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Best Christmas 2019 Gifts: Tech/Gadgets

christmas gadgetsNov/Dec 2019. Best Christmas Tech/Gadgets 2019 Gifts! Christmas is a time to enjoy with friends and family. What better Black Friday/Christmas gift than a gadget, robot/droid, laptop, tablet, drone, powerbank, virtual reality set or other electronic device? Gadgets make a perfect Christmas gifts for kids, teens and adults (men/women).

On this site I give you my recommendations for the best Christmas tech/electronic/gadget gifts this December available for your loved ones!

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Christmas 2019 Gadget Search

Christmas Gadgets For Kids/Teens: Robot Pet Dogs/Droids

Chip the Robot Pet Dog

Christmas gadgets robot1WowWee CHiP Interactive Robot Pet Dog

CHiP is an adorable smart, affectionate, trainable robot dog that interacts with you through touch, the included SmartBand, and the CHiP app. Through the SmartBand CHiP will recognize and follow you and will also play fetch with the SmartBall and bring it back to you. How you interact with Chip shapes his learning and he will grow his own unique personality. CHiP automatically returns to his SmartBed to recharge himself when low on power. This is a perfect Christmas gift for children or teens!

Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid

Christmas robot droid2Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid

The Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid is a small droid that recognizes your voice and reacts to it. When you play with it it evolves and develops its own unique personality. 60 minute battery life, inductive charging, Gyroscopic propulsion, 30m range, App-enabled-iOS and Android compatible.

Newest Fitness Gadget For Teens/Adults: Samsung Gear IconX Cordfree Fitness Earbuds with Activity Tracker

Christmas teens gift samsung earbuds1Samsung Gear IconX Cordfree Fitness Earbuds with Activity Tracker

The new Samsung cordless earbuds are the best fitness gadget Christmas gift for men/women/teens in 2016. It has a built-in 4GB music player for phone-free listening and a built-in Fitness Tracker and Heart Rate Monitor that you can read out on your smartphone/tablet/computer. It can be used with 3rd party fitness apps and is coated to be splash and sweat resistant. In the box: charging carrying case (for storage and charging), USB Cable, USB to Micro USB Connector, Wingtips (S, M, L)/Eartips (S, M, L), Quick Start Guide and Warranty Card. Ideal Christmas gift for someone that likes to workout!

Gadget Gifts For Kids/Teens: Portable Gaming Consoles

Sony PlayStation

The PlayStation Portable 3000 Core Pack System – Piano Black is an excellent Christmas gift for Kids or teens. Features: a brilliant 4.3-inch widescreen color display, built-in microphone for use with Skype, lets you look at photos, listen to music, and watch videos and movies on the go. It has built-in WiFi for multiplayer gaming action and connecting to the Internet.

sony playstation portablePlayStation Portable 3000 Core Pack System – Piano Black

Nintendo 3DS XL

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Christmas Tech Gifts 2019: Laptops

Best Laptop Christmas: HP Pavilion 15.6-Inch Laptop

adults electronics Laptop2HP Pavilion 15.6-Inch Laptop (6th Gen Skylake, Intel Core i5-6200U Processor, 6GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, Windows 10)

This HP Pavilion series laptop is a laptops with good specs for a decent price. The specs: 15.6-Inch screen, latest 6th Gen Skylake, Intel Core i5-6200U Processor 3M Cache, up to 2.80 GHz 6GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, Windows 10, 15.6-inch Full HD WLED-backlit IPS Display (1920×1080), HDMI, B&O PLAY with 2 speakers. For a price around $535 at the time of writing a 15.6 inch 6th gen Intel i5 laptop with these specs (especially FULL HD) is a very very good deal!

Asus 15.6-Inch Laptop (2.1 GHz Core i3-5010U,4 GB RAM,500 GB)

This Asus 15.6 inch laptop is one of the most popular laptop this Christmas. This is very logical because the specs are very good when looking at the price: around $350 at the time of writing. For that price you get: the Intel i3-5010U 2.1 GHz processor, 4 Gb RAM and a 15.6 inch FULL HD screen. A very good laptop for everyday use at home, for a student or as a laptop for your work. It does not have the extreme quality of the Apple MacBooks but has a lot to offer for about 1/5 the of the price :) that is why I put this laptop on the #2 place in the ranking.

