Shopping for the perfect gift for yourself or others for the holidays? Whether you’re looking to spruce up the house with some new technology or to dominate Christmas better than Kris Kringle, Tech Daddy has you covered with our list our Top Tech gifts for the 2017 holiday season.
- Bargain Smart Speakers
- High Quality Smart Speakers
- Smart Watches
- Gaming Consoles
- Tablets (Pro)
Best Bargain Smart speakers
Small, useful, relatively inexpensive.
Amazon Echo Dot: Amazon’s smallest and most affordable smart speaker. Comes with full access to Amazon’s smart assistant Alexa, and with the capability to pair with your favorite Bluetooth speaker for better sound when playing music.
Google Home Mini: Small smart speaker, powered by the Google Assistant (the best assistant currently on the market). You can use this speaker to answer questions, control your smart devices, and play music from your Google Music subscription or Bluetooth your favorite songs directly from your phone.
High Quality Smart Speakers
The new trend in smart speakers is brining audio quality to your smart assistant. This makes sense, because what you’ll find is your speaker will be used 90% of the time to play music from your subscription service.
Sonos One with Alexa: The quality of the industry leading Sonos speakers infused with Amazon’s personal assistant Alexa.
Wearable technology is huge right now. With the ability to track fitness, answer phone calls, and keep you connected to your other devices, smart watches are quickly becoming a must have accessory.
Apple Watch Series 3 – This is the smart watch your Apple lover has been waiting for. Freedom! No longer will you have to be tethered to your phone!
LG Watch Sport – Widely considered the best android smart watch on the market. It has all the in-demand features you want, and LG worked with Google to make sure this watch takes full advantage of Android Wear 2.0.
Fitbit Charge 2: It’s a great fitness tracker, and it notifies you of calls, text, and calendar alerts… which is essentially everything you’ll use your smart watch for.
Advancements in production have finally put 4K televisions in the price range of the general public. Here are the top 4K televisions for the 2017 holiday season.
TCL P Series (55P607) – One of the best 4K televisions to come out in 2017 with an unbelievable price tag. Comes complete with Dolby Vision HDR and the Roku TV Smart Platform.
Sony X930E: The best LED tv on the market. If you’re looking for a 4K tv with sleek design, that has a level of quality and brightness that you can only currently get from a LED tv, then this is the television you’re looking for.
LG C7 OLED: If you’re not familiar with OLED technology, it’s widely considered the best picture quality currently available. OLED screen technology controls each individual pixel on your tv, which allows for completely turning off pixels individually to create a true black. LG is currently leading the way in the OLED tv space, and this tv is on if it’s best. This tv has a sleek ultra thin design, great operating system, improved brightness, and a semi reasonable price (at least compared to prior years and other models).
Gaming is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the world. These are the leading hit game systems for the 2017 holiday season.
Nintendo Switch: Nintendo’s innovative new game system that allows you to seamlessly switch between a portable handheld console and a home console that plays beautifully on your much larger screen tv. This console has an excellent local multiplayer experience and will be the destination for all of Nintendo’s classic franchises (Mario, Mario Kart, The Legend of Zelda).
Xbox One X: The long awaited and greatly anticipated new Xbox gaming console with native 4K HDR gaming capabilities and 4K Blu-Ray player. This gaming system greatly displays 4K HDR gaming content at 60 frames per second. Also, as a bonus, Xbox One games you already own might be automatically updated to enhanced versions for free.
Super NES Classic: For any real gamer, this is the relaunch of one of the game systems that was revolutionary at the time it was first released. This system will cause nostalgia for any seasoned gamer and will excite new gamers with classic gameplay.
PS4 Slim/ PS4 Pro: No new upgrades this year, but you can’t go wrong with one. The top selling game console for the last several years, this system is truly made for gamers, and you can’t beat the lineup of Playstation exclusive games.
In recent years the smartphone has moved from a “nice to have” item, to almost a necessity. With recent advancements in technology, your smartphone not only makes calls, but it also serves as your calendar, camera, health monitor, radio, primary internet device, and all around life manager. These are the top smartphones on the market for the 2017 holiday season.
iPhone X: You probably won’t be able to find one, but this is the “real” upgrade iPhone users have been looking for. New gestures, animojis, great camera, and it unlocks with your face. The new iPhone X will cost a little over $40 per month in phone payments on your monthly bill to get the starter version.
Google Pixel 2/Google Pixel 2 XL: The best phone camera on the market. The Pixel is Google’s flagship phone, designed to run on its Android operating system. Outside of having an excellent camera, it also has a best in class processor, and is water resistant.
Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus– The Galaxy S8 has a beautiful 5.8 inch or 6.2 inch OLED screen that spans edge across the phone. This Android device is beautifully designed, lightning fast, wirelessly charges, and is water resistant.
Still one of the best way to surf the Internet, check email, or distract a toddler quickly and easily. These following tablets can do all that and more.
iPad (2017): As always, the iPad is one of the best tablets available, updated this year with Apple’s latest technical specs and the iOS 11 software update.
Google Pixel C: Widely considered the top android tablet on the market. It has a sleek design, an aluminum build, is lighting fast, and has a beautiful 2,560×1,800-pixel resolution
If your looking for a tablet that can possibly completely replace your laptop, these are the devices that bring that type of power to the table.
iPad Pro: Finally, Apple has made the tablet it promised to us when the iPad was first introduced. This updated version of the iPad not only has the ability to perform some of your task that take up serious processing power, but the iOS 11 update has moved the iPad from a really large iPhone to something that truly feels like it could be a laptop replacement.
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017): When the Surface Pro was first introduced it set the standard for the tablet/pc hybrid. It was the first “pro” style tablet to correctly balance the portability and ease of use of a tablet with the real hardcore working capacities of a laptop. The 2017 edition of the Surface Pro keeps to this tradition and adds a few updates such as extended battery life, better CPU, and a more flexible kickstand.
If you’re in need of a computer that can really do some work (video/photo editing, record music, create presentations, data analysis), or if you just prefer something more conventional, these are the top laptops for you to search for this Black Friday.
Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: The cream of the crop for premium laptops, this newest version of Apple’s legendary MacBook Pro line comes with all the features you would look for in a premium laptop as well as Apple’s newer Touch Bar feature.
Lenovo Yoga 920: Our favorite Windows laptop for the 2017 holiday season. This is a convertible 2-in-1 laptop with a 3840 x 2160 native resolution touch screen, 8th Gen i7 processor, 16GB Ram, 512GB SSD, and a thunderbolt connection for high speed data transfers.
ASUS F556UA-AB32: If you’re looking for a great laptop for under $500… Boom! You’re welcome. This laptop comes with Windows 10, a full HD screen, 1TB HDD, 4GB of RAM, and a USB C port. Overall, a pretty solid machine for this price point.
Whether you want to immerse yourself in music, tune out the people around you, or get amped up to Migos for that final set, these are the headphones that will get you to where you’re trying to go.
BeatsX: Great for those with an active lifestyle that want headphones that will stay in place during workouts and provide quality sound. This device comes with the W1 Chip to allow for automatic pairing with Apple devices.
Apple AirPods: Currently the best totally wireless earbuds on the market (though, they definitely look really weird). These earbuds have excellent sounds quality for both listening to music and making phone calls, and come with the W1 Chip for instant pairing with your Apple Devices.
Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II: Wireless over ear headphones with amazing sound quality and active noise canceling technology. These headphones also come equipped with a one touch button to access Google Assistant on your smart device.
We hope you enjoyed our Top Tech Gifts for Christmas 2017! Are you picking anything up? Comment below and let us know!