February 23rd is a men's day. And according to tradition, the female half of the country gives its men quite ordinary and often banal gifts. Since our resource is technological, we decided to dream a little and make a selection of the most desirable gifts from the world of gadgets.
Even if you have a smartphone with a powerful battery, believe me, an external battery (Power Bank) will not be superfluous. It was in the old days that we charged a push-button telephone once a week. Today, almost every one of us has a dozen portable devices that require almost daily charging. An external battery will certainly come in handy when traveling, as well as in cases where it is not possible to charge the gadget from a wall outlet.
Current power banks have a sufficiently large capacity of the batteries used. They look stylish and compact and, importantly, are universal. As a rule, inside such devices are lithium-ion (Li-Ion) or lithium-polymer (Li-Pol) batteries. The capacity of portable batteries is 5,000 - 10,000 mAh; there are models for 15,000, 20,000 mAh or more. The most popular are the power banks from Xiaomi - Mi Power Bank 10000 mAh, Mi Power Bank 20000 mAh
and the new Mi Power Bank 2. The cost of an external battery starts from 400 rubles.
This is perhaps the most necessary accessory among young people. Until recently, the issue of choosing headphones was not so acute. Everything rested on financial capabilities - there were expensive options from famous brands and budget counterparts from lesser-known companies. Now it’s quite difficult to figure out hundreds of headphones, and the experience of the Chinese company Xiaomi proves that even budget headphones can be pretty good (Xiaomi Piston).
As a gift, inexpensive headphones are also suitable. Among them, it is quite possible to find models with good sound. Sennheiser HD 201 is perfect for an office and undemanding hearing, and for listening to music on a smartphone - the classic Sennheiser CX 300-II plugs and the legendary Koss Porta Pro invoices. The price of such headphones ranges from 1,100 to 2,200 rubles. By the way, recently the Internet was simply blown up by enthusiastic reviews about the virtually unknown Chinese Monk Plus in-ear headphones from Venture Electronics worth $ 8. If your boyfriend, brother or dad often sits at a computer, playing various games, give him gaming headphones, for example, Kingston HyperX Cloud, SteelSeries Siberia or inexpensive A4Tech Bloody and Gemix W-360 from 1,100 rubles.
Media Player (TV-Box)
All modern TVs can independently play media files from a USB flash drive, many of them have the Smart TV function, which allows you to connect TV to the Internet and use online services. However, for many factors, the “smart” component of the TV is still inferior to the stationary media player. Such a device will make your real TV a real multifunctional Smart TV. And its main advantage is the support of various formats. Examples of popular set-top boxes are Google Nexus Player, Apple TV, Dune HD, MINIX NEO. They cost not cheaply - from 7 500 rubles.
Currently, media players from Chinese manufacturers are widely represented on the market. They are able to play files from a USB flash drive, SD memory card, external hard drive, LAN and Wi-Fi. Most of these devices are equipped with high-performance quad-core processors, 1 (2) GB of RAM and 8 (16) GB of internal memory. They work on the Android operating system, so you can install any applications from the Google Play store or other third-party sources on the console. If you connect a mouse, keyboard and gamepad to the media player, it turns into a computer. You can buy such a media player as a gift for 2,500 rubles.
Steering wheel, joystick, gamepad
Game controllers are the most popular accessories for computers and consoles. If with consoles here it is more or less clear (just select one of the gamepads on the market), then for a PC the choice of a game controller depends on the genre of your preferred games. Joysticks will suit fans of flight simulators, gamepads - fans of fighting games, various arcades and sports simulators, while the steering wheel is an ideal choice for racing games. When choosing a controller, it is very important to pay attention to its compatibility. Recently, there are multi-platform models for PC, PlayStation and even Android.
There are both expensive game controllers from famous brands (Microsoft, Valve, Logitech, SPEEDLINK, Thrustmaster) on the market, and their cheaper counterparts (Defender, SVEN, Gemix, DVTech). All of them are similar in shape and arrangement of buttons. Models of the middle price category and higher may differ in additional functionality and even equipment. An important point is that the controller has a feedback function to achieve greater realism during the gameplay. So, top-end gamepads from Microsoft and SPEEDLINK, besides wired, use a wireless connection via a radio interface. You can buy Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless and SPEEDLINK Xeox Pro models for 3-4 thousand rubles. As for the steering wheels, Logitech rules the ball, whose Logitech G27 model with a diameter of 28 cm and an angle of rotation of 900 ° has a 6-position manual gearbox. But the price of the steering wheel is appropriate, the cost of such an expensive gift as Logitech G27 will cost about 26 thousand rubles. Prices for entry-level game controllers start at 200 rubles.
The portable speaker is a kind of successor to the boombox type portable tape recorders popular in the 80s. Nowadays, a portable speaker is a stylish, compact and functional music gadget. It is universal, can be connected to almost any source with music. This is a useful thing for the home and indispensable in nature. Among branded portable speakers, such models as JBL Charge
and JBL Flip, Sony SRS-X11, Beats Pill, Harman-Kardon Go and others are popular. You can buy them from 2 800 rubles. The middle class is represented by no less popular models from Divoom, Defender, Sven and Xiaomi. For example, the long-term hit Divoom iTour-Boom Jack can still be bought for 1,500 rubles, and Xiaomi Square Box - for 1,140 rubles.
Modern portable speakers can play music from flash drives and SD memory cards, and some of them are equipped with an FM tuner. The main feature of such devices is their autonomy. In most cases, the built-in battery lasts up to 10, or even more hours of continuous operation. Recently, Bluetooth speakers have been very popular. These devices allow you to output sound from smartphones and tablets without any wires. Such gadgets are in the arsenal of even little-known manufacturers. The price of portable speakers of the noname class starts from 250 rubles.
