There is a lot of tech out there these days. For every type of product — headphones, smart assistants, even drones – there are dozens of options available. But thanks to the likes of companies such as Apple, it’s no longer good enough for technology products to just have the best specs, aesthetics play a huge role. And if you’re going to give a tech gift, you’ll want to make sure it looks good. So here’s a list of our top picks for tech products that you’ll be proud to hand over.
They may look small, but these little guys deliver powerful audio — and with Bang & Olufsen signature sound, you wouldn’t expect anything different. The sleek Beoplay E8 is a comfortable set of wireless earbuds that are ideal for everyday use at home, on the commute, or at the gym. They offer up to 4 hours of playtime which can be extended by charging them in the case that they come with. An in-built microphone allows you to also answer calls with them on.
The stunning new iPad Pro is stacked with the latest upgrades to offer a truly smart and powerful product. The first thing you’ll notice is the all-new Liquid Retina Display that’s set in a beautifully thin bezel. The powerful A12X Bionic chip makes it super fast and smooth to use. Of course, you can’t get the iPad Pro without its trusty sidekick, the brand new Apple Pencil that now has a magnetic home on the iPad, and pairs and charges wirelessly.
Google Home Hub is Google’s first smart assistant speaker that comes with a display. The unit has a 7” HD touchscreen and is also equipped with far-field microphones and a light sensor for automatic adapting screen brightness. You can perform all of the usual “Hey Google” commands on this device and not only will you get the same great responses but now you’ll also get the advantage of some visual accompaniment. This comes in very handy for things like how to make a cocktail or how to tie a knot in different ways. Playing music on this device is also more immersive as you can play the music video clip of the song rather than just the audio.
With each new release, GoPro makes it even easier to take superior quality adventure video footage and photos. The HERO7 has been a game-changer, allowing you to create super smooth video footage without having to use a gimbal. The other key feature is the awesome new TimeWarp feature which gives content creators a simple way to produce smooth moving timelapses. It also comes with improved voice control, so if your hands are busy, simply utter the commands to the camera; there are 16 handy commands available such as “GoPro take a photo” or “GoPro start recording”.
Whether someone you know wants to start getting into records, or they’re already a huge vinyl enthusiast, the Audio Technica AT-LP3 is a stellar choice of record player. It’s super easy to use and has a built-in phono pre-amp, so all you need to do to start listening is hook it up to a set of powered speakers. The AT-LP3 delivers high-fidelity and balanced sound and offers a sleek and minimal aesthetic.
Sennheiser’s PXC 550 wireless headphones are ideal for commuting and travelling. Their fold up design means you can store them compactly in your bag when they’re not in use. They also offer up to 30 hours of playback on one charge so you’re set for the most arduous of long hauls. The PXC 550 features Sennheiser’s signature noise cancelling technology, letting you easily escape from the world around you and just focus on what’s coming through the headphones.
With summer fast approaching in Australia, we’ll all soon be picnicking at the park or down at the beach every weekend – this is where the Megaboom 3 will become your best friend. The powerful Bluetooth speaker is dust and drop proof, all while delivering balanced and clear 360 degree sound. What’s more is the Megaboom 3 is totally waterproof; it can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes, and if you drop it in the water it’ll just float straight back up. The speaker’s 20-hour battery life will easily see you through an entire day of fun.
The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is compact in size but delivers incredibly high-quality video and imagery thanks to the new Hasselblad camera. The new version of the highly loved DJI Mavic has a flight time of up to 27 minutes, affording you a bit more time to get the perfect framing up in the air. The propellers are quieter and there are a few more sensors onboard to stop you from accidentally crashing into things. It offers 4k video at 30fps and features an ultra-precise 3-axis gimbal, allowing for smooth video even when it’s flying at high speeds.
The Sonos One is the ideal smart speaker for small spaces; it can even be used in the bathroom or outside thanks to its humidity resistance. The speaker delivers booming, high-quality audio thanks to Class-D amplifiers and custom-built drivers. In-built voice control means you can use Amazon Alexa to control the speaker. Plus, you can pair it with other Sonos speakers to create a multi-room audio set-up. If the person you’re gifting loves their music but also wants the benefits of a smart speaker, this would be one of our top recommendations.