Christmas comes early this year, with a competition that’s simply bursting with top tech treats.
Thanks to Santa (or the generous companies featured below), T3 has over £11,000 worth of gear to give away to one winner.
We’ll be hand-delivering the prizes to the sole lucky winner – and filming them opening their stash at home! We’ll share the footage via our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, showing the winner taking delivery of their rad haul.
Read on to learn more about each of the incredible prizes featured in T3’s Massive Christmas Giveaway Spectacular and enter the competition right here:
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How to enter T3's Massive Christmas Giveaway Spectacular!
To be in with a chance of winning this spectacular prize, fill in your details on this Facebook page and answer the following question:
During which year did Slade first release Merry Xmas Everybody?
Here's what you could win:
Naim Mu-so Qb
A more compact version of the bigger Mu-So, the Qb was voted audio product of the year at this year’s T3 Awards – you’d be hard-pressed to find a product we love more than this beauty, so we’re ecstatic that Naim has donated one for this competition. This smart cube features Apple AirPlay and Spotify Connect support, plus there’s Tidal and TuneIn radio compatibility. The Mu-so Qb also has analogue and digital inputs, so it will fit in easily with your existing set-up. Although there’s no remote, you can control everything through Naim’s smartphone app. Great sound and an easy listening experience wrapped up in a colourful, dinky package.
Olympus Tough! TG-Tracker
Ready for virtually any challenge, this superb 4K action camera is, as the name suggests, tough! It’s waterproof to 30m, freezeproof to –10°C, shockproof to 2.1m, crushproof to 100kg and dustproof. There’s even an ultra-wide, 204-degree lens to help you capture every detail. While filming, you can also record other details, such as location, date and temperature, using the built-in GPS, compass, acceleration sensor, barometer and thermometer. Sharing your footage is easy, too, since you can transfer images or videos directly to Olympus’ smartphone app.
Mondaine Helvetica 1 Smartwatch
A stunning smartwatch with an analogue face, the Helvetica 1 syncs with iOS and Android via Bluetooth to track your activity and sleep – all you need to do is use the crown on the side of the watch to put the Helvetica 1 into either sleep or activity mode. Lover’s of analogue watches will adore its handsome design, whilst taking full advantage of the ample tech on offer. The app is pretty good, too, with simple tracking that’s ideal for beginners.
Bang & Olufsen H6
When it comes to sound quality and crafted design, the wired H6’s blow most of the competition out of the water. They’re supremely comfortable (the ear cushions sit on your ear with just enough pressure) and look stylish, with their polished aluminium ear caps and arms and a plush leather headband. As you’d come to expect from Bang & Olufsen, these headphones are tuned to perfection, with custom 40mm drivers ensuring well-balanced bass and treble performance, plus a clear midrange. Oh, and there’s an inline remote and mic so that you can control your music and make voice calls.
We’re huge fans of De’Longhi’s stylish coffee machines, with the recently released Dinamica becoming a firm favourite. Sleek, easy to maintain and a doddle to use and clean, the Dinamica is designed to produce a perfect espresso. Unlike many other machines at this price point, it can also produce excellent cappuccinos and lattes. In fact, you can enjoy 13 unique coffee recipes, accessing them via the touch panel and LCD display. Craving something personalised? No problem! With the Dinamica, you can tailor the existing recipes in order to create your perfect cup of coffee every time, selecting your preferred amount of milk and foam.
BB-8 Special Edition with Force Band
As if the promise of a Sphero version of BB-8 wasn’t enough, this bundle includes the Force Band so that you can guide a battle-worn BB-8 across Jakku, Takodana or, should you choose, Earth, using simple flicks of your wrist and various hand gestures. BB-8 recognises and reacts to your voice, and when pairing this little fella with your Earth-based mobile communications device (and Bluetooth Smart tech) you can record and view virtual holographic videos. A great prize for any Jedi wanting to feel the Force for real.
