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PCR’s guide to the best tech Christmas gifts

As is always the case during the holiday season, shoppers are out in force looking for the ideal gifts to buy their loved ones, and tech products are always a popular choice.

From gaming peripherals and monitors to smart home products and portable chargers, PCR rounds up the best tech products to stock over the Christmas season.

Philips 43-inch 4K UHD Monitor

Specs: 43-inch 4K UHD monitor with DisplayHDR 1000, Quantum Dot Tech, Ambiglow, DTS Sound, low input lag, Adaptive-Sync technology, USB-C, USB 3.0 hub.

“Specifically designed to complement consoles outputting 4K visuals, the 43-inch Philips 436M6VBPAB includes HDR support, Adaptive-Sync technology and low input lag. It is the first monitor to be certified with VESA DisplayHDR 1000 and produces gorgeous images with very high contrast ratio, even without HDR content.” – Artem Khomenko, Product Manager, MMD Monitors & Displays B.V.

Contact: CI Distribution, Exertis, Tech Data, VIP Computers

ADATA Car Charger

Specs: DC 12-24V input, 1 x USB QC3.0 output, 4 x USB, 145g/5.1oz weight, 150cm cable length, Smart IC 2-port USB car charger, Smart IC 3-port extended charger.

“The ADATA CV0525 car charger is all about sharing the power. With Quick Charge 3.0 support, 5 USB ports, and a convenient extended cable design, everyone in the car can enjoy fast device charging.”

Contact: Spire Technology, Tech Data

IK Multimedia iRig Mic HD 2

Specs: Compatible with iPhone, iPad and Mac/PC, studio-quality condenser design, built-in headphone socket, sensitivity knob, mic clamp, table top stand, includes Lightning and USB cables.

“iRig Mic HD 2 is a next generation handheld microphone for mobile devices, Mac and PC. Its digital audio studio quality makes it suitable for broadcasters, journalists, bloggers and musicians.”

Contact: IK Multimedia

NZXT HUE 2 Ambient Lighting Kit

Specs: HUE 2 ambient lighting controller, two independent channels, eight LED strips, digital control through CAM.

“The HUE 2 Ambient Lighting Kit uses your walls to visually immerse you in your favourite games or create the perfect mood with ambient RGB lighting from the back of your monitor. Everything you need to easily install and control RGB lighting for your monitor is included. Using CAM’s intuitive interface, you’ll choose from dozens of presets or custom lighting options, and even synchronise your RGB effects across other HUE 2 accessories.”

Contact: Bosse Computers

Blink XT Outdoor Security Camera

Specs: 1280×720 resolution, infrared night vision, 110-degree field of view, motion detection up to 20 feet, wireless, weatherproof.

“With the Blink XT, you can now protect your entire home, inside and out, with the same video-first security that you have come to love. Blink is easy to set up, just a fraction of the cost of other home monitoring systems and has no subscription fees or data storage charges.”

Contact: Blink

HANNspree HANNSpad Hercules 2

Specs: 10.1” 1280×800 resolution display, LED backlight, capacitive multi-touch, ARM Cortex A53 1.3GHz Quad Core CPU, Android 7 OS.

“Our HANNSpad Hercules 2 is an affordable tablet PC, ideal for a Christmas gift that has the wow factor without breaking the bank! A convenient 10.1” mobile computing solution with a great feature set, it offers a professional multi-touch display with IPS technology to ensure games and multimedia can be truly enjoyed, even with friends and family. Furthermore, there’s Quad Core performance, dual cameras, 16GB of internal storage and Android 7.0 to complete the package.” – Martin Kent, UK Territory Manager, HANNSpree UK.

Contact: Exertis, GNR Tech, Ingram Micro, Midwich, Tech Data, Westcoast

Razer DeathAdder Elite Gaming Mouse

Specs: True 16,000 DPI optical sensor, up to 450 IPS/50 g acceleration, Razer Mechanical Mouse switches, ergonomic right-handed design with textured rubber side grips, Razer Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customisable colour options.

“The award-winning Razer DeathAdder Elite is Razer’s best selling mouse. It is equipped with the world’s most advanced optical sensor, the new esports-grade 16,000 DPI optical sensor with true tracking at 450 Inches Per Second (IPS), to deliver the absolute advantage. Featuring gaming-optimised Razer mechanical switches, an ergonomic shape perfected for esports athletes and Razer Chroma lighting, the Razer DeathAdder Elite redefines the standards of accuracy and speed.”

