Tech Gifts to Make Anyone’s Life Better
After this year, we can use all the help we can get
Blue Yeti X Professional USB Microphone ($170)
This USB mic is so easy to use—plug it into your computer, press a button, and record—that we were successfully capturing video voice-overs in minutes. That simplicity comes matched with sophisticated sound quality and the ability to dial in levels on the fly, perfect for nailing podcast interviews.
Jabra Elite 85h Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones ($250)
These wireless headphones automatically adapt their level of noise canceling, volume, and voice clarity to your surroundings. The system worked seamlessly, and we didn’t have to fiddle with the levels to stay concentrated on work. The 36-hour battery life also doesn’t hurt.
Sony ZV-1 Camera ($800)
Designed for vloggers and selfie enthusiasts, the Sony ZV-1 is all about you. Easily blurred backgrounds, quick autofocus, face and eye tracking, plus upgraded audio recording capabilities ensure that all eyes and ears are on the person in front of the camera.
LifeProof WĀKE for iPhone ($39.99)
What’s good for your phone is now good for the planet. LifeProof’s WĀKE case is made with 85% ocean-based recycled plastic—mostly old fishing nets, rope and tackle plucked from the sea. And it still walks away from 2-meter falls with your phone unscathed.
Bose Frames Tempo Sunglasses ($250)
Simplify your exercise kit with the polarized Bose Frames Tempo. Built-in 22-millimeter drivers deliver plenty of audio quality to enjoy your favorite tunes via Bluetooth while still allowing you to hear the world around you. Even with all that tech, they don’t bounce during runs.
Nebula Astro Portable Projector ($280)
The Astro Portable weighs less than a pound, is the size of an orange, and can wirelessly project a 2.5-hour movie at 100 inches wide, making it easy to throw impromptu movie nights just about anywhere.
Garmin Fenix 6S Pro Solar Edition Smartwatch ($850)
The Fenix 6S Pro Solar has every exercise and adventure-ready feature a person could need. The achilles heel of such robust watches is usually battery life, but Garmin addresses that with a glass lens that can keep it going for more than ten days on three hours of sunlight per day.
Muggo Self-Heating Travel Mug ($129)
This mug uses a battery at the base of the vessel that you can control with a touch sensor to make your hot drink the exact temperature you want, to a degree, for every sip up to three hours. It’s pure bliss.