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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 spy 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


Popular Spy Gadgets

Spy gadgets make very popular Christmas gifts for kids and adults. Below you find a selection of best selling spy gadgets.


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

teens gifts Nintendo 3DS XLNintendo 3DS XL


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


Newest Tablets


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

 

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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 Laptops 2019 (November/December 2019)

Nov/Dec 2019. Best Laptops For 2019. What is the best Laptop/Chromebook? On this site we review good, affordable Intel i3, Intel i5, Apple, Windows, family, college, gaming and work/business laptops and Chromebooks. Good laptops today have some serious processing power. The best brands like Apple, Asus, Acer, HP, Dell and Samsung have a sleek design and are lightweight. Who needs a desktop any more?

When buying a new laptop or chromebook there are several factors to take into account. You want to look at the best price (under 400, under 500, under 1000), processor, Chromebook/ iMac or Windows and design. Which laptop is best for you depends on your wishes and what you are going to use your new laptop for (family, student, business).

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Factors that determine the performance of a laptop computer

The speed of a laptop is mainly dependent on the quality of the CPU, how many cores the CPU has (single core, dual core, quad core), the available RAM (more internal memory is better, today laptops should have at least 4 GB) and the harddisk (SSD is much faster than regular HDD). When running programs or games that use a lot of graphic processing the quality of the video-card is very important. Ultrabooks usually have more RAM and a better cpu and video card than regular laptops.

Intel vs AMD

When choosing a laptop the CPU is an important factor to consider. The CPU is the heart of the laptop. Intel and AMD are the two main processor manufacturers. The Intel processors tend to perform better per core but are about twice as expensive as the AMD processors. For example, for the price of a 2 core Intel processor you can get a 4 core AMD processor.

It is difficult to say that the Intel CPU`s are better than the AMD ones 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.

The gain in performance with a more expensive processor/graphics card can be noticed in high speed gaming frame rate but is hardly noticeable when using the laptop for normal use.

What Speed Do You Need?

– The i3 Intel series and its equivalent AMD processors are used in low end laptops 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.

Ultrabook vs Laptop

An Ultrabook is a fast, ultra thin, ultra lightweight laptop that can only be called “Ultrabook” when it meets specific requirements set by Intel. It has a low energy use so the battery will last a long time, it boots up extremely quickly and is automatically updated. These features are reflected in the price. Ultrabooks are usually more expensive than a regular laptop.

Therefore I present and review on this page the 6 most popular laptops, after that a section with Ultrabooks and after that the best laptops from the top laptop brands.


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Newest Laptops 2019


#1 Best Laptop 2019: ASUS K Series Flagship Premium 15.6″ Full HD Laptop, Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD

Best hp Laptop1ASUS Premium Flagship 15.6inch Top Performance Full HD Laptop

This Premium ASUS Top Performance Laptop is packed with specs: Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quadcore Processor with 16GB DDR4 RAM, a 15.6 inch Full HD 1920×1080 Display, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 256GB SSD. This laptop is a beast.


#2 Best Laptop: Newest HP 15.6 inch Premium HD Laptop Intel Core i5-7200U, 12GB DDR4 RAM

Best hp Laptop1HP 15.6 inch Premium HD Laptop Intel Core i5-7200U, 12GB DDR4 RAM

With this HP 15.6 inch Premium HD Laptop, you will get excellent specs: the latest Intel Core i5-7200U Processor, an enormous amount of 12GB very fast DDR4L SDRAM, a 15.6 inch HD SVA BrightView WLED-backlit (1366×768) with Intel HD Graphics 620 with up to 6230 MB total graphics memory.


#3 Best Laptop: HP Pavilion 15.6-Inch Laptop

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

HP has been a quality laptop producer for many years. The Pavilion series are laptops with good specs for a decent price. The specs for this HP Pavilion 15.6-Inch Laptop are: 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 a 15.6 inch 6th gen Intel i5 laptop with these specs (especially FULL HD) is a very very good deal!


