22 Feb Upgrade Your Daily Routine With This Top Tech
This Is the Tech Gear You Should Already Own
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One thing’s for sure: A lot of guys love their tech. From smartwatches to portable phone chargers, if there’s an excuse to add something new to your collection, there’s a good chance you’ll take it. While there are probably plenty of gadgets on your current must-try list — be it the most geeked-out droid or the speediest tablet — there are a number of essential items you should already own.
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To help you wade through all the new technology and products coming to market on the daily, we’ve rounded up the must-have tech accessories for you to keep your eye on. Whether you want a gadget that helps you stay organized on-the-go or something that’s just straight-up fun, you’ll find it all in this list — and then some.
All-New Sonos Beam
As Sonos’ most advanced soundbar yet, you’ll be able to get rich high-quality sound through a compact device that can be placed right in front of your TV or mounted on the wall. Not only does it help clarify dialogue and enhance speech, so you don’t have to keep rewinding, it also has a night sound setting that lets you binge-watch your favorite show quietly without waking anyone. And thanks to built-in Alexa, you can control it all hands-free.
$399 at Amazon.com
Apple Watch Series 5
At this point, there isn’t much the Apple Watch can’t do. From tracking your fitness activity and performance to monitoring your heart rate and rhythm, this wearable tech device will quickly become one of your everyday essentials. The fact that you can pay with it and control your Apple TV, too, takes it above and beyond most smartwatches.
From $399 at Apple.com
Amazon Fire Stick
Forget messing around with multiple remotes and connecting your various devices to the TV screen and grab yourself a Fire Stick. Whether you want to watch Netflix, Prime, HBO and Disney + or stream music through Spotify and YouTube – you can access it all through the Fires Stick’s user-friendly interface. It can also be controlled via voice command, which is always a good thing.
$39.99 at Amazon.com
Audio-Technica Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable
Sure, you can play music on your phone anytime you want. It’s going to be hard to compare it to the feeling you get from playing a vinyl record, though. Grab your old albums and play them on this easy-to-operate turntable that promises clear high-quality audio. It even has a cover that protects it — and your valuable records — from getting covered in dust should you go a week between listens.
$99 at Amazon.com
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Philips Somneo Sleep and Wake-Up Light Therapy Lamp
Instead of jumping out of bed to a blaring phone alarm, rise stress free with this light therapy lamp. In the morning, the light will gradually increase, mimicking a sunrise, and when nighttime rolls around, there’s a sunset fading light to help prepare your body for sleep. You can even add nature-inspired sounds or stream soothing music from your phone.
Added bonus: It looks really sleek on your nightstand.
$199.99 at Amazon.com
DJI Mavic Mini Drone
As light as the typical smartphone, this small but mighty drone is perfectly proportioned to tote along on adventures near and far. Equipped with a 3-axis motorized gimbal, this baby stays nice and stable in the air, making it ideal to capture crisp, clear images and videos. Not only do you not need a license to fly it in the U.S. and Canada, but it can last in the air for up to 30 minutes on a single charge.
$399 at Amazon.com
Projectors have come a long way from the big, clunky models you used to roll on a cart back in grade school. This super portable model from Kodak can cast content straight from your devices (it uses USB, HDMI and micro SD cards) to a screen or wall. Get set to host movie nights from your backyard and catch up on your favorite shows while camping.
$179.99 at Amazon.com
Whether you’re flying, commuting, walking down the street or going room to room at home, the Nintendo Switch helps you stay in the game while out on the go, and you can separate the two joysticks to play with a friend or your S.O. The battery lasts from 4.5 to 9 hours depending on what game you play – Legend of Zelda takes about 5.5 hours.
$309.99 at Amazon.com
LARQ Water Bottle
While a water bottle wouldn’t typically fall under the category of tech gadgets, this is not your ordinary water bottle. The first water bottle of its kind in the world, the LARQ is designed to clean itself and purify water throughout the day. All it takes is a simple charge, and the bottle will clean itself every two hours, ensuring smells and bacteria don’t develop inside.
