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Gadgets are constantly evolving and adapting to what it is that we find convenient or useful to our daily lives. There are no signs of slowing down either as we dive head first into progress. Tech & gadgets invade nearly every part of our lifestyle these days but what’s nice is that time weeds out the novelty and leaves you with the useful, tried and true.
Without further delay and in no particular order are our top picks for the 2021/2022 holiday season.
Scosche PowerVolt QC38 Dual Car Charger
The latest Smartphones are charging faster and faster today but we’re using them more than ever in our daily lives. If you like to game, running maximum resolution, use GPS for directions etc these things can quickly run down your phones’ battery. A portable battery is nice when you are away from a plug for extended periods of time but you need to carry it. The PowerVolt QC38 is a dual port car charger so you can keep your devices charged up while traveling.
Scosche’s PowerVolt QC38 features both an 20W USB Type-C port for USB-C 3x as well as a 18W USB Type-A port for all the other devices you’ve amassed over the years. The PowerVolt QC38 is a Certified USB-C Fast charger with built-in circuitry protection from overloads and power hiccups.
The PowerVolt is a PD or Power Delivery charger. What this means is that it will support 18W of charge speed for traditional USB-C devices but moving forward with the PD technology, the QC38 will charge at up to 20W. PD is the Power Delivery standard which dictates that a single USB charging standard for any USB-C equipped device. If you’re looking for a Fast Charger & FM Modulator combo unit check out our Scosche BTFreq Pro review.
CPDCA38 PowerVolt 38W Certified USB Type-C + USB-A QC 3.0 Fast Car Charger for All PD 3.0, QC 3.0, USB-C and USB-A Devices
Scosche PowerVolt QC38 Dual Car Charger $29.99
Samsung 980 Pro 2TB Gen 4 NVMe M2 SSD
Shopping for your resident geek? The 980 Pro 2TB Gen 4 NVMe M2 SSD drive will put a smile on their faces. Samsung’s Gen 4 M2 drive delivers blazing fast read/write speeds that doubles the performance of the 970 Evo. Faster is better; lightning quick boot times and blazing fast file transfer speeds let you kick back in your gaming chair and you’ll your games like never before.
They’ll appreciate it each and every time they use their pc from the moment they fire up their rig, not only for gaming. The 980 Pro M2 lives up to every bit of the hype. If you’re a PS5 gamer the Samsung 980 Pro 2TB NVMe M2 SSD drive is a great solution to expand your PS5 storage space while maintaining sustained read/write speeds.
The Gen 4 980 Pro is also a suitable solution for storage expansion for the Playstation 5. The 980 Pro 2TB M2 Gen 4 SSD offers fast enough read/write times that will work to store, as well as play games directly from the drive on your PS5.
980 PRO PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD 2TB MSRP $429.99 Spotted as low as $319.00
Elgato HD60S+ Game Capture Device
Whether you’re an influencer or just someone who wants to mess around and show off some of your gaming skills, the Elgato HD60S+ makes it easy to record or live stream your gameplay on YouTube, Twitch or other social media streaming service.
Successor to the Elgato HD60, the HD60S+ is a stand alone capture dongle device that can capture your PC, MAC, PS4/PS5, Xbox 360/One/Series, Nintendo Switch/Wii… Natively capture 60fps at 1080p while your PC encodes the video and supports HDR10 capture for enhanced imagery. Works great with OBS Studio, Streamlabs OBS, XSplit and more.
Elgato HD60S+ Game Capture Device MSRP $199.99
Aukey PB-Y32 10000 mAh 18W PD Wireless Power Bank
Aukey started off making some basic wires, plugs and accessories but they’ve come a long way. Aukey’s PB-Y32 (USAN1011057) battery features 10,000mAh of portable power that you can take with you wherever you go. Small enough to fit in your pocket for your day adventures and features wireless Qi Fast Charging to boot.
The Aukey PB-Y32 can wirelessly charge your phone at up to 10W for convenience. Three ports are available; a USB 3.0 Type A port, Type C PD port and a traditional Micro-USB for those older devices. 5 LEDs let you know what your power level is. Measures 2.9″ x 5.6″ (76mm x 144mm) and comes with the PB-Y32 Power Bank, USB-C cable, user manual, 24-month promise and Customer support card.
AUKEY PB-Y32 10000mAh 18W PD Wireless Power Bank $34.99
Tile Pro Tracker
If there’s anything that frustrates us, it’s not being able to find something when you need it. The Tile Pro can help you locate whatever it is you’re looking for with a small FOB style tracker. The unit is shaped so it can fit onto any keyring to make it easy to attach.
The Tile Pro can alert you to your lost items within 400ft/120m using Bluetooth v5.0 and the Tile app on either Android or Apple devices. The Tile Pro features the loudest audible chime of the Tile products for locating things within close proximity. For tracking items out in the wild the Tile app will report the last known location of that item throug the Tile app. You can also enhance the tracking ability by signing up for the Tile plans. Premium and Premium Protect act like insurance; up to $100/$1,000 reimbursement for lost items, smart alerts, free battery replacements for $29.99 and $99.99 respectively.
Tile Pro Tracker 2pk MSRP $47.99