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Tech gifts for every budget!

By Team HardwareZone - 20 Feb 2018

Tech gifts under S$200

Gifts for under S$200

Elegato Eve Energy

Do you know someone who’s looking for a way to join the smart home wave?  Make life easier for him by gifting him an Eve Energy unit. Developed to work perfectly with Apple’s HomeKit framework, the Eve Energy plugs into a wall socket and acts as a smart socket for him to plug his devices into.

This then allows him to power on and off any device that’s plugged into it via an app on his smart phone.  If he’s got an Apple TV hooked up at home, he’ll even be able to do so remotely, so he could, for example, have his coffee brewing before he gets home. The Eve Energy also produces automatic energy consumption reports, so if you get multiple units, your friend will be able to easily work out which devices are contributing the most to his energy bill.

 

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Super NES Classic Mini

Relive the 90s with the Super NES Classic Mini, a palm-sized device that features nearly all the best games – 21 in total – produced for the original. It comes with two controllers in the box, and will work with any TV with a HDMI port. Oh, and you’ll get to play Star Fox 2, the sequel to the original Star Fox that was never actually released.

Map of the Constellations

Made of acid-free, bright-white smooth, uncoated archival quality paper, this map of the stars charts out the stars of both northern and southern hemispheres. It also includes diagrams of our earth’s axis, the more notable constellations, phases of the moon, and some of the more notable satellites that have roamed the starry skies over the years. Measuring some three feet wide and 2.25 feet tall, this is certainly an impressive gift to say the least.

Amazon Echo Dot (2nd generation)

The Amazon Echo Dot is the smaller sibling of the larger Amazon Echo. This tiny device is shaped like a hockey puck, but it also comes with Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated assistant. It has the same seven microphones as the Echo, so it can hear you asking for the weather across the room. And if you want, it’ll function as a Bluetooth speaker and pair with your phone or tablet. 

Circle with Disney

Circle is a compact network management device that connects to your home network and gives you control over all the devices on it. For example, you can limit your child’s iPhone to just an hour of YouTube viewing or set bedtime for all devices in the house to 10pm. Once invoked, your Circle device will communicate with your wireless router, shutting access off from particular services or from the internet completely. Easy!

Chromecast Ultra

It’s okay if you don’t have a smart TV, because the Chromecast Ultra makes it easy to get 4K Netflix content on your screens. It plugs into an HDMI port, and after you get it connected to your home network, lets you easily cast video content to your TV. The best part is that it connects directly to the video source and streams directly from it, so you don’t have to worry about draining your smartphone’s battery or network bandwidth.

  • Price: US$54.99 (usual price: US$70)
  • More Info: BestBuy.com
Logitech MX Master 2S

The Logitech MX Master 2S is easily one of the most accomplished general purpose mice you can buy now. It has an ergonomic and easy to hold design, and its seven buttons are entirely customizable. It also has a nifty feature called Logitech Flow that allows users to copy and paste text, documents, images, and even files, from one computer to another. Its Darkfield sensor allows it to track on practically any surface imaginable - even glass.

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000

Your partner’s phone may have great battery life, but a large and trusty power bank is still an invaluable companion to help you get through the day (or long flights). The Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 is a 20,000mAh power bank that supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 for faster recharge cycles. It’s sheer capacity also means that it’s capable of charging up your smartphone multiple times, so you don’t have to recharge it daily. 

  • Price: US$55.99
  • More Info:  Anker
Satechi Universal Vertical Aluminum Laptop Stand

The Satechi Universal Vertical Aluminum Laptop Stand keeps your desk tidy and your laptop in a vertical, upright position to save table space. The aluminum body helps to keep laptops cool while the space below regulates air flow. The cradle comes with protective rubberized grips to snugly secure your laptop without damaging it.