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Holiday Gift Guide: The 7 Best Tech Toys to Give This Year

The Best Tech Gifts of 2017
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 No need to brush up on your tech knowledge to know that these are great gifts
* The most-coveted devices, toys and gadgets of 2017
* Easy for recipients to use and incorporate into their everyday routines

There’s no easier way to impress your recipients this season than by giving them one of these coveted devices. From smart hubs to cameras, we’ve rounded up the best tech toys to give this year.

Easy to install and easy to use, these gifts are foolproof ways to upgrade anyone’s routine or roster of products, whether you’re keeping them connected, keeping them safe, or showing them a better way to snap those pictures.

1. Echo Plus + Philips Hue Bulb

You already know about Alexa. The next step is to pick up the Echo Plus, which is not only a Bluetooth speaker that connects to Alexa, but also a smart hub that controls your lights, locks, plugs, and in-wall switches from brands like Philips Hue, GE, and Yale (a Philips Hue Bulb is included here).

In other words, you can ask Alexa to play your favorite song, but also ask her to turn off the lights and lock the door. With seven microphones, updated speaker technology, and noise cancellation, Echo hears you from any direction—even while music is playing.

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2. Viotek Curved Computer Monitor

You may not need a TV these days, but that doesn’t mean you should be watching your movies cramped around a tiny computer or laptop screen either. Connect your computer to this sleek, 32-inch curved monitor from Viotek, which features 1080p FullHD resolution with VGA, DVI, and HDMI inputs. A 20,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio allows for deeper blacks and brighter whites — great if you’re also using this screen for your photography, video, or graphic design projects.

A glare-treated screen cuts down on eye strain. Each Viotek monitor is backed and supported by a 1-Year Limited Warranty. (Too big for your space? Get a 27-inch version of the same LED monitor for under $200).

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3. Acer Chromebook R 11 Convertible

Can’t decide between a laptop or tablet? Get the Acer Chromebook – one of the best-reviewed convertible notebook computers out there. The Intel Celeron N3150 Quad-Core Processor runs quickly and smoothly, while the 4GB of memory and 32GB of internal storage has enough space to store your photos, videos and projects. The 360-degree hinge becomes a handy stand, or folds down for a touchscreen tablet.

This 11.6-inch Chromebook has up to 10-hours battery life — great for road trips or days at the beach or cabin. Get this for your parents who don’t quite need a full computer, or get this for the student in your life.

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4. Omnicharge Omni 20 Portable Power Bank

Free yourself from the wall. Get the Omnicharge, a new intelligent charging power bank that has AC/DC outlets to charge your laptops, DSLR cameras and more. Think of it like one of those portable phone power banks, only for all your larger electronics and tech toys.

The Omni 20 can charge your phones 5-9 times, your laptop, tablet, gaming consoles and even your drones. A screen lets you know your battery life. The Omni itself can be charged through your car outlet, USB or laptop power adapter. 

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5. Canon PowerShot SX720 HS Camera

Phone cameras can only do so much. If your parents, friends or partners want to take better photos this year, upgrade them to the newest addition to the Canon PowerShot family. The SX720 features 20.3 megapixels for stunning clarity, while a 40x Optical Zoom means you can capture close-up portraits of your family, landmarks in the distance and virtually everything in between. Budding videographers will appreciate shooting in 1080p Full HD video. Share your photos and videos with the camera’s built-in WiFi connectivity.

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6. YI 1080p Home Camera

A number one best-seller on Amazon, this wireless indoor security camera records in 1080p to capture crystal clear images that you can view directly from your phone.

When you’re home, use the camera as a baby monitor to keep an eye out for your newborn (the camera’s “baby crying detection” function alerts you to noises coming from the baby’s room). When you’re out, rely on the camera’s motion detection technology to keep tabs on your home. This is one of the best deals for security cameras we’ve seen all year.

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7. Optoma ML750ST Ultra-Compact LED Projector 

It’s time to turn up movie night — no matter where you are. This super powerful LED projector casts a 50-inch screen with bright LED projection, razor sharp focus, and superior color accuracy. The best part: it weighs less than a pound and fits in the palm of your hand.

Find a white wall or white sheet. Then, use an HDMI cable to connect the projector to your phone or laptop. Now you’re ready to stream your videos, photos, and presentations on the big screen. Why crowd around a TV monitor when you can make your movies really pop? This is a great gift for film buffs, families, party enthusiasts and even professionals who are always giving lectures or presentations. It’s highly-reviewed and a best-seller on Amazon, too.

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See all our gift picks in our Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide