From small tech trinkets such as a light-up USB drive to revolutionary computer additions to our culture like Google Glass, tech gifts are almost always excellent buys for the holidays. There are also many Black Friday deals online; find out more by visiting the Macy’s web store. The following five gifts are some of the best tech finds available, and they range from the most popular to the more obscure.
1. PlayStation 4
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The big winner this holiday season, and probably for the next decade, is the PlayStation 4. More than 1 million of the big-gaming boxes were sold within the first 24 hours of its official release, November 29th, notes The Los Angeles Times. Though Microsoft’s Xbox One is a fantastic gift, most budgets only fit one, next-generation video game console. The PlayStation 4’s built-in hard drive, 8 GB out-of-box memory, 2.1 Bluetooth capabilities and dual-lens camera with 30 cm capture range make the system a powerhouse monster this year. PlayStation 4 retails for $399.99.
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ChromeCast is a remote device, similar to a USB, which allows users to choose the medium they want to play. Users can select from any connected device, including an iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC, and make any adjustments from there to the television. It gives you immediate access to a full range of HD content, such as the Google app store, Netflix, Hulu, Pandora Radio, YouTube and Google Chrome. Stream content directly from your entertainment hub to your HDTV, as detailed on the official website.
3. DropCam Pro
With a smaller budget, items such as Apple TV and the PlayStation 4 get pushed aside. The DropCam Pro is an incredibly efficient alternative to a home monitoring system. It is, first and foremost, a Wi-Fi connected camera that allows you to remotely track what is going on at home. But it has a Bluetooth sensor that can detect movement or moisture in the air to alert you of any suspicious behavior. At $199, it can be a cost-effective way to protect your home.
4. FitBit Force
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The American trend towards health awareness is uplifting and positive, and the FitBit Force is another great entry in this ever-changing industry. The fitness watch is sleek and clean. It tracks calories burned, distance traveled, steps taken, stairs climbed and your active minutes in any given day, according to FitBit. Set an alarm right from the device and start the process over again. For keeping in shape and staying on a fitness regime, nothing is better. It also allows you to isolate your health habits and track improved activity over time. The FitBit Force sells for $129.99.
5. Bose SoundLink Mini
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Bose is a major brand for audiophiles who measure every little nuance in their sound. But the industry is sorely lacking in high-quality mobile speakers. For $199, the Bose SoundLink Mini speaker packs quite a punch. An aluminum body keeps it intact and sleek looking, and the charging cradle keeps the charge steady for quite a long time. It also is Bluetooth-enabled for wireless music streaming. For details, visit Bose.com.