Char-Broil TG22 BBQ Grill
If you like cooking outside, you won’t be disappointed with this easy-wheel gas BBQ. We featured the Char-Broil TG22 in T3’s Man vs Tech ‘King of The Grill’ feature, back in the summer, and we absolutely love it. The TRU-infrared cooking system essentially means your food won’t come into contact with the flame itself, which is good news for mums and dad who regularly cremate burgers and bangers. OK so it might not satisfy charcoal purists, but the TG22 is a joy to use. Our food tasted terrific fresh from this grill and there was none of that awful ‘gas taste’ you often get with most gas-fuelled BBQs. Bring on the summer!
Neato Botvac Connected
It’s true that Neato isn’t the first name that spring to mind when you’re considering robot vacuums, but it should be. The Botvac Connected offers superb cleaning control via its smartphone app (iOS, Android), so, whether you’re standing in the same room as it or whether you’re 3,000 miles away, you can ask it to clean your house pronto. You can opt to spot clean (and dictate whether you want to cover the area twice for extra cleaning), stop or pause the robot, and get instant notifications about the status of your vacuuming run. Neat-o indeed!
TomTom GO 620
As standalone sat navs go, there’s none better than the TomTom GO 620, a top of the range number featuring lifetime map and speed camera updates, plus traffic information updated via your smartphone. And, of course, you get TomTom’s legendary mapping and navigation software. What’s more, this sturdy satnav offers full interaction with your phone, meaning it can even read out your text messages whilst you’re driving. The GO 620 also features Wi-Fi, which is handy for map and software updates, and you can plan routes on your phone before you leave the house, pre-programming the GO 620 so that it’s ready when you get in the car.
Fitbit Flex 2
This popular Fitbit tracker has now been completely redesigned to be more customisable than ever, with a removable tracker that can be slotted into a number of slimmer wristbands. Because the Flex 2 is swimproof, you can track your swimming performance – and carry on tracking your activity once you’re out of the pool, as the tracker automatically detects when you begin a new fitness session (so no need to activate it manually). Sleep tracking is also automatic, if you can handle wearing a fitness tracker to bed. Battery life is up to five days, while an integrated LED display shows how close you are to your achieving your daily activity goal.
Cambridge Audio TVB2 Soundbar
Your dull flatscreen sound is about to get a whole lot better with Cambridge Audio’s stunningly designed TVB2, replete with a superb mid-range and bass response. Thanks to built-in Bluetooth and NFC technology, you can also connect your smartphone or laptop to the system. The subwoofer is also completely wireless and pairs automatically with the soundbar. The TVB2 is also an HDMI switch, so you can connect up extra boxes and consoles. Plus there are four adjustable EQ modes – TV, Music, Film and Voice – for you to tinker with to ensure great sound for whatever you’re watching or listening to.
Kodak Pixpro SP360
Planning on exploring the great outdoors? Film all of your adventures and exploits with Kodak’s tough and compact action camera. The Pixpro SP360 films in full HD and is designed for rough environments – it’s shockproof to two metres, can be frozen at temperatures down to -10 degrees centigrade and is dustproof and water resistant. There’s Wi-Fi and NFC for easy smartphone pairing and uploads (with one-button transcribe and upload to YouTube), while the iOS and Android apps can be used to control the camera remotely. If you’re more desktop-orientated, try Kodak’s desktop editing software for enhanced choice.
Get award-wining, audiophile sound in your pocket with the minty fresh AK70. This lightweight yet rugged Hi-Res Audio player enables you to pump out Hi-Res music in 24 bit/96kHz or 24 bit/192kHz formats (compared to the typical CD quality of 16bit 44.1kHz). A wide range of file formats are supported, including WAV, FLAC and MP3, with support for USB digital audio out. There’s Wi-Fi for streaming Hi-Res files from a NAS drive or your laptop, and NFC for quick transfer of music from a compatible smartphone or tablet. Chances are you’ll eat through the 64GB of internal memory pretty quickly, but the microSD slot enables memory expansion up to 264GB. That’s more than enough room for your 1D collection…
Lego Technic Bucket Wheel Excavator
Say hello the biggest Lego Technic set ever created. Yep, this whopper has over 3,900 pieces for you to connect, adding up to days of building fun. The mighty Bucket Wheel Excavator is an authentic reproduction of a mining excavator. The kit even includes hand-railed walkways, huge tracks and a detailed cab. Some of it is motorised, too, so the conveyor belts can be activated for realistic play. You can also build this model into a mobile processing plant, but we prefer the MASSIVE EXCAVATOR!