$125 at LiveLarq.com
Beats Studio3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Over-Ear Headphones
Once you try these over-the-ear noise-canceling headphones you’ll never go back. Sure, they’re a bit of an investment, but they come equipped with high-quality, effortless Bluetooth connectivity and 22 hours of battery life on a full charge. Whether you’re traveling or working in a busy office space, these headphones will allow you to tune out any surrounding distractions and tune into your favorite playlist or podcast.
$349.95 at Amazon.com
Tile Sticker (4 Pack)
Now that you have all these gadgets, you need to keep tabs on them – and your wallet, and your keys. Tile’s latest sticker model makes it incredibly easy to monitor your belonging’s location within a 350-foot range, and it’s fully waterproof, in case your missing item is actually outside in the rain.
$59.99 at Amazon.com
It’s easy to read on a regular basis when you’ve got an extra-thin and lightweight Kindle. This model is totally glare-free, making it possible to read outside in the sun. And since it’s waterproof, you don’t need to worry about being too precious with it when reading in the bath or by the pool.
$129.99 at Amazon.com
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HTC Vive VR Headset
Dive into the world of virtual reality with this cutting-edge headset by HTC. Provided you have a powerhouse PC capable of handling virtual reality games, this headset can transport you to any fantasy world your mind can come up with. Plus, the included wireless controllers will allow you to see your own hands in the game.
$498.90 on Amazon.com
Amazon Echo Smart Speaker
The personal assistant you’ve been waiting for is here. The Echo can play music, make calls, send messages, order groceries, and tell you essentially any fact you want to know. It also allows you to have the epitome of a smart home. When connected to other products, you can control the TV, set the thermostat, and dim the lights, all through your voice.
$74.99 at Amazon.com
Mophie Wireless Charge Pad
Keeping your phone at 100 percent just got easier with this charging pad that allows you to charge your iPhone 50 percent faster than other chargers (optimized for iPhone 11s, Xs and 8s). And no plug-in is necessary: Instead, just set your phone on the non-slip rubber-coated base and let it do its thing.
$48.92 at Amazon.com
Samsung Galaxy Wireless Earbuds
These wireless earbuds make listening to your favorite jams a whole lot more fun. Whether you’re running errands, working out or working at your desk, they will remain comfortable and lightweight in the ears. And you can adapt them to let peripheral noises through, so you can remain aware of traffic and people calling out to you.
$129.99 at Amazon.com
Ideal for browsing, jotting down notes and doodles, reading e-books or streaming your favorite shows on the go, the iPad goes above and beyond the average tablet. Those who don’t have much need for a personal laptop at home, could definitely get by with just this guy at home.
From $329 at Apple.com
If smartwatches aren’t your thing, look to the Oura ring. Modeled to look like a regular sleek metal ring, this gadget is packed with high-tech features that will help you track your sleep patterns, monitor your physical activity and check in on your health (think resting heart rate and body temperature).
From $299 at OuraRing.com
Anker PowerCore 20100 Portable Charger
Don’t let the size of this portable charger fool you. Despite being able to fit in your pocket, it can charge an iPhone 8 nearly seven times and an iPad mini twice before needing to be charged itself. Basically, it’s a must-have whenever you’re away from home to make sure all your devices stay juiced up. Plus, with a couple charging ports, you can get two jobs done at once.
$39.99 at Amazon.com
Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Speaker
If you like listening to your favorite beats in the shower, while camping, or at the beach this durable Bluetooth speaker is very necessary. It’s waterproof (and even submergible), has great sound, and lets you switch songs easily. Don’t worry about it getting in the way, either. It has a little loop at the top so you can easily hang it on a nearby hook.
$79.99 at Amazon.com
From entertainment to organization, these tech gadgets do it all. Go ahead and treat yourself and upgrade your every day.
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