Contact: VIP Computers

Brainwavz S0 Noise Isolating Earphones

Specs: Foam and silicone ear tips, Clearwavz mic/remote, silicon microphone, three-button control, 9mm dynamic drivers, shirt clip, velcro cable tie.

“The Brainwavz S0 earphones have been designed to provide a balanced sound signature with each part of the sound spectrum represented accurate and clear. The all-metal housing and flat, tangle-free cabling provide a sleek look and feel, coupled with long lasting durability. These in-ear earphones are designed to sound good with any genre of music.”

Contact: Brainwavz Audio

ADATA USB Charging Station

Specs: 48W total power, 63.7 x 63.7 x 54.6mm in size, 350g/12.34oz weight.

“Are you always jostling with others for limited USB ports and power sockets? Well, remedy that with the ADATA CU0480QC USB charging station with 5 USB ports, including USB-A with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 (QC 3.0) technology and USB-C.”

Contact: Spire Technology, Tech Data

Konix World of Tanks M-45 Gaming Mouse

Specs: DPI switch up to 4000, 10 action shortcut, weight calibration, recording macros on 7 buttons.

“Konix’s World of Tanks M-45 gaming mouse is specially designed for the MOBA and adapted to different types of game thanks to five customisable profiles. It comes with a braided cord with gold plated connector and Teflon glides for better movement.”

Contact: Centresoft

HomeGuard GuardianEye Smart Doorbell

Specs: 2MP camera with 80-degree wide angle lens, LED light for snap photo night vision, 50m transmission range between doorbell and chime, 2 x AAA batteries (included), HomeGuardEye app with rolling 30 days of free cloud storage.

“The HomeGuard GuardianEye is a smart wireless doorbell with snap photo that delivers a new level of security with an instant photo push notification sent to a smartphone when the doorbell is pressed. Featuring a 2MP camera with 80-degree wide angle lens, the GuardianEye doorbell is wire free and easy to install with an attractive slim design.”

Contact: VIP Computers

NZXT HUE 2 RGB Lighting Kit

Specs: Synchronised across all HUE 2 accessories, use CAM interface to choose from a wide variety of preset and custom modes to create the perfect look for your PC.

“With four separate channels, individually addressable RGB LEDs, and a variety of compatible accessories, the HUE 2 RGB lighting kit takes PC lighting to the next level. The HUE 2 is powered by CAM, so it’s easy to change modes, sync lighting effects, and express your creativity with the perfect lighting for your build.”

Contact: Bosse Computers

Moshi IonSlim 10K Portable Battery

Specs: Fast-charging USB-A port up to 12W, USB-C PD port, charge 2 devices at once, ultra-slim profile, lithium-polymer cells with 10,000 mAh capacity, total output of 35W.

“Moshi’s IonSlim 10K is an ultra-thin portable battery designed to charge any phone or USB device so you stay powered up all day long. Thanks to USB-C PD technology (up to 30 watts), the battery can also provide emergency power to a USB-C laptop like a MacBook or MacBook Pro. With both a USB-C and USB-A port, charge two devices simultaneously with Dynamic Power Sharing, which prioritises the charging current to each connected device. Constructed using premium anodised aluminium in an extremely slim form factor, IonSlim 10K’s stylish design and advanced functionality make it ideal for power users on the go.”

Contact: Moshi

AOC C27G1 Gaming Monitor

Specs: Curved 27” Full HD immersive gaming monitor, 1800R curvature, 144 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms MPRT, FreeSync, ergonomic stand, 3-sides frameless design.

“The C27G1 is an attractively priced gaming workhorse. It’s got an angular and modern-yet-subdued curved design, very fast 1 ms MPRT and 144 Hz refresh rate accompanied with AMD FreeSync – everything gamers have asked for! It’s also easy to get high framerates in its Full HD resolution. Thanks to its VA, the high contrast and colour accuracy is pretty breathtaking for games and movies.” – Carlos Sanchez, Product Manager at AOC International Europe B.V.