ASUS 15.6-Inch HD Dual-Core 2.16GHz Laptop, 500GBAsus 15.6-Inch Laptop (2.1 GHz Core i3-5010U,4 GB RAM,500 GB)

New 2018 Dell Inspiron 15 15.6-Inch Laptop

teens christmas gift Laptop4Dell Inspiron 15 15.6-Inch 1920 x 1080 LED Touchscreen Laptop

Dell produces reliable laptops already for many years. The Inspiron series are good laptops for a good price. The specs for this Dell Inspiron 15 15.6-Inch HD 1366 x 768 LED Backlit Touchscreen Display High Performance Laptop are: Intel Core i5-5200U processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVD+/-RW Drive, HDMI, Bluetooth, Win 10, Intel HD Graphics 5500 with shared graphics memory. With this laptop you get a 5th gen i5 processor, not the newest 6th gen. But with 8GB RAM in stead of 6GB and a HD touch screen in stead of a full HD non touch screen the choice is up to you :)

Most Wished For Christmas Gadgets: Samsung/Apple Smart watches

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Ultimate Gadget Gift: Virtual Reality Headsets And VR Bundles

These are the newest Virtual Reality headsets and packages out this Christmas for teens and adults.

For more VR headsets and VR bundles: see Christmas Gifts: Virtual Reality systems on Amazon

Electronics: Power Banks For Smartphone/Tablet

Gadget Gifts For Adults: Drones

Best Budget Drones Under $100

My recommendations this Christmas for small budget drones as gift under $100 are the the Hubsan 4 Channel Quadcopter, the UDI 6 Axis Gyro Quadcopter and the Dromida Omnius Quadcopter. For a price under $100 you can expect a small drone which is easy to fly but doesn’t have the power/features/maneuverability that the more expensive drones have. Of the three drones shown below only the UDI Quadcopter has a HD camera for photo and video but this also means the price is higher than the two without a camera. All three are very good affordable drones to start with, to learn how to fly a drone or just to try out drone flying for fun. Never let kids fly a drone without supervision and first check out the regulations for drone flying in your area.

teen gadget drone1Hubsan 4 Channel 2.4GHz RC Quadcopter, Black (around $35)

adult gadget christmas drone2UDI 2.4GHz 4 CH 6 Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter with (HD) Camera (around $90)

teen gadget drone3Dromida Ominus UAV Quadcopter RTF (around $75) Different colors available


For more and bigger Christmas Drones on Birdymanbestreviews: see Christmas Gifts: Drones page


Tech Gifts For Adults: Weather Stations

A weather station makes a great Christmas gift!

Best Weather Staions Under $100

The best weather station I could find under $100 is the AcuRite 00622 Pro Color Weather Station with Wind Speed, Temperature and Humidity.

Includes: 3-in-1 wireless weather sensor accurately measures the temperature, humidity and wind speed, color display with adjustable dimmer; electric-powered with optional battery backup, history chart displaying temperature, wind speed and barometric pressure trends over last 12 hours and many more for around $100

best Christmas adult electronic4AcuRite 00622 Pro Color Weather Station with Wind Speed, Temperature and Humidity


Best Weather Stations around $150

For the best weather station around $150 range I recommend the Oregon Scientific WMR86 Backyard Pro Wireless Weather Station WMR86. Some of the specs include: weather forecast (sunny, partly cloudy, cloudy, rainy, snowy), display of Indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, wind speed and direction, barometric reading with bar graph, rainfall reading with bar graph.

It has a integrated wind sensor tower for easy set up and atomic time, so you always have the exact time and never have to adjust for Daylight Saving Time. It also shows the moon phase.

tech gift2Oregon Scientific WMR86 Backyard Pro Wireless Weather Station WMR86

An other very good option for around $170 (at the time of writing) is the AcuRite Pro Wireless color weather station. It has a beautyful color display and integrated rain, wind, temp and humidity meter. This wireless weather station streams real-time data including the moon phase, indoor comfort level, “feels like”” temperature and more. Highly recommended especially when looking at the low price for this much quality!

Christmas adult tech gift3Acu-Rite Professional Wireless Weather 5-in-1 Station with Color Monitor & PC Connect with Free Software & Smart Phone App

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Best Desktop Computers 2019 (September/October 2019)

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Sep/Oct 2019. Best Desktops For 2019. On this website we review good, affordable Apple, Windows, family, college, gaming and work/business desktops. When you want to buy a new desktop you want specs like a quad-core processor (for example: Intel I3, I5 or I7 or AMD A8 or A10), fast hard-drives SSD or HDD with 1 or 2 TB storage and plenty of DDR4 RAM, and reliable sound and graphics cards so that gaming and heavy duty graphic programs can run smoothly, as well as playing HD movies.

