WIFI HIFI HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2018: Tech Gifts for the Workaholic

Christine Persaud

Published: 11/14/2018 12:30:02 PM EST in Electronics

WIFI HIFI HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2018: Tech Gifts for the Workaholic

For those who often travel for work, work from home, own their own businesses, or are simply highly dedicated to their jobs, a new tablet, computer, pair of noise cancelling headphones, or other work-friendly accessory, might come in handy.

Dell UltraSharp Monitor

For the multi-tasker, especially one with a sizable home office, who works in fields like financial analysis and accounting, insurance trading, or media post production, Dell's 49" Dual QHD monitor (U4919DW) with ultra-wide views will be a dream. It offers an ultra-wide 32:9 aspect ratio for seamless multi-screen productivity, making it an ideal replacement for two 27" QHD monitors. The large onscreen space with 5,120 x 1,440 resolution and IPS technology allows users to view more content and see fine details with consistent colour across a wide viewing angle. It comes with a full adjustable stand, flicker-free screen with ComfortView that reduces blue light emission, Easy Arrange on Dell Display Manager software to organize multiple applications for multi-tasking efficiency, Premium Panel Exchange, and Dell's three-year Advanced Exchange Service. Starts at $2,210.

SureCall N-Range Cellular Signal Booster

If he's often driving through remote locations for his job, losing cellular signal might be a frequent issue. This booster uses patent-pending Extended Range Technology (ERT), a refined signal booster system that amplifies a signal at its strongest point to boost it at maximum power before feeding the signal to the device that's placed in a vehicle. ERT has a greater ability to receive a signal from the cell tower, connect the user's cell phone or device, and return the signal back to the cell tower for improved calling, texting and 4G LTE data using distant or very hard to reach cell towers. The result is clear calling, uninterrupted texting, and faster data speeds in weak cell signal areas of the road. Magnetically attach to the vehicle's exterior, and place the device on the NRange air vent phone mount antenna, making it easy to transfer from one vehicle to another. The N-Range kit includes the antenna, phone mount antenna, and power adapter, and starts at $249.95.

Samsung Galaxy Watch

Help him keep in touch with the office at all times, right from his wrist. The Samsung Galaxy Watch can even work without a smartphone thanks to LTE connectivity, and can run for up to 80 hours per charge. There's a new advanced sleep tracker that tracks all levels, including REM cycles, so he can make sure he's getting enough sleep, especially while traveling. And for exercising, it can track 39 workouts, track calories, and send personalized alerts. The watch face has a circular, rotating bezel, and Always On Display. Plus, he can access and control other Samsung devices from the Watch via SmartThings to do things like turn on the lights and TV, or adjust the temperature. Starts at $500

Golla Taika Slim Briefcase

Go with an understated, classic design in this briefcase, which is modern and slim, and finished in classic black and modern dark grey with 100% leather handles and detailing. It can hold an up to 13" laptop in a dedicated padded compartment, along with additional items, like a passport, in a front zipper pocket. There's also a detachable and adjustable shoulder strap with padding, and trolley loop on the back. The fabric is durable and water-repellent, in case they got caught in the rain. It's ideal for one-day business trips, or daily use, and suitable for both men and women.

Apple Watch

For workaholic iPhone owners, the Apple Watch is a perfect complement, providing notifications on everything from e-mails to incoming calls and iMessages, calendar appointments, and more, right on their wrist. It also does all of the typical smartwatch stuff, including tracking sleep, exercise, heart rate, and more, and can be used to control smart home devices, music playback, and more. Two people who own the new Watch can also use the Walkie-Talkie functions between them, over Wi-Fi or cellular. Starts at $519.

Google Pixel Slate

If he's looking for a new laptop, perhaps as a secondary option for working from home, or exclusively for travel use, considering picking up a Pixel Slate, which offers access to the Chrome OS, along with Android apps through a touch-first user interface. At just 7mm thin and weighing 1.6lbs., with a display that covers nearly the entire front, it's ideal for travel. It offers up to 12 hours of battery life, and comes with Google Assistant built-in. It has a full desktop Chrome browser with extensions, so you'll be able to access full versions of websites, not just the mobile versions. G Suite apps work on Pixel Slate as well. The workaholic can benefit from built-in digital wellness features like Night Light and Do Not Disturb that encourage you to disconnect. Updates run in the background, so you always have the latest security and features without annoying update notifications and interruptions. An extra layer of protection is provided with the Titan security chip so your information, device passwords and OS are protected. Unlock it using Pixel Imprint, as the power button doubles as a fingerprint sensor. For greater productivity, use Slate with the Pixel Slate Keyboard, a full-sized backlit keyboard with round Hush Keys for quiet typing, a dedicated Google Assistant key, and an extra-large trackpad. The folio is adjustable so you can comfortably work at any angle, then use it as a slim protective case when you're on the go. It starts at $849, and comes in several configurations. Go all out and get the Pixel Slate Keyboard for $259, as well as the PixelBook Pen for $129, too.

Moshi USB-C Digital Audio Adapter With Charging

This Made for Google (MfG) certified accessory will come in handy with USB-C-powered audio devices. The updated adapter has a new PCB layout to reduce power consumption and new firmware for greater compatibility across devices. It features a built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that outputs high-resolution audio at 24-bit/96 kHz. A Class G amplifier enhances the sound quality of older headphones to improve the listening experience. Made from anodized aluminum for added durability, the USB-C Digital Audio Adapter with Charging retails for US$40.

