Buying for the discerning technology fan can be a terrifying ordeal, there’s just so much out there, so many specifications and so little time to digest them all. Well, put down that specially designed worry-mug and feast your eyes on this, our run down of the top 10 must have gadgets for Christmas 2013.
Sony PS4 – around £350
Sony’s just launched PS4 is the long awaited follow up to their wildly popular PlayStation 3, coming with much improved graphical performance, a fantastic controller and a design that puts the Xbox One to some shame, it’s a fantastic gift for the gamer in your life, and one they won’t forget any time soon.
Moto G – around £130
Motorola’s been on a bit of a roll lately (all puns intended), after releasing the fantastic high end Moto X, they’ve now released the lower end Moto G, which keeps the beautiful, high resolution screen, great build quality and fast processor but somehow managing to squeeze it into an incredibly low off contract price (it can be found for around £100). If you’re looking to gift a phone this Christmas without breaking the bank, the Moto G is truly the only option worth consideration.
Denon DP200USB USB Turntable – around £140
Vinyl is suddenly all the rage again, and it’s never been a better time to give the gift of records to somebody you love. Along with arguably better sound quality, records are beautiful tactile things, giving you access to not only thousands of new albums a year, but also to the millions from throughout history. This turntable also allows users to turn their records into MP3’s for use on the go, so there’s really no downside to Superfi’s Denon DP200USB USB Turntable.
Xbox One – around £430
For every PS4, there’s a Xbox One and it’s going to be a battle to remember. The Xbox has some better launch games, cool TV integration and the ability to run apps side by side with games, along with the very impressive Kinect 2.0 camera bundled in the box. It might cost a little more, but it’s a rue gadget, packed to the brim with potential.
Nintendo Wii U – around £230
With all this talk of PS4 and Xbox, it’s easy to forget about little old Nintendo, or is it? Whilst it got off to a slow start, Nintendo’s very own next-gen console now features a truly fantastic line up of games, from the highly acclaimed Pikmin 3 and Super Mario 3D World to classics like Wind Waker HD and even your favourite FPS games like Call of Duty: Ghosts, the Wii U is cheap enough to buy along with a stunning library and still be cheaper than both the PS4 and Xbox One
Nexus 7 (2013) – around £190
The second version of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet is, quite simply, fantastic. With lighting fast speed, a beautiful 1080p display and more apps than you could shake a stick at, it’s our tablet pick for any budget, making the more expensive iPad Air seem like a luxury rather than a necessity.
Nintendo 3DS – from £100
Nintendo’s latest handheld went up against the PlayStation Vita at launch and came out the winner, now, over a year later it’s home to one of the best portable line-ups of all time. Highlights include Pokemon X/Y, Super Mario 3D Land, Monster Hunter 3, Mario Kart 7 and many more to come, including the new Super Smash Bros title. For the budget minded, the 2DS plays all 3DS games in 2D only, whilst the 3DS and 3DSXL up the screen size and add the ability to play in glasses-free 3D.
Pure Evoke 1S DAB Radio – around £90
Not all technology is about the highest resolution screens or the most powerful hardware, sometimes they’re just about great technology, done well. This DAB radio from DAB combines sterling audio quality, a simple to use interface and wonderful build quality to make it an essential purchase for the radio lover in your life. The Pure Evoke 1S DAB Radio is available from Superfi.
Macbook Air – around £900
Whilst, pricey, the new round of Macbook Air’s from Apple are pretty wonderful machines. Not only do they sport nice screens, fast processors and ultra-thin bodies, but they get up to 15 hours battery life. Yes, you read that right, 15 hours. If you’re ready to make the jump from Windows or already a Mac user, the 2013 Macbook Air’s are lovely, lovely machines.
AKG K451 – around £50
Whilst many will be looking towards Beat’s range of headphones this Christmas, we’ve got a better option. For much less, you can get AKG’s fantastic K451 headphones, which have better sound, build quality and audio chops tough enough to impress any audiophile. We’re big fans, and so is What Hi-Fi, who gave it a five star review.