If you are struggling for inspiration as to what to buy for the tech-savvy love of your life, hopefully these suggestions from our team will help…
The Element 29 Top 5 Tech Gift Ideas
Top Tech Gift #1 The Amazon Echo (Amazon price – £149.99)
Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather and more.
Amazon Prime members can also ask Alexa to order eligible products they’ve ordered before and many Prime products. All you have to do is ask. Echo has seven microphones and beam-forming technology so it can hear you from across the room—even in noisy environments or while playing music. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with 360° immersive sound. When you want to use Echo, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Echo responds. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the device you’re closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception).
Just be careful when your children are doing their homework as Alexa is very good at ‘helping’ with answering tricky questions such as 8×7 and what a proper noun is…
Top Tech Gift #2 Sonos (Amazon price – from £149.00)
Sonos speakers combine built-in sensors and smart software to make your listening experience easy. Regular software updates with new features and services ensure your speakers just keep getting smarter, for as long as you own them.
The free Sonos app gathers all your favourite music and streaming services together in one place. Use your smartphone or tablet to quickly find the songs you love on your streaming services or in your own digital library, then choose the rooms where you want to listen and control all the playback settings on a room-by-room basis.
Play a different song in the living room, bedroom or kitchen, or the same track in every room. At Element 29 we have installed many Sonos systems into homes around London. Sonos can access your iTunes and personal music library. Stream Apple Music or your other online music services, and over 100,000 internet radio stations from around the world. The Sonos app lets you find, play, control and explore your music, your way.
Top Tech Gift #3 Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless Over Ear Headphones (Amazon price – from £319.00)
P7 Wireless combines advanced acoustic technology with aptX Bluetooth connectivity to deliver a seamless audio experience and 17 hour battery life. It’s beating heart is a drive unit painstakingly developed to unearth every note in your music. Within seconds P7 Wireless can be paired with any Bluetooth enabled device. Once paired, it’s as simple as switching on and pressing play. Built with portability in mind. Innovative folding design and a secure carry case mean that wherever you go, your headphones can travel with you.
Top Tech Gift #4 Heatmiser NeoStat 1 White Programmable Digital Thermostat for Wifi (Amazon price – £184.32)
OK, so this digital heating system is hot right now – and being cold out there it couldn’t be better timing.
The White Heatmiser neoKit 1 offers you a smarter way to control your heating from anywhere.
The neoStat is a 230v powered thermostat with a volt free switch. It seamlessly communicates to the neoHub and other neoStats within your home, to create a fully controllable network system of your home heating. It has been designed to replace an exiting three wire thermostat, and after joining the zone to the neoHub, remote control is possible, configuring to work as a thermostat or as a timer- so if you want to take control of your towel rails, or lighting – Neo offers you this and more!
And we can install and connect it all.
You can also get the Netatmo Thermostat for Smartphone (Amazon price – £144.90).
This means you can control your heating remotely from your smartphone, tablet, computer, or directly on the thermostat. Or, you can also control it with your voice, simply by using Siri on an iPhone/iPad or Alexa on Amazon Echo (as above). As well as being pretty fabulous to look at (designed by Philippe Starck and a choice of 4 colours), it can also produce 37% less energy to heat your home. Save £312 a year on average (average savings for a conventional 1076 sq ft British house with a gas boiler.).
Top Tech Gift #5 Apple TV (Apple price – £139 for 32Gb)
The future of television is here. And that future is apps. Think about it. You already use apps to watch TV on your mobile devices and computers. With Apple TV, apps have liberated television, letting you choose precisely what and when you want to watch. Built on a powerful platform called tvOS, Apple TV lets you interact with your TV in completely new ways. Ask Siri to find just the film or TV programme you’re in the mood for. Or turn your living room into a games room, fitness studio or classroom. This is Apple TV. And this is where television is headed.
iTunes films and TV programmes. Netflix and BBC iPlayer. Live sport and news. And so much more. If it’s worth watching, there’s definitely an app for that. Think big, exciting games. Apps that let you redecorate your house or shop for a new one. Multi-person experiences that redefine family games night. There are thousands of apps already available on the App Store on Apple TV, and more are arriving all the time. With Apple TV and tvOS, a redesigned interface and the Siri Remote, there’s never been a better time to be a TV. And because Apple TV runs on a powerful operating system, tvOS, whenever new features and functions are added, you can have them downloaded automatically. So your Apple TV keeps getting better and better.
What’s the best way to find something to watch? Just ask Siri. With the Siri Remote, you tell your TV exactly what you want to watch. Ask Siri to give you a few options, like “Show me popular TV programmes.” Or “Show me boxing films.” Siri can also do more than find films and TV programmes. Ask Siri to play an album that’s just been released* or search the App Store for the best fitness apps. If you have HomeKit-enabled products, you can even ask Siri to dim the lights or adjust the thermostat.
Apple TV is compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI3.
Siri Remote is compatible with Apple TV (4th generation).
Remote Loop is compatible with Siri Remote.
Apple TV is compatible with Bluetooth keyboards4.
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