The best PC brands today are Apple, HP, Dell, Sony, Acer and Asus.

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What performance can you expect from a desktop computer in 2019?

The speed of a desktop is mainly dependent on the quality of the central processing unit (CPU), how many CPU`s (single core, dual core, quad core), the available RAM (more internal memory is better, today desktops should have at least 4 GB) and the harddisk (SSD is much faster than regular HDD). Today you almost don’t see single core cpu’s anymore. 2 or mostly 4 cores is common. When running programs or games that use a lot of graphic processing the quality of the graphics processing unit (GPU) and/or video-card is very important.The newest Intel i3/i5/i7 cpu’s are the 8th gen coffeelake cpu’s that perform better and have better power efficiency.

Intel vs AMD

When choosing a desktop computer the CPU is an important factor to consider. The CPU is the heart of the system. There are two main processor manufacturers namely Intel and AMD. The intel processors tend to perform slightly better but costs about twice as much compared to the AMD processors. The gain in performance can be noticed in high speed gaming frame rate but is hardly noticeable when using the desktop for normal use. The newest Intel CPUs are the 8th generation.

The Need For Speed

The i3 Intel series and its equivalent AMD processors are used in low end desktops for usual computer tasks like surfing the web, email and administrative tasks. These are the cheapest Intel processors with the lowest processing power. The Intel i5 series and equivalent AMD processors have better performance and can be used for light/medium gaming and medium video editing/ graphical programs. The i7 Intel processors and equivalent AMD processors are the most expensive but get you the most processing power, the best gaming experience and the best basis for heavy graphical programs and video editing.

It is difficult to say that the Intel CPU`s are better than the AMD CPU’s because for the same price as one Intel core you can sometimes get more AMD cores which eliminates the performance gain that single Intel processors show in benchmark tests.


In 2019 desktops mostly have the newest faster DDR4 RAM which is faster and more power efficient than the slightly older/slower DDR3. When deciding on a new desktop I suggest you buy one with DDR4 RAM.

Separate or integrated GPU?

Desktops for normal household use like the Intel I3 and I5 or the AMD A6 and A8 have integrated Graphics in the CPU. You don’t need a separate graphics-card. But for more heavy duty video editing and gaming you want to have the CPU and a separate graphics-card doing its own task. This is more expensive but greatly improves the frame-rate in gaming and speed in video editing.

Tower Desktop, All-in-One or Stick-PC?

Desktop computers are available in three varieties: tower desktops, all-in-one (AiO) desktops and mini-desktops/desktops on a stick. A tower desktop usually does not include a monitor, so you will need to buy one, which adds to the total price, or use one that you already have. In an All-in-One desktop the computer components are build in in the monitor. This makes All-in-One desktops generally more expensive than a tower desktop without monitor. An AiO desktop saves space but it is more difficult to build in extra components if you want to do that. Also, you are stuck with the integrated screen and can not replace it with a new monitor later on. There are advantages and disadvantaged for both choices. Then there are the mini desktops/stick desktops.

On this website you will first find my recommendation for the best (tower and All-in-One) desktops and after that you will find my choices for the best Intel i3, i5 and gaming desktops and the Best desktops for the money (under $500)

(Disclaimer: prices mentioned are accurate at the time of writing, but may have changed)

Best Desktop To Buy 2019: Acer Aspire Desktop, 9th Gen Intel Core i5-9400, 12GB DDR4, 512GB SSD

The best new desktop at the moment in my opinion is the Acer Aspire Desktop PC, Intel Core i5 9th Gen Intel Core i5-9400, 12GB DDR4, 512GB SSD with Keyboard and Mouse.

Why? because it has the combination of the newest 9th Generation power efficient Intel i5 9400 processor (up to 4.1Ghz) together with the newest very fast 12GB DDR4 Memory (2666MHz) memory. DDR4 is in today’s new desktops a must and 12 Gb RAM is more than enough for any demanding graphics program or game at high settings. The very reliable i5 processor has integrated Intel 630 UHD graphics which delivers good performance for everyday use. OS: Windows 10. It has a 512 GB SSD which is fast and gives more than enough storage space.


You can get all this for a very good price around $500 at the time of writing this post.

