Which new tech did you receive over the festive season?

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Everybody loves a new bit of tech and Christmas is the ideal time to get it. After all, you’re likely to have had at least a couple of days off work, giving you loads of time to set up and play with your new gadget or piece of kit.

If you didn’t quite get what you wanted for Christmas, you may have been left feeling a little disappointed. However, all is not lost! The good news is there are loads of great deals to be had on tech items at the moment – giving you the perfect opportunity to make up for those Christmas gift ‘fails’. Here’s a rundown of our top tech items to get your hands on... 

 

Smart watch

If you haven’t got yourself a smart watch yet, where have you been?! Not only allowing you to make calls via your wrist and providing a quick and easy way to check what notifications are on your smartphone, some models also have integrated fitness and health apps – removing the need for you to wear a separate device for this. The Apple Watch Series 2 has big improvements compared to its predecessor – the original smart watch, the Apple Watch. The latest model has improved battery life and now comes with integrated GPS that works independently from your iPhone, meaning you can track a run, follow map directions, and monitor your health without needing to be in range of your iphone.

Echo Dot

If you love being ‘connected’, the Amazon Echo Dot is where it’s at. A hands-free, voice-controlled device, the Echo Dot uses Alexa a your very own personal assistant to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms and more. And there’s no need to worry about the technology getting out of date - Alexa updates through the cloud automatically and is continually learning, adding new features and skills.

Headphones

If you spend much time commuting to work you’ll no doubt find listening to music or podcasts on your phone a Godsend. Headphones are more than just a functional device these days; from in-ear to over-ear, wireless to corded, noise-cancelling – there are options to suit everyone and that’s before you’ve even considered the sound quality or look of the headphones you choose. They may be a bit pricey but we love Bose’s QuietComfort 35 headphones. These wireless, noise-cancelling headphones are a step up from the company’s corded QC25 noise-cancelling model for only a marginal additional amount. With Bluetooth technology and superior noise-cancellation, music and podcasts sound so much better.

Instant printers

We’re all busy snapping away with our smartphones; taking selfies, pictures of places we go and things we do, but how often do any of these photos actually make it out of our phones and onto actual, printed pictures we can put up? There are some brilliant portable photo printers coming onto the market – perfect for bringing your digital snaps into everyday reality. As the original brand behind the concept of instant photos, Polaroid’s Zip Instant Photoprinter is a popular choice. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth and has a rechargeable battery that’s good for printing around 25 shots.

Power bank

It’s all well and good having all the latest tech items but if you’re out and about without battery, all your information and media is left inaccessible. There are a wide range of power bank options out there costing anything between a few quid and £100. Bear in mind that although delivering the best and quickest power option, larger power banks will be heavier and therefore more cumbersome to cart around. We like this Zendure A2 power bank available from Amazon as a good compromise between price, portability and charging capacity.


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