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Christmas Gift Guide 2016: Gadget Geeks

Top tech for the ultimate gadget fan


HP Spectre 3


If laptops could receive awards for their looks, the HP Spectre 13 would win, easily. Weighing in at just 2.45lbs and being built from a carbon fibre and aluminium frame, it can also bask in its glory of being the world’s thinnest laptop. It’s powered by a sixth generation Intel Core i5 Processor and boasts 8GB of onboard RAM to cope with most tasks. For a laptop this thin, a specialised cooling system has been implemented. Using breakthrough cooling tech from Intel, the Spectre is capable of drawing in cool air, rather than just venting heat out.
£1,150 | $1,070 |


Dyson Supersonic


We promise you, this really is a hairdryer. The Dyson Supersonic’s unique design is one thing, but it’s the tech behind it that is truly staggering. At its core is Dyson’s Digital Motor V9, which is capable of providing 110,000 revolutions and is nearly six times faster than your standard high-street dryer. For you, it means that you’ll get a constant high-pressure jet of air that uses Dyson’s ‘Air Multiplier’ technology to spread the heat deeper towards your roots. For those worried about the high heating levels damaging their hair, don’t, as the onboard microprocessor automatically adjusts the heating element when it reaches its optimal temperature.
£300 | $400 |


DJI Phantom 4


DJI is one of the leading drone manufacturers today, and dare we say it, but the Phantom 4 could be its best ever drone. While its style is similar to that of a traditional quadcopter, it’s constructed from a magnesium skeleton, which helps keep the drone level when using its new Precision Hovering mode. It also has a unique ActiveTrack feature, so flyers can now track a moving object automatically without being constrained by distances and awkward controls.
£1,170 | $1,200 |


Samsung Galaxy S7


Every year Samsung launches a Galaxy device into the market and every year we’re beyond impressed. This year it was the turn of the Galaxy S7, a 5.1-inch smartphone that boasts an elegantly-curved front and a super- slim design to make it comfortable to hold for prolonged periods of time. At its core is a Super AMOLED touchscreen display, which is capable of producing over 16 million colours. It’s coated in Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 that helps give the S7 its industry- standard water and dustproof ratings. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find that this is the most powerful smartphone ever built. A new custom multi-core processor is 30 per cent faster than its predecessor, and there’s now 4GB of RAM to deal with the most CPU-intensive tasks you can find. Don’t worry about this new power affecting battery life, as there’s a monster 3000mAh battery embedded here that’ll keep you going for a couple of days of high usage. Take a look at the back and you’ll find a new Dual Pixel Sensor camera, which is so powerful, that you can now capture motion in your photos without a hint of blur. Who needs an iPhone when Samsung is around?
£570 | $640 |


iPad Pro 9.7


The iPad Pro not only competes with most entry level PCs, it surpasses many of them. It boasts a jaw-dropping 2048 x 1536 Retina display, which is touted as being the brightest, but least reflective, mobile display in the world. Partner that with Apple’s own 64-bit A9X chip, that is capable of running intensive video and graphic editing apps, and this is one portable computer you simply can’t live without. Of course, it wouldn’t be Apple with the accessories alongside it. Pick yourself up the Apple Pencil, a handy stylus that makes designing, writing and generally using the larger iPad Pro an absolute pleasure from start to finish.
£550 | $600 |


Raspberry Pi 3


The third iteration of the Raspberry Pi board is still the same size as a credit card, but it’s more advanced than ever before. It’s a highly modular piece of kit, meaning you can use the Pi in a whole variety of projects. Want to make your own desktop computer? Perhaps an arcade cabinet? The Pi 3 is perfect for them all. It’s aided with four USB ports, 40 GPIO pins and now includes both camera and display interfaces.
£30 | $35 |


Kindle Oasis


Not only is the Oasis the thinnest and lightest Kindle to date, it also sports a new ergonomic design with integrated buttons for faster page turns. The 300ppi display will show all your books in high-resolution glory and an adjustable front- light is the ideal accompaniment for getting optimal brightness levels throughout the day.
£270 | $310 |



Netatmo Welcome


Welcome takes away the complexity of indoor security systems, with this single tube and your smartphone being the only kit required here. It uses a complex facial algorithm, which helps it distinguish between family members and potential dangers to your home, and will instantly alert you by text, or to your smartwatch, if it thinks something isn’t quite right.
£200 | $200 |



Samsung Gear VR


Want a VR experience that doesn’t cost a fortune? The Gear VR may be your best bet. Simply slide your Samsung smartphone into the front panel and you’ll be able to immerse yourself in 360-degree virtual adventures. There’s compatibility with some of the leading video apps on Google Play and a range of exclusive games to get stuck into as well.
£80 | $100 |


This article first appeared in Gadget issue 14. For the latest tech news and reviews, buy the latest issue of Gadget here or download the digital edition.