Gifts for the tech savvy


  • TECH
  • Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012

Buying a gift for the gadget lover need not be difficult if you follow our simple guide.

GETTING gifts for the tech-savvy can be a little nerve wracking for those who aren’t geeks themselves — gadget heads like most of the writers here at Bytz are also notoriously fussy when it comes to buying gadgets.

So, if you haven’t already purchased a gift for your loved one for Christmas, we’ve compiled a list of products that should put a smile on their faces.

Of course, some of these gifts are conditional on knowing a little bit about your loved one such as what kind of smartphone they own (Android/iOS/Windows Phone) or what kind of games or consoles they have (XBOX/PS3/3DS/Vita).

So without further ado, here goes.

WD My Passport 1TB external drive (RM279) With the sheer size and number of videos and photos from a typical modern camera these days, our PC hard disk drives are filling up faster than ever.

With space always at a premium on the ­computer, your loved one will always be happy to receive the gift of a portable hard disk drive — they’re relatively cheap and always needed no matter what kind of techie spouse you have.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-Sz5 (RM749) COMPACT cameras are always useful to have around — you can snap photos at the annual Christmas party or when travelling on a holiday.

The 14.1-megapixel Lumix DMC-SZ5 has all the features of a modern compact digital camera, including a 3in LCD, 720p video recording and a 10x optical zoom lens that starts at a wide 25mm equivalent.

However, what makes the SZ5 stand out is that it is one of the cheapest compacts on the market with built-in WiFi 802.11 b/g/n.

Using the Lumix Link software for iOS and Android smartphones, a user can connect to the SZ5 via WiFi to receive a Live View video feed as well as control the camera.

++++ www.panasonic.com.my

Garmin Nuvi 50LM GPS (RM565) A GPS navigation device is probably something you won’t miss till you have had one and the Garmin Nuvi 50LM is a gift that keeps on giving.

The 50LM is a great little car navigation device and ­features a 5in screen with voice navigation and all the usual niceties — Junction View, Lane Guidance and 3D buildings to make it that much easier to see and understand where you need to turn.

Best of all, the Garmin Nuvi 50LM has lifetime map updates which means up to four map updates a year for the lifetime of the product.

++++ www.garmin.com

Olloclip (RM249) If your loved one is an iPhone user, there are lots of accessories and related products you can buy him/her.

However, one of the most interesting ones we’ve come across is the Olloclip, a 3-in-1 lens attachment for the iPhone 4, 4S and 5.

The attachment fits right over a “naked” iPhone 4 or 4S without casing, and converts the lens into a wide-angle or, if you flip it around, a fisheye lens.

Unscrew the wide-angle lens and you get the a macro ­attachment, allowing you to get really close to your subjects.

The only drawback of the Olloclip is that it can only be attached to an iPhone without a casing, so if the intended recipient of the gift has a casing that is difficult to remove, then you should ­consider getting him/her something else.

++++ www.olloclip.com

Jabra Solemate (RM699) ANOTHER interesting gift is the Jabra Solemate, a speaker that connects to any Android, Windows Phone or iOS smartphone via Bluetooth.

It may be a little pricey for a Bluetooth speaker, but the Jabra is built to very high standards and is capable of very deep bass for its size and room-filling audio levels.

It’s also built to be heavy enough so it doesn’t rattle on the table, and comes with a cleverly hidden 3.5mm stereo jack and cable to plug in devices that only have more traditional 3.5mm stereo outputs.

++++ www.jabra.com

Google Nexus 7 (RM899) BUYING a tablet computer for your loved one is stepping a little close to the minefield, since allegiances and battle lines have been drawn between Android, iOS and Windows 8 tablet users.

For Android users, there are lots of choices available on the market with almost every major manufacturer producing an Android tablet of some kind with different screen sizes.

However, for Android users, if we had to choose just one, we’d go with the Google Nexus 7 simply because of its reasonable price and since it’s Google’s official tablet, it will be one of the first to receive any operating system updates (it currently runs Android 4.1).

On the hardware front, the Nexus 7 runs on a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex A9 processor and comes with 16GB of internal storage (there is also a 32GB version available) — there is no microSD slot so expansion of storage is not possible.

++++ www.google.com/nexus

G600 MMO Gaming mouse (RM259) IF YOUR loved one is into MMO (massively multiplayer online) games, the Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse is a highly customisable and easy-to-use accessory that’ll make his or her day.

It has 20 MMO-tuned buttons which are preconfigured for use right out of the box with no drivers required.

Also, it has three memory profiles stored onboard so you can access all your button, tracking, and lighting information on any computer without installing any software.

The three large primary buttons are each rated to last 20 million clicks, so it might just last long enough till the next holiday season.

The G600 is available in black or white.

++++ www.logitech.com

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