The range of tech products is so wide that sometimes it is difficult to find the right gift. All prices are rounded.
A smart watch
With up to 7 days of battery life, the Fitbit Charge 5 smartwatch is super light and can track your heart rate, sleep and exercise. One detail that bothered me when trying it on was the closure of the elastic which caught the hair on the wrist, which was quite uncomfortable. But it’s easy to find more comfortable and stylish bracelets online. Best Price: $150.
A very good watch… if you replace the rubber strap
A wireless speaker
The JBL Flip 5 is not only wirelessly and autonomously connected for up to 12 hours on battery power, but also waterproof (IPX7 certified up to 1m underwater); a perfect speaker for leisure, vacation or days by the pool. It’s even possible to pair two speakers to add more punch to your outdoor parties.
Seen for $120 at Best Buy.
JBL just launched a new version with more powerful speakers; the Flip 6 pictured in the article above, priced at $170.
An air purifier
In spring and summer, doors and windows help ventilate the home, but they also bring their share of allergens and particles of all kinds. According to manufacturer Filtrete, 9.5 million Canadians suffer from seasonal allergies with their share of sneezing and coughing.
The technologies that go into the design of air purifiers have come a long way in recent years. Equipped with laser sensors, surgical filters such as HEPA filters that retain 99.97% of suspended matter and other pollen, newer air purifiers combine with a mobile application for remote control.
Filtrete air purifiers from 3M
Here are two, Filtrete Smart Air Purifier for 150 square foot rooms2, seen at Amazon.ca for $295, or a TCL equivalent (I have one at my apartment). Simply select the model based on the area to be covered, between 180 and 600 m².2. And pay attention to the price of the replacement filters.
Connected air purifier Breeva 5
A screen that is both a monitor and a UHD TV
Samsung has produced an original display that combines both computer monitor and smart TV; the M8 UHD screen (LS32BM80GUNXGO).
It is offered in four colors but is only available in one screen size; 32 inches It is well equipped and very slim, offering a wired USB-C connection for your computer, features and functions for remote work and video games, video conferencing and even AirPlay integration for connecting Apple mobile devices. As a TV, it’s an excellent display for entertainment with its ultra-high definition and HDR10+ imaging. Of course, its 32-inch size won’t replace your 60-inch TV, but it’s desk-ready.
Seen on Amazon.ca for $850.
M8 monitor and TV
So small and yet so technically packed, the earphones impress with their efficiency, both when listening to music and when making calls. For example, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live earbuds feature active cancellation that reduces low-frequency background noise rather than voices or audio announcements – and great-sounding music.
With its charging case, the autonomy of the headphones reaches 21 hours or 6 hours of continuous listening without a case. Seen on Amazon.ca for just $110, up to 45% off the black model. And it’s even cheaper on Samsung Canada’s website: $90! Signs that the manufacturer wants to clear inventory to make room for a new product.
At Apple, I love the Beat Fit Pro equivalents, which I use for hours every day to block out noise and free my hands on the keyboard or on the phone; $250 at the Apple Store.
Beat Fit Pro earplugs
Very popular recreational drones can amuse young and old at home, on vacation or on your sports trips.
One of the most popular drones is undoubtedly the Chinese DJI Mini 2. 31 minutes of flight time, video transmission up to 10 km, stabilized 4K camera, is offered with a Best Buy Fly More kit that includes 3 batteries, a charging block for it, an 18- Includes W-USB charger and a shoulder bag. All for $700.
But as with many drones from China, precautions should be taken, as the Wirecutter website points out New York Timesof which here is an excerpt of the proposed recommendations.
DJI – Best Buy
DJI Mini 2 drone
“If you’re still interested in a DJI drone and want it to be as secure as possible, there are a few steps you can take to store your photos, videos and data locally rather than on the manufacturer’s servers.
- If using a drone, put your phone or tablet in airplane mode or enable “Local Data Mode” in the DJI app.
- Go to the DJI app settings to disable app performance and user experience data collection.
- If you don’t want to use your phone or tablet, you can fly without your device (but you’ll lose that useful video connection) or buy the DJI RC Pro controller, which has a built-in display.
- Save photos and videos only to the drone’s internal memory, microSD card or SSD storage.
- Finally, do not use social apps and websites like SkyPixel or Facebook to share drone content.”
I wish you a nice weekend!
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