Tech gadgets - Gift ideas for Black Friday and Christmas shopping (2017)
Black Friday and the Christmas shopping season are coming, and you may want to buy some gifts for yourself, your friends and family or co-workers. If you need fresh cool ideas for tech gadgets that you can buy at the end of 2017, we have the perfect list for you. It includes smartphones you might not have considered buying (but they rock), impressive Mini PCs, gaming laptops, keyboards, mice and headsets, a few remarkable wireless routers and some useful gadgets that don't cost much. Read on and see our suggestions for tech gifts:
Smartphones: Huawei P10, ASUS ZenFone 4 Max 5.5, and Huawei P10 lite
Huawei P10 - the affordable, charming flagship
Everybody talks about the latest iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy S8. While they are great smartphones, they are also extremely expensive. If you want a flagship smartphone at a reasonable price, with a great camera and elegant looks, you should look at Huawei.
We reviewed Huawei P10, and we loved it. While it is not perfect, it does have a lot of charm, and it makes for an ideal gift to a person you appreciate. You can find it both on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
ASUS ZenFone 4 Max 5.5 - a great choice for those that want long-lasting battery life
There are some smartphone users who are interested in battery capacity more than everything else. They don't want a smartphone that they have to charge every day. The trouble is that most of the smartphones with big batteries tend to be ugly and they offer low performance. One smartphone that stands out and offers a good user experience, alongside great battery life is ASUS ZenFone 4 Max 5.5. You can find some great offers for it on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
Huawei P10 lite - the best smartphone for budget users
Not everyone wants to spend a lot of money on their smartphone. Most users want something that works fast when using common apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger, YouTube, Spotify and so on. For such tasks, you don't need a flagship. We were very impressed this year by Huawei P10 lite: a very affordable smartphone with mid-range performance and features that match smartphones that cost 50% more. Read our review and check the offers that are available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
Mini PCs: ASUS VivoPC X and ASUS VivoMini UN65U
ASUS VivoPC X - VR-Ready for the living room
Microsoft has invested a lot into VR and support for Mixed Reality technologies, in their latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. ASUS has also developed a great mini PC for VR experiences, that takes little space in your living room and offers a great user experience. As a bonus, it is certified to work with Oculus Rift. Read our ASUS VivoPC X review and see the offers that you can get on Amazon.com.
ASUS VivoMini UN65U - processing power in a small package, at an affordable price
MiniPCs are perfect for users who are not interested in gaming and desire a PC that they can work on, in a small form factor, with lots of connectivity options and performance, all at an affordable price. ASUS VivoMini UN65U is one of the best mini PCs that money can buy. You should check it out on Amazon and Amazon UK.
Gaming laptop: Lenovo Legion Y520
Lenovo Legion Y520 - affordable gaming laptop
We tested a few gaming laptops this year, and most of them did not impress us, with only one exception: Lenovo Legion Y520. This is an affordable gaming laptop and a perfect gift for someone who enjoys playing games. Read our review and see the offers on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
Keyboards: HyperX Alloy FPS and Logitech K810
HyperX Alloy FPS: great for gaming, great for typing at an excellent price
Once you use a mechanical keyboard, you won't want other types of keyboards. At least not if you are serious about typing on your computer and especially not if you are into gaming. This year we fell in love with HyperX Alloy FPS. It is a minimalist keyboard, with excellent build quality, backlighting, and a reasonable price. Check it out on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
Logitech K810: the best portable Bluetooth keyboard
This keyboard is not new, but it is one of the best mobile keyboards that money can buy. If you need a flexible keyboard that you can connect to all kinds of devices (tablets, smartphones, Smart TVs, Mini PCs), on which you can type comfortably, this is the model to buy. You won't be sorry you did. Search for Logitech K810 on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Elite
Razer DeathAdder Elite and Chroma: a classic that is hard to outmatch
This mouse is not new either and it is aimed at gaming enthusiasts. However, it is a great choice for any right-handed computer user. It is incredibly fast, precise and it features a pleasant lighting system. Read our review of the older Razer DeathAdder Chroma or check the latest Razer DeathAdder Elite on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
Headset: HyperX Cloud Alpha
HyperX Cloud Alpha: great sound for gaming and multimedia experiences
The trouble with gaming headsets is that they offer a great experience when playing games but they tend to be very average when listening to music or watching videos. HyperX Cloud Alpha is one of the few headsets that does everything right. It features a new dual chamber design that makes it an excellent choice for many users. Go to Amazon and buy it.
Wireless routers: ASUS RT-AC86U and TP-Link Archer C120
TP-Link Archer C1200 - this year's king of affordable WiFi routers
The market for affordable wireless routers is a very competitive one, and this year, only one model has managed to impress with its balance between price, performance, and features. TP-Link Archer C1200 features a mature firmware, good WiFi coverage, and fast WiFi on the 5 GHz wireless frequency. It also has an unbeatable price on Amazon and Amazon UK.
ASUS RT-AC86U - high-end networking with awesome built-in security
ASUS shines when it comes to advanced wireless routers. This year, they launched a new model that features the latest WiFi technologies and also the best security you can get on a wireless router for the home. Read our review of the ASUS RT-AC86U and look for it on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
Geeky gadgets: Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 3C, TP-Link UP525 Fast USB Charger, and Sony SRS-XB40 Bluetooth speaker
Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 3C - the perfect memory stick for USB Type C
USB Type C is enjoying increased adoption in the mobile space. You see it on smartphones, tablets, and ultrabooks. However, PC users are still stuck to the old USB ports on their desktops and laptops. If you want to transfer data between computers and mobile devices with ease, this dual memory stick is a great choice. Read our review of the Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 3C and check it out on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
TP-Link UP525 Fast USB Charger: charge up to five mobile devices at once, with one plug
TP-Link UP525 is a great gift for any person who has to carry more than two mobile devices when they travel. Having lots of chargers with you is a drag. With TP-Link UP525, you can charge up to five devices at once, on a single electrical outlet. It also offers fast-charging for smartphones that have this technology. This is a great gift idea that doesn't cost a lot of money. Head over to Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk and check it out. We recommend the 40W version. It is even better than the 25W version that we tested.
Sony SRS-XB40 Bluetooth speaker: perfect for parties on the go
Do you have a youngster in your family who likes to party? He or she wants to improve parties in all kinds of locations, from pools to the seaside or the mountains? In this case, you should consider the Sony SRS-XB40 Bluetooth speaker. It delivers plenty of bass, loud sound, and flashy colors. It is perfect for listening to electronic music genres and hip-hop at an improvised party. You can find it both on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
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What tech gadgets do you want to buy for Black Friday and Christmas?
We hope that you have enjoyed our roundup of tech gift ideas and that you found some inspiration. Before closing this article, let us know what tech gifts did you decide to make at the end of 2017. What do you want to buy for yourself and your loved ones?