Christmas presents: the most effective tech devices for all of the household | Shopper affairs

In case you are caught for concepts for Christmas presents this 12 months and searching for one thing extra thrilling than socks, listed here are some devices that may be simply the ticket.

From folding telephones, headphones and VR headsets to good audio system and eco-friendly telephone instances, all of those nice devices are wonderful, constructed to final and received’t find yourself languishing in a drawer or, worse, the bin.

Fairphone 4 smartphone

The Fairphone 4 is a contemporary 5G Android telephone that’s ethically produced and repairable at dwelling. {Photograph}: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

RRP: £499

Probably the most moral, repairable smartphone you should purchase somebody has had a giant improve for 2021 and has a extra trendy design, 5G and quicker chips. The Fairphone 4 is constructed to final, with software program help till 2027 and a five-year guarantee.

It nonetheless comprises loads of recycled and ethically sourced supplies, has modular elements you may exchange your self with only one small screwdriver, and a detachable battery, which is nice for about two days.

The digital camera continues to be a piece in progress, there’s no headphone jack and it isn’t the quickest smartphone you will get however it does the job with little fuss. Fairphone will recycle an equal gadget for every unit bought, making the telephone e-waste impartial, too. You might be paying about £200 greater than for a comparable telephone from the corporate’s rivals however that helps pay the manufacturing facility employees who make the Fairphone an actual dwelling wage.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 smartphone

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The Galaxy Z Flip 3 has one lengthy display that folds in half like a make-up compact. {Photograph}: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

RRP: £949 – offers from £799

Not solely is the Z Flip 3 a cutting-edge piece of expertise however it’s a terrific telephone as well. Samsung’s reinvention of the flip telephone places a 6.7in versatile display within the centre of a traditional clamshell design, giving it the most effective of each worlds: a giant, luscious display to rival superphones and a compact dimension, which implies you may really match it in your pocket when folded up.

Good cameras, high efficiency and good software program with no less than 4 years of updates, plus water resistance imply you aren’t dropping something in contrast with regular telephones that value simply as a lot. Plus, there’s something very satisfying about closing the telephone to hold up on a name.

In case you want a fair larger show, Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 places a folding pill display in your pocket, too.

Apple iPad (ninth gen) pill

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The ten.2in iPad is all of the pill most want for watching TV, searching the net and viewing pictures. {Photograph}: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

RRP: £319

On the subject of a pill for watching TV, taking part in video games and studying the Guardian, Apple’s fundamental iPad is the best choice for most individuals. The recycled aluminium physique is stable, the ten.2in display is nice and the audio system are first rate. The highly effective chip, lengthy battery life and 64GB of storage will probably be sufficient for apps and video games. Very lengthy software program help means the pill will final years, too.

The sensible new 12-megapixel “Centre Stage” digital camera mechanically pans and scans to maintain you in view for video calls. Apple’s App Retailer has all of the media and pill apps you would need, and equipment akin to keyboards and instances are extensively accessible if you wish to use it extra as a pc.

Apple MacBook Air M1

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The MacBook Air is skinny, gentle, highly effective, lasts a very long time on battery and is made out of recycled aluminium. {Photograph}: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

RRP: £999 – offers from £850

Apple’s change from Intel processors to M1 chips of its personal design has remodeled the MacBook Air from a low-power skinny and light-weight machine into the greatest client laptop computer you should purchase. The M1 chip is superfast and highly effective however allows gamechanging battery life in extra of 16 hours of labor – a number of days away from the charger are actually doable.

It has no fan, so runs completely silently, the display is nice, the keyboard and trackpad are top notch, the modern physique is made out of recycled aluminium and it comprises recycled tin and plastic, too.

The webcam isn’t the most effective and it solely has two USB-C/Thunderbolt ports however you must spend a major quantity extra to beat the M1 MacBook Air.

Ikea Symfonisk image body wifi speaker

Ikea Symfonisk picture frame
This image body hides a wonderful Sonos wifi speaker behind a chunk of artwork. {Photograph}: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

RRP: £179

Ikea’s partnership with the wifi-speaker maker Sonos has created some novel units. Following on from a shelf and a lamp that double as audio system, comes the Symfonisk image body, which hides a speaker behind artwork in your wall – and it sounds surprisingly good.