Looking at price-quality and value for money this new Acer tower desktop is my choice for ‘best desktop 2019’. It is also one of the best selling desktops on Amazon at the time of writing.

acer best DesktopAcer Aspire Desktop (i5-9400, 12Gb DDR4, 512 GB SSD)

Best All-In-One Desktop for 2019: Dell i7777-PUS Inspiron 27inch Infinity Touch Display Desktop

The best All-in-One desktop today is the New Dell i777 Inspiron 27 inch Desktop. It has a 27-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare, Narrow Border AIT Infinity Touch Display with Wide Viewing Angle screen, the newest Quad Core 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8700T processor, and incredibly fast 16 GB DDR4 2666MHz memory. This new Intel i7 processor (12MB Cache, up to 4.6 GHz) combined with the 16 Gb DDR4 RAM makes this a desktop to be reckoned with. It responds very fast and can handle multi tasking and gaming on higher settings without breaking a sweat due to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 dedicated video card. The 256 GB [SATA] M.2 (SSD) Boot is fast and reliable and the 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD Storage has plenty of space for your movie/music collection. OS: Windows 10. Because of the high quality specs and the integrated screen this all in one desktop is more expensive than a stand alone desktop.

New Dell All-in-One DesktopDell i7777-PUS Inspiron 27inch Infinity Touch Display Desktop

Newest HP Desktop Bundle with 27″ Monitor, Intel Core i5-7400, 8GB RAM, 2TB + 16GB HD

The best Desktop bundle today is this Newest HP Desktop Bundle with 27 inch Full HD Monitor, Intel Core i5-7400 Processor with 8 GB DDR4 memory. The monitor is a HP 27 inch Full HD Monitor (1920 x 1080), Graphics processor: the integrated Intel HD Graphics. HDD: 2 TB 7200 rpm SATA + 16 GB Intel® Optane™ Memory for storage acceleration.

Newest HP Desktop BundleHP Desktop Bundle, 27 inch Full HD Monitor

2nd Best All-in-One Desktop Computer: Flagship Dell Inspiron 23.8″ All-in-One Full HD IPS Touchscreen Desktop

The 2nd best AiO desktop today is the Newest 2018 Flagship Dell Inspiron 23.8″ All-in-One Full HD IPS Touchscreen Desktop It has the latest Intel Pentium Quad-Core J3710 1.6GHz Processor(2M Cache, up to 2.64 GHz) processor with Intel Integrated Graphics. This processor can handle multitasking and medium heavy graphics programs/games/movies in Ultra HD running in the Windows 10 OS easily. The 8 GB DDR3L-1600 SDRAM RAM in combination with the 256 GB SSD makes this a desktop that boots and responds very fast. It also includes integrated/built-in stereo speakers tuned with Waves MaxxAudio solution for excellent sound and a wireless keyboard and mouse.

I have chosen this Dell AiO desktop to be the 2nd best AiO desktop mainly because of the price/quality. Dell is a respected manufacturer of quality desktops and for the price a desktop with these specs, including a Dell 23.8 inch Full HD monitor is a very very good deal! You get the whole package with everything you need to start right away. For that reason this desktop is also one of the best selling All-in-One desktops for family, college and work/business.

Newest Dell Inspiron 24inch Full HD AiO DesktopDell Inspiron All in One Desktop

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Accessories/ Keyboard and Mouse

Here are some recommendations for a good keyboard and mouse that you need for your new desktop.

Best Intel i3 and equivalent AMD Desktops

These are cheaper desktops for basic tasks like text editing, emailing and surfing the web. Intel i3 and AMD equivalent processors are not the fastest on the block but they do their job properly. The price range for the desktops below, depending on the type of processor, amount of RAM, All-in-one or just the desktop without monitor etc, is between $300 and $580. You can click through to see the specs and price.

HP Pavilion desktopReferb 2016 HP Pavilion AMD A8 Quad core 8Gb Ram Windows 10 Professional (price: in my opinion: really really cheap)

Dell Inspiron 23.8 Inch Touchscreen All in One DesktopDell Inspiron 23.8 Inch Touchscreen All in One (AMD A6, 4 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD)

HP Pavilion intel i3 DesktopHP Pavilion 550-110 Desktop (Intel Core i3, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD)

Best Intel i5 Desktops 2019

The price for these mid-range desktops are around $600 to $800. With the Intel i5 processor and 8 Gb of RAM they are fast and can perform well when doing multiple tasks or when you have several programs running at the same time. You can do video editing or gaming at a reasonable fps with these desktops at medium settings which makes them the best desktops for a family home or small to medium sized businesses. The Acer AiO desktop and the Apple iMac which I choose as the best All in One and the best Apple desktop also use a i5 processor. The newest i5 processor is the Skylake 6th gen Intel i5 processor.