Yamaha Driving Experience
It’s time to get off the motorway and onto the dirt track with this exhilarating offload buggy experience, courtesy of Buy A Gift. Sure to deliver that white-knuckle experience you’ve been craving, the Yamaha Driving Experience will see you burning up the tracks around the beautiful countryside of mid-Wales, using a selection of Yamaha’s off-road vehicles. You’ll be introduced to the principles of off-roading, with a short session conducted in a gravel-based training area, then kitted out before heading across hills, river crossings, forest tracks and muddy paths for up to five hours.
Smeg Stand Mixer
The winner of numerous design awards, Smeg’s vintage-looking stand mixer is a statement piece of kitchen gear that will take pride of place in any baker’s home. The 1950s style Stand Mixer, available in a range of colours – the winner of this competition will be getting the machine in silver – features a tough, aluminium body and a polished stainless steel bowl. There are 10 variables speeds, anti-slip feet to keep the machine steady and locked in place when it’s blasting away at full speed, plus a safety lock for when the mixing head is tilted upwards. Accessories include a wire whisk, flat beater, dough hook and bowl cover. Ready, steady, bake!
Vodafone Smart Ultra 7
The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 was one of the better sub-£150 phones of last year. This follow-up is no different. Ticking a lot of boxes for its ow price point, Vodafone’s well-built Smart Ultra 7 is a superb budget handset running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with a smattering of Vodafone apps and services thrown in for good measure. Featuring the kind of basic specs you'd expect to find on a flagship smartphone, the Smart Ultra 7 has an impressive-sounding 13MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus, while the front camera is a 5MP uni
Pure Highway 600 In Car Digital Radio Adapter
Love DAB digital radio but stuck with an older radio in your car? This kit solves that problem by bringing DAB digital radio to your existing car radio. It also features Bluetooth so you can stream direct to the device from your smartphone, enabling you to get music on your car radio from apps such as Spotify and Google Play Music. You can also answer and make calls using the device. Like a song you’ve just heard on the radio? Hit the Highway 600’s ‘Go button’ and the device will find then save the song to a Spotify playlist for you.
Nowadays sparkling water is a little more common, but finer control is the name of the game and Sodastream’s Power unit enables you to control the level of carbonation so you can make drinks, such as lemonade or fizzy peach, with exactly the level of bubbles you prefer. This unit comes with a 60 litre CO2 cylinder, which is enough to make the equivalent of 2,000 cans of fizz a year. Think of the money you’ll save! Those generous folks at Sodastream are also giving away a series of 440ml water flavour bottles, too, so, if you win this competition, you’ll be all set to begin making flavoured fizz as soon as you take receipt of your prize.
Anki Overdrive Kit (£150) and Supertrucks Duo (£60)
It was a huge hit last Christmas, and this year Anki looks set to repeat that success with the introduction of Supertrucks. For those of you who don’t know, Anki Overdrive is a Scalextric-esque racer game where your smartphone doubles as a controller for racing cars that ‘learn’ tracks (there are eight available) and movements. The cars can be equipped with virtual weapons, boosts and shields, available via the iOS and Android app. Also included in this prize is the Supertrucks Duo expansion pack, enabling you to race two articulated monster trucks with extra modes and weapons.
