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13 Gifts for Techies Gadgets that are gathering wish list buzz

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13 Gifts for Techies Gadgets that are gathering wish list buzz

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Electronics are the go-to holiday gift. For one thing, tech can be relatively affordable. For another, gadgets are appreciated by everyone, whether you’re buying for a gamer or geek, music lover or ravenous reader. So what will warm the heart of your favorite techie this season? Let’s take a look.

Tile ($25) at Tile

If your recipient would lose his head if it weren’t attached, this ingenious little item is the solution. Just attach the small Tile (to keys, bag, bike, whatever), install the app and the next time something goes missing it can be tracked down. Even cooler, this little device uses a crowd-sourced model, so other Tile app users can help find lost items.

Tile

 

iPhone 6 (starting at $199)

iPhone 6 Plus (starting at $299), both at Apple

Apple products are always a holiday favorite, and this year is no exception. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the latest and greatest. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is 38 percent larger than its predecessor with a new form factor (thinner, lighter, rounder edges) and comes with the newest operating system, iOS 8. The 6 Plus flaunts one big difference, literally: It has a 5.5-inch display.

iPhone 6 Plus (left) and iPhone 6

 

Beats by Dre Solo2 ($199.99) at Target

For a few years now, Beats by Dre have been the headphones to own, and it’s not hard to see why. They’re ultra-stylish, with a seemingly unending combination of colors (red and white, blue and gray, all black, pink and white, etc.). Plus, they have a reputation for stellar sound—and they better, given their namesake. The Solo2 is the latest model and features enhanced acoustics and improved comfort.

Beats by Dre Solo2

 

iPad Air 2 (starts at $499 with Wi-Fi only) at Apple

Just in time for the shopping season, Apple has announced the new iPad Air 2. It’s 18 percent thinner than the iPad Air, with a higher resolution screen and a longer battery life.

iPad Air 2

 

Fitbit Charge ($129.95) at Fitbit

Fitbits are affordable, fun and practical. The latest, the Charge, is essentially an updated version of the discontinued Force (which caused allergic reactions on the skin). Like the Force, the Charge monitors your sleep and tracks your movements, automatically logging your progress to your computer or smartphone to let you know how many calories you’re burning. Not only does it double as a wristwatch (remember those?), but it also shows who is calling you if your phone is nearby. Even if you aren’t a health or exercise nut, something about tracking data is immensely satisfying and shamelessly addicting.

Fitbit Charge

 

GoPro Hero4 Silver ($399.99) at GoPro

Got a skier, surfer or rock climber in the family? There’s no better gadget for thrill-seekers than a GoPro Hero4. This rugged camera takes exquisite digital shots and video under the toughest of conditions. With a high frame rate (meaning it’s able to catch fast-moving action) and high resolution, the Hero4 is perfect for filming hang gliding trips or cycling races. Pair it with one of GoPro’s many accessories (mounts, waterproof housing, antifog inserts), and your recipient is practically a National Geographic photographer.

GoPro Hero4 Silver

 

Roku 2 ($69.99) at Roku

A Roku is a great addition to any media junkie’s home. This wireless-streaming device plugs into a TV, connects to Wi-Fi and will play TV shows and movies from more than 1,000 channels as well as Netflix, Hulu Plus and HBO Go. At this price point, the Roku is one of the best-value tech gifts on the market. The player can even be paired with an old “bubble” TV (you know, TVs before the flat-screen revolution), so if you want Gramps and Gran to experience Orange Is the New Black, they can stream it on their 1987 TV.

Roku 2

 

PlayStation 4 ($399) at Walmart

Wii U ($299.99) at Target

Xbox One ($399.99) at MicrosoftStore.com

These are not exactly new, but they’re still the gifts for gamers! If you want an in-depth look at each gaming system, click here. Otherwise, here’s the gist. The Wii U is great for families, and lets players experience beloved Nintendo characters like Mario and Zelda. The Xbox One is for serious-gamer types who can’t live without Halo and Xbox Live. The PS4 wins for best all-around, as it has the most impressive graphics and boasts acclaimed exclusive games like Uncharted and The Last of Us. All three have one thing in common: They’ll get an audible gasp when opened. (One thing that might tip your hand toward the Xbox One: It’s on sale for $349 from November 2 to January 3.)

From left: PlayStation 4; Wii U; and Xbox One

 

Kindle Fire HDX ($179) at Amazon

If you don’t have $499 burning a hole in your pocket, fret not. You can get a fully functional tablet for nearly half of what an Apple iPad costs. The 7-inch Fire HDX is perfect for the easygoing media lover who likes to travel. The tablet taps directly into Amazon’s vast library of movies, TV shows, games and e-books. If you’d like more screen real estate and more speed, pick up the Fire HDX 8.9, which was retooled this year to be faster and lighter than before (only 13.2 ounces), so you can comfortably hold it for long durations. The price is right, too. Starting at $379 from Amazon.

Kindle Fire HDX

 

Kobo Glo ($129.99) at Kobo

Surprise. An e-reader exists outside the Amazon empire. The Kobo Glo looks similar to a Kindle and does many of the same things. So why bother with such a device, you ask? Well, perhaps you want to support the little guys. With the free Kobo app, you can designate a local bookstore to get a cut of the proceeds from each e-book you buy. Everyone wins, including the lucky receiver of this affordable stocking stuffer.

Kobo Glo

 

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One response to “13 Gifts for Techies”

  1. Theresa Marie Marx says:

    Great ideas

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