Microsoft Surface Go

Another great on-the-go laptop option for power workers, or workaholic students, is the travel-friendly, 1.15 lb., 8.3mm thin Microsoft Surface Go, which has a 10" high-resolution PixelSense Display that supports Surface Pen for note taking, drawing, and computer-aided design. It can be used in traditional landscape mode, rendering pages side-by-side to mimic the feel of holding a paperback book, or in portrait mode so it's like holding a textbook. Powered by the 7th generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y and with a fanless design, it offers up to nine hours of battery, and can run Office apps. High precision tuning and Windows Precision Trackpad supports five-point multi-finger gestures; or connect the Surface Mobile Mouse. A built-in kickstand extends to 165 degrees, and secure facial recognition sign-in is via a Windows Hello camera. Charge and dock using the Surface Connect port; there's also USB-C 3.1 for data, video, and charging, a headphone jack, and a microSD card reader for storage expansion. Starts at $529

HP Spectre X360 Laptop

The power worker or student will also appreciate the HP Spectre X360,, which delivers an Always-On, Always-Connected PC experience. The battery runs for an impressive 22.5 hours. It comes in two new colours: Dark Ash Silver and Poseidon Blue. Starts at $1,500, and will be available in November.

Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme Notebook

For the field worker who requires something rugged that can withstand the elements, consider the Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme notebook, which includes dual hot-swap batteries that run for up to 14 hours, Cat16 4G/LTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, as well as USB Type-C, with ports covered by latched doors; sealed and RGB backlit keyboards. Webcams feature physical privacy shutters. Notebooks are certified to MIL-STD-810 and IEC ingress protection standards. Get it with an optional Blu-ray burner for external data backup. Processor options include Intel 8th-Generation quad-core CPUs and AMD RX discrete graphics chips, backed up by up to 32GB of DDR4 working memory, and up to 4TB of SSD storage. US$3,500

Apple MacBook Air

Any Apple fan will have been watching the late-October Apple announcement in anticipation of the new MacBook Air, which features a 13-inch Retina display, Touch ID, the latest processors, and an even more portable design. Delivering an all-day battery and available in gold, space grey, and silver, it includes an Apple-designed keyboard, a spacious Force Touch trackpad, faster SSDs, wide stereo sound, the Apple T2 Security Chip and Thunderbolt 3. There's a built-in FaceTime HD camera and a three microphone array for better sound quality when making calls back home to family while traveling on business, and improved voice recognition for Siri. Additional featurs include TouchID, fingerprint sensor built into the keyboard, Force Touch trackpad, 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor, Intel UHD Graphics, and faster 2133 MHz system memory up to 16GB. MacBook Air also features SSDs up to 1.5TB in capacity that are up to 60% faster than the previous generation, and make launching apps and opening files feel snappier and more responsive. It now comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, which allow you to charge your notebook, quickly transfer data via USB and Thunderbolt, output video in three formats, and connect to a host of devices, including external storage, docks for additional ports, 4K and 5K displays, and eGPUs for faster graphics. Starts at $1,499.

Apple iPad Pro

Yes, there's yet another Apple product on this list, thanks to the brand's popularity among workers, as well as tons of new products that were announced just in time for the holiday season. The new iPad Pro boasts an all-screen design that pushes the 11" and 12.9" Liquid Retina displays to the edges of the device. It comes with the A12X Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine, a new USB-C connector, Gigabit class LTE, up to 1TB of storage, and Face ID for secure unlocking via a glance. A second-generation Apple Pencil magnetically attaches to iPad Pro and wirelessly charges at the same time. A new touch sensor built onto Apple Pencil detects taps, introducing a new way to interact within apps. The new Smart Keyboard Folio features a streamlined design that's adjustable for added versatility. A new USB-C connector replaces the Lightning connector, which offers power for charging, supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 for high-bandwidth data transfers up to twice the speed to and from cameras and musical instruments, and drives external displays up to 5K. With USB-C, iPad Pro can even be used to charge an iPhone. With iOS 12, he can enjoy features like new gestures, and Group FaceTime for collaborating remotely with the entire team. They come in silver and space grey, in 64GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB configurations, and start at $999. The second-gen Apple Pencil is $169, and the Smart Keyboard Folio is $239 ($269 for the 12.9" model.)

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC700BT QuietPoint Over-Ear Wireless Active Noise-Cancelling (ANC) Headphones

Noise-canceling headphones are essential for any workaholic, whether he needs to shut out the noise while at the airport, or on the train on to work in the morning. These feature the company's latest advancements in ANC technology, including a newly-developed active noise cancellation system that operates in a wider frequency range in the low through midrange frequencies than typical ANC designs, says the company, providing a greater degree of noise cancellation. There's also improved isolation for better cancellation outside the active range. This enables the headphones to have much more effective noise-cancelling performance by responding to and cancelling a wider range of outside noise. A new touch and swipe control system allows the user to intuitively answer calls, and control volume and play, pause, fast forward or rewind on Bluetooth-compatible devices. They support Bluetooth AAC, aptX, and SBC codecs, and can deliver Hi-Res Audio-compliant playback from audio sources when connected with the included 3.5 mm cable. Get up to 25 hours of battery life in ANC and Bluetooth mode via its USB charging port. Use them in wired mode if the battery runs down, or to listen with a wired music source. The headphones feature memory-foam padding on the large-circumference ear pads and headband, and lightweight yet sturdy construction. Available in a matte black and gray finish, they come with a pouch, USB charging cable, and standard 3.9-foot cable with a 3.5 mm jack. $300

Google Pixel Stand Charger

If the workaholic on your list has already picked up a brand-spanking new Google Pixel 3 or 3XL smartphone, surprise him with this handy accessory, which combines smart wireless charging with Google Assistant. Place it at your bedside, desk, or in the car, and glance at the screen to see charge status and remaining charge time, along with notifications and ambient features. Use the Stand to display your Google Photos and play music as well. $109

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