Christmas shopping for a tech fan? If you’re not particularly tech savvy yourself then knowing where to start can be a little overwhelming, especially considering the person you’d normally ask for advice about these things is the person you’re buying for! From photography to computing and gaming, here are 5 gift ideas that are are to put a smile on any techies face this Christmas.
No matter what type of game they’re into, there’s one particular game that’s been hugely anticipated nearly every gamer this year and it goes by the name of Cyberpunk 2077. The game is the latest creation from CD Projekt Red. The studio are the same team behind the massively popular Witcher games (you may have seen the Netflix adaptation recently). Cyberpunk 2077 takes place in Night City and oozes dystopian future vibes. The open world is full to the brim with interesting characters and immersive missions to explore which are sure to keep gamers entertained for many hours. Like many of the Night City’s inhabitants, Cyberpunk 2077 allows the player to modify their character with unique (but invasive) robotic upgrades, blurring the lines between human beings and machines.
After 3 delays, the game is finally out on 10th December and will be available from many retailers in the city including, Game, PC World, Argos and many more. We can almost promise this title will be a hit with the gamer in your life so if you’re stuck for ideas then you won’t go wrong with Cyberpunk 2077.
2020 has been a big year for Apple. The tech giants have launched an impressive line of new products and at the top of the list is their new M1 powered Macs. If you’re not really into technology then you’re probably wondering what an M1 is right now. Essentially all modern computers require a processor chip (as well as other vital parts) to run. Up until now, Apple have relied on third party companies to create these chips for their machines but now they’ve taken the leap and begun developing their own chips. So why is this important? By creating their own chips, Apple have been able to massively improve the power and performance of their Mac line; and it’s pretty big news for Apple fans. If you’re looking to splurge and treat someone to a shiny new Mac then the new M1 powered MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini is definitely where you should start. For the best advice and information we’d advise popping into KRCS in the Victoria Centre. They’re the city’s only Apple Premium Reseller and will certainly be able to help you find the perfect gift.
Photographers can be difficult to buy for because the equipment they choose is often based on personal preference. That said, there’s a few options to chose from that will suit most snappers out there. We’ve decided to break this part down into mini sections based on what level the person you’re shopping for is at.
Beginners: Nikon D3500
For those just starting out, the Nikon D3500 offers a lot of great features at a fairly affordable price point. As well as straight forward controls, this camera comes with a built in LCD screen for viewing your shots and also allows the user to switch out lenses for different situations. The photo quality is very good for the price point and the ‘Guide Mode’ is the perfect learning tool for new photographers. This camera starts at round £449.99 and is currently available at Argos.
For the pro: SONY a7 III Mirrorless Camera
Whilst a little pricey at £1745.00, this full frame 24.2 megapixel mirrorless camera from Sony is about as good as it gets for photographers. With ridiculously snappy autofocus, top quality photo quality, built in wifi and a tillable LDC touch screen; there’s no situation this camera won’t be able to handle. The mirrorless build makes it super portable and if filming if your thing then you’ll be happy to know this thing records in 4k Ultra HD. It may be on the premium end of the scale but we have no doubt the Sony a7 III everything you need it to and much more for many years. If this sounds like the right gift for you then PC world is your best bet.
The Google Nest Mini 2 is an affordable home assistant that comes in a small package but does an awful lot. From playing your favourite songs to organising your calendar and setting reminders, the nest mini delivers it all and only requires a simple “Hey Google” to get started. The cool thing about the Nest Mini is it can be as simple or complex as you like depending on how much you’re willing to invest. Google state that you can control up to 50,000 smart appliances ranging from smart TVs to thermostats, lighting, appliances and more. Alternatively if that’s all a bit much then it will quite happily serve as a fairly decent bluetooth speaker. You can pick up a Next Mini for as little as £49.00 from places such as John Lewis.
If you’re looking for a small, portable speaker that packs a punch then look no further than the Bose Soundlink Mini. You’d be forgiven for not expecting too much from this speaker based on its sized but there’s more than meets the eye. The Soundlink Mini is not only surprisingly loud but also offers tremendous amount of bass that few other speakers of this size can compete with. Rest assured that the low end is well balanced with pleasant highs that bring out the detail in your tracks. The speaker is equipped with bluetooth connectivity and also works well with personal assistants such as Siri and Google making it the perfect companion for most smart phones. If you’re shopping for an audiophile then this may not hit the mark but at roughly £120 the Bose ticks a lot of boxes and surpasses expectation with ease. It’s also widely available and should be easily located in stores like John Lewis, Argos, PC World and potentially even CEX.
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