Digital Life's gift ideas for Christmas

Hunting for the perfect Christmas present for your loved ones? Here are gift ideas for children, teens, seniors, significant others, home-makers, and even bargain hunters:

FOR KIDS

Leapfrog LeapPad Ultra XDi
$260, available from Toys "R" Us

The LeapPad Ultra XDi has a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels, a pair of 2-megapixel cameras, Wi-Fi connectivity and a battery that lasts for more than six hours - all packed into a sturdy body designed to withstand rough handling.

With its kid-safe Web browser, search engine and educational games and apps, the LeapPad Ultra makes a great first tablet for young children.

Nerf N-Strike Demolisher 2-in-1
$79.90

This blaster differs from ordinary ones with its ability to fire two types of projectiles: darts, as well as larger, but slower, missiles.

It does not matter if your kid is holding the fort or spearheading an assault, the blaster's 27m range, 10-dart magazine and secondary missile launcher will give him an advantage on the battlefield.

Parrot Jumping Sumo
$228, available at toy stores and from www.parrotshopping.com

Here is a cool gift you can buy for your kids if they have been drooling over remote-controlled toys.

The Jumping Sumo is a small two-wheeled drone that can perform a repertoire of amusing acrobatic tricks. It also has a camera, allowing you to drive it to places that are out of sight.

It also adds a new twist to how remote-controlled toys are manoeuvred. Instead of using a classic controller that is usually bundled with the toy, you use a smartphone or tablet.

Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack
$109

The original Disney Infinity video game was well-received for its wide variety of game modes, along with its unique "toys-to-life" concept. This year's sequel adds superheroes from the Marvel universe into the mix.

The game crosses into the real world with its use of physical toys. The starter pack also comes with a set of figurines that you can bring into the game when placed on a special stand that is included.


FOR TEENS

ProLink Energiepak Xtra
$79

Young people spend plenty of time on their smartphones. The Energiepak Xtra boasts a 12,000mAh capacity - enough to completely recharge an Apple iPhone 6 Plus more than three times.

It is also equipped with a pair of USB ports, allowing two devices to be charged simultaneously.

Jabra Solemate Mini
$149

The boombox is dead. Long live the boombox.

The Jabra Solemate Mini may not offer street cred in the way of old-school boomboxes, but this portable speaker system will let you blast your tunes loud and clear at the skate park or dance meet.

Get this to accompany your breakdancing. Parents, get this lightweight sound rig for your kids to help lighten their bags.

GoPro Hero
$190

The GoPro Hero action camera should make a great gift for the sporty teenager. This budget model, although stripped-back compared with the company's higher-end Hero4, should be more than adequate to record anything from concerts to first-person views of sporting action.

The camera is capable of capturing 1,080p video at 30fps (frames per second) or 720p at 60fps. It is also waterproof up to 40m.

Twelve South Bookbook case for MacBook Air / MacBook Pro
$119, available online on the Apple Store

Have you bought an Apple MacBook for your teenager recently? The perfect accompanying gift could be a rugged laptop case to protect it against the many knocks you can expect it to take. As its name suggests, this handmade leather case looks just like a hardcover book. It has a rustic feel that should go down well with the hip young crowd.


 

FOR SENIORS

MyRepublic/ViewQwest VPN with Netflix/Hulu Plus subscription
Fiber plans from $49.99 a month

Show your appreciation to dad and mum who always find the time to be with the children at home. When everyone is off to school or work, let them indulge in their favourite movies and TV shows from United States streaming content services, such as Netflix.

The easiest way to get such content is to subscribe to a MyRepublic or ViewQwest fibre service that gives you direct VPN access, which is needed to access US streaming services from here.

After that, sign up for a Netflix service for as low as US$7.99 (S$10) a month.

If they prefer to keep up with the latest TV series from Hollywood, check out Hulu Plus for US$7.99 a month.

Xbox One with Kinect
$739

The latest Kinect for the new Xbox One game console has a better camera than its predecessor, allowing it to detect more people and a better range of motion.

Let your parents learn some new dance moves from Dance Central Spotlight, or play some sports in Kinect Sports Rivals. It is also a good way to encourage mum and dad to get some exercise in the comfort of their home. Just pick up a copy of Shape Up.

The Xbox One also has the Netflix and Hulu Plus apps running on it, which means you can also use the console as a media-streaming device.

Smart Bidet SM-100
$40, from www.qoo10.sg

Any traveller to Japan would be aware of the amazing electrical toilets there that warm up the seats and have an auto-wash feature that shoots a stream of water.

