaxed position with your arm resting and with a single button push the unit will begin to inflate and take your reading then deflate. If you want to start again mid reading you can simply push the button again and it will immediately begin deflating.
We highly recommend using the Omron Blood pressure Monitor with an iOS or Android smartphone with Omron’s free app and gain insight into your readings over time. You can also use it on it’s own without a connected device and it runs off of 4 AA batteries that are included. The Evolv is a must-have home care gadget. “Wide-range cuff fits standard to large adult upper arms 9” to 17” in circumference.”
Omron Evolv Blood Pressure Monitor $99.99