It may be hung or leant in opposition to the wall, streams music over wifi from nearly any music service accessible and might even be linked up wirelessly as a pair with one other or as a part of a seamless multiroom audio system. It nonetheless wants an influence cable working down your wall however you get a selection of white or black frames and the artwork print will be swapped out simply for a selection of others – although not but your personal print.

Sonos Roam speaker

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The Sonos Roam is a conveyable speaker that sounds so good you’ll want to use it at dwelling, too. {Photograph}: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

RRP: £179

Most Bluetooth audio system are high quality on the street however are instantly relegated to a drawer whenever you get dwelling. Not so the Sonos Roam, which works so effectively you’ll wish to use it in the home, too.

It has wifi for instantly streaming music at dwelling, supporting virtually each music service underneath the solar and Alexa or Google Assistant voice management. It has Bluetooth, too, for hooking up your telephone on the street. It’s waterproof, sturdy, gentle and compact however packs a giant, high quality sound. It lasts 10 hours on battery, charged through USB-C or wi-fi charging within the base. It could possibly even be a part of a multiroom audio setup with different Sonos audio system. Sonos guarantees to help the Roam for no less than 5 years after it stops being bought however has a historical past of doing so for for much longer and you will get the battery changed if it wears out.

Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones

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Sony’s high noise-cancelling headphones can be found in a variety of colors, not solely gray. {Photograph}: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

RRP: £259 – offers from £249

Sony’s high wi-fi headphones have an unwieldy identify however are completely implausible. They’re superlight and comfy even for prolonged listening classes, have 30+ hours of battery life, can be found in a selection of colors and fold up neatly for journey.

They’ve extraordinarily efficient noise-cancelling that works equally on flights or a commute. In addition they sound sensible, producing the form of glowing audio that may have you ever discovering new particulars in well-worn tracks. They’ve a terrific set of contact controls for playback and quantity, plus they’ll join to 2 units concurrently through Bluetooth however have a cable, too. They’re even repairable and you’ll exchange the battery if it wears out, which is uncommon on the earth of headphones.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-MX50x
Out there in black or a sequence of particular colors together with metallic orange, these headphones are studio legends for a motive: they sound nice. {Photograph}: Audio Technica

RRP: £130 – offers from £105

If you wish to give a set of wired headphones that sound nice and can go the space, you may’t go far unsuitable with these. Tremendous snug with spacious ear cups and a well-padded headband, they sound sensible with impartial, balanced audio that has made them extraordinarily well-liked with music producers. Crank up the music and luxuriate in. Their closed-back design stops everybody else from having the ability to hear what you’re listening to however they’ll solely block a small quantity of outdoor noise. They fold up pretty compactly and really feel as if they’ll take a beating.

The cable is detachable and the headphones are typically repairable, so if one thing does break you don’t need to bin them. Audio-Technica additionally makes a model with Bluetooth for a bit extra money.

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 headphones

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The Galaxy Buds 2 are Samsung’s greatest true-wireless earbuds but. {Photograph}: Samsung

RRP: £139 – offers from £99

Samsung’s newest true wi-fi earbuds are its greatest but. They don’t skimp on options, with a stable Bluetooth 5.2 connection, good energetic noise-cancelling for blocking out the commute and nice sound. They’ve good contact controls for playback, final for as much as 5 hours of music and cost totally 3 times within the compact case.

The app for updates is simply accessible on Android and they’re solely splashproof. However they’re extra repairable than most true wi-fi earbuds, so it’s doable to exchange the battery and repair them if one thing does go unsuitable.

Apple Watch Sequence 7

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The Apple Watch Sequence 7 is the most effective smartwatch however solely works with an iPhone. {Photograph}: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

RRP: £369

The greatest smartwatch you will get for an iPhone. Its massive display, snug match, 50m water resistance and slick efficiency are unrivalled. It doesn’t damage that it has a number of the most complete well being and health monitoring options accessible, together with the flexibility to take an ECG. It’s fabricated from recycled aluminium and has an inexpensive collection of third-party apps, too, together with Spotify with offline music downloads. In case you don’t need the ECG or an always-on display the Watch SE is cheaper at £249.

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 is the most effective smartwatch for Android and is about 80% nearly as good because the Apple Watch, with a lot of the similar health-tracking options and a extra conventional spherical watch form for £219.

