Christmas is just a few days away and if you’ve still not decided on a gift for the man in your life, try these tech pieces.
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Delight the man in your life with the small but powerful DJI Mavic Pro drone. It is foldable and compact enough to pack into any backpack. Yet, it has a maximum flight time of 27min and a maximum flight distance of 13km.
It is equipped with a 12-megapixel camera that is capable of shooting great still images and 4K videos, for some great aerial photography. Plus, the Mavic Pro uses FlightAutonomy technology to sense obstacles up to 15m away and can bypass or brake to avoid accidents.
The LG V30+ packs a 6-inch (2,880 x 1,440 pixels) display and a rear dual camera system comprising a 16-megapixel and a 13-megapixel image sensor. Its fingerprint sensor is situated right below the dual-lens at the rear, which makes it easy to access.
If your significant other is crazy about music, he will likely be excited by the phone’s built-in Hi-Fi Quad DAC with sound tuning by B&O Play. And it comes with a headphone jack, so he can still use his favourite headphones with it.
Does your man love to play Pokemon Go? Get him the Mobot Altimex e-scooter so he can get to those rare Ho-oh raids as quickly as possible.
It is equipped with a 1,000W motor that would be able to tackle most upslopes in Singapore.
In addition, the Altimex uses a quadruple dual-shock suspension at both the front and rear wheels, so he can glide smoothly over rough surfaces. Just make sure he is not riding on the road, as e-scooters like Altimex are allowed only on public paths.
Get a watch worthy of your boyfriend or husband with the sturdy but good-looking Casio G-Shock GravityMaster GPW-2000-1A.
Featuring the Connected Engine Three-Way module from Casio, the G-Shock GravityMaster receives both radio wave and GPS satellite-time calibration signals, as well as connects to time servers when paired with a smartphone via Bluetooth for better time-keeping accuracy. Great if your significant other flies frequently for work.
This G-Shock’s handsome watch face features a world time sub-dial, a 24-hour sub-dial, and latitude and longitude displays. Being a G-Shock watch, it is shock-resistant and water resistant down to 200m.
For the couch potato in your man, get the Apple TV 4K media streamer. It now supports 4K output, and displays more vibrant images and sharper text across its entire menu interface.
Its built-in high-performance 4K scaler will make his non-4K content great again. Plus, it will always output at the highest resolution possible for his TV.
With support for both HDR10 and Dolby Vision standards, both of you can binge watch House Of Cards on Netflix, or enjoy 4K movies like Wonder Woman available in the iTunes store.
Fine-tune your coffee brew till you get your perfect cuppa with the De’Longhi PrimaDonna Elite.
Using its Coffee Link app, you can easily tweak the aroma level, milk quantity, coffee quantity and temperature of your brew. Once you have found the right blend of settings, you can save them in one of the machine’s six user profiles. Multiple devices can connect to the machine, so each member of the household can get their own personalised brew.
Alternatively, you can also tap out the coffee order on its 4.3-inch touchscreen.
Sony’s WH-1000XM2 headphones pack incredible active noise-cancellation – they are among the best in themarket – allowing you to soak in a bubble of silence.
Also impressive isits battery mileage of up to 30 hours with the noise-cancellation on. Combine that with solid audio quality and a sturdy, comfortable build, and the WH-1000XM2 is what you’ll reach for when leaving home. Its touchpad controls make adjusting the volume or skipping tracks a breeze.
Plus, it’s $50 cheaper than its predecessor.
These classy speakers are perfect for modern music connoisseurs, who might enjoy the versatility of listening to their collection from a variety of sources.
While they look like they came from the 1960s, the features of these speakers are anything but vintage. They can pair with your music playing devices and play high-resolution audio through Bluetooth with aptX support, sync wirelessly through an app, and connect to music players or turntables through 3.5mm auxiliary and phono cables.
The smooth wooden finish makes The Three a sophisticated addition to any home.
This pair of running shoes features New Balance’s Fresh Foam cushioning technology for a stable run. Its upper combines a synthetic mid-foot saddle with a protective water-resistant mesh for comfortable fit and support. Its slip-on bootie construction makes it easy to put on the shoes.
Furthermore, it looks like a pair of trendy sneakers, so you do not need to pack an extra pair of running or casual shoes when you are travelling overseas.
The Garmin vivoactive 3 might look like an analogue watch with its 1.2-inch round touchscreen display (240 x 240 pixels) and stainless steel bezel, but it is actually a fitness tracker and smartwatch rolled into one.
It has built-in GPS, heart rate monitor, barometric altimeter, compass, accelerometer and thermometer.
