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Digital Life's gift ideas for Christmas

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.

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