Top gadgets for men
Here at T3 we thrive on the best gadgets for men and the best new tech. This list represents our favourite tech for men, making it the ultimate buyer's guide.
There's never been so much choice out there for gadget fans, but the choice can make choosing difficult. With so much tech promising the world yet often delivering little, there's a lot at stake when making your decision. That's where we come in. This list of great gadgets will help you get more from your favourite activities, whether it's enjoying albums on Spotify or getting out for a weekend run.
Naim Audio's Muso music system is a premium swiss army knife of audio goodness. Working mainly as a wireless speaker system, it also has a built-in loudspeaker and every kind of connection you could want. Under the solid aluminium chassis, there are six 75-watt digital amplifiers boasting 450W of power that'll play 24bit/192kHz high resolution audio from a range of formats including FLAC, WAV and, of course, MP3. However, it also connects to other Naim systems and acts as a multi-room streamer similar to Sonos using either Apple or Android devices. The connectivity on board includes Apple's AirPlay, Bluetooth and Universal Plug 'n' Play as well as traditional USB, 3.5mm and Ethernet. It offers support for streaming services like Napster or Spotify and internet radio too.
Sennheiser Momentum Wireless
Some of our favourite headphones for the past couple of years have been Sennheiser’s Momentums, as they sound terrific, have a classy, durable design and sit comfortably on our ears. Now, they’ve just received a massive upgrade, notably Bluetooth connectivity. Bluetooth 4.0 lets you ditch the cable and go wireless, but without sacrificing sound quality. You should get around 22 hours of use from a single charge, which sounds good to us and the recharge time is pretty quick too. NoiseGard tech adds in noise cancellation along with four mics to pipe in vital noise, so you’re not completely in the dark.
£379.99 | Sennheiser
Wearables are great, but they’re not always the prettiest of things. That can’t be said for the Withings Activite though, which is a slick, Swiss made wrist watch that boasts a domed sapphire glass face, genuine leather strap and, oh, it connects via Bluetooth to your phone and tracks your steps. All this data is then beamed back to the companion app for further perusal. Battery life stands at about six months, which is a whole lot more than much of the competition.
£105 to £945 | Withings
DJI Inspire 1
DJi is the name on everyone’s lips when it comes to consumer drones and the Chinese brand is turning heads with the ridiculously futuristic looking Inspire 1. With its carbon fiber arms that give you a 360 degree view, integrated 4K camera that boasts 12-million pixels, a nine element lens and captures footage at 30fps, this is the drone to beat. A fantastic mobile app gives you full control and it can even be powered, simultaneously, by two remotes.
£2,600 | Dji
A Bluetooth headset featuring on the list of the best tech you can buy, in the year 2015? No, we’re not joking. The first thing you’ll notice about Motorola’s Hint is just how small it is, it’s so tiny that we’re thankful it comes with a charging case, because we’d probably just lose it otherwise. So, what sets the Hint apart from other headsets of old? Well, first off is the way it interacts with your phone. If you’re rocking Android, it’ll work with Google Now, so when you press the Hint you can speak to it. The same goes with Siri on iOS, tap the button and you’re set. We also found the little bud was great for listening to podcasts, with good volume and passable sound quality, we wouldn’t advise listening to music on it though. It’ll last around 3 hours on a charge, though the charge case should give you another two full charges and it automatically turns on and off when you insert/remove it from your ear, which is pretty nifty.
Nintendo New 3DS
Instead of giving us a completely new handheld console, Nintendo has instead slightly tweaked the 3DS and 3DS XL, beefing up the processor, slightly increasing the screen size on the smaller model and playing around a bit with the design. The killer addition though is the new 3D system that no longer requires you to look directly at the display and the effect won’t disappear when you move your head. It actually made us turn back on the 3D and go back and replay some classic 3DS titles. Other nice additions include some retro colouring on the 3DS buttons and a more ergonomic, comfier feel in the hand, plus the new nub type joystick. Oh, and you know we mentioned the processor increase earlier? Well that’ll mean some new games will only work on the new system and not on the older versions.