The watch will even allow you to pay for your post-workout drinks with Garmin Pay, when it is eventually rolled out here. It supports Visa credit cards and works with contactless payment readers via Near Field Communication.
Relive the heyday of 16-bit gaming with this retro mini-console loaded with 21 games from the 1990s.
It comes with two wired Super NES Classic controllers so you can start challenging your friend in Street Fighter II right away. Other must-try games include classic role-playing games Secrets of Mana and Final Fantasy VI, as well as 2-D platformer Super Mario World.
Bonus: it has a never-before-released sequel to 3-D shooter Star Fox that can be unlocked after completing the first level of Star Fox.
Itching to try out virtual reality (VR)?
Now is the time to take the plunge with the Sony PlayStation VR headset. The Sony PlayStation VR headset and camera bundle is $70 cheaper than its launch price over a year ago.
More importantly, there is more content, with Sony touting more than 140 VR games and experiences. Some of the latest VR titles include a VR version of the open-world role-playing game classic Skyrim, and a fishing game from Final Fantasy XV, Monsters of the Deep.
Wireless mice reduce desktop clutter, but they need to be recharged now and then. Logitech’s latest gadget, the PowerPlay wireless charging mousepad, solves this problem – and more.
It delivers power wirelessly to a compatible mouse (Logitech G703 and 903) that is placed on it. The mousepad can also pair directly with the mouse so you do not need to attach a USB dongle to your computer. Another plus point: the mousepad has RGB lighting that can be customised to match your mood and gaming gear.
Level up your gaming experience with LG’s latest 34-inch gaming monitor. Powered by Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, the LG 34UC89G offers fluid graphics without stuttering or screen tearing. Its refresh rate can be overclocked to a maximum of 166Hz to ensure smooth moving images while gaming.
Other features include a Black Stabiliser mode that brightens the darker areas of the screen and a Crosshair screen overlay to help players find the target in first-person shooter games. In addition, its ultra-wide screen can fit multiple windows for greater productivity. With the In-Plane Switching display, you can expect wide viewing angles and vibrant colours.
If you are the adventurous type, you might want to get the new GoPro Hero6.
While it looks like its predecessor, it has twice the capture performance – 4K video at 60 frames per second (fps) and full high-definition video at 240fps.
Plus, it has better dynamic range, low-light performance and an added digital zoom. It is also water-resistant down to 10m, so you can record your snorkelling or windsurfing adventures.
A 360-degree camera used to cost an arm and a leg but, thankfully, not any more.
The Ricoh Theta V features two 12-megapixel image sensors with two 180-degree lens to produce 14-megapixel 360-degree still images. It is also able to shoot 4K (3,840 x 1,920 pixels) 360-degree video recordings at 30 frames per second.
Plus, it supports 4K 360-degree live streaming. And transferring images and videos to your smartphone is 2.5 times faster than its predecessor.
If you are split between speed and resolution when choosing a camera, get the Sony a7R III.
This interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera features an impressive 42.4-megapixel image sensor for high-resolution images, with up to 15-stop wide dynamic range. It also comes with 399 phase-detection autofocusing (AF) points and 425 contrast AF points for quick AF performance.
It also has a super fast shooting speed of up to 10 frames per second. Thus, you are getting the best of both worlds in terms of speed and resolution.
Most fitness trackers merely count your steps taken daily. Not the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro. It comes with built-in GPS, so you can go for runs without a smartphone and still get accurate distance tracking.
In addition, it will automatically track your workouts, whether you are playing tennis or dancing. Its built-in heart rate monitor measures your heart rate continuously throughout the day. Furthermore, it is water resistant down to 50m. And with the new Speedo On app specially developed for Fit2 Pro, it will track your swims too.
Music lovers need a good headphone amplifier to provide enough juice to properly power their cans. The Magni 3 is a great budget option that punches above its price point, providing a robust, transparent sound signature.
This is great news for audiophiles with their own collection of headphones, as the Magni opens up the characteristics of each headphone instead of colouring them with its own identity. A high-gain setting lets it power even the most demanding of headphones, while the cleaner low-gain setting will make most headphones sound plenty loud.
Unleash your inner child’s Star Wars fantasies with Ubtech’s Stormtrooper robot.
Bark orders at this 11-inch tall robot to patrol a designated area and ward off intruders. It recognises and stores up to three faces, and responds differently to each person that it remembers.
Included is a mobile game with first-and third-person augmented reality features that lets you launch attacks against rebel fighters.
To allay security concerns, Ubtech says the robot does not link to the Internet, while the Wi-Fi communication between the robot and the app is encrypted.
Text: Trevor Tan and Vincent Chang/Straits Times