December 8, 2021
Consumers seek out the latest tech deals every holiday season – sometimes creating buying frenzies in the process. Market research provider Statista predicts strong holiday spending on tech this year, projecting consumers worldwide to fork over $802 billion on laptops, PCs, tablets, printers, mobile phones and other gadgets. This sum represents an increase of roughly 15.1% from 2020. Let’s check out a few of these gadgets offered by leading publicly traded tech providers.
First off, we can all pretty much agree on how annoying it is to lose something in the house. Whether it’s keys, a wallet or a purse, it creates a mad dash to find the missing item. Apple Inc. (Tii:APPL) introduced the Apple AirTag Tracker in response to our forgetfulness. Users can attach the small device to a keychain, backpack, or any item that tends to misplace itself. Just tap it, and any Apple device that has the Find My Network app installed can locate the item’s proximity to the Apple device.
If you have a video gamer in your life, consider the Elite Atlas Aero Wireless PC Gaming Headset. Produced by Turtle Beach Corporation (Tii:HEAR), the headset is compatible with Windows 10 and macOS wirelessly and can plug into Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. The headset features a 30-plus-hour battery life, Grammy Award-winning Waves audio technology and access to a comprehensive software suite that enables many features to customize the audio. If the gamer in your life enjoys exploring immersive virtual worlds, the Oculus Quest 2 Advanced All-In-One Virtual Reality Headset-256GB might be the perfect gift for them. Produced by Meta Platforms, Inc. (Tii:FB), the company formerly known as Facebook, the Oculus Quest 2 requires no PC or console and features next-generation graphics with a display that features 50% more pixels than the original Quest.
For the audiophile on your list, there’s also the SRS-XB13/B. Produced by Sony Corp. (Tii:SNE), these small portable Bluetooth speakers feature a sound diffusion processor to expand the sound, Extra Bass for deeper sound and up to 16 hours of battery life. Further, they’re waterproof and dustproof. Should your shopping be more productivity-oriented rather than recreational, the Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard has you covered. The Logitech K380 wirelessly connects to smartphones, tablets, and almost any Bluetooth-enabled device that support external keyboards. Manufactured by Logitech International S.A. (Tii:LOGI), the keyboard features a two-year battery life and is Chromebook and Windows-compatible.
On the home audio front, there’s the Onkyo TX-8220 Stereo Receiver. The receiver is Bluetooth compatible and features two sets of speaker posts, turntable, digital inputs to route audio from TV and four analog line inputs and puts out 45 watts per channel. Onkyo is a subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation (Tii:VOXX), which acquired the company earlier this year for $30.8 million. Those in the market for a TV to accompany that sound system may want to check out the VIZIO - 55” Class OLED 4K UHD SmartCast TV. Named to Popular Mechanics’ “10 Best 4K TVs for a Great Viewing Experience,” the TV features sharp 4K HDR pictures, supports Dolby Vision and HDR10+ and is compatible with Vizio Voice, Google Assistant, Alexa, and Apple HomeKit. Manufactured by VIZIO Holding Corp. (Tii:VZIO), the SmartCast TV is also available in six different sizes.
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