£94 | Nintendo
Bose QuietComfort 25
We raved about the Bose QuietComfort 15 but things have just got a whole lot better with this updated pair of cans. Even though there has been a slight design refresh, these over the ear ‘phones still scream Bose, with those sleek edges and a premium finish. If you’re upgrading from the QC 15 you’ll find improved Acoustic Noise Cancelling tech especially at low frequencies thanks to an array of new mics both inside and outside the ear cup. Sound is awesome too, with crisp, clear noise, great dynamic range and plenty of volume.
£269.95 | Bose
August Smart Lock
We're really into smart home tech (check out best smart home tech to buy), but one of our favourite pieces is the August Smart Lock. Basically, this aluminium circle takes the place of your regular lock and does all sorts of connected, clever things. For instance, the lock will automatically open when you approach with your connected phone, letting you ditch keys for good. You can also give people access, removing it when they’ve outstayed their welcome.
$249.99 | August
Want a loud, awesome sounding Bluetooth speaker that’s also IPX7 waterproof and packs NFC for easy pairing? Course you do. UE’s followup to the Boom, pumps the volume louder and has sharper sound with a great hit of bass. Battery life stands at about 20 hours, the wireless range is 100m (though having walls in the way does hamper that somewhat) and you can daisy-chain multiple speakers together to create stereo sound. It looks great too, which is always a plus.
£249.95 | Ultimate Ears
Dell XPS 13
Dell’s seemingly done the impossible here, creating a laptop that packs a 13.3-inch display into the body of a machine that’s more comparable to the MacBook Air 11 when its comes to overall size. That screen is also packing a QHD+ resolution and support for touch, while having bezels around the top, left and right that are barely more than 5mm. There are three models available, each with Windows 8.1, 8GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 5500, Dual Band WiFi and the typical array of ports, though you can pony up a little more cash to upgrade from the 256GB SSD to a larger 512GB version. There’s a nifty portable charger available too that’ll give you some extra juice not only for your XPS, but also for your phone or tablet.
From £940 | Dell
LG G Watch R
LG’s Android Wear toting smartwatch is a rugged looking thing, boasting a fully circular display and a design that actually looks like a watch. The screen itself is 320x320, there’s a Snapdragon 400 processor running the show paired with 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage. You should get a full day of use before having to juice up, but you still need a pesky adaptor to plug it in as there’s no wireless charging here.
£200 | LG
One of our favourite gadgets to haul your home into the 21st century, Nest’s smart (or 'learning') thermostat gives you full control over your heater, whether it be from your smartphone or through the futuristic looking wall mounted dial. You can schedule your heating and it’ll learn your movements, heating the house when you get home from work, for example. It can also help you save money on bills, which is always a good thing.
Acer Switch 12-inch
Tablets these days are often not just tablets, instead many offer a load of different modes you can use them in. This slick device from Acer gives you five separate options, including the usual tablet and laptop variations. There’s also a tent mode - great for watching videos and a nifty desktop mode that sets the whole thing up just like a regular home based PC. Specs wise you’ll get a 1080p 12-inch display, 60 or 120GB SSD, a Core M processor and a Micro HDMI output.
£450 | Acer
We loved the Kindle Paperwhite, but there’s just something about Amazon’s Voyage e-reader that just makes us want it more. Coming in at £169.99 it’s on the expensive side, but the new 300ppi, glass covered display makes text look fantastic, probably even better than an actual book. There’s 4GB of internal storage, a battery that’ll last about a month and the option to have included 3G data.
£169.99 | Amazon
Arcam Solo Soundbar
Arcam’s joining the crowded soundbar space, with the £800 Solo, a product the brand hopes will have both classy looks and exceptional sound. Its looks great, with a sleek build and it’ll decode all HD formats of audio. There’s Bluetooth too, for easy streaming and if you want some extra ‘oomph’, you can add the £500 Solo sub. Specs wise the Solo pumps out 100 watts of power from six drivers, which includes a specially angled 40w tweeter that should disperse the sound better.
