December 22, 2017
Black Friday has come and gone, and now the official holiday season is almost over as well. Every year, technology developers reveal the latest gadgets, gizmos, and robots, and every year, they make for great gifts. 2017 is no different. From smart home devices to the internet of things and video games, the top tech gifts of 2017 are sure to be a hit across the country.
Here are our picks for the top tech gifts to keep an eye on this holiday season:
Mindsight’s Top 5 Holiday Technology Gifts for 2017
The Amazon Echo is quickly becoming commonplace in homes around the country. This smart home device allows you to speak to “Alexa” as a personal home assistant. You can ask her to play music, ask questions, and integrate with other smart home appliances.
The second generation of the Amazon Echo has much better sound quality. It has a pair of Dolby-tuned audio drivers and seven-built-in microphones to improve Alexa’s ability to hear your commands. Beyond that, it has all the same features and capabilities that made the first generation so successful. If you don’t already have a home assistant, the second generation at $80 is a fine value.
Nintendo Switch — $300
The Nintendo Switch is proving to be extremely popular. Part handheld gaming device, part console system, the Nintendo Switch provides versatility to the gaming experience. Players can seamlessly transfer from their handheld system to playing on a television set by docking the console and removing the controller pieces from the side of the device.
The system is new, but it already has a number of well-received games and new installments in old franchises available. Add on a few accessories, and the Nintendo Switch makes the perfect gift.
Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch — $299
Fitbit has finally made the jump to full smartwatches with the new Ionic Smartwatch. It includes an accurate heart-rate monitor, GPS, guided workouts, and more. From there, it also includes many features unique to smartwatches. You can install apps, make payments, and receive notifications from your smartphone.
If you already use a smartwatch or Fitbit, this is an excellent gift to bring both technologies together.
Frequent travelers in your life will find the Incase NoviConnected Travel Roller an exciting combination in form and function. It combines sleek design with an assortment of tools for the modern traveler. It includes a battery, a USB-C and USB port, and a built-in Bluetooth tracker. Users will be able to charge whatever device they need using the built-in battery, and a smartphone app will help you track your luggage and monitor its remaining battery life.
When most tech gifts are the same keyboards, game consoles, watches, and phones, the Incase NoviConnected Travel Roller brings smart connectivity concepts to an old product.
This product was just too weird not to include. It might be part gag gift, but for the right technology fan, this candle is sure to be a memorable gift. The Inspire Mac Candle No. 2 is just a standard candle, but it is crafted to smell like a newly un-boxed Apple phone or laptop. They add in some notes of tarragon and lemon to make the smell more distinct.
If you have a loved one who likes watching unboxing videos, this just might be the perfect candle.
A Holiday Season to Remember
Every year there’s something exciting in technology to scoop up, and we’re already looking forward to next year. Amazon and Google smart home appliances are quickly taking off, and developers continue to release more and more products to integrate them with. Happy shopping this year, and enjoy these tech gifts while you can. Ten years from now, we’ll be looking back at 2017 as a simpler time in technology.
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