Libratone Zipp Mini
The Zipp speaker has become something of a design classic, enabling you to interchange multi-coloured ‘jackets’ to change the look of your speaker. The Zipp Mini is, as you’d expect, a smaller version of Libratone’s beloved Zipp. That doesn’t mean it has less functionality, though. In fact, the Zipp Mini boasts up to 12 hours of playback, has Wi-Fi and Spotify Connect compatibility, radio streaming (with five presets) and AirPlay Bluetooth, and it has the ability to play from USB devices or other network-connected drives. The Zipp Mini can also be used as a speakerphone, thanks to built-in noise isolating microphones.
Mr Quintessential Fern Cashmere Beanie (£55) and Bark Scarf (£80)
Stay snug this winter with some luxury knitwear courtesy of cashmere kings Mr Quintessential. Now that the nights have drawn in, we all need to keep the cold and damp at bay. These beautiful, 100 per cent cashmere woollies will keep you warm and cosy, whilst feeling soft and decadent again your skin. The colour palette has been designed to suit a wide range of skin tones, too, making it a versatile duo that’s easy to throw on and pair with your existing wardrobe.
Bosch Zamo (£50) and Bosch PMF 220 CE (£80)
Been putting off that DIY job? Bosch is here to help! The PMF 220 CE multi-function tool is absurdly useful, with a sea of easy-fit magnetic accessories for cutting, sanding, sawing and scraping. And how will you know where to cut? With the Bosch Zamo digital laser measure, of course, which can measure distances up to a whopping 20m and with a precision accuracy up to 3mm.
Tefal Cook4Me Connect
One step closer to a future where everything is cooked for us, this Tefal multi-cooker doesn’t just come with 50 recipes for speedy meals, it takes you through the process step by step via the companion app and automatically sets the cooking function and temperature for you. There’s a stack of 15 minute everyday meals that you can whip up, and you can pre-program the Cook4Me Connect up to 15 hours in advance so that dinner is ready when you get home. And, like some kind of cuisine miracle, it’s also dishwasher friendly.
Ruark R2 MK3
When it comes to digital radio, there’s no better looking and – most importantly – sounding offering than the ultra-elegant R2 MK3. While there is, of course, built-in DAB and DAB+ for all your live music needs, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth means you can stream your own collection. Controls wise, there’s the swish RotoDial on top, plus a supplied remote, and if you’ve got Spotify Premium the app is built into the system so there’s no need to have your smartphone to hand to control it.
Hozelock Cloud Controller
Because your garden deserves to be as high-tech as the rest of your house. The green-fingered Cloud Controller by Hozelock enables you to stay on top of watering your garden, controlling all of the action straight from your smartphone. No matter where you are in the world, as long as you’ve got the Hozelock companion app you can create and change your watering schedule, stay updated with home weather and tweak settings accordingly. All you need to do is plug the controller into your home router, where it will connect wirelessly to a remote tap unit in your garden.
Peli 35 Q Cooler Case (£210), Peli iPad Case (£70) and Peli iPhone Case (£30)
Want to protect, well, everything? Peli is the brand to beat when it comes to shielding your tech from the hazards of day to day life. Whether it’s the iPad case with military grade protection and advanced shock absorption or the crush and dust proof iPhone case, your vital toys have never been in better hands. Add in the (actually bear resistant) 35Q Cooler Case for heading out into the wilds for fishing (or drinking beer) and this is quite the indestructible haul.
AwoX SmartPLUG (£25) and AwoX SmartLIGHT (£20)
Look at an analogue plug timer and think it looks like cracking a safe and you’d rather just leave your lights on all day? The AwoX Smartplug thankfully removes this very real problem with its SmartCONTROL app for power scheduling and tracking. Add the energy-saving Awox LED SmartLIGHT to the equation and there’s no need to get off the sofa to dim the lights. You can even set up a schedule for the bulb or have it come on when you get into range.
STM Haven Backpack
Slick and minimalistic on the outside, this backpack is hiding a brilliant cable control system and superior protection for up to 15” laptops. There’s a sling inside for your Mac or PC, keeping it suspended and protected from the bottom of the bag and STM’s got all kinds of tech in mind with a dedicated pocket for a portable USB charger. An external pocket with cable pass through for phone access is the icing on the already gadget-friendly cake.