£800 | Arcam
MacBook Pro (Mid 2014)
When it comes to laptops, the MacBook Pro is tough to beat. It comes in 13 and 15-inch display sizes and even the entry level model has an Intel Dual Core 2.5Ghz processor, 4Gb of RAM and a 500Gb hard drive. The Retina Display gives almost unrivalled detail, while a dual core Intel i5 processor ensures snappy performance. Mac OS X Yosemite completes the package.
Tesla Model S
After a long wait, Tesla's Model S all-electric car is now available in the UK. In its cheaper 60kWh version it will manage more than 200 miles on a single charge, while the 85kWh can do more than 300 if you drive carefully. A large 17-inch touchscreen controls the car, adding to its futuristic vibe. The Performance model can out accelerate an Aston Martin so it's no slouch, either.
From £49,200 | Tesla
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 device is back and better than ever. Not only does it look and feel even better, it packs improvements to the attachable keyboard and has a super high-res 12-inch display. It comes with a touch-sensitive stylus for drawing or taking notes.
Asus Chromebook C200
The highly affordable Acer C200 Chromebook is a great choice for anyone who wants a computer to do basic computer stuff like browsing the web, going on Facebook or watching cat videos. Google's Chrome OS runs the show alongside an Intel Atom CPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage space.
Incipio Ghost 220 Wireless charger
Want to charge two QI-enabled devices at once and a third via USB? The Incipio Ghost 220 Wireless charger is your gadget. It has two LED indicator bars to tell you the charging status of the two phones on the charging plate, while a simple stylish design blends in nicely.
Elgato Thunderbolt Dock
The Elgato Thunderbolt Dock is the best of its kind. It allows you to connect a Mac to multiple devices with one cable, which is especially useful if your main device is a laptop that you take with you. It can be used for just about any device, thanks to HDMI 1.4, 3.5mm headphone jack and USB 3.0 connectivity. Take that, cables.
Bayan Audio SoundBook X3
As portable Bluetooth speakers go, the Bayan Audio SoundBook is a great device. It has an impressive sound with plenty of bass, yet can easily be stowed away thanks to a stand that folds round to protect the device when not in use.
HOY Fiorenzuola Track Bike
Stamped with the approval by Sir Chris Hoy himself, the Fiorenzuola is a track bike for at any serious athlete at a price that won’t break the bank. Perfect for any rider on the road to the championships, the Fiorenzuola is the name of the Italian track where Sir Chris bagged his first senior World Cup medal - in case you didn’t already know.
Throw the Panono up in the air and by the time it lands back in your hands it’ll have captured an impressive 360 degree photograph. If you don’t think that’s awesome then you don’t know awesome. The ball makes taking panoramic shots as simple as it should be - just don’t let the dog at it.
Price: 549 euro | Panono
Sony short throw 4K projector
Disguised as a piece of furniture, Sony's short throw 4K projector delivers the crisp, glorious image you'd expect - and then some. Capable of projecting 147-inch images, it means you won't have to do any ugly rennovations to get the home cinema you always wanted. So if this is the future of living room viewing, sign us up now. The 50k version is expected to cost around $50,000
Price: $30,000 - $40,000 | Sony
Philips Surround Base
In the ongoing quest to transform our living rooms into Imax-rivaling home cinemas, the Philips Surround Base promises to give your viewing experience the audio it deserves. Or perhaps you’d rather use it to pump out some tunes - NFC for one touch Bluetooth pairing is a particularly handy feature. This integrated subwoofer is one powerful living room ally.
Price: $199 | Philips
If you’re going to get in on the smartwatch game, at least do it in style. The Steel casts aside the standard’s Lego-ish look and replaces it with something far more premium - even when you’re rocking a Super Mario watchface. It’s rich in features, has a tonne of great apps available, and means no more awkward fumbling in your jacket pocket the next time you get a text while you’re on the tube.
