The 7 Best Tech Gifts to Buy for Men in 2018

The man in your life deserves something special

Amazon Firestick
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We’ll be the first to admit that men can be hard to shop for. There’s no one-size-fits all gift because their interests can be so varied. Nonetheless, we’ve done the legwork, so you don’t have to and have rounded up a list of great gifts for guys of all types, be they athletes, globetrotters, audiophiles or just plain tired.

Our Top Picks

Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player

The Fire TV with 4K and HDR will cost you under a Benjamin. The square dongle plugs into your TV via HDMI and features an Alexa voice remote, as well as 4K and high dynamic range (HDR) capabilities. Unlike the previous model, the Fire TV boasts a smooth 60 frames per second, and as with other streaming units, you’ll get access to thousands of channels, apps, movies and more from your favorite services such as Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, Hulu and HBO. Pair the Fire TV with another Alexa-enabled device such as the Echo and you can basically ditch the remote once and for all. Just say it, and Alexa will play it.

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Philips Wake-Up Light

Rise and shine! The Philips Wake-Up Light wakes you from your slumber with a natural colored sunrise simulation. With 20 brightness settings, the customizable light gradually brightens from 20 to 40 minutes before you need to get up. Philips even goes so far as to claim that “the UV-free Wake-Up Light is proven to wake you up with an improved mood and energy level,” and 92 percent of users agree that the light makes it easier to get out of bed. Still not ready to face the day? There’s of course a snooze feature that’ll score you an extra nine minutes of sleep. On the flip side, a dimming feature gradually puts you to sleep come nighttime.

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Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones (Series II)

Sometimes we all need a break from the noisy world, and when that time comes, we like to slip on the Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) wireless headphones. With world-class noise-canceling capabilities, they block out surround sounds, so you can focus on the task at hand, even if that’s simply relaxing. They feature large, oval ear cups and a headband that are both plumped with padding, so that extended listening sessions feel comfortable.

The QC35 has a battery life rated at an impressive 20 hours when used wirelessly, but because Bose has swapped AAAs in favor of a rechargeable battery, it’s impossible to put in new, standard batteries should yours die in the middle of your listening session. But never fear: If that happens, you can always default to the wired setup to continue listening and you’ll even enjoy slightly improved sound quality.

See more reviews of our favorite wireless headphones available for purchase.

Pioneer 5.1 Home Theater System HTP-074

 

An impressive audio system that will blow friends away, the HTP-074 is comprised of five compact speakers (150W), a subwoofer (100W) and a 5.1 channel AV receiver with Bluetooth and 100 W/ch (six ohms, one kHz) up peripherals such as set-top boxes, gaming consoles and more. It also boasts Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio surround soundtracks for stellar sound while watching Blu-ray.

If you’ve collected a vast MP3 library of the years, you’ll certainly appreciate the Advanced Sound Retriever technology, which restores the output of compressed audio to studio quality. The system may take some tweaking to find the perfect placement of speakers, but once you’ve found the sweet spot, you’ll enjoy unparalleled, balanced sound.

See more reviews of our favorite home theater systems available for purchase.

Apple Watch Series 4

Apple Watch Series 4
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Meet the Apple Watch Series 4, the latest smartwatch from Apple, which aims to capitalize on the success of its predecessors while introducing new features for the modern man, whether he treats it as a personal assistant or a fitness tracker. Those reliant on Siri will benefit from the microphone being moved to the opposite side of the watch from the speaker (now 50% louder), which also improves call quality. The new S4 dual-core 64-bit CPU means that it runs twice as fast as the Series 3, and it offers eight new “complications,” including the ability to create new shortcuts to everything from contacts to apps to different time zones for frequent fliers.

With the Series 4, there’s no excuse not to hit the gym. The improved accelerometer and gyroscope provide more refined fitness tracking and can also monitor if you’ve fallen, contacting emergency services and your emergency contacts if you don’t move for more than 60 seconds. However, perhaps its most notable feature is the new electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor, which allows you to check your heart health and will alert you if your heart rate is too low or too high. All information is stored in an app so it can be used when consulting a doctor.

Keurig K250 Single Serve

Save money and time by brewing your own coffee at home with the Keurig single-serve machine. It comes complete with 4 K-Cup pods, a water filter handle and two water filters, plus a bottle of descaling solution. You can brew multiple K-Cup pod brew sizes – 4, 6, 8, 10 ounce – and there’s even a strength setting that lets you adjust the boldness of your coffee. Its easy-to-use black and white touchscreen display also takes the thinking out of your morning routine, and with a storage drawer beneath the machine itself, it’s designed to save you precious counter space.

ShotTracker for Basketball

ShotTracker says “You can’t improve what you don’t measure.” Using two sensors – a wrist sensor and a net sensor – in combination with ShotTracker app, you can track stats such as shooting percentage to optimize your basketball workouts and improve your overall game. The app will help players identify weak shooting zones and keep them motivated with free workouts and challenges. While reviewers on Amazon note that it’s not 100 percent accurate, given the price, it’s well worth the improvement they noticed in their shooting. To get the most out of this wearable technology, you’ll want to also purchase the accompanying ShotTracker sleeve sold separately.