Dell best Desktop2Dell Inspiron Desktop (6th Gen i5-6400 CPU 16GB DDR3L)

HP Pavilion Desktop (Core i5, 8GB, 1TB HDD)HP Pavilion Desktop (Core i5, 8GB, 1TB HDD)

Lenovo Desktop Core i5, 8GB, 1TB, Windows 10 with Keyboard and Mouse Lenovo Desktop (Core i5, 8GB, 1TB, Windows 10) with Keyboard and Mouse

AMD Desktops

AMD processors have less processing power then Intel processors but are about half the price. So, for the same price you can buy a better AMD processor. For example: for the same price as an Intel i3 processor which is a duo core processor you have a quad core AMD A10 processor which is similar in performance. AMD processors benefit from a good amount of fast RAM memory. Therefore you will normally see more GB RAM installed in the desktop. Especially for graphics in games and video editing you will find better/ separate graphic-cards in AMD desktops then in Intel desktops for the same price because the processor is cheaper.

Best Gaming Desktops to buy

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Gaming desktops are high-end desktops and are more expensive than normal desktops because they have a better cpu, more/ faster RAM and a much better video card than regular desktops, which are needed for fast game-play, high fps and excellent graphics in high demanding games.

Acer Gaming DesktopAcer Predator 6th gen Intel Core i7 Gaming Desktop 16GB DDR4, NVIDIA GTX 950

CybertronPC Thallium X99 DesktopCybertronPC Thallium X99 Desktop (Red)

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Supreme Liquid Cool Gaming DesktopCYBERPOWERPC Gamer Supreme Liquid Cool SLC8040A Gaming Desktop – Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0 GHz CPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, NVIDIA GTX970 4GB, 2TB HDD, 128GB SSD, 24X DVD+-RW, Liquid Cool, Win 10 Home

HP Phoenix Gaming DesktopNew HP Phoenix Gaming Desktop Intel i7-6700 Quad-Core 3.4GHz, 32GB Memory, 1TB SSD + 1TB SATA Hard Drive, 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX960 graphics


Click here for a bigger selection of Gaming Desktops on Amazon

Best Budget Under $500 Desktops

When you just want a pc to do some everyday email, internet/ social media, watch an occasional movie or do some text editing or light gaming (no MMORPG) then, a cheaper, more affordable budget computer is the best choice. The specs are not as good as the more expensive desktops have, so don`t expect the fastest performance. If speed and specs are not the most important then the following recommendations are everything you need for a good price. Also check out the refurbished desktops which are good value for money.p>


An interesting choice under $500 is the LG Chromebase. It is based on Google Chrome and it boots in seconds. All Google apps like Gmail/ youtube/ docs etc run in the Chrome environment so you don’t have to worry about updates, virus protection etc. It has a 16 Gb SSD for fast performance despite the 1.4 GHz processor for an appealing price. A good family budget desktop.


budget desktop3LG ChromeBase 22-Inch All-in-One Cloud Desktop

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Best Budget (Below $400) Self Build Desktop Pc Spec 2015





2015. Building your own budget desktop is cheaper than buying one off the shelf, you can configure the self build desktop to your specific wishes and it is right out fun to do.

First of all you need a motherboard/ chipset combination that can deliver the performance you want and isn`t too expensive. Then you need some internal memory to speed things up. I recommend for the configuration below 4 Gb of DDR3. More is not needed for a budget self build and less would bring down performance too much. 

Then you need a HDD or SSD. Fortunately today the SSDs have become increasingly cheaper and for a budget build desktop you can get a 128 Gb SSD for a reasonable price. That is why I have selected it for my setup below. It just boots so much faster than a normal HDD that I think is worth the money. Ofcourse you can always use a HDD yourself if you have one laying around or want to spent less money.

To put everything together you need a case and a power supply. For this selection I have gathered low price but quality products.

Here is my recommendation for Best Budget Self Build Desktop 2015 Build

It costs about $360 without software. For software I choose Linux Mint myself because I like Linux and now how to work with it. You might like Windows 8.1 better but that adds to the price. 

ProcessorIntel Pentium G3420 
MotherboardASRock H81M-HDS 
4 Gb Mem intern

Crucial DDR3 4Gb

(you can also get 2x 2 Gb)

Solid State DriveCrucial M500 2,5″ 120GB 
CaseRosewill Micro-ATX Mini Tower Computer Case with Dual USB 3.0, Dual Fans 
Power Supply
StarTech.com 300 Watt ATX Replacement Computer PC Power Supply ATX 300 
If you want to add Software

I recommend: Windows 8.1 or

Linux Mint (free)

Linux Ubuntu (free)