The non-electrical Smart Bidet SM-100 lets you recreate some of those niceties on the cheap.

Installation is easy. No wiring is required and everything works using water pressure. Simply place the spray unit of the bidet on the toilet bowl and connect the water tubing unit to a water point in your toilet.

Control of the water spray is done using a manual controller that can be placed on either side of the toilet bowl.

Philips Avance Collection Noodle Maker
$329

Sure, instant or refrigerated noodles are convenient but they are unlikely to trump freshly made ones in terms of nutritional value. The Philips Noodle Maker can be a good start to healthier meals for all at home.

Simply add flour, water and eggs to this nifty machine and fresh noodles are ready for cooking in less than 10 minutes.

The included recipe book provides instructions on how to make speciality noodles such as spinach and carrot, and the different moulds allow you to whip up a range of noodles from mee kia to penne.

AC Ryan Veolo 4K
$229

Just signed up with Netflix or Hulu Plus? The fastest way to access such content on the big screen TV is with an Android media player such as the Veolo 4K.

Simply download the Netflix or Hulu Plus Android app and you are all set to serve content to the TV.

It also comes with the ability to play the latest wave of ultra high-definition 4K movies. Of course, you will need a 4K TV to do so.

If not, the Veolo 4K is more than equipped to handle normal 1,080p high-definition movies.

An Android device also makes for easier networking to connected hard drives, as there are many Android apps that can do the job.

gofresh.com.sg

These days, there is no need to make tiring trips just to get groceries. To save your parents the hassle of daily treks to the supermarket or wet market, point them to the website of local start-up GoFresh.

The online service specialises in fresh fruit, vegetables, meats and seafood, and offers free delivery for orders above $60.

Or you can shop online on your parent's behalf and have the items delivered to them with the click of a button.

» Next: For Him

FOR HIM

Casio EX-FR10
$699

The versatile Casio EX-FR10 features a two-part construction. Its camera module can be detached from the touchscreen control module, for a number of shot-taking scenarios.

You can use it to take selfies or as a conventional camera. Or mount the camera on a helmet and use it as an action camera to record your fun cycling trips.

It can take some knocks and bumps too, although we would not recommend it for rugged or extreme sports. It is fairly resistant to water and dust, so it should be good for that next hiking adventure.

Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime Moba Gaming Mouse
$59

Give him a competitive edge over his opponents in Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (Moba) games with Logitech's new gaming mouse.

Endorsed by top competitive gamers, the G302 is small, lightweight and glides effortlessly. Buttons are responsive, thanks to a metal spring system. The availability of four sensitivity settings offers something that gamers like: The ability to switch instantly between speed and precision.

LaCie Sphere
$849, available at De'source Asia (www.desource.com.sg)

It looks like an oversized Christmas ornament, but within the LaCie Sphere's silver-plated spherical shell is a 1TB hard drive.

Plug it into a computer using the included cable and a small blue power indicator lights up at the bottom front for a dramatic look.

It uses the speedy USB 3.0 interface for fast file transfers and comes preloaded with software for automatic data backup. The Sphere is designed and made by French silverware maker Christofle.

Acer Switch 11
$999

Cannot decide on whether to get a tablet or a laptop for him? Get the Acer Switch 11, which toggles between being a laptop and tablet with ease. Detach its 11.6-inch screen from its keyboard to turn it into a Windows 8.1 slate.

As a tablet, its full high-definition IPS screen is perfect for watching movies. As a laptop, it should run most productivity software with ease as it uses the same Intel Core chip found in ultrabooks.

DJI Inspire 1
$3,850 for single-remote version, available at Singapore Hobby Supplies (www.singahobby.com)

Is he someone who gets all dreamy-eyed whenever the words flying and aerial dogfight get mentioned? Then consider getting him a drone like the DJI Inspire 1.

Unlike many other drones out there, the Inspire 1's carbon-fibre chassis and landing legs fold upwards to give its 4K camera an unobstructed 360-degree view of its surroundings.

With the dual remote version, he can pilot the drone while you control the camera. Connect it wirelessly to an Android or iOS tablet to access flight data and live maps.

Samsung NX mini
$549

The adage that the best camera is the one you have with you is a selling point of the pocket-sized Samsung NX mini, one of the smallest mirrorless cameras in the market.

Its 1-inch sensor will not match the performance of higher-end models, but it still provides 20-megapixels of fine image quality. The NX mini's touchscreen can be flipped forward for easy selfie shots.

