- 7.80/10 1. Premium pick: Samsung 65-inch Q900TS 8K Smart TV
- 7.20/10 2. Editors choice: Plume Labs Flow 2
- 8.00/10 3. Best value: Chipolo ONE
- 8.80/10 4. Bose Frames Soprano
- 7.00/10 5. Jammy G
- 8.80/10 6. ELECROW CrowPi
- 9.60/10 7. Samsung EVO 1TB SSD
- 9.20/10 8. Sonos Beam
- 9.20/10 9. hum by Colgate
- 8.80/10 10. OZERO Touchscreen Gloves
It’s an annual challenge to find the tech-lover in your life a gift. After all, they already have a computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, and smart home accessories. They may even claim to have everything they need.
However, there are exciting products that offer something a little different that may make the ideal present. So, you can still surprise them with one of the best cutting-edge tech gifts available today.
The Samsung 65-inch Q900TS 8K Smart TV is one of the best TVs available today. The 8K display is among the most superior on the market, and the large, 65-inch size helps create an immersive experience. It’s hard not to notice the significant downside to this TV, though; the price. There’s no getting around the fact that this is an incredibly expensive item. However, you might feel it worth the investment for the gadget lover in your life, or perhaps even for yourself.
While we won’t pretend that this is a suitable choice for most people, it’s at least worth keeping in mind. Price aside, this is still one of the most feature-packed televisions going. The display is made up of dense LED backlight areas, meaning that every portion of the TV can be adjusted to give the best picture, even for dark scenes. There’s AI-based 8K upscaling, which is handy as most films and shows aren’t yet available in 8K.
The Q900TS comes with Amazon Alexa built-in for hands-free control, and you can interact with other smart home devices using Alexa’s skills and integrations. You can turn off the hands-free mode for the privacy-focused user and only enable Alexa via a button on your remote control. All four TV sides have speakers built-in, directing the sound effectively, so you feel immersed in the experience.
- 8K resolution
- Runs Samsung's Tizen-based smart TV operating system
- Works with Bixby, Samsung's digital assistant
- Brand: Samsung
- Resolution: 8K, 7680 x 4320
- Refresh Rate: 120Hz
- Screen Size: 65-inch
- Ports: 4x HDMI, 2x USB-A, Ethernet, Coaxial
- Display Technology: QLED
- AI-based 8K upscaling
- Alexa built-in
- Very expensive
- Smart features aren't to everyone's taste
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Air pollution is a significant health concern. High levels of exposure are linked to many medical conditions, and there’s even early evidence of a link between air quality and the severity of Covid-19. We must take steps to reduce our exposure to airborne pollutants, but it’s hard to know how to start. The Plume Labs Flow 2 is a portable air quality monitor that tracks your exposure and syncs the data to your smartphone via Bluetooth.
The small device is designed to be portable and taken around with you throughout the day, so you can track your exact exposure rather than relying on fixed-position tracking stations. As checking your smartphone constantly for data would be a hassle, the Flow 2 has a ring of LEDs on the front. Pressing the capacitive button illuminates the LEDs to give you a quick overview of your current levels. The LEDs use a traffic light system, ranging from green for low exposure to red for high levels.
- Up to 24 hours of battery life
- Full data can be viewed in the companion smartphone app
- Small and portable for regular use
- Brand: Plume Labs
- Connectivity: Bluetooth
- Alerts: Yes
- Sensors: NO2, VOC, Particulate Matter
- LEDs offer a quick way to assess your exposure without looking at your phone
- Charging dock is a convenient way to store the Flow 2 at home
- Traffic light lighting system is easy to understand
- Lacks integration with other smart home devices
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When we leave the house, most of us have a routine to check that we have all the essentials like our smartphone and keys. However, it’s all too easy to misplace these smaller items, especially keys, backpacks, and other portable belongings. The Chipolo ONE is a smart tracking device that you can attach to a wide range of items. The tracker connects to your phone via Bluetooth. If you misplace an item, and you are still in range, you can enable a small alarm from your phone.
If the worst happens and you leave your belongings behind, you can use the app to record the last known location and mark it is missing. When other Chipolo users pass by your tracker, whether they know it or not, the most recent location will be available in your Chipolo app. The Chipolo ONE is available in six color options or as a discounted multipack bundle.