Time for some philosophy. Is a smartwatch truly smart if it needs plugging in every night? This stylish stainless steel analogue and smartwatch combo uses Citizen’s light powered Eco Drive technology. This means no battery and Bluetooth connectivity that never needs any pesky wires for charging. On top of its dual time, alarm, and time and date sync functionality, the Proximity delivers visual and vibration notifications for both iOS and Android phones. Handily, it’s fine for showering and even swimming.
Press control-alt-delete on the sound of the world and instead concentrate on your music. These memory foam padded passive and active noise-cancelling headphones from Audio Technica, brought to you here courtesy of Currys PC World, offer up high resolution audio capability and more than 30 hours of outside world deletion on a single charge. There’s also the option of two different cables, depending on whether you want to listen at home or just want to block out your daily commute. The built in microphone also comes in handy for talking on the go.
Blunt + Tile Classic Umbrella (£63) and Blunt + Tile Metro Umbrella (£59)
If anything could get you excited about it raining then it’s going to be Blunt umbrellas. Fully wind tunnel tested in up to 72mph gusts, Blunt brollys are aerodynamically designed to protect you against whatever the elements can throw at you. But that’s not all. If you’re one for losing your precious rainguard, Blunt’s Tile tech will let you track it via a Bluetooth app. Plus, if you want to fit it in a bag, the 55mph tested Metro will see you right as, well, rain.
Hugo Boss Orange 1513379
A more casual watch doesn’t need to look like it should have Mickey Mouse on it. This timepiece from Hugo Boss has quartz movement, a bright analogue display and mineral crystal dial window, and you can keep an eye on the day and date. It’s also helpfully water resistant to 50 metres so so you’ll have no problems showering and swimming. Designed to complement casual denim clothing, the stylish grey fabric strap has an eye catching genuine leather orange interior.
Sony h.ear on MDR-100ABN
Who needs wires? Where we’re going we don’t need wires. Sony’s slick Bluetooth offerings have active noise cancelling and exceptional sound courtesy of powerful 40mm drivers. Add in high-resolution audio capabilities and a not insignificant 20 hours of battery life on a single charge and these over ear headphones are a brilliant option for those who might have lost a headphone jack in this year’s iPhone upgrade. Helpfully these cans also come with a 3.5mm cable if you run out of wireless charge.
BubbleBum Booster Seat (£30), Junkie (£40), Sneck (£15) and Jellies (£4)
Do you want to be ridiculously jealous of the kids in the back seat? This ‘not for the grown ups’ tech pack includes the multi-award winning inflatable BubbleBum Booster Seat and revolutionary Junkie organiser complete with two activity trays and a tech mount for backseat movie watching on a tablet. Add in the microbead packed Sneck neck pillow and BubbleBum’s JIVO in-ear headphones, Jellies, and everything is going to be very, very quiet on long journeys. Peace at last.
Volt Bikes £500 Gift Voucher
If you’ve been eyeing up E-bikes with green eyes, this £500 voucher for leading UK seller Volt is valid against any bike purchase. Volt has a vast range of electric bicycles that let you blend in with other cyclists without being too obvious that you’re getting a bit of powered help. From folding electric commuter models all the way to powered mountain varieties, Volt has a great selection and you can even book a test ride online to make sure it’s the right one.
Wharfedale Diamond A1
If you’re serious about speakers, you’ll be no stranger to Wharfedale’s innovative blend of traditional design and 21st century audio demands. The Diamond A1’s come with a wireless hub that pairs with your Bluetooth device and the speakers themselves. This allows the speakers to deliver perfectly positioned audio as the hub transmits to each 50W amplifier for a full stereo sound experience. Plus, with this being a truly cable free offering there’s not a single ugly wire in sight.