Asus ROG GR8
$1,699

You can always connect your desktop PC to a TV to play games on the big screen, but the result is often an eyesore as few PCs look good enough for the living room. The Asus ROG GR8 is an exception.

Pair it with a controller, turn on Steam's TV-optimised Big Picture mode and this handsome space-saver - it is more compact than even the Sony PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One - will let him play games from the comfort of the couch. Have a Miracast-capable mobile device? You can easily display photos and videos from it on the TV via the GR8.

Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1
$899

The smartphone has become most people's de facto portable audio player. But if your significant other cares a lot about sound quality, it is unlikely to satisfy his ears.

Consider getting him something like the Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1, an audiophile-grade player that comes with a dedicated digital audio amplifier and supports high-definition music formats such as AAC and FLAC.

As lossless audio files are much larger than typical MP3s, the Sony Walkman comes with 128GB of storage, good for up to 800 high-resolution songs.

LG G Watch R
$398

The latest smartwatches are not just for geeks. They are increasingly designed to be fashion accessories. Take the LG G Watch R, which has a round face, metallic bezel and the classy looks of a good dress watch.

Powered by Google's Android Wear, the LG smartwatch packs a neat bundle of smart features. Phone notifications such as e-mail and Facebook updates are displayed on the smartwatch. He can also use voice commands to set a reminder or take a note.

Sonos Play: 1
$349

The Sonos Play: 1 is a wireless speaker that will complement most home or office decor. It needs to connect to a Wi-Fi network to work, but this requirement also makes for a more reliable connection compared with using Bluetooth.

Stream music to the Play: 1 from a mobile device or music services such as Spotify or Rdio. Get two units to get true stereo sound, or get multiple units to have music anytime, anywhere at home.

Bose SoundLink Bluetooth On-Ear
$379

Give him a great music listening experience and banish his frustration with cable tangle, with Bose's first pair of Bluetooth headphones. These plush cans, which you can use to make hands-free calls too, pair up easily with a smartphone and lets him easily control audio playback by pressing a button on the right earcup.

The built-in battery is rated to last up to 15 hours. The inclusion of two microphones to aid voice pick-up means that your conversations with him will be loud and clear.

Dell UltraSharp 27 Monitor (UP2715K)
$2,699

With its 5,120 x 2,880-pixel screen resolution, this Dell 5K monitor has more pixels than ultra-HD TVs. Even 4K movies need to be upscaled to fit this resolution.

While a 5K resolution may seem an overkill if you are using 4K camcorders or phones, it helps the video-editing process by providing extra screen space for tools of the editing software.

This monitor also has excellent viewing quality, accurate colour reproduction and wide viewing angles of up to 178 degrees.

» Next: For Her

FOR HER

Nikon Coolpix S6900
$419

If your significant other is always posting photos on social media, the Nikon Coolpix S6900 would be a nice upgrade to her phone's camera.

It makes selfie-taking an effortless task. Just wave your hand at the lens when facing the camera and it will automatically snap a picture.

A Glamour mode lets her enhance shots both before and after she snaps - great for profile shots.

The camera has built in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication capabilities, making it easier to transfer photos to another device.

Casio Baby-G BA-110LP Leopard Series
$189

With a leopard print motif that runs across the whole watch, from bezel to watch band, the Casio Baby-G BA-110 watch is one item the fashion police will approve of. The watch displays time in both digital and analogue formats. It also has a stopwatch, alarm and tells the time across 29 time zones.

Beats By Dr Dre Urbeats
$160

Beats By Dr Dre gadgets are part fashion accessory, part audio device.

The Urbeats is no exception. Its brushed metal highlights the brighter colours such as pink and red, and the flat cables are in a matching colour too.

Electronic, dance, hip-hop and other bass-heavy music are the Urbeats' forte.

X-mini Clear
$299, Available for pre-order at store.x-mini.com

Watching a movie on a tablet with friends should more comfortable with X-mini's new wireless portable speaker.

Its sleek transparent back lights up when it is powered up and there are three lighting modes to suit any mood or track. Bluetooth and Near Field Communication compatibility means you can connect your mobile device to it wirelessly.

The 2.1 channel speaker system, which packs two speakers and a subwoofer into its svelte chassis, promises a full-bodied sound.

Zumba Fitness World Party
$39

If she likes to keep fit and loves to dance, this video game will keep her entertained for hours. It is based on the popular Zumba fitness programme and the routines are set to tunes from superstars such as Lady Gaga and Pitbull.

