10 Gadgets Every Man Needs in 2017
Need some gifting ideas for your man, your dad, your brother or other lad buddies? Here is a breakdown of some of the most sought after tech gadgets for 2017 which are guaranteed to knock his socks off...
iPhone 7 £599
Apple's latest gadget to hit the shelves is their 12MP smartphone: the iPhone 7. Ideal for budding photographers, the wide angle and telephoto cameras have a 2x optical zoom, producing crystal clear photos at the tap of a button. It also features the best battery life (so far), immersive stereo speakers, the brightest display and is splash and water resistant (however, we don't recommend taking it into the shower with you. Perhaps Apple may consider that another time).
Even the FaceTime app has a 7MP camera, which means you can chat to your mates in HD while they’re in the loo. Winner.
GoPro Hero 5 £380
For the travellers, adrenaline junkies and extreme sports fanatics, the GoPro Hero 5 is the latest addition to this series of ground-breaking cameras. The Hero5 is easy to use yet boasts its most powerful features yet; 4K video, voice control, one-button simplicity, waterproof design, touch display, smooth stabilised video, excellent audio and pro-quality photo capture combined with GPS. You can also easily upload footage to your GoPro Plus cloud account for easy access on your phone.
The mini cam is waterproof to 33ft without a housing and can capture 4K video and 12MP photos in single, burst and time lapse modes - whilst, may I add, filtering out wind noise. Smooth.
Kanger TOGO Mini 2.0 Starter Kit £20
There is no better present than the gift of freedom, and giving someone a means of escape for a better life is an opportunity that shouldn't go amiss right? Right. So help your brothers put down their cancer sticks by giving them the Kanger TOGO Mini Starter Kit; a vaping device which will aid them in quitting smoking. Designed specifically for beginners, the Kanger is ideal for easing smokers out of their dirty habit and into a new, healthier lifestyle filled with deliciously flavoured e-liquids.
Features include a built-in 1700mAh battery which can be charged via a USB port, simple one button design, 1.9ml e-liquid capacity, replaceable glass tank, leak resistant top fill cup design, compatible with CLOCC atomizer heads, Includes 1 CLOCC NiChrome 1.0ohm atomizer head for 7-15W, a top adjustable airflow valve and more! The starter kit is the beginning of something beautiful.
Polaroid Snap Instant £64
For those with a taste for nostalgia, the Snap Instant prints out your photos like a retro polaroid but thanks to digital imaging, it requires no ink whatsoever. This cam is perfect for scrap-bookers or for those of us who like to plaster our walls with memorabilia. Features include the choice of three photo filters: black & white, sepia tone and normal, while Photobooth mode allows you to take six consecutive photos in ten seconds and you can print them with or without the Polaroid Classic border logo. Available in four funky colours; white, black, red and blue, this 10 megapixel handheld camera recreates classic instant photography and won't break your budget.
Minipresso NS portable espresso maker £50
I can't get enough of coffee, and though this doesn't sound like the most exciting piece of technology, I can guarantee you that it is worth the hype and excitement. The Minipresso NS can be used in conjunction with standard Nespresso capsules that can be plugged into the top, sealed, before pumping out a perfect single-serving shot of espresso coffee for all those busy bodies out there who crave their quick caffeine fix.
Playstation VR £349.99
This one makes a great gift - trust me, I was lucky enough to receive one for Christmas and watching my Gran freak out whilst wearing the headset made the tragic year of 2016 end on a high note. Virtual Reality (VR) headsets are making waves through the gaming world and it's easy to see why; this piece of equipment can literally make you feel like you've been transported to another world - like you're inside the game (Wreckit Ralph springs to mind).
You can enjoy 360 degrees of movement (a feature rarely available in previous VR headset designs) and 3D audio which emulates 360 degrees of sound so that you can hear all those rustles and footsteps and see what's behind you! *Cue Pantomime call and response moment*. Want the ultimate, immersive gaming experience? It's the Playstation VR for you sir.
Samsung Serif 4K Ultra HD LED Smart TV £1199
Created by world-renowned designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the Samsung Serif is a work of art. In all its sleek and slimline glory, this technological masterpiece will slide seamlessly into your living room. Packed with smart features such as rapid quad-core processor, 4K Ultra HD picture, Bluetooth, curtain mode (which enables the user to block the screen with vibrant colours during ad breaks so that you can temporarily escape the commercial world), 2 USB ports and built-in sound bars to vibe up that sound quality.
This 40" screen can be left freestanding on the skinny leg stand that it comes with, or simply rested on top of your chest of drawers using its self supported frame. The Scandinavian style transforms its profile into a capital 'I' shape which will keep your home entertainment system suitably adapted to minimalistic tastes, whilst the otherworldly display will transform your viewing for good!
Cobra CDR 900 dash cam £179.99
This cool little wireless dashcam from Cobra is loaded with 1080P/1296P capability, wireless video streaming, a 160-degree viewing angle and a 2.0-inch LCD viewing screen. It's compact, but extremely reliable. The WiFi function allows the user to connect their smartphone and stream or share footage. Using the Cobra Drive HD App, users can also remotely command their device to begin recording as well as control its settings.
Whether you want to improve the safety of your vehicle or just hope to catch a few You've Been Framed moments that you can send into LADbible, the Cobra dashcam is a gnarly gift for those who love the road.
Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless £499
Gone are the days of puny fold out wireless speakers that bounce off your shelf when you crank up the bassline...the Zeppelin Wireless has two 25mm double dome tweeters, a 150mm subwoofer (each with their own amp) and two 90mm midrange speakers. The oval shaped speaker system is fully compatible with Apple Airplay, Bluetooth and Spotify Connect which means that for the first time, the audio kings have opened the Zeppelin experience up to Android users.
Amazon Fire TV Stick with voice remote £44.99
And just like that *clicks fingers* the Amazon fire stick transforms your ordinary TV into a smart TV. How does one tiny little memory stick perform such an act I hear you say? You simply plug it into your TV's USB port and you can instantly play Amazon Prime, as well as a whole host of other on-demand services such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer. You can also activate it purely by voice control - cool right? And if that's not going to sell it to you then maybe these three words will: THE GRAND TOUR.