Soma Smart Shades Starter Kit
Win this lot and it’ll be curtains for you having to stand up to raise and lower your blinds. The Soma Smart Shades Starter Kit is a Bluetooth solution that lets you programme your blinds via a mobile app. Whether you’ve got iOS or Android, all you need to do is install the little box with the included double sided tape and you’ll be able to move your blinds up or down remotely and even create schedules for each room of the house.
Manfrotto PIXI Tripod (£25) and TwistGrip (£39.95)
The super lightweight PIXI proves that you don’t need to lug around a huge tripod to take great shots. Ideal for travelling, this mini three-legged wonder comes with a universal attachment and a useful locking mechanism. Combo it up with the intuitive Manfrotto TwistGrip smartphone clamp and you’ll be taking exceptional photographs with none of that dangerous hand wobble. Plus, close the legs of the PIXI and you’ve got a perfect grip for smooth video footage.
Fuze T2-SE-D Raspberry Pi V3 Kit
From playable Game Boys to functioning Fallout 4 Pip-Boys, people have used the Raspberry Pi for all kinds of incredible creations. In the Fuze, the Raspberry Pi is inside a keyboard case specifically for learning to code. For all ages, the Fuze just needs you to plug it into a monitor to start learning a basic form of code that’ll make it easier to move into more advanced languages such as Python. You don’t even need an internet connection. Just a screen and your brain.
Dremel 3000 Series 5-Star Multi-Tool Kit
It’s time to be the king or queen of DIY with this incredible high-speed multi tool. Including attachments for intricate shaping and cutting as well as sanding and polishing, the Dremel 3000 comes with 75 accessories for every conceivable craft project. There are 10 adjustable speeds and a soft grip for comfortable handling no matter what you’re working on. Plus there’s no losing a single attachment as it’s all snug in a fetching blue metal carry case.
Patagonia Arbor Backpack
Outdoor pro Patagonia might be better known for its adventure bags, but the Arbor is perfectly suited for our distinctly more urban jungle. Complete with raised padded laptop sleeve for up to 15-inch portables – it can be switched out for a hydration storage solution on those non-working days – the water resistant backpack has a handy secure pocket for wallets and phones, and is studded with leather accessory patches for fastening on tools or just a water bottle for your daily commute.
Let’s be honest, only 4K is good enough now. Luckily this compact camera from Panasonic delivers pixels in spades. With a 16MP sensor, not only are you treated to exceptional shots even when you’ve not got as much light as you’d like, but you can record video in 4K and pull out individual 8MP stills for the ultimate action shots. The GX80 also has built in dual image stabiliser to ensure that second double espresso isn’t going to affect your photographs.
Braun Body Grooming Kit
If it’s time to overhaul your facial and body hair, Braun’s new Styling Range series has a range of tools to help you. For this competition, we have Braun’s new Body Grooming Kit to give away. The kit is basically an epilator for men, a tool that removes body hair direct from the root for fuzz-free skin for up to four weeks. The shower-proof epilator has an Efficiency Cap to remove hair from larger areas, and a Sensitive Cap that provides pinpoint epilation on smaller, harder to reach body parts. 40 tweezers with Close-Grip Technology remove hair as short as 0.5mm, and a Smartlight means you can get a good look at those pesky hairs while tweezing them out.
Remember, to be in with a chance of winning this spectacular prize, fill in your details on this Facebook page and answer the following question:
During which year did Slade release Merry Xmas Everybody?
Terms and conditions
By taking part in this competition you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions below and the Competition Rules.
Entries must be submitted via the form by 23:59 on 9 January 2017 (UK time). Late or incomplete entries will be disqualified. Open to all UK residents of 18 years and over, except employees of Future Publishing Limited ("Future") and any sponsor or other party involved in the competition. Entries limited to one per individual.
There will be one (1) winner entitled to the products listed. Future reserves the right to substitute any product with an alternative product of equivalent value. The prize is non-transferable and non-refundable.
There is no cash alternative. By entering the competition you agree that, if you are the prize winner, you will be filmed receiving your prize and you grant Future, its licensees and any sponsors of the Competition the right to use your name, image and any footage in relation to T3 and/or the Competition.
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