My last minute Techie Holiday Gift Guide is here!
Spoil someone else or simply spoil yourself with these awesome presents that won’t break the bank! Start of 2018 turning your home into a smart home.
Creative Sound BlasterX Katana – $299.99
I swear by this soundbar. For the price, you can’t go wrong. I have one for my TV and one for my computer desk. It’s perfect and affordable. I’m also a sucker for all the lights.
I also enjoy the Sound BlasterX Vanguard K08. It’s my home office keyboard.
Roku Ultra – $119.99 CAD
Upgrade to the ultimate streaming player! The Roku Ultra is fully loaded with a powerful quad-core processor, stunning HD and 4K HDR picture quality, and an advanced point-anywhere remote (plus a remote finder feature, in case it gets lost between the couch cushions) that doubles as a controller for some casual gaming. And for those early-morning or late-night binge sessions, you can plug headphones right into the remote and listen without disturbing the rest of the family.
I’ve used ROKU for years and love the simplicity of it. The remote finder should be standard on all devices. I constantly lose my remotes.
The first router made exclusively for gaming, the WRT32X is the perfect gift for the gamer on your list. The built-in Killer Prioritization Engine detects gaming traffic and automatically gives it priority to give you the fastest ping times and an edge over your competition. And with a customized gaming firmware and interface to make controlling the router better and easier, the WRT32X is the fast-track to a happy gamer this holiday season.
Rogers Ignite Internet – As low as $69 a month
The Rogers Gigabit Wi-Fi modem is the first DOCSIS 3.1-compatible model in the industry and is powered by the all-new Intel® PUMATM 7 chipset. And yes, it features the fastest Wi-Fi technology – 802.11ac Wave 2 with multi-user MIMO. They also have peering agreements with gaming companies such as Valve, the creator of Steam, to help ensure smooth and fast gameplay. This is a first in Canada. It’s truly the fastest internet on the market. PUBG fans will want this!
VELOP Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System – $249.99 (1-pack), $479.99 (2-pack), $649.99 (3-pack) CAD
A great gift that will benefit the whole family, VELOP sets up in minutes and delivers flawless, ultra-fast, full-strength signal throughout your home. Because not every home is the same, this modular system lets you use as few or as many VELOP nodes as you need, and place them wherever you need them, making dead zones a thing of the past. With powerful tri-band mesh technology, you’ll get seamless roaming and maximum speed right out to the edge of your network, even when everyone’s streaming their favourite shows.
Amazon Echo – $99.99
Echo connects to Alexa—a cloud-based voice service—to play music, make calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions, check your calendar, weather, traffic, and sports scores, manage to-do and shopping lists, control smart home devices, and more—instantly.
I just installed Echo in my new home and will have a review out in the New Year. Until then, know that the for the cost you can’t go wrong with the Echo. It’s a neat little device.
TP-Link Smart Bulb – $49.99 (prices vary)
Control your lights from anywhere using your smartphone and the Kasa app (iOS, Android). Works with the Wi-Fi in your home—no hub required. Change the color to set the mood and match any moment. I like red for those extra sexy moments. They also work with Amazon Echo! It’s so handy being able to turn off your bedroom lights without moving from your bed in the dead of winter.
ROCCAT: Kone Pure Owl-Eye – $79.99
- I’m a big fan of this mouse. It’s got a Pro-Grip surface that maximizes your control for gaming. It has adjustable dpi
- that you can configure any which was you choose. An illumination system where you can pull visual effects from 16.8 million color possibilities and has Easy-Shift [+] Technology lets you assign a secondary function to the mouse’s buttons, increasing control and functionality. I have a full review coming in the New Year!