Christmas Gadget Gifts

T3 Magazine|December 2019

Christmas Gadget Gifts
Looking for the best new tech upgrade to put on your wishlist? Or something unmissable for the tech lover in your life who’s hard to buy for? Welcome to the world’s greatest gadget grotto…
Alex Cox

SOUND & VISION

Indulge your senses (or those of the person you’re buying for) with a sleigh-full of awesome-sounding TV and audio tech

AMAZON ECHO STUDIO

Apple HomePod? Google Home Max? Three can play at that game! Amazon’s high-end everywhere-firing 3D audio speaker uses Dolby Atmos tech to really dial up the hi-fi immersion, with all the convenience and smarts of the usual Echo line. £189, amazon.co.uk

SAMSUNG Q900R QLED 8K TV

This Christmas, grab a next-gen 8K TV for the price of a high-end 4K set. Tech includes a full array backlight, rated to go around 50% brighter for HDR highlights, with impressive black levels. An AI processor handles upscaling brilliantly from 4K to 8K. £1,949, amazon.co.uk

PHILIPS OLED+ 984

Time to salivate. Philips claims its top-end telly has ‘the most advanced sound system ever offered on a TV’, and with the TV’s floating soundbar and unique centrally mounted tweeter delivering exceptional high-frequency performance, it’s hard to argue. £4,500, philips.co.uk

BENQ W2700

Texas Instruments’ 2019 4K DLP chip is quite the mover: it’s brought true 4K down to a reasonable price, and BenQ takes full advantage of it here. Impeccable contrast, HDR-Pro support and even a decent set of speakers mean this is a do-anything projector. £1,398, benq.eu

SAMSUNG QE65Q90R

Want to really see the future? It’s an extravagant gift, sure, but nobody will complain about getting Samsung’s stunning telly. With a few small tweaks, it offers much of Samsung’s advanced tech from its 8K TVs, but with a 4K panel instead. £2,499, samsung.com

PANASONIC DP-UB9000

Built like a tank, with industrial-strength internals, this is the Blu-ray player to have. Panasonic’s second-generation HCX picture processor ensures you get the finest 4K picture whether you’re playing back discs or running smart apps on board. £799, panasonic.co.uk

1 SONOS MOVE

At last Sonos brings its wireless audio smarts to something that doesn’t require mains power – juice up the Move and you can take it around the house on Wi-Fi or use it as a Bluetooth speaker if you’re partying elsewhere. Don’t worry about accidental bumps either: the Move has a tough, shock-resistant case. £399, sonos.com

2 AUDIO-TECHNICA ATLP5X

Your vinyl collection is precious and it deserves to be treated right. This Christmas, treat yourself or a loved one to Audio- Technica’s affordable newcomer. This three-speed direct drive turntable tracks perfectly, and there’s a built-in preamp to ensure good sound. £349, eu.audio-technica.com

3 ALL-NEW FIRE TV CUBE

Newly renovated for 4K output and much faster operation, the Fire TV Cube means you won’t need to make the difficult choice between putting an Echo device or a TV streamer on your Christmas list – with an integrated speaker, this is everything in one. £109, amazon.co.uk

4 SENNHEISER MOMENTUM WIRELESS

These comfortable, closed-back cans do so much it’s crazy: from auto power and smart pause to active noise cancelling with a bleed-through option to keep a little outside sound. But it’s the studio-quality sound that makes them absolute winners. £349, sennheiser.com

5 KEF LSX

For the audiophile with an aversion to wires, these smart Wi-Fi-connected bookshelf speakers are cousin to the excellent LS50s, with transparent sound output and KEF’s innovative Uni-Q integrated driver system. They’re so compact you’ll be able to fit them in almost anywhere. £999, uk.kef.com

HIGH-TECH PLAY

From drones and gaming to Lego and Star Wars, these cutting-edge toys and games will make Christmas go with a bang

LEGO HIDDEN SIDE

Lego is hands-on, it’s creative, and there’s arguably nothing with more replay value. The spooky Hidden Side sets add a whole new technological and storytelling dimension to the experience by having you hunt ghosts in AR in the sets you’ve built. From £19, lego.com

RAZER KRAKEN X

The price and lighter weight of the Kraken X might fool you into thinking otherwise, but custom-tuned 40mm drivers and a solid cardioid mic make this is one monster of a headset whether you’re using it on a PC, a console, or a phone. £49, razer.com

SPHERO MINI ACTIVITY KIT

What could be better than a smartphone-controlled robotic ball? All that plus a host of STEM-inspired activities, a construction kit for mazes and race tracks, and a cover for customising your auto-rolling robosphere, that’s what. £79, sphero.com

MSI GS75 STEALTH 8SG

Make someone’s face light up with outrageous laptop power in a tiny shell. Good for work, better for games, with an eighth-generation Core i7, a slim-bezel 144Hz display, an RTX 20-series graphics card and a whole bunch of other best-in-class internals. From £1,999, msi.com

OAXIS MY FIRST DRONE

Fully encased to protect little fingers from spinning rotors, and controllable with the wave of a hand, this is the perfect starter drone. It won’t fly too high (under three metres), and its sensors mean it cleverly avoids collisions all by itself. £35, myfirst.tech

1 ROLLPLAY WAVE CATCHER ELECTRIC SCOOTER

Switching the rear wheel for a skateboard-style truck gives this 6mph scooter a different look and feel, with a deck that tilts as you ride for a surf-style experience. The handlebar allows for one-handed riding – pair with pads! £199, rollplay.com

2 STAR WARS D-O INTERACTIVE DROID

Adopt a puppy, or adopt a Bluetooth controlled monowheel balancing puppy that can chase an infra-red beacon ball? It’s a no-brainer, and D-O’s prime position in The Rise of Skywalker means this is going to roll right off the shelves. £140, hasbro.com

3 NINTENDO SWITCH LITE

More compact, packed with battery and now sporting a proper D-pad, the Switch Lite takes the portable part of Nintendo’s hybrid console and turns it into a superbly lightweight handheld. The ideal gift for whiling away Christmas. £199, nintendo.co.uk

4 PARROT ANAFI FPV DRONE

Everything you need for FPV flight, from the goggles to the 4K HDR drone to a backpack which doubles as a launchpad – and with Parrot’s super-simple Arcade Mode control scheme, you might even avoid a catastrophic crash before bedtime. £729, parrot.com

5 OCULUS QUEST

VR without the BS: the Quest is virtual reality for those who just want to play. No restrictive cables, no outrageous PC – just an all-in-one headset with roomscale tracking and a guardian system to stop you blundering into the Christmas tree. From £399 (64GB), oculus.com​

COMFORTABLE HOME

Kick back and relax in a smarter, more comfortable home this Christmas after decking it out with these stylish gadgets and homewares

1 ULLO WINE PURIFIER

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