Fourth episode of the Gizmodo podcast tools It just fell, and this week, we’re getting ready for the holidays. Your hosts, Gizmodo Reporter Florence Ion and Senior Editor Caitlin McGarry, explain the latest tools we’re testing and reviewing. Usually, we interview fellow Gizmodo reporters about the biggest tech news this week. But this week, we’ll walk you through what to buy and what not to care as you look for gifts this shopping season.
Caitlin and Flo’s gadgets range from our favorite headphones and earbuds we’ve reviewed and tested with stress to the smartwatches we wear. We’ll go through how to make gift giving even more special by encouraging you to take the extra step. For example, why not consider bundling a subscription service with those that can be worn in the box? We’ve included a full list of all the products mentioned in the podcast if you scroll down.
We know it’s been a challenging year – sorry, a Little Years. But if you’re shopping for someone you love, maybe one of these gadgets will give them a little joy. Check out the podcast below, then check out our list of VIPs.
Best gifts for the music lover in your life
If you’re looking for something for the fitness enthusiast who sweats a lot, their earbuds won’t stay in, then the Beats Fit Pro ($ 200An excellent option, they are available in different colors. that’s how you do Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 ($150), which is so comfortable that Flo sleeps every night with one in her ear. You can even consider an aftermarket bag to dress up and cover from the elements.
Looking for a pair of over-the-ear boxes for the exhausted parent in your life? The AirPods Max ($550) is our premium pick for “sparkling audio” (as we noted in our initial review) and impressive ANC. It also integrates seamlessly with other Apple devices.
The Sony WH-1000XM4 (350 dollars) is also one of the best options. It’s comfortable to wear on most work days, and it can be easily connected to Android and iOS devices. It also features great spatial sound and ANC.
For everyone else, the UE Boom 3 ($150) has been around for a while, but it remains one of the best Bluetooth speakers you can take everywhere. It has a powerful sound, comes in different colors and patterns, and can withstand water splashes. If you’re lucky, you may find one at super discounts.
Best gifts for your favorite health
If the person you are buying for has a smartwatch in their wish list, get it Apple Watch Series 7 ($399) if they are an iPhone user, or a file Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 ($250) if they are all running Android. Both smartwatches feature similar health tracking features, including ECG monitoring and plenty of third-party apps. The Fitbit Sense ($330) is also worth considering for its focus on fitness and cross-platform compatibility.
Don’t forget to pair your new watch with a subscription! Use of Caitlin and Flu peloton ($13/month) and hyperbole ($18 a month), respectively, and both services integrate with broader tracking apps like Strava Pro ($5 per month).
The best gifts to add elegance to the house
Listen, we all know Siri isn’t the best assistant, but HomePod Mini ($99) Very cute, delivers excellent sound, and is now available in a variety of bold colors. It also supports Apple’s HomeKit, so you might consider bundling one up with a few small smart home accessories — we didn’t mention them in the podcast, but A guide to the best smart home gadgets A great place to start.
For Google users, a file live mini ($30-$50) Good and cheap. If you use Alexa to control your smart home, the Echo 4th generation loudspeaker ($100 dollarsA good choice for audio enhancement and integrated smart home hub. There are “watch” versions of these smart speakers as well. Lenovo makes a version of the Google Assistant called smart watch 2 ($70) comes with optional wireless charging, while Amazon has a tabletop version called echo dot ($60) with an analog watch face.
The company formerly known as Facebook go gate ($ 200), which is the only smart display we recommend this season. It has a battery, so you can carry it around, and it features a physical mute switch to instantly shut off the camera and microphone. It’s not the best for controlling a smart home unless you specifically use Alexa and it’s preprogrammed through the app. But the video chat capabilities, helped in part by its moving camera, are the kind of thing that would bring tears to a family member’s eye. As a bonus, it also makes a great all-around castle TV for kids with its built-in browser, which works well with most video streaming sites.
Best gifts to beautify a home office
Keyboards and mice make everything cute. Peripherals can make a thoughtful gift, especially if you choose one in the right color. Logitech introduced a lineup Colorful gaming accessories which is within everyone’s reach. And you can’t go wrong with Logitech K380 ($30This multi-device Bluetooth keyboard is a great backup keyboard available in a range of colours.
If you have a budding mechanical keyboard creator in your life, consider pairing Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini ($180) or any other mechanical gaming keyboard with one of its newer keyboards Personalization groups. The kits work with different keyboards as well, provided you use the standard key holder.
what not to buy
Don’t buy anyone on your list anything that has a camera built into it unless they have already agreed to the monitoring tools and responsibilities that come with them. (We recommended the video chat tool above, but we feel the privacy protections are sufficient enough to make a good gift for a family.)
Steer clear of giving away security systems, including Google’s security cameras and Amazon’s Ring security system. We also warn you about any Bluetooth trackers, because although they are useful, they can be used nefarious purposes.
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