- IPX5-rated for water resistance
- Two-year battery life
- Bluetooth connection compatible with Android and iOS
- Brand: Chipolo
- Material: Plastic
- Connectivity: Bluetooth
- Battery: CR2032
- Range: 60m
- Water Resistance: IPX5
- Affordable way to keep track of important belongings
- Community-based location reporting
- iPhone users must have the app open in the App Switcher to enable functionality
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In many ways, it’s surprising that it’s taken so long to combine sunglasses with Bluetooth wireless headphones. The Bose Frames Soprano come with its famed audio reproduction, packaged inside a stylish set of sunglasses. The headphones are located on the arms just above the top of your ear. Although they add some bulk to the frames, it’s not noticeable, and they are comfortable to wear over long periods.
These are Open Ear audio sunglasses, so the headphones sit on top of your ear rather than inside the ear canal. This means that you can still hear what’s going on around you and enjoy your music simultaneously. You don’t have to be too close to your phone either, as the Bose Frames have a 30-foot range. The battery lasts up to 5.5 hours and can recharge in a single hour. There’s even a built-in mic for wireless phone calls and interacting with your favored digital assistant.
- Open Ear audio sunglasses
- 30-foot range
- 5.5-hour battery life
- Brand: Bose
- Lens Type: Polarized
- Frame Size: 55mm x 18mm x 136mm
- Minimal but sylish design
- 5.5-hour battery life
- Built-in mic for phone calls and voice assistants
- Low battery life compared to other wireless headphones
- Open ear design leads to a lot of wind noise
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If the gadget lover in your life also has an interest in music, consider getting them the Jammy G. This portable guitar can be easily dismantled for storage and transportation. While that solves one problem, it’s not a very techie one. Fortunately, the Jammy G is more than just a convenient instrument. The guitar can be used as a MIDI controller with any computer. Using this MIDI capability, you can use the guitar to recreate the sound of any instrument digitally.
This opens up many possibilities and makes recording entire tracks much easier as you only need a single device. It has a 4,400mAh battery, which should offer up to six hours of playing. There’s also a companion Jammy smartphone app. If you connect the Jammy G to your phone, you can use the app to switch between guitar sounds, update the firmware, and change the guitar’s sensitivity settings. There’s even a virtual FX pedal included.
- Portable design easy to disassemble
- Digital-only sound reproduction
- Integrated MIDI controller
- Type: Electric, MIDI controller
- Length: 27-inch, disassembles to 17 inches
- Strings: Six
- Frets: 15
- Electronic Enhancements: Touch sensors
- Brand: Jammy
- 4,400mAh battery offers up to six hours of use
- Companion smartphone app allows recording on the go
- Virtual FX pedal included
- Experience isn't similar to a regular guitar
- Takes some getting used to
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If your giftee already has plenty of computer hardware and gadgets, consider getting them the ELECROW CrowPi Raspberry Pi kit. The Raspberry Pi 4 is an affordable mini-computer sold as a single-board, although many companies repackage the board with accessories and add-ons. The CrowPi is designed with education and STEM use in mind, but it also makes an excellent testing and experimentation tool.
The kit comes housed inside a portable case that can be closed and locked away at any time. Similarly, it comes with the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B included, although you can switch this for previous editions of the unit if you already have a Raspberry Pi. It is set up for projects, with 19 different sensors and wiring all included in the package. Similarly, the software has 21 free lessons and tutorials bundled as standard. You can replace this operating system with any Raspberry Pi-compatible OS whenever you’d like, though.
- Comes with the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B
- Fully integrated Raspberry Pi-compatible electronics kit
- Includes 19 different sensors
- Brand: ELECROW
- Storage: microSD-based
- CPU: 1.5GHz 64-bit quad-core
- Memory: 2GB
- Operating System: Raspberry Pi OS
- Ports: Ethernet, 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 2x micro-HDMI
- Display (Size, Resolution): 7-inch
- Weight: 7.57lbs
- Raspberry Pi OS can be replaced with any Pi-compatible operating system
- CrowPi installation includes 21 free lessons and tutorials
- Very heavy and requires mains power
- Documention and instructions not clear
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You can never have too much digital storage. To paraphrase Parkinson’s law, your digital files expand to fill the space available. The Samsung EVO 1TB SSD would be a welcome gift to almost all tech enthusiasts. It comes with a massive 1TB capacity, although it is available in editions up to 4TB.
The 2.5-inch SATA drive should fit most modern machines, although you can use Amazon’s Confirmed Fit tool to check your specific computer or laptop for compatibility. The drive itself is perfect for everyday use, and it a huge step up compared to hard disk drives (HDDs). If your gadget-loving giftee needs a speed boost, this drive may do the trick.
