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2015 Gadget Gift Guide

Friday, December 04, 2015
The results are in! We asked our very own IT professionals what tech gadgets they’re hoping to receive from Santa this year. If you have a gadget lover in your life, these are some great gift ideas!

Nest Protect
The Nest Protect 2nd Generation is a smoke and carbon monoxide detector that sends alerts to your smartphone when the device identifies smoke, carbon monoxide, a low battery or a sensor failure. For true piece of mind, it tests itself over 400 times a day and a green color on the device indicates it’s working correctly. $99

Tool Pen Mini
Originally on Kickstarter, this handy multi tool is both flexible and useful! Gone are the days of carrying around an entire tool belt or a variety of different screw drivers, the Tool Pen Mini gives you up to 5 different bits all in one simple pen. Interchange bits while storing the unused bits in a barrel inside of the pen. It’s perfect for working on small electronics, jewelry and watches. $89

Amazon Echo
This gadget has been getting a lot of attention and it’s well deserved! The Echo is an interactive device that’s entirely controlled by your voice using far-field voice recognition. Alexa, the “brain” behind the Echo, is a cloud based voice service that can hear you from across a room. Alexa will answer your questions, give you the news, music, weather, traffic, tips, etc. $179.99

Samsung SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit
This gadget is perfect for extra peace of mind when you’re not at your residence. The Samsung SmartThings Home Monitoring kit gives you immediate alerts on your smartphone if there’s any entry or motion in your house. It can also secure specific areas of your home and even control electronics and appliances. This will help assure that while you are away, all is well at your home. $249

RFID Blocking Wallet
Specifically, the Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. RFID Blocking Wallet, is a product that protects your personal identification cards and banking cards. The RFID Blocking Wallet has a built in faraday cage to block RFID transmissions. It’s an inexpensive way to ensure that the information in your wallet doesn’t get picked up by a laptop, recorded, and saved onto a cloned card. $19.99

Moto 360
The Moto 360 is a smart watch that keeps you connected to endless applications, email, music and it even includes a built-in activity tracker with fitness coach. Its Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to use the apps on your watch even when you don’t have your phone, now that’s convenient! It’s also entirely customizable so you can create a style that’s unique to you. $299.99

Fitbit Charge HR
We have a handful of people here who already own the Charge HR activity tracker and they love it. If you’re on the fence about which activity tracker you want, we say go with this one! The ease of use and 5-day battery life is truly what sets Fitbit apart from the competition. Another advantage is that it has a built-in heart rate monitor and SmartTrack technology which automatically recognizes when you exercise and records it in the Fitbit app. $149.95

BackBeat Fit Headphones
Ditch the old ways of plug-in headphones and make it easier to stay active with these wireless headphones. They’re water (and sweat) proof and have an 8-hour battery life! Another nice feature, if they accidentally get lost, you can view the location using the Find MyHeadset application. This is an excellent gift for the fitness gadget lover. $129.99

Remix Mini
An Android desktop PC computer that can be used to browse the web in HD and also fit in your pocket. Priced at only 69.99, you’re getting a computer that’s fully configured with Remix OS 2.0 with 16 GB internal storage. This product was originally a Kickstarter and made as a super quick and easy system that just plain works. A great gift for the Android fan! $69.99

Amazon Fire
The Amazon Fire is a tablet with a 7 inch display, Wi-Fi, 8GB of internal storage and we’re not even to the best part – it’s only $49.99. As far as tablets go, this is money well spent. Enjoy movies, shows, music, apps and games all at your fingertips. Stay connected with email and web browsing including calendar support. $49.99

HP Spectre x360
This notebook has lighting fast speeds, an extended battery life and a 360-degree hinge, allowing you to turn or flip it any way you want with seamless transition. Included is Windows 10, a vivid display, a solid state drive, and an Intel Core i5 processor. Its slim design makes it versatile and portable, weighing only 3.17 lbs. Add on a 1 or 2 year CarePack to protect against accidental damage and you’re good to go! $899.99

Apple Watch
The Apple Watch is a smart watch that runs apps via Wi-Fi, tracking your activities, displaying notifications and it even allows you to answer calls if your iPhone is within range. Also included is a heart rate sensor and ambient light sensor. It comes in a variety of different bands and editions so you’re sure to find one that matches your style. Note: it’s only compatible with iPhones. $549

Did we forget something? Let us know what gadgets are on your list by commenting below or posting on our Facebook page!
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