The Mail and tutor has compiled a list of premium tech toys worthy of your holiday wish list. In no order, they are:
Apple Macbook Air M2
There’s a reason the new Macbook Air M2 received glowing reviews globally. Having used one for almost five months, I can attest to that. The 2022 Air has been redesigned to look like a Pro, but is thinner and lighter.
It features Apple’s new M2 chip, which is a significant improvement over previous Intel-based Macbooks. It stays silent despite its fanless design for hours on end, especially when using resource-intensive apps like Photoshop. It has a sharp and bright screen, a much-needed 1080p HD webcam upgrade, and Touch ID. The M2 Air has ridiculously good battery life, and you can now charge it with a MagSafe cable, which frees up the two USB-C ports for accessories.
Price: R25 999.
Samsung Neo QLED 8K
Samsung’s new Neo QLED TV now comes with 8K resolution. It is powered by a Neural Quantum AI processor with better contrast and sharp quality, with various technologies including backlight dimming.
In addition to its latest TV technologies, as an ecosystem, it has a Smart Hub and applications to improve the user experience, including cloud gaming, on-screen multitasking, NFT management and Google video calling Duo if you connect a smartphone. It also supports a vertical interface for YouTube or TikTok; and Multi View to view content from other sources with picture-in-picture (PIP) mode.
It’s suitable for gaming and supports 4K HDR gaming at 120Hz and low latency, combined with built-in Dolby Atmos for 3D sound. With access to Samsung Smart Things, you can control all your compatible smart devices from one place.
Price: R62 999.
Oculus Quest 2
The Oculus Quest 2 VR headset offers a standalone VR experience without a game console or computer. It is owned by Meta and is known as Meta Quest 2, so a Facebook account is required.
The Quest 2 is powered by the Snapdragon XR2 platform, 256GB of storage, a high resolution of 1832×1920 per eye, and a 90Hz refresh rate. The headphones are wireless and include two touch controllers, a charging cable, AA batteries, power adapter and a silicone case. It offers cinematic 3D positional audio, a spacer for those who wear glasses for comfort.
Beat Saber is included as a free game download in 2022, but there are more than 350 VR titles that you can buy in various categories. If you buy a separate cable, it can be used for Steam PC games.
Price: R14 995.
Every year, DJI releases a series of drones, but in 2022 it brought out the only Avata that offers a new paradigm in the form of “first person view” (FPV) drone flights. Instead of flying an autonomous drone, wear the DJI Goggles 2 headset and get right into the pilot’s seat. It combines with a motion controller to provide a unique flight experience.
Use the triggers to move forward or slow down and turn your wrist to turn. You can hover, speed, zoom, stop in a split second, and it features “turtle mode,” which flips up to take off when it lands upside down. It records in 4K at 60 fps from its 48 MP sensor, offers a wide 155-degree field of view, 20 GB of storage and has built-in modes for shooting stable images. A single charge produces 18 minutes of flight time and has a transmission distance of 10 km.
Price: 29,999 rubles.
A follow-up to Sony’s popular WH-1000XM4 wireless headphones are the WH-1000XM5s. No points for naming convention. These on-ear headphones have an updated single-hinged design, weigh 250g, but come with a larger carrying case so it no longer folds up. It offers exceptional sound quality, pairs with two devices, and has the all-important Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) feature. The headphones feature touch controls to play, pause, skip, adjust volume, or change ANC.
Battery life on a single charge promises up to 30 hours, suitable for long-haul flights, but a quick three-minute charge offers three hours of playback. Included with the headphones is the carrying case, a 1.2m headphone cable and a USB charging cable.
Price: R9 499.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
The most premium foldable device you can get your hands on today is the exceptionally well-built Galaxy Z Fold 4 from Samsung. The large 7.6-inch foldable tablet is a multi-tasking beast that lets you work from three apps simultaneously and access another one on the fly.
It also features the best hardware you can get from Samsung; a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, 12GB of RAM, up to 1TB of storage, and a 4400mAh battery. It has three cameras, more than you’ll ever need; including a 50MP triple rear, a 10MP selfie camera and a 4MP bottom screen. With seamless Google and Microsoft integration, the Z Fold 4 lets you work from anywhere.
Price: 36,999 rubles.
Hobot Legee D7
One of the best things about a smart home is automating tasks, and there’s no better way to do that than with the Hobot Legee D7 robovac. This nifty D-shaped cleaner is designed to go into corners and has a trick up its sleeve; Cleans both floors and carpets.
It has an extremely powerful 2700Pa tangle-free suction, can climb 20mm over obstacles and a smart 6mm lift mop when on carpets. It stores 5 maps in its memory, allows you to create virtual barriers and room dividers and can work with voice commands (Google, Siri) or its application.
There are eight cleaning modes, including a custom one, and you can schedule your cleanings, such as outside the download slots, before you wake up, or if you’re on vacation and want to return to a dust-free home. Best suited if you have pets, allergies or children.
Price: R8 999.
Logitech G502 X Plus
If you’re in need of a gaming mouse, look no further than Logitech’s top-of-the-range G502 X Plus, their next-generation mouse in their best-selling line. It features Logitech’s Lightforce hybrid mechanical-optical switches that promise everything that’s important in the world of gaming: speed, reliability, precision and crisp response.
It’s wireless, has customizable RGB lighting and an ergonomic design, as you’d expect from Logitech. It also has a reversible and removable DPI switch button, which allows you to reprogram buttons, adjust sensors or create different profiles. The mouse itself has a storage compartment for the USB receiver so you don’t lose it, for wireless connectivity since it doesn’t have Bluetooth.
Price: R2 999.