- Available in capacities up to 4TB
- 2.5-inch SATA SSD
- Brand: Samsung
- Capacity: 1TB
- Speed: Read: 550MB/s, Write: 520MB/s
- Connection: SATA
- Portable: No
- Read performance of up to 550MB/s
- Write performance of up to 520MB/s
- Easy to install
- Samsung customer support isn't the best
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Home theater arrangements used to require multiple speakers and lots of wiring. Fortunately, that’s not the case any longer. Soundbars like the Sonos Beam are now one of your best options. Sonos is well-respected for its range of interconnected wireless speakers. The Beam is part of that range so that it can be used in conjunction with other Sonos products, but it is also perfect as a one-off audio device for your TV.
The soundbar comes with support for Amazon Alexa, so you can control the speaker with your voice and interact with Alexa’s various skills. It’s easy to set up as well; just plug into the power outlet and attach the cable to your TV. The bar is compact as well, measuring 25.6 inches, so it should fit into most under-TV spaces. Like other Sonos products, you can link many streaming services using the Wi-Fi connection and Sonos mobile app, allowing you to listen to music, audiobooks, radio, and podcasts through the soundbar as well.
- Can be used in conjunction with other Sonos speakers
- HDMI Arc connection
- Alexa built-in
- Brand: Sonos
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Ethernet
- Integrations: Sonos, Amazon Alexa, Apple AirPlay 2
- Ports: HDMI, Digital Optical Audio, Ethernet
- Privacy-focused mute button to disable microphones
- Compatible with Apple AirPlay 2
- Can be controlled via the Sonos Controller app
- Surround sound setups and subwoofers not included
- Alexa integration not always reliable
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You’re right to question why we’ve included an electric toothbrush here; after all, it’s not a very notable gadget or gift, right? Well, the hum by Colgate is a connected toothbrush that may add some excitement to your brushing routine. The package comes with a smart toothbrush handle, charger, carrying case, and brush head replacement. This should see you through at least six months of daily cleaning.
The hum connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and allows you to track your brushing performance, get personalized routines, and earn rewards for regular cleanings, like discounts on replacement heads. The app keeps a log of all your brushing data, so you can browse it as needed and even show it to a dental healthcare provider. The brush integrates with Apple Health, allowing iPhone users to keep all of their health data in one place.
- Bluetooth support
- Two-minute timer
- Brand: Colgate
- Brushing Guidance: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes
- Brush Head Compatibility: hum
- Battery: 10 days
- Personalized in-app brushing guidance
- Earn points and rewards for regular brushing
- In-app features come across as a novelty rather than useful
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While it might feel decidedly low-tech to buy someone a pair of gloves, it’s still worth considering the OZERO Touchscreen Gloves. This pair is designed for men, so they are available in larger hand sizes, but there’s also a women’s set available. The gloves are windproof and made from polyester, cotton, and waterproof TPU. While touchscreens are undeniably convenient, they are incredibly challenging to use in cold conditions without making your hands cold, too.
The OZERO gloves have conductive fabric on the tips of each finger, so you no longer have to take your gloves off to interact with your devices. Notably, the gloves are water-resistant as well, keeping your hands warm and dry. That said, they are best suited for a bit of rain and will still get wet if you place them into water. There are silica gel pads on the palm, index, and middle fingers to help you keep a grip on your belongings.
- Made from polyester, cotton, and waterproof TPU
- Touchscreen-compatible thanks to conductive fabric on the fingertips
- Brand: OZERO
- Material: Polyester, Cotton, TPU
- Water-resistant for light splashes and rain
- Silica gel pads help you grip your belongings
- Not suitable for temperatures lower than -30 degrees Fahrenheit
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Q: What Are the Coolest Gadgets?
Identifying the coolest gadgets depends mostly on who you want to buy them for. The most exciting technology for kids will be very different from that for teenagers or adults. Still, some generally cool gadgets are worth considering. Audio equipment like soundbars, Bluetooth headphones, and record players are excellent choices for music lovers. Similarly, gadget lovers may appreciate smart home products like smart toothbrushes, air pollution monitors, and smart TVs.
Q: What Do You Get Someone Who Wants Nothing?
If the gadget lover in your life doesn’t want any physical products, consider something digital instead. You could offer to pay for an annual subscription to their streaming services or essential software. Similarly, many tech enthusiasts will have a particular passion for a specific project, charity, or organization. If you want to make a thoughtful gesture, consider donating to one of the projects close to their heart.
Q: What Should Every Techie Own?
While your exact needs may vary, almost every techie should have a daily smartphone, a budget or second-hand testing phone, a laptop capable of running Linux, a work or productivity laptop, and perhaps even a desktop computer. Wireless headphones are essential, and local storage, in the form of external drives or NAS devices, is also a must-have.