Here’s Our Top 15 Gadgets for Men To Help You Live More Comfortably In 2016
Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 ($350)
The last time we were this excited about a piece of technology we had just picked up an Apple iPhone for the first time. The Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 is the first virtual reality kit that actually works. You really have to try one to believe it. The perfect gift for impressing family and friends this Christmas.
iPad Air 2 ($599)
It’s Apple’s thinnest, fastest, and most refined iPad ever. For the man who never took the tablet plunge, or simply hasn’t upgraded their older model: this is one of the best tablet computers you can buy.
MiCoach Fit Smart by Adidas ($199)
The old MiCoach was a clunky affair, but the brand’s latest offering is a retro-digital band that we love. The functions include a heart-rate monitor and pedometer. You’ll have to link up to your phone for more complicated exercise programmes, but with simple coaching delivered by visual messages, you’ll find you rarely need to.
DJI Inspire 1 ($2899)
DJi is the name on everyone’s lips when it comes to consumer drones and the Chinese brand is turning heads with the ridiculously futuristic looking Inspire 1. With its carbon fiber arms that give you a 360 degree view, integrated 4K camera that boasts 12-million pixels, a nine element lens and captures footage at 30fps, this is the drone to beat. A fantastic mobile app gives you full control and it can even be powered, simultaneously, by two remotes.
Nintendo New 3DS XL ($229)
Instead of giving us a completely new handheld console, Nintendo has instead slightly tweaked the 3DS and 3DS XL, beefing up the processor, slightly increasing the screen size on the smaller model and playing around a bit with the design. The killer addition though is the new 3D system that no longer requires you to look directly at the display and the effect won’t disappear when you move your head.
UE Megaboom ($299)
Want a loud, awesome sounding Bluetooth speaker that’s also IPX7 waterproof and packs NFC for easy pairing? Course you do. UE’s followup to the Boom, pumps the volume louder and has sharper sound with a great hit of bass. Battery life stands at about 20 hours, the wireless range is 100m (though having walls in the way does hamper that somewhat) and you can daisy-chain multiple speakers together to create stereo sound. It looks great too, which is always a plus.
LG G Watch R ($319)
LG’s Android Wear toting smartwatch is a rugged looking thing, boasting a fully circular display and a design that actually looks like a watch. The screen itself is 320×320, there’s a Snapdragon 400 processor running the show paired with 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage. You should get a full day of use before having to juice up, but you still need a pesky adaptor to plug it in as there’s no wireless charging here.
Tesla Model S (starting $69,000)
After a long wait, Tesla’s Model S all-electric car is now available . In its cheaper 60kWh version it will manage more than 200 miles on a single charge, while the 85kWh can do more than 300 if you drive carefully. A large 17-inch touchscreen controls the car, adding to its futuristic vibe. The Performance model can out accelerate an Aston Martin so it’s no slouch, either.
Throw the Panono up in the air and by the time it lands back in your hands it’ll have captured an impressive 360 degree photograph. If you don’t think that’s awesome then you don’t know awesome. The ball makes taking panoramic shots as simple as it should be – just don’t let the dog at it.
Emperor 1510 Gaming Environment ($21,500)
Luxe gaming chair resembles something from an implausible Hollywood film about hackers and includes a Bose 2.1 sound system, adjustable seat and huge array of connections. Just add your own PC or console and monitors.
Gnarboard Trail Rider ($6,100)
This “gnarly” – their word, not ours – electric skateboard packs four-wheel drive, all-terrain tyres and a terrifying 28mph top speed. One for older kids or, more realistically, you.
Royce Freedom Wallet ($99)
This passport wallet is about as high-tech as they come. Made of a durable leather, your passport fits in a compartment on one side with room for credit cards and identification on the other side. Tucked inside, there’s a Bluetooth tag that syncs with your phone. If you misplace the wallet or someone steals it, your phone will start beeping. An RFID shield also protects you from hackers who might try to steal data off the RFID chip in your
HooToo HT-TM04 TripMate Elite Versatile Wireless N Travel Router ($47)
This multi-purpose gadget solves a few problems. First, it is a portable Wi-Fi router, so if a hotel room only allows one connected gadget over wireless, you can connect the HooToo using Ethernet and then connect with multiple gadgets. It’s also a two-port USB charger for your phones and tablets. Connect a thumb drive, and you can share files on mini network.
Equil Smartpen 2 ($170)
A stylus (a.k.a., tablet pen) is handy if you need to jot notes down on a tablet like the iPad. Yet it’s easy to create smudges with your palm or make stray markings. The Equil Smartpen 2 syncs to your tablet and transfers what you write using a ballpoint pen on a real pad. You can see what you write in real-time or record your notes and sync them later.
FAVI DLP Pico Smart Projector ($500)
While older portable projectors were either bulky or too dim for serious conference room use, this new FAVI Pico Smart Projector shines a bright 100-lumens image and doesn’t require a smartphone. Instead, you can run Android apps like Dropbox or Chrome for your slideshow. The image size is up to about 10 feet. The projector can also run on battery power for up to two hours. You connect to the internet using the built-in Wi-Fi to run the apps.