Contact: CI Distribution, Exertis, Tech Data, VIP Computers

Samsung Fl!p

Specs: 55” panel display, 3840 x 2160 (Landscape) 2160 x 3840 (Portrait), 4700:1 contrast ratio, 178-degree viewing angle, HDMI and USB connectivity.

“The Samsung Fl!p is an enabler, a means to do something we’ve done for decades – create, collaborate and innovate – but better. That’s the reason to buy, not for all the things the Fl!p can do, but for all the things the Fl!p will enable you to do better.”

Contact: Exertis

IK Multimedia UNO Synth

Specs: 100 presets, 16-step sequencer, real-time and step recording with parameter recording, MIDI and micro USB connectivity.

“UNO Synth is the ultimate portable, monophonic, true analog synthesizer and IK Multimedia’s entry in the hardware synthesizer world. We combined our two decades of experience in software and hardware development with the expertise of Italian boutique synth-maker Soundmachines and IK’s synth guru, Erik Norlander.”

Contact: IK Multimedia

Foobot Air Quality Monitor

Specs: Air quality score, app monitoring, pollution charts, notifications, controls other home connected devices.

“Foobot is the first air quality monitor which gives you a clear and visual understanding of how good the air quality is in your home and the knowledge to take small steps to improve it; benefitting the whole family’s long-term health. Foobot also works alongside other smart home devices taking direct action if pollution levels exceed a set amount. Perfect for allergy or asthma sufferers, the elderly, children or those of you facing the daily smog-filled commute to work.”

Contact: Foobot

D-Link Covr WiFi Solution

Specs: Seamless WiFi, no need to remember different network names or passwords, parental control, high-speed AC1200 Dual-Band WiFi and 11ac Wave 2.

“Covr is the next generation of WiFi solutions for the home from D-Link. Covr blankets every square inch of your home with high-speed, seamless, reliable WiFi. With a pack of three Covr Points, you can bring WiFi access to up to a massive 5,000 square feet, no need for multiple range extenders and/powerline devices. Covr’s Smart Roaming technology enables your devices to stay automatically connected to the nearest Covr Point in your home while all the Covr Points work together as one network. That means you can move from room to room or change floors and you’ll stay seamlessly connected to everything you love about the internet without needing to lift a finger.” – Paul Routledge, Country Manager UK&I at D-Link Europe.

Contact: Exertis, Ingram Micro, Tech Data

Razer BlackWidow Elite Gaming Keyboard

Specs: Razer mechanical switches, multi-function digital dial, ergonomic wrist rest, fully controllable keys, up to 80 million keystrokes lifespan.

“The new and improved version of the best selling Razer keyboard is the BlackWidow Elite. Razer have taken their green mechanical switch to the next level with this keyboard. It’s fast, tactile and clicky with new dual side walls to add greater stability and an increased protection against dust and liquids to ensure it lasts reliably longer with up to 80 million keystrokes.”

Contact: VIP Computers

Konix World of Tanks GH-60 Pro Gaming Headset

Specs: 7.1 surround sound, 2 vibration levels, control unit, backlight, comfortable fit, 50mm speaker size.

“The World of Tanks pro gaming headset offers 4D immersion and large cushions for optimal comfort. It has a wide frequency response of 20 to 20,000 Hz for faithful reproduction of bass and treble, as well as an omni-directional microphone. With plug and play, users can connect directly to their PC without having to install any drivers.”

Contact: Centresoft

Blink Security Camera

Specs: 1280×720 resolution, white LED night vision, 110-degree field of view, motion detection up to 20 feet away, wireless, one-way audio access.

“Blink is the completely wireless home security camera that instantly sends motion-activated alerts and HD video to your smartphone. No contract, no wires and batteries that last for two years.”

Contact: Blink

Brainwavz HM5 Headphones

Specs: Detachable 1.3 meter and 3 meter cables, neutral sound signature, large over the ear cups, accessory bundle.

“The Brainwavz HM5 studio monitor headphones are designed to deliver precise and accurate sound production, replicating audio as it was intended to be heard in a neutral sound signature. Featuring an over-the-ear design, the HM5 sit comfortably on ones’ ears whilst sealing in the sound. The closed dynamic monitors are adaptable and customisable, as well as being a perfect pair of headphones for daily use.”

Contact: Brainwavz Audio

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