The game has a Progress Tracker Plus feature which keeps tabs on calories burned and fitness goals met.

Mizuno Wave Rider 18 Osaka Edition
$199

Need a gift for a runner? Check out Mizuno's latest Wave Rider 18 Osaka Edition running shoe. Created to celebrate the annual Osaka Marathon in Japan, these shoes feature Mizuno's new Pebax Wave Plate for better fit and a redesigned sole which is more durable and shock resistant.

It looks good too, with its three colour options, which include rainbow and pink versions.

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
$2,299

This hybrid laptop turns heads with his lightweight design. It measures a mere 13mm in thickness, weighs only 1.13kg and has a gorgeous watch strap-like hinge design.

Its adjustable touchscreen display can be flipped 360 degrees so it can be used as a tablet. This Windows 8.1 latop has a 13-inch 3,200 x 1,800-pixel display and JBL speakers.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H6 Special Edition
$648

There are headphones and there are headphones for fashionistas. Bang & Olufsen's Beoplay H6 Special Edition headphones belong to the latter.

She will stand out from the crowd with any of this model's three colour options, which feature red, blue or bronze accents.

Made from premium materials, including aluminium, lambskin and leather, these headphones do not skimp on comfort. They come with 40mm drivers which promise balanced and natural sound.

» Next: For Home Owners

FOR HOME OWNERS

55" LG Curved Oled TV 55EC930T
$4,999

LG's latest curved Oled TV is a feast for the eyes. Its razor-thin design has a bezel so slim, the screen practically disappears when viewed from the side.

This subtly curved screen is complemented by a curved stand or you can mount it on a wall like a work of art.

Its Oled screen produces darker blacks and brighter whites than the best LCD displays, while its picture quality rivals that of the best plasma TVs. In short, this is the future of television.

Philips PerfectCare Azur Steam Iron
$289

Avoid destroying another shirt just because you used the wrong temperature on your iron. Philips' new steam iron promises to eliminate such accidents by automatically maintaining the soleplate at the right temperature range. It will also remove creases with a powerful blast of steam.

It takes just two minutes for the iron to reach its maximum steam output and you can even use it vertically, for example, on curtains.

Samsung WW9000 Front Load Washing Machine
$2,999

Sporting a minimalist, pristine white design, Samsung's latest washing machine will not look out of place in a sci-fi movie. There are no dials with this machine. Instead, you control it with a touchscreen or you can let it pick the most appropriate washing programme for your load.

Link it to your home Wi-Fi network and you can control it using a smartphone - even when you are not at home.

Nespresso Inissia
$238

Having a coffee machine at home is a great convenience and, for coffee lovers, there are many to choose from these days. If you are on a budget, consider the Nespresso Inissia. Yes, it has an all plastic build and lacks luxury features such as a one-touch cappuccino button, but it gets it right where it matters - in the quality of the brew. Indeed, we found the taste of the coffee brewed by this machine to be indistinguishable from those made by higher-end Nespresso machines.

Onkyo Dolby Atmos receiver
From $1,099

Impressed by the Dolby Atmos audio system at Golden Village's GVmax theatre or Cathay's Jem cineplex? Now you can experience similar audio effects, such as sounds that appear to come from overhead, in your home.

What you need is an Onkyo Dolby Atmos receiver and compatible upward-firing speakers. The receiver decodes Atmos-encoded content and sends it to the speakers so audio is bounced off the ceiling to create a sound-from-overhead effect. You can choose from Onkyo's entry-level range, which supports two speakers, or get its more advanced receivers that support more audio channels.

Bosch Athlet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
From $599

A corded vacuum cleaner can be awkward to move around the house, but we persist with them because cordless battery-powered models often lack suction power.

However, Bosch claims its latest cordless model is just as good at sucking up dust as its 2,400-watt corded vacuum cleaner. Weighing only 3.3kg, this portable cleaner lasts up to an hour before it needs to be recharged. A light indicator will tell you when its internal filter needs to be cleaned

» Next: For Gamers and Athletes

FOR GAMERS

HP Omen
$3,399

About a decade ago, Dell bought Alienware and HP acquired Voodoo, in their bids to enter the hardcore gaming machine market.

While Alienware continues to win the hearts and minds of gamers, the once fearsome name of Voodoo is now moribund. However, HP decided to resuscitate the Omen name, which was previously the flagship desktop model of its Voodoo brand.