Smart watches and fitness bracelets
and smart watches are a trend of the last couple of years, a welcome gift for active and athletic young people. Modern fitness bracelets are equipped with various sensors that measure steps, calories, measure the pulse, monitor the physical activity and sleep cycles of its owner. The most popular fitness bracelets at the moment are Xiaomi Mi Band and Mi Band 2, Jawbone UP Move
, Misfit Shine 2, Huawei Honor Band
and others. The cost of such a gift starts from 900 rubles.Smart watches
are still considered a premium accessory for a smartphone, but in some situations they can easily replace it. Often, smart watches are equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, less commonly GPS and NFC. Such a gadget, in addition to the current time, will notify the user of calls and messages. And the Android Wear platform, installed on most wearable devices, expands their capabilities through a variety of applications.
Among the available smartwatch models, it is worth paying attention to the LG G Watch Urban, Samsung Gear S2, Motorola Moto 360
, Alcatel OneTouch Watch or the more modest Pebble Watch. Brand “smart” watches will cost in the amount of 7 thousand rubles and above.
Virtual reality glasses
While the developers of VR-headsets for PCs and consoles stomp on the spot, virtual reality glasses for smartphones have stepped far forward. An example was shown by Google, which was the first to launch affordable Cardboard glasses on the market. Already today, third-party companies produce a similar gadget. Such glasses can be bought as a gift for 500 rubles. Among the more expensive VR headsets, you should pay attention to Xiaomi Mi VR, VR Box VR 2.0 and Homido Mini. They cost a little more - about 1 thousand rubles. The premium segment of virtual reality glasses is represented by several brands. This is Samsung Gear VR, Carl Zeiss VR One, LG 360 VR, Homido V1 (V2). All of them are equipped with additional sensors, advanced settings and control capabilities. Such a gift will cost from 4 thousand rubles.
Most virtual reality glasses are suitable for all modern smartphones on Android and iOS. They can run relevant content: movies, 360-degree video, games and applications. At the moment, there is not much VR content, but over time it will become more. It is expected that in the near future it will be possible to launch full-fledged mobile games in the mode for virtual reality glasses.
An action camera is capable of shooting video during extreme sports, and an aerial camera is capable of aerial and underwater shooting. Such a device has a waterproof box and is shockproof. Currently, cameras are popular among ordinary travelers and ordinary bloggers. Feature of action cameras is that they are equipped with wide-angle lenses to capture more space in the frame. In this case, the viewing angle can be up to 170 °.
Modern action cameras can shoot video in Full HD and Ultra HD (4K) formats thanks to a 12 or 16 megapixel matrix, have a Wi-Fi module for remote control and synchronization with a smartphone or tablet. More advanced camera models include image stabilization. The most respected manufacturer of action cameras is GoPro, which has released the fifth generation of its devices. GoPro cameras are one of the most expensive, their cost is from 15 thousand rubles. There are no less worthy analogues at an affordable price from 4 thousand rubles. For example, quite successful models of action cameras SJCAM SJ4000 and Xiaomi YI Action Camera Basic
are sold for 3,500 and 4,200 rubles, respectively.
Gyroboard (also known as mini-segway and hoverboard) is a two-wheeled vehicle that has become popular around the world. Mini Segways are great for both children and adults, can withstand weight up to 120 kg and reach speeds of up to 15-20 km / h. Gyroboarding is easier than roller skating. Thanks to the built-in gyroscopic sensors, control is carried out by tilting the body forward, backward and sideways.
The most common gyroboards are with 6.5-inch wheels. They are compact, lightweight, have built-in electric motors with power up to 700 watts. The best representatives of this class are Smart Balance Wheel and WMotion WM6. You can buy such a gyroboard for 9-12 thousand rubles. More serious models are more dynamic than their "brothers", equipped with 8 and 10-inch wheels, a powerful motor and better suited to flaws on the roads. One of the main elements of the gyroboard is the battery, the capacity of which determines how far you can travel on it. In most cases, Samsung branded batteries are used in such vehicles. The average range is 20-25 km. Prices for gyroboards vary widely and start at 7,500 rubles.
Smartphone / Phone
A smartphone is the most versatile gift. But every year, choosing it becomes harder and harder. And the point is not so much in the cost of smartphones, but in their diversity. Men of the older generation, grandfathers and fathers, undemanding to modern technology, will use a push-button telephone. Such devices can still be found on sale. In addition, there are secure phones with shockproof cases, which are also suitable for representatives of working professions. The manufacturers of such devices are teXet, RugGear, Astro, Sigma mobile and others.
If the task is to buy a modern and functional smartphone, then it all depends on your budget. The cost of top-end devices (iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S7, Google Pixel, Huawei Mate 9
, HTS 10) is from 35 thousand rubles.
In the middle segment, the options are already an order of magnitude larger ( OnePlus 3
(3T), Huawei P9
, Samsung Galaxy A7
(A5) 2017, Xiaomi Mi5s, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Meizu Pro 6
). You can buy one of these devices from 15 thousand rubles.
If the budget is running out, do not despair. For a relatively low cost, you can also pick up a good phone. There are now countless numbers of them on the market, mainly Chinese devices. In this category, you should pay attention to these smartphone models: Meizu M5 Note
, Meizu U10
), Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro
, Xiaomi Redmi 3S, Xiaomi Redmi 4. Prices for such smartphones start from 7-8 thousand rubles.
What gift do you dream of? Write in the comments your options for the desired gadgets.