In the market for an upgrade? Looking for a gift for a tech-savvy loved one? You’re in luck: the latest and greatest new tech has landed just in time for Christmas shopping time. Whether you’re after a new smart watch, tablet, smart doorbell, earphones, camera or a smart speaker, we’ve done the legwork and found the high-tech gadgets and gizmos everyone’s talking about.
Google Pixel Watch 2: A Savvy Smart Watch Update
It may look the same as last year’s model but the Google Pixel Watch 2, which is compatible with the Fitbit app on your phone, has lots of improvements under the hood including enhanced health and fitness functionalities. These include a new super-accurate heart-rate sensor to provide precise measurements during your workouts, and the ability to detect when you’re stressed and suggest breathing exercises or a walk to calm you down again.
Battery performance has also improved with this new smart watch. Unlike the first-gen version, you can now get 24 hours from a charge, and this time with the ‘always-on’ display.
GoPro Hero12: Capture the Action Like Never Before
The GoPro Hero12 Black has a lot of new tech features that make it just as usable in the hands of a casual user as a pro. For starters, it can be used underwater to a depth of 10 metres without the need for additional protective housing.
As well as other video tools such as night mode options, ultra-wide angles and stabilisation technology to give you smooth footage no matter how bumpy the terrain, this device also takes a mean photo. Simply point and shoot for high-resolution, 27 MP photos ready for printing.
Its brilliant 5.3K, which is 91 per cent better resolution than 4K (it shoots that, too), remains resulting in ultra high-quality videos that are sharper, clearer and more realistic-looking.
Ultimate Ears Epicboom Speaker: Best Bluetooth Speaker for Pro Sound
The Ultimate Ears Epicboom speaker is a go-anywhere Bluetooth device that offers 360-degree sound and adaptive EQ, aka equaliser, a type of audio filter that can adjust various sound frequencies to give different effects to your music. More bass? Done. More focus on vocals? Easy. And it’s all done via the BOOM app on your smartphone.
Not only that, this durable speaker has an IP67 rating making it dust- and water-resistant – it can even get submerged in water for half an hour and survive. It also has 17 hours of battery life and on-device controls, so you can manage your music away from your smartphone.
Epson ET-16600 Ecotank Printer: Ink That Lasts for Years
The Epson ET-16600 is the new tech big daddy of multifunction printers, and uses refillable ink tanks instead of printer cartridges, helping to reduce your environmental impact through less plastic waste. More good news is it comes with enough ink to print up to 4,500 pages in black and 2,800 pages in colour straight out of the box.*
Being a multifunction printer, the Epson ET-16600 can also scan, copy and print, so it’s the ideal office companion for small-to-medium-sized businesses. Away from your desk? You can also print wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet for greater convenience.
Sony WF-1000xm5 Earphones: Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones
These Sony WF-1000XM5 earphones have better noise cancellation and audio quality than its predecessors thanks to some clever internal tech. The buds use artificial intelligence to not only improve noise cancellation but enhance voice quality when you’re on a call. Size, materials and weight have also been adjusted, making hours of wear more comfortable than ever.
Speaking of phone calls, in a new tech advancement you can control incoming calls with a simple head gesture – answer with a nod or reject it with a headshake. In terms of battery life, these earbuds run for up to eight hours with noise-cancelling on (12 if you have it off), while a quick three-minute charge can provide roughly 60 minutes of playback.
Jackson Frameo Smart Digital Frame: Relive Your Best Memories
We take so many photos with our smartphones but rarely do we print them. With this latest tech gadget you can have your best digital images on display for everyone to see, all housed in an attractive free-standing oak frame that you can pop on a shelf, windowsill or table. The device connects via Wi-Fi and you can use the companion app to easily transfer your photos across.
Lenovo Smart Paper: High-Tech Note-Taking
The Lenovo Smart Paper is a sleek device that can be both your notebook and e-reader. With a 10.3-inch e-ink screen, you can take notes, doodle and mark up documents with the provided stylus, all while enjoying a real ‘pen-on-paper’ feeling.
It comes with 74 templates to match your task, whether it's creating a to-do list, writing notes or enjoying a spot of drawing, then sit back and watch as the device converts your handwriting to digital text. When it's time to kick back and relax, you can access more than two million books through Ebooks.com* to lose yourself in.
*Access to books on Ebooks.com requires a separate subscription and is not included in the purchase of the product.
Lorex 2k Wi-Fi Video Doorbell: Monitor Your Home From Anywhere
If you're expecting a package or a visitor, the Lorex 2K video doorbell makes it possible to answer your door from anywhere. The onboard camera provides 2K resolution and colour night vision so you can clearly see who's on your porch whatever the hour, while two-way talk allows you to converse with ease. For further security, you can store your video recordings with the local pre-installed 32GB MicroSD (upgradable to 256GB) with no recurring monthly fees - private and at your fingertips.
Other features include built-in person detection, so the device can send you an alert if it spots any movement. And, because it's battery powered, it's easy to install – no wiring required. To recharge, simply lift the doorbell off its bracket and plug it into a power source with the provided cable.
Fitbit Charge 6: The Latest Dedicated Fitness Tracker
This new smartwatch and fitness tracker from Fitbit offers 60 per cent more accuracy when tracking your workouts than the previous model, plus supports real-time heart rate tracking on popular home gym equipment like Peloton and NordicTrack.
There are now 40 exercise modes on the Fitbit Charge 6 – that's 20 more than the last generation – and now includes surfing, skiing, strength training and HIIT. On the battery side, the Fitbit Charge 6 offers up to seven days of charge so it can be by your side day and night to track your exercise, health and sleep.
Samsung Tab S9 FE+ Tablet: Affordable Power and Performance
If it’s a new tablet you seek, Samsung's Tab S9 FE+ tablet could be the answer. FE is short for Fan Edition, where the brand takes user feedback onboard and produces a device with all the favourite features.
And this model certainly ticks a lot of boxes. First up, there’s the 12.4-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1600, making for crystal-clear, laser-sharp visuals. Not only that, but the Vision Booster functionality means the screen is enhanced in outdoor environments, making it no match for bright sunlight. A high-capacity battery also means you can comfortably watch content for up to 20 hours.
What To Try
- Google Pixel Watch 2 Wifi Polished Silver with Bay Band
- GoPro HERO12 Black
- Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM Portable Bluetooth Speaker Black
- Epson ET-16600 EcoTank Pro Colour MFC Printer
- Sony WF-1000XM5 Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds Black
- Jackson Frameo 7" Smart Digital Frame White/Oak
- Lenovo Smart Paper 10.3" E-Ink with Folio Case and Pen Grey
- Fitbit Charge 6 Advanced Fitness Tracker Obsidian/Black
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE+ WiFi 128GB Grey
- Lorex 2K Battery Video Doorbell Black
*Part of the ink from the included bottles is used for initial setup; yields are lower than those of replacement ink bottles. Replacement and included ink bottle yields based on the ISO/IEC 24712 pattern with Epson’s methodology. Actual ink yields will vary considerably for reasons including images printed, print settings, temperature and humidity. Yields may be lower when printing infrequently or predominantly with one ink colour. All ink colours are used for printing and printer maintenance, and all colours must be available for printing. For more information, visit www.epson.com/inkinfo