When it comes to holiday gifts, everyone loves the latest and greatest in technology! This morning I was joined by technology journalist, Andrea Smith who shared her must have holiday tech gifts for every person in your family and for the home.
Candace Rose: Do you have any suggestions on how we can stay connected at home and on the go?
Andrea Smith: “I do. We’ve partnered with five brands to give you some great gift ideas and I’m going to start with laptops because people always ask me what kind of laptop should I buy? I say you get the latest and best you can afford at that time and this season that’s the LG gram, the newly launched laptop, it comes in 13 and 14 inch versions. It’s lightweight and portable at just over two pounds. That’s even lighter than a MacBook Air. It’s not light on performance though, it’s running Windows 10, has an Intel Core Processor, full HD picture quality and a built-in HDMI port for connecting to a large screen TV.
Also, people want to know how do you keep all of your files and data safe and backed up. Western Digital has some great options, the My Passport Ultra is for portable on the go data backup. It comes in storage capacities up to 3 gigabytes, and the My Cloud is a personal storage solution, so you can access all of your files from wherever you are. Don’t worry about losing your smartphone pictures, you can sync them to your My Cloud using the mobile app.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any gift ideas for the gamer in your life?
Andrea Smith: “For the gamer you want to check out the Turtle Beach Limited Edition Sandtrooper headset. It’s created just for Star Wars fans and collectors. They’re individually numbered, they come with swappable speaker plates and they’re themed after the Imperial Sandtroopers with the orange shoulder armor. Limited quantities are available at Best Buy, and the X-Wing pilot headset is inspired by the rebel pilots orange jumpsuits, great gaming features. Both headsets feature full range speakers, inline controls, removable mic. They’re perfect for in game chat, movies and music.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any cool tech gifts for the home?
Andrea Smith: “Candace, you probably already know the name Keurig, they revolutionized personal coffee brewing, now they’re doing the same for in-home cold beverages with Keurig Kold. You can make your own stilled or sparkling drinks with a push of a button without needing a Co2 canister. The unique carbonator beads are in the pod, naturally release the Co2 each and every time for perfect carbonation and great taste.
Now, if there’s a chef in your life, check out the Char-Broil Simple Smoker with SmartChef Technology. It serves up perfectly cooked smoked meats, and connects to the Char-Broil app so you can keep an eye on things or make adjustments using your smartphone. The app gives you real time meat temperature, estimated cook time. It even lets you know when the meat is done so you can spend a little more time with your family, should you so desire. There’s also a library of recipes in the app to really help you cook up the perfect holiday meal.”
Candace Rose: Thank you so much, Andrea! Where can we go for more information?
Andrea Smith: “For more information on everything we talked about and more, head over to KillerApps.tv.”