Don't settle for that cheap box of chocolates or bottle of Belgian beer to prove your devotion, instead win Valentine's Day this year with some top technology. Here at T3 we've curated the best tech for you to buy your significant other in 2016, with everything from premium cameras and coffee machines to slick smartphones and speaker systems detailed in full. Just don't forget to buy a card...
This tidy compact camera from Sony is absolutely perfect for casual, snap-happy photography. Small and light enough to easily slip in a jacket pocket, yet sporting a super handy long range 30x optical zoom, the HX60 is a great all-round choice for your significant other. The camera delivers a wide array of manual controls, a Bionz X image processor (which delivers great low-light performance) and a Wi-Fi upload capability that allows you to send your snaps straight to social networks. The perfect piece of tech to capture those precious mini-break moments.
The Fitbit Blaze was one of the stand-out unveilings at CES 2016 and, judging from what we've seen so far, looks like it could be one of the fitness trackers of the year. Fitbit have become a kind of quiet giant in the fitness tracker market, prodcuing a series of popular if not stellar fitness trackers that have appealed to both men and women alike. The Blaze looks like it will take this heritage and then mix it together with a good dollop of Apple Watch, creating a sort of fitness tracker-smart watch hybrid that could take the world by storm. The gift of a Valentine's Day pre-order might be just the thing!
BrydgeMini Bluetooth keyboard
Ok, so this option only works if your Valentine has a iPad mini, however if they do then the BrydgeMini Bluetooth keyboard is a top gift that is not only super premium but also very useful. When T3 recently reviewed the keyboard we liked its solid typing experience, ease of pairing and stylish hinge mechanism that securely holds the iPad in place, praising its all-round build quality. Basically the keyboard, which comes in a variety of colours including gold and silver, helps deliver a Surface Book-esque experience and makes prolonged typing sessions on the iPad mini a pleasurable experience.
Gaggia Anima Prestige
A compact, fully automatic and super stylish coffee machine from Gaggia, the Anima Prestige delivers a system that basically makes every coffee-filled beverage possible. Feed the machine coffee beans or grounds, press a button, and then kick back as it makes you an espresso, macchiato, cappuccino, latte or one of many more options. More advanced tech such as the Gaggia Optiaroma, a system that allows you to brew the coffee with five increments of strength, ranging from 6.5 to 11.5 grams, is also offered, as too the auto clean programs that ensure the installed milk carafe remains in pristine condition at all times. Nice!
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is just a lovely small form factor phone and, maybe just maybe, is the best of the Z5's various models. When T3 reviewed the Compact late last year we praised it for its premium build quality, excellent camera and wizzy fingerprint scanner, as well as its good battery life and snappy performance. Yes, the Compact doesn't have its big brother's 4K screen, but as we've said before, right now that is totally overkill. As such, if your partner is entrenched within the Android ecosystem and is looking for a new phone, the Xperia Z5 Compact would be an excellent upgrade.
Triangle Commuter Bag
Damn, that's a nice looking bag. Simple, understated and, best of all, actually quite clever, with the Triangle Commuter's unique shaping forcing the bag to remain upright at all times. This is particularly useful when opening the bag and accessing its contents, with the valuables inside - which are spaced out and secured well in a series of compartments - easily viewable and grabbable. It's really well made too and is a super practical, non-sickly Valentine's Day gift for the love of your life to store their valuable tech in.
LaCie Mirror 1TB
This is just the most stylish external hard drive we've ever seen at T3. Designed by Pauline Deltour, the LaCie Mirror delivers a 1TB, USB 3.0 external hardrive that is encased in mirrored glass. In fact, it's not just mirrored glass, but mirrored Corning® Gorilla® Glass, so the hard drive is also super hardy. The result is vast storage space and also a sleek beautiful mirrored surface in which your partner can admire themselves all day long. To ensure the Mirror remains on the optimal angle for desktop preening, it also comes packaged with an Ebony wood display stand.
The Knomad Organiser, of which there are many different models, featured in T3's January style roundup as they are are super sleek and mega practical, providing a streamlined portfolio in which to keep all your most important gear. So we're talking phones, tablets, credit cards, pens, books, sketch pads and documents, among others. What really makes the Organiser a top product though is how it's been designed to hold a slim battery pack too, meaning that any tech can be recharged on the go if you find that its battery is running low. Premium and genuinely useful.
Ruark R4 Mk3 IMS
The perfect all-in-one music player for the home, the R4 Mk3 IMS by Ruark is a multi-format CD player, a Bluetooth receiver, a DAB/DAB+/FM radio and powerful 2.1 audio grade amplifier and speaker system. It also supports USB playback, with a dedicated USB port available, delivers 3D enhanced stereo sound, and sports a variety of auxiliary and optical inputs. Simply put, it's the perfect gift for anyone with the slightest interest in music or quality audio.
Mont Blanc Meisterstuck Platinum Mozart
This small form factor fountain pen is stylish, classically understated and the perfect gift for Valentine's Day. As it's made by fountain pen maestros Mont Blanc it's also one of those product-for-life pieces of tech that, unless your significant other goes and loses it down the back of the sofa, will see them permanently set up pen-wise. The Meisterstuck Platinum Mozart - named thus due to its small size - is constructed out of black resin and platinum and boasts a solid gold 14 K nib, with a variety of coloured ink cartridges supported including Royal Blue, Toffee Brown and Burgundy Red. Just lovely.