Here is part one of our Christmas must haves for 2018. We have chosen the best tech on offer from stocking fillers to boys toys, we have tried to make this list as varied as possible to cater for everyone. Feel free to leave anything we missed out in the comments and let us know what you will be buying this year.
Tile Mate – £15.49 for 1 or £45.49 for a pack of 4
The Tile Mate allows you to find your lost items easier than ever. It can be connected to an app on your phone allowing you to find any item that is connected to your tile mate within Bluetooth range. If you are not within Bluetooth range however, Tile mate has created a community feature that will notify you where your lost item is when another user gets within Bluetooth range of it, all anonymously of course. They have also provided a replaceable battery option making the device even more versatile than ever. The Tile Mate has been a staple of Christmas stockings for several years now, with good reason.
TP-Link WiFi range extender RE650 – £109.97
Quite simply put, the TP-Link RE650 is a unit. It will boost your WiFi to never before seen limits. It comes with a longer spec sheet than some wireless routers including:
- simultaneous 800 Mbps on 2.4Ghz and 1,733 Mbps on 5Ghz.
- Four fixed antennas, extending WiFi range up to 14,000 sq ft.
- Targeted WiFi to devices, giving individual devices stronger connections.
- Gigabit Ethernet port providing fast wired connection for smart TV’s.
- AP mode – creates a new WiFi access point to enhance your wired connection.
- 4 x 4 MU-MIMO and beamforming technology, giving simultaneous transfer to multiple devices at 4x faster speeds.
This WiFi booster would be perfect for any large spaces such as offices, the functionality provided is near unparalleled for such a device with the price being extremely competitive considering you are purchasing from a reputable industry expert.
Nest Indoor security camera – £142.98 for one or £269 for two
The nest indoor security camera is a must have if you spend a lot of time away from home. With its motion and sound detection that alerts you direct to your mobile, you can feel safe it is always alert when your away. It boasts 1080p HD with a wide viewing angle of 130 degrees, with advanced night vision for when it gets dark. The nest doesn’t hold back on security either, with 128-bit AES encryption, TLS and 2048-bit RSA private keys, basically it’s a fortress in a security camera.
iRobot Roomba 960 – £699
The Roomba 960 is at the top end of home automated vacuum cleaners. IRobot have been in the automated vacuum cleaner business for awhile now and can guarantee innovation and reliability with their experience. The Roomba 960 comes with a 7-day programmable memory, allowing you to set it to hoover when you’re at work. It will automatically return to its base to recharge when it is low on battery to make sure it can complete any task set for it. The Roomba comes with a high efficiency filter, eliminating up to 99% of the dust in your home and includes a full indicator to let you know when it’s time to empty the tray. Perfect for someone who is on the go and doesn’t have the time to hoover every day, they are becoming more and more affordable and now would be the perfect time to invest in one.
GoPro Hero 7 – £219
The GoPro hero 7 is the latest iteration in the GoPro series. It boasts high fidelity, smooth 4k video recording, is waterproof to 10m and listens to 16 voice commands for hands free use. The GoPro is a staple among thrill seekers, bikers and pretty much anyone who likes to record what they get up to, with its social media integration you can upload images direct to your social media feeds. This latest iteration provides much anticipated features and updates to the series and is a nice fit in any stocking.