2018 Top 5 Christmas Gifs

Posted on by jordanhaines

Christmas 2018 is fast approaching which means it’s time for my top 5 list of geeky things I would like this year. Let’s get cracking:

1. Amazon Echo Dot

We start with the Amazon Dot, the small smart speaker which is around £40. This is the entry level smart speaker in the Echo family. I have held off buying one as I did not have a need for one and did not see the point. But I have smart lighting and heating systems at home which get used all the time and recently Damon one of the developers I work with got one and said it’s amazing, but does take some getting used to.
I have now decided to try it out. With two kids this could be really handy and convenient without having to pull out my phone all the time to operate the lights and the heating.

amazon-dot

2. Nintendo Switch

When the Nintendo Wii came out, I was straight to the shop with my money to buy one. I loved it because it was so different to what was out there at the time and it was cheap. Ok the graphics where not amazing, but that was not the point. It was family friendly and for many Christmas’s was the entertainment after we had stuffed ourselves of food.

I was very excited to see the Nintendo switch when it finally got released. With the TV being taken up by the kids and the wife, I could now play my games still but on the small screen. The controllers are also small enough that the kid’s small hands would be able to hold them with ease.

This console can still be family friendly but this time you get the great graphics so I can’t wait to see if I get one. I am not a fan of the price but that is not going to change anytime soon so will have to accept that and just pay it.

nintendo switch

3. AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Bone Conduction headphones

When running I like listening to music but I do not like having in ear headphones on. I find they become uncomfortable very quickly once you get hot and sweaty, I also do not like the fact that it blocks out all other noise. I like to hear what is going on around me mainly for safety especially running next to the road.

I have been following Bone Conductive headphones for a while now and only this year after listening to some reviews have I been convinced now is the time to buy a pair.

A lot of the reviews say the sound is now really good, but it does take some getting used to. The fact you can hear your music and still hear everything around you. I am very much looking forward to getting a pair of these to try out and get back into running.

aftershokz trekz bone conduction wireless headphones

4. Fitbit Alta HR

I love my Fitbit Flex but it has to be said that is starting to feel old now, I have gone through about 5 straps it takes some persuading to charge up and the charge does not last as long as it used to. As a geek, I can’t be dealing with old tech. So, I am moving up to the Alta HR, Wait!! But why not the Apple watch 3?

Good question and its simple really. I am not a fan and this is coming from an Apple fan boy , I like the fact that so many of my friends own a Fitbit so I find it keeps you motivated seeing how low down you come on the weekly step count list I can end up if I do not exercise. The Alta HR is not even half price of the Apple Watch 3 and does everything I need it to, which is mainly count steps.

fitbit alta hr

5. FOBO Bluetooth Tire Pressure system for cars

The last item on the list is for the car, I am always forgetting to check my tyre pressures. These Bluetooth Tyre pressure caps send the pressure of your tyres to your phone. The app will alert you when your pressure drops below a certain level, just what I need.

They are not cheap, but I look at it as they could save your life by warning you of under inflated tyres.

fobo tyre pressure

So, there it is, My little geek Christmas list. It’s not the all-out geek dream list that you see but just a little list of tech that would help me out.

Merry Christmas all.

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