#4 The New Apple MacBook Pro (with touch bar) and MacBook Air

The New Apple MacBook Pro with touch bar is the most popular Apple laptop, closely followed by the Apple MacBook Air. Both are excellent laptops with the best specs you can get on the market, but they are also the most expensive mainstream laptops around. The MacBook Pro shown below has a 2560 x 1600 IPS screen, up to 512 Gb (very energy efficient) flash drive, 8 GB LPDDR3 RAM and 4 thunderbolt 3 ports. Those specs make this laptop extremely fast. If you are an Apple user, nothing can compare to the quality of a MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air. When you are not an Apple user the price and the problematic data transfers with windows computers could be an obstacle.

Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (512 GB) NEWEST VERSION

Specs for the New 13.3 inch MacBook Pro laptop:

2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz), 4 Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, Intel Iris Graphics 550,Mac OS Sierra.

Apple MacBook Air Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)Apple MacBook Air 13.3-Inch Laptop 256 GB SSD, 8GB RAM (NEWEST VERSION)

 


#5: 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 today. 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 #5 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)


#6 The New Dell Inspiron 15 15.6-Inch Laptop

Dell Inspiron 15.6-Inch Laptop2016 Newest Model Dell Inspiron 15 15.6-Inch 1920 x 1080 LED Touchscreen Laptop

Dell is a well known laptop brand 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. For about the same price as my #1 pick 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 :)


#7 Laptop 2019: Samsung Chromebook 3 11.6-Inch

Samsung Chromebook 3 11.6-InchSamsung Chromebook 3 16.1-Inch

This Samsung Chromebook 3 has the following specs: Celeron N3050 2.6 GHz processor, 11.6 inch 1366 x 768 screen, 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM, 16 Gb SSD. The Samsung Chromebook 3 is the successor of the long time very popular first Samsung two Chromebooks. Pros: very, very fast because of the 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM and 16 Gb Solid State Drive, lightweight, slim design and fully integrated with all Google services. Biggest problem for people who don`t like Google: fully integrated with Google services.


#8 Lenovo Flex 3 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook

This is an ultrabook, that means that it has more features, like a touch screen and better specs but is also a bit more expensive that a regular laptop. Although it is more expensive it has an excellent price/quality. That is why it is # 8 of the best laptops 2018.

Lenovo Flex 3 15.6-Inch Touchscreen UltrabookLenovo Flex 3 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook


Ultrabooks For 2019

Here you find the best Ultrabooks available today.


AMD Laptops

AMD processors have less processing power then Intel processors but they are about half the price. 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. The AMD A10 and i3 processors are similar in performance but AMD processors run better with a good amount of fast RAM memory. Therefore you will normally see more GB RAM installed in the laptop. You will find better/ separate graphic-cards in AMD laptops then in Intel laptops for the same price because the processor is cheaper. This is useful for better graphics in games and video editing.


Best Gaming Laptops for 2019


 

The Best Laptops 2018 From The Top Brands
– HP, Asus, Acer and Dell


HP Laptops

(Click on the thumbnails for more info and specs)

HP Pavilion g6 15.6 LaptopHP Pavilion g6 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)

HP 2000-2d80nr-15.6-Inch LaptopHP 2000-2d80nr 15.6-Inch Laptop

HP Pavilion 15.6 LaptopHP 15 15.6″ Laptop

 


Best Asus Laptops

ASUS Republic of Gamers 17.3-Inch LaptopASUS ROG OC Edition 17.3″ G-SYNC VR Ready Gaming Laptop NVIDIA GTX 1070 8GB Intel Core i7-6820HK 32GB DDR4 256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD


Acer

Acer ultrabook laptopAcer Aspire 13-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook (2.0 GHz Intel Core i7-3537U Processor, 4GB DDR3, 256 GB SSD, Windows 8) White


Dell

Dell Inspiron 17-Inch LaptopDell Inspiron 17-Inