The Christmas gift guide: For him

How time flies. It is only 16 days before Christmas and three weeks before we welcome 2016.

As we prepare for the festive season, it is time to wind down and, yes, start shopping for gifts.

This year has been a great one for technology lovers, and the deluge of new gadgets means there will be no shortage of gifts to get.

Our gadget gift guide this year includes affordable items such as the Asus ZenWatch 2 smartwatch, the quirky Sphero BB-8 drone from the upcoming Star Wars movie and in-car video camera Marbella LX5.

So check out our picks. There is something for everyone.

CASIO EXILIM EX-ZR3500
$579

The Casio Exilim EX-ZR3500 compact digital camera comes with Bluetooth connectivity, which allows the camera to be constantly paired with a smartphone.

Via this connection, all images taken by the camera can be automatically transferred to the phone, even if the camera is turned off.

The camera's 1/1.7-inch back-illuminated CMOS sensor is touted to produce sharp images in low-light settings and when shooting in burst mode.

SONY BRAVIA S8500C TELEVISION
$3,499 (55-inch) and $6,299 (65-inch)

The Sony Bravia 8500C is a gently curved 4K ultra high-definition television set that allows visuals to be seen clearly from any angle.

The 8500C is also an Android TV, which means that users can access movies, games and apps that are available on Google Play.

The television also supports Google Cast, which is a smartphone, tablet and laptop app that allows users to cast media from their devices onto the big screen.

MOTOROLA MOTO 360 (SECOND GENERATION)
$479 to $549

The second generation of Motorola's Moto 360 smartwatch comes in two sizes, 42mm and 46mm. The Android Wear phone is also compatible with iOS, so iPhone users can pair the device with their smartwatch as well.

Fitness buffs will also appreciate Moto Body, which is a suite of sensors and trackers that can monitor users' heart rates, distance walked and steps taken.

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 5 4G+
$1,088 (32GB) or $1,188 (64GB)

Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 4G+ is a stylus-equipped 5.7-inch phone with all the high-end specs that we have come to expect from a Samsung flagship model.

The metal and glass device boasts 2,560 by 1,440-pixel resolution, with 515 pixels per inch.

Samsung has worked in some new S Pen stylus functionalities with the Note 5, such as being able to take memos with the screen turned off and lower latency times when writing.

AFTERSHOCK S-14
$2,098 (for the recommended configuration)

Gamers who want powerful performance packed in a mobile, portable package, look no further.

Aftershock's S-14 gaming notebook weighs just 2kg and is stuffed with top-grade goodies like an Intel Skylake i7-6700HQ processor and Nvidia Geforce GTX 970M graphics. The 14-inch laptop also comes with a full high-definition, in-plane switching display, as well as a 120GB solid-state drive and 1TB of hard disk space.

PHILIPS SHAVER S7370
$269

The new Philips Shaver 7000 series aims to meld top-notch performance with exquisite comfort, to reduce the redness and irritation that can come with shaving daily.

The 7000 series shavers sport Comfort Rings, which are covered with thousands of anti-friction, powder-like beads to reduce discomfort.

The head of the shaver flexes in five different directions, in order to closely follow the contours of the face.


This article was first published on December 14, 2015.
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