10 December 2021

    Nafisa Akabor

    Gadget gift guide

    The festive season is upon us and here are our picks for the perfect gadgets to gift your lovedĀ ones.

    Here are our top five gadgets to gift your loved ones for the holidays.

    Nintendo Switch OLED

    The wildly popular handheld Nintendo Switch received a major upgrade this year. It is now available as a Switch OLED model; perfect for those who prefer portability instead of docking it to a TV. Its brighter screen makes a huge difference; and other upgrades are nifty: a redesigned adjustable kickstand for multiple viewing angles; the addition of HDMI and Ethernet ports; and it now has 64GB of internal storage. The upgraded Switch OLED also comes in a new colourway: white; alongside the original red and blue. Price: R7999.


    Sony Extra Bass Party Speaker

    The Sony XB23 Extra Bass portable Bluetooth speaker is the perfect gift for the festive season. This powerful speaker is designed for portability and sound. Its compact size and strap means it will fit in a camping chair, near the pool, hung on a tree, etc; plus, it is water- dust- and rust-proof. It has an X-Balanced sound that delivers high quality and powerful sound pressure that is deep and rich. The battery life is up to 12 hours, and it supports hands-free calls. You can pair it with up to 100 speakers with Party Connect. Price: R1899.


    Ring Doorbell Wired

    Amazon’s home security camera range Ring has come out with the Video Doorbell Wired that connects to any existing doorbell wiring for an instant upgrade. It brings you 1080p HD video to see who is at the door, two-way talk audio, Night Vision support and instant app notifications. You can customise the motion sensor zones and make use of the “people only mode”, including going into live view. All recorded videos and images can be saved or shared on social media, etc. Setting up your home security has never been this affordable. Price: R999.


    Fitbit Charge 5

    Fitbit’s most popular fitness band, the Charge 5 has been given a major upgrade. It now offers an OLED colour touchscreen, a slim design, and promises a week of battery life. It has sensors for heart, stress and sleep, including ECG; built-in GPS for 20 workouts; supports Fitbit Pay and smartphone notifications. It also offers solutions for stress management and meditation. The Charge 3 comes with a free six-month access to Fitbit Premium to bring you deeper insights into your health and well-being. It comes in black, blue and lunar white. Price: R3999.


    Instant Vortex Airfryer

    The Instant Pot brand has an airfryer called the Vortex, and it is a must-have kitchen gadget for anyone. It promotes a healthier eating by using less fat and cooks quicker, minus the typical pre-heating. It is a 4-in-1 that can primarily airfry, roast, bake and reheat; and can fit a 1.8kg chicken with its 5.7L capacity. Apart from faster cooking, it will also reduce your electricity bills. It is simple to use for anyone in the family, especially with its smart feature “set it and forget it” to save time. R2599.


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    Nafisa Akabor