There's Something For Everyone (If You Happen To Fall Into This Particular Group Of People)
HWM Singapore|December 2019
‘Tis the season to be giving, but fret not, we’re here to help with a gift guide for that very specific type of techie in your life.

THE GRUMPY DAD

The Grumpy dad has found out he's no longer hip (except for a hip replacement) and even his dad bod is out of style. where he used to be cutting trend, he is now left behind and wishes technology could help him keep better control of his work, life and his family.

Can technology help him keep track of his kids online and spy on who they hang out with? can it connect him to his hobbies and help him relive his glory days?

IN HIS POCKET

XIAOMI NOTE 8

Android will only do for the man who doesn’t quite understand how everything works but loves the free games and apps. besides, pokemon go is still playable and is something the whole family can play together. For a device there is none better than the Xiaomi Note 8.

ON THE GO LENOVO THINKPAD X1 CARBON

it’s not the latest, but like him, it keeps working. nothing fancy, just a simple device provided by work to get the job done. younger colleagues may demand a fancy new MacBook but the sturdiness and brick-like quality of his workhorse can’t be denied. besides, the red button brings back memories of IBM.

ANKER POWERCORE SELECT 10000MAH PORTABLE POWERBANK WITH DUAL 12W OUTPUT PORTS

Simple and with enough USB ports to keep his devices powered, the Anker powercore select 10000mah portable power bank has enough juice to power even high-end smartphones like the Samsung galaxy s10 and the iPhone Xs more than twice over. all of the power to keep your mobile devices going in a package that can still fit into a pocket.

ASUS ROG SWIFT PG35VQ

An awe-inspiring 35-inch, 3440 x 1440 curved hdr, 21:9 ultrawide monitor running a crazy 200hz refresh rate, the Asus rog swift pg35VQ is 1,000 nits of peak brightness, and 90% dci-p3 coverage. it even comes with g-sync support. Whether gaming, watching movies or even doing mundane work, there is more than enough real estate to do more than one thing on this monitor. Who can stay grumpy with a large screen?

CREATIVE SXFI AIR

With personalized mapping, the Creative SXFI Air headphones gently cup the ears without any soreness or feeling of comfortableness. The sound quality for both movies and games is akin to listening using a 7.1 surround sound system in your head. The richness of sound and throbbing bass from a Star Destroyer flying by or the drums during the William Tell overture all sound so much better from these headphones.

THE SNOBBY AUDIOPHILE

Audiophiles aren’t snobs! They are just discerning individuals who happen to have a deep passion for music. They know that anything worth doing is worth doing well and so having music alone isn’t enough, it needs to be reproduced faithfully and with deft and fidelity. respect the artiste and the craft! So give the gift of sound this Christmas with these carefully curated gift suggestions for the demanding audiophile.

IN HIS POCKET APPLE iPhone 11 PRO-MAX

Why is an iPhone the perfect phone for an audiophile? It has no headphone jack, it doesn’t have a built-in audiophile-grade DAC, it doesn’t even support LDAC. purists know that nothing beats a wired connection, and if you are going wired, you might as well pair it with an external DAC. If you are going to pair it with an external DAC, AudioQuest’s Dragonfly USB DACs are a no-brainer. Android support for these USB DACs are patchy, but iPhones work flawlessly.

ON THE GO AudioQuest DRAGONFLY COBALT

Get a Lightning to USB adapter, plug the Dragonfly Cobalt into your iPhone, plug in your favourite headphones, and thank us later. This little USB DAC — the size of a typical USB flash drive — gives a massive audio upgrade to your iPhone. It just makes everything sound richer, fuller, and more incisive. best of all, when you are back home, it’s slots perfectly into your desktop or living setup too. This has got to be the audiophile bargain of the year.

APPLE AIRPODS PRO

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