The new HP Omen is a slim and light portable gaming laptop with adequate muscle to play the latest PC games.

This 15.6-inch laptop is less than 2cm thick and weighs a mere 2.1kg, which is comparable to the size of a regular work laptop, but with much better specifications.

It comes with a generous 512GB of solid-state storage, an Intel Core i7-4719HQ processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics card and an anti-glare 1,920 x 1,080 full high-definition touchscreen display.

Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB gaming keyboard
$239

This keyboard will help you excel in work and play. Its keys have plenty of travel, or depth, and it has that "clackety" mechanical feel which lets you type at an incredibly fast speed (due to the fact that each button springs back up to its normal position after each punch).

If you want your gaming rig to look good, this 104-key item lets you customise individual keys with the exact LED light of your choice.

Every key is programmable, so you can set macros to any button you choose. What this means is that if you want to unleash two fireballs followed by a meteor swarm, you do not need to hit three keys in quick succession. Just programme this triple combo to be executed with a single press of a key.

Aftershock S-15
From $2,328

It may not look as fierce as the HP Omen, but local gaming laptop maker Aftershock offers great value for money with its S-15.

The brilliant anti-glare 15.6-inch screen, powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M graphics card and low price points are the main reasons for considering this gaming beast.

On top of that, you get a basic 128GB of solid-state drive space to house your operating system and 1TB of hard drive to store your games and files.

There are also plenty of colours to choose from, including custom-painted covers which resemble metallic finishes of popular sports car brands. For more elaborate requests, there is an extra charge. The keys can be customised to emit various multi-coloured backlights to spice up your monster-killing moments.

Sony PlayStation 4 Season's Greeting Pack
$649

For just $10 more than the usual price of Sony's game console, you now get an extra $150 worth of games.

This special PlayStation 4 bundle from Sony comes with four games - Little Big Planet 3, Infamous: Second Son, Escape Plan and Resogun. There is also a one-year warranty, a Dualshock 4 wireless controller and a mono-headset.

For kids, both Little Big Planet 3 and Escape Plan are great platformers which come with cute graphics and mind-boggling puzzles to solve.

Infamous: Second Son is the latest game in the Infamous action adventure franchise, while Resogun is a throwback to the old arcade spaceship shooter, but with improved graphics.

Alienware Area 51
From $3,999

The new gaming desktop from Alienware looks menacingly powerful, yet it is designed elegantly with the gamer in mind.

What I like is the "Triad" chassis design, which offers easy access to the rear ports simply by pulling the chassis towards the user.

This sloped edge, wheel-like design makes it easier for the desktop to rest on its sides. The sloped sides of the machine also means there is extra space between the air vents and the wall - this creates better heat management and more efficient cooling.

While the machine is expensive, it comes fully equipped with the latest components, including an Intel Core i7-5820 processor, 16GB of RAM, 2TB of hard-disk storage and dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 graphics cards.

Upgrade options include top-of-the-line dual Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z graphics cards, which cost another $4,000.

At 28kg, this is a mean machine which you want to unleash on your hapless online opponents.

Philips 27" G-Sync Monitor 272G5DYEB
$999

The problem with playing graphic-intensive games is that the varying frame rates in the graphics card are not synchronised with the fixed refresh rate of the monitor in use.

This often results in screen-tearing, especially when playing shooters and other fast-paced games.

Nvidia's G-Sync is a new technology used in a new breed of gaming monitors which has an additional G-Sync chip to perfectly match the refresh rates of the monitor to the variable frame rates of the graphics card.

The Philips G-Sync monitor is one of the first of such screens on the market and offers a fast-response 1,920 x 1,080 full high-definition 27-inch display.

It comes with four USB ports and can be tilted, swivelled and pivoted to match your viewing habits.

The G-Sync feature works only with the Nvidia GeForce graphics card from the GTX 660 and newer series.


FOR ATHLETES

LifeTrak Brite R450
$179

It might look like a regular wristwatch, but the LifeTrak Brite R450 is actually a fitness tracker. It tracks the steps you have taken, calories burned, distance travelled, sleep quality and your heart rate with its built-in heart-rate monitor.

It also monitors ambient and blue light levels in order to inform you when you need to get more natural light. The blue wavelength of light, emitted by electronic devices, such as monitors, can disrupt sleep cycles.

When connected to your smartphone via the LifeTrak iOS app (Android version coming early next year), the R450 doubles as a smartwatch with on-screen notifications for incoming calls, text messages and e-mail.