Parrot MiniDrone quadricopter
Drones are cool - there’s no arguing with that - and the Parrot continues to show why it’s top of its game with the MiniDrone Quadcopter. Just like the AR Drone, the MiniDrone is controlled with your smartphone, but this one comes with two big wheels which is uses to roll along walls and ceilings. Now it’s completely unstoppable.
Price: £79.99 | Parrot
Monster DNA Pro Wireless
These over-the-ear cans come at a high price, but for that you’ll get bluetooth capability, active noise cancellation, and a buttonless touch interfact. And with the automatic switch-off function, you won't need to worry too much about draining the battery. They don’t look half bad, either.
Price: $449 (£TBC) | Monster
Swatch is celebrating thirty years since its inception with the launch of the Sistem51, named so because it has 51 components - the same amount as the first ever Swatch quartz watch. With its incredibly mesmerising clock face and impressive 90 hour power reserve, the Sistem51 is a timely reminder of why the Swiss manufacturer is still top of its game.
Price: From £108 | Swatch
Focal Nomad Spirit One Headphones
Now, if you aren't aware of Focal's eccentrically brilliant Grande Utopia floor standers then a) check them out and b) bear in mind how serious this lot are about audio when reading about its new headphones. The Spirit One cans sport an around-ear, closed-back design with a boasted sound insulation of 20db. In layman’s terms, they clamp around your lughole like a limpet, blocking out all background noise leaving just your heartbeat thumping away. Sound quality is exceptional, as it should be for a pair of cans costing around £200.
Bodum Bistro hand mixer
Help mum whip up meringues and mousses in style with this five-speed mixer. The plastic chassis is durable, wipe-clean and available in numerous sexy colours.
Emperor 1510 Gaming Environment
Luxe gaming chair resembles something from an implausible Hollywood film about hackers and includes a Bose 2.1 sound system, adjustable seat and huge array of connections. Just add your own PC or console and monitors.
Price: £7,500 | Firebox
Gnarboard Trail Rider
This “gnarly” – their word, not ours – electric skateboard packs four-wheel drive, all-terrain tyres and a terrifying 28mph top speed. One for older kids or, more realistically, you.
Price: $4,000 | Gnarboards
Lakeland electric yoghurt maker
As the inexplicable rise of Pinkberry attests, frozen yoghurt is big business, but, as The Daily Mail’s front page screamed recently, is it A CON? Your mum can confirm one way or another with this, one litre at a time.
Lomo Diana Baby 110
Pint-sized version of Lomo’s celebrated retrocam, which celebrated its fifth birthday this year. It takes good ol’ 110 film and fits a tweenie’s grip.
Uniform Wares 100 Series
Features a precision quartz movement, chunky 37mm case made of anodised aluminium and mineral crystal and is water- and gravyresistant. The battery lasts for four Christmases.
Price: £120 | Uniform Wares
JL built-in wine cooler
Stuck with a small kitchen? Chardonnay can still be chilled, courtesy of this single-temperature, no-frost, quiet (36dB), seven-bottle cabinet.
Price: £269 | John Lewis
Avoid flashy watches unless you want to appear as if you have something to apologise for. This simple, understated piece with stainless steel face and cotton strap is a better option.
Cobra Amp Cell driver
MyFly tech allows your putting pa to select six different trajectory settings from one club. Your colour choice, sir: “directoire blue”, “Barbados red”, “vibrant orange” or, er, silver.
Keeping your sister healthy is important. This bottle, which fi lters tap water as she drinks for better taste and fewer additives, fits the bill.
Eva Solo standing bird feeder
Put it in the ground or flip it 180º and hang from something, then fill it with bird seed and wait. Alternatively, pretend it’s a big cutlass and stab nosy neighbours with it whilst bellowing, “Avast!”
U-Boat U-51 Chimera Bronze
This chunky statement piece has a solid bronze case and dial. The strap is also made from bronze. No, that’s a lie: it’s leather.
Price: £5,900 | U-Boat Watch