Oculus (Meta) Quest 2 VR headset

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There’s nothing fairly just like the PC and cable-free expertise of VR within the Quest 2 for escapism. {Photograph}: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

RRP: £299

The Oculus Quest 2 from Meta (AKA Fb) is a breakthrough in digital actuality headsets that jettisoned the necessity for cables and a strong PC to create a easy, immersive set of goggles you may simply strap on to enter a very completely different world. The headset is highly effective sufficient to make the expertise clean and convincing. It’s fairly gentle and comfy. The battery lasts about three hours, and there’s an ever rising library of video games and experiences, together with from big-name manufacturers akin to Star Wars, Beat Saber and Resident Evil.

The recipient will want a Fb account and sufficient area to stroll and swing their arms round however there’s nothing fairly prefer it for escapism.

Google Nest Hub 2

Google nest hub 2
The Nest Hub 2 tracks sleep utilizing radar somewhat than a gadget on the wrist and makes a terrific picture body. {Photograph}: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

RRP: £90 – offers from £54

Google’s second-generation Nest Hub places the corporate’s voice assistant in a handsome 7in good show constructed from 54% recycled plastic. With no digital camera to fret about, it makes an excellent alarm clock. It could possibly wake you with a dawn impact and sound, and you’ll silence alarms by waving your hand at it. It additionally options radar-based sleep monitoring without having to put on a gadget. The display could be a sensible digital picture body for all of your favorite snaps.

Google Assistant is beneficial, and the speaker’s fairly good, in a position to play radio together with BBC, Spotify and others, or stream music through Bluetooth out of your telephone, making it simply nearly as good within the lounge or kitchen.

Amazon Echo Dot

amazon echo dot
The fourth-generation Echo Dot is offered with or with out an LED show for the time. {Photograph}: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

RRP: £49.99 – offers from £29

As a small good speaker to play music and the radio, set timers and reply questions, the lovable ball-shaped Echo Dot is nice. Merely ask Alexa for BBC or business radio and also you’re away. The speaker is healthier than rivals’ and loud sufficient for small rooms. You possibly can flip two right into a stereo pair. It helps most typical music companies over wifi, or you may join your telephone through Bluetooth or the three.5mm analogue jack on the again.

It comes with or with out a hidden LED show for the time or alarms, and comprises recycled cloth, plastic and aluminium.

Logitech MX Keys Mini keyboard

logitech mx keys mini
Enticing and with wonderful typing and key really feel, there aren’t many slimline keyboards higher than the MX Keys Mini. {Photograph}: Logitech

RRP: £99 – offers from £87

Working from dwelling could be a little bit of a drag, so including a bit little bit of luxurious to the pc the one you love is caught in entrance of for hours on finish could make it a bit extra bearable for them. Logitech’s newest rechargeable Bluetooth keyboard is a compact model of its sensible MX Keys. With a number of the greatest laptop-style typing you will get, it makes each key-press responsive and satisfying, whereas not taking on an excessive amount of room on a desk.

It’s constructed from as much as 30% recycled plastic, works with a number of platforms and might pair to as much as three units without delay, shortly switching between them on the press of a key, has an automated backlight and loads of customisation choices, too.

Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse

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This Bluetooth mouse is constructed from recycled plastic bottles taken from the ocean. {Photograph}: Microsoft

RRP: £25

The Ocean Plastic Mouse is a particular version of Microsoft’s Bluetooth Mouse, which is made with 20% recycled plastic cleared from the ocean and given a cool speckled look. It can last as long as 12 months on an AA battery (use a chargeable) and you’ll mail an outdated mouse to Microsoft for recycling.

Targus EcoSmart laptop computer bag vary

Targus Cypress Security EcoSmart
The Targus Cypress Safety EcoSmart is constructed from 17 recycled plastic bottles. {Photograph}: Targus

RRP: £49.99

On the subject of luggage to truck gear round there are many choices however few have fairly such a storied historical past as Targus – the inventor of the primary private pc carrying case in 1982. The newest EcoSmart vary of Targus laptop computer luggage consists of backpacks, instances and sleeves, that are constructed from as much as 26 recycled plastic bottles every.

Pela telephone instances

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Pela instances are available quite a lot of colored and clear designs for a wide range of smartphones and different devices. {Photograph}: Pela

RRP: £28 and up

Pela makes handsome instances that add grip and drop safety to your telephone – and don’t have to finish up as landfill when you’re performed with them. The instances appear and feel like fancy common plastic instances however are constructed from a starch-based polymer blended with flax straw, which makes them extra environmentally pleasant to supply and compostable on the finish of their life.

Instances can be found for a wide range of telephones, with varied clear and arty designs to select from.

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