It is waterproof to 30m and has a battery life of six months using a coin battery.

Adidas SCMS Supernova Glide Boost (Limited Edition)
$249

The Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) is happening on Sunday. Get into the occasion with the Adidas SCMS Supernova Glide Boost (Limited Edition) running shoes.

This neutral trainer, which sports the SCMS logo, features Adidas' Boost foam cushioning technology which provides a high energy return with every stride you take. A durable and breathable mesh upper provides comfort, support and responsiveness.

Highly reflective stylings on the shoe, including Adidas' iconic three stripes, increases your visibility when you run at night.

C3fit Impact Half Tights
$139

Made from a tightly woven combination of nylon and polyurethane, the C3fit Impact half-length compression tights has a lot to offer for runners in Singapore.

Not only is it anti-bacterial and odour-resistant, it also protects runners from the sun. It has an ultraviolet (UV) protection rating of 40, which means it should block out at least 97.5 per cent of UV light in the surrounding.

It is designed to provide support for the hip and thighs during workouts and is also a nifty way to prevent chafing.

Jawbone Up Move
$88

The Jawbone Up Move is a fitness tracker that monitors your steps, workouts and calories burned throughout the day. It also tracks your sleep duration and quality.

It syncs with the UP app (available for Android and iOS) via Bluetooth to display your progress. Press on the Move's face to wake up its hidden LED screen to check your progress.

Five different colour options - black, blue, purple, red and slate - make it an eye-catching fashion accessory, too.

Nike Elastico Superfly
$249

Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo gets to play on the luxuriant grass of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. The rest of us weekend warriors have to make do with whatever surfaces we can get - sand, concrete or artificial grass. This is where the Nike Elastico Superfly comes in.

These sock-like shoes place your feet closer to the ground than normal football boots, so you get better traction, quicker turn of speed and closer control of the ball. The shoe's flexible outsole allows for improved grip, while an extra layer of NikeSkin - a soft breathable mesh layer bounded with a thin polyurethane film - prevents abrasion and makes it durable.

Garmin Forerunner 620
$539

Wearing the Garmin Forerunner 620 is like having your personal coach accompany you for workouts.

This GPS watch, which has a touchscreen display, will tell you how fast you are running, the distance you have covered and whether you should be going faster or slowing down. It can also estimate your maximal oxygen uptake (VO2 max) level, which is a good gauge of your physical fitness. It does so through the use of the included Garmin HRM-Run heart-rate sensor and by analysing workout data such as speed, heart rate and heart-rate variability.

Based on your VO2 max estimates, it can predict your timing for the distances you are running. So, you can have realistic training targets.

» Next: For Bargain Hunters

FOR BARGAIN HUNTERS

Cooler Master CM Storm Octane mouse and keyboard combo
$89

The CM Storm Octane mouse and keyboard combo proves that you can buy good gear on a tight budget.

The keyboard comes with features such as seven different colours for its backlight and the ability to press up to 19 keys simultaneously. The latter is great for gaming, when you would need to cast spells in quick succession.

The mouse is no slouch either, with durable switches rated to last 10 million clicks and a sensor adjustable up to a speedy 3,500 dots per inch.

HP Stream 13 laptop
$349

Despite its rock-bottom price, HP's newest ultraportable laptop is not lacking too much on specs. It comes with a quad-core Intel Celeron processor, Microsoft Office 365 Personal software and Windows' latest 8.1 operating system.

Although it comes with only 32GB of flash storage, that can be easily fixed by plugging in an SD card or an external hard drive to its many ports. It also comes with 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage for a year.

The Stream is good for both work and play, with a 13.3-inch high-definition display and DTS studio sound that should help make your movies and music come to life.

All of these features make this laptop, which is priced less than most tablets, a steal.

Audio-Technica ATH-Sport2 earphones
$48

The Audio Technica's ATH-Sport2 earphones is one of the best values of its genre.

It features an IPX5 waterproof rating, letting you wash off perspiration after a run or bike ride. The included clip and specially designed cords prevent the cables from tangling.

Nokia Lumia 535 Dual Sim smartphone
$199

You might mistake Nokia's latest Lumia phone for a high-end one, given that it comes with such premium features as a five-inch LCD display, 5-megapixel front camera and dual SIM card capability.

The battery life does not disappoint as well, promising up to 13 hours of talktime and 78 hours of music playback.

All that for just $199 without a contract.

 


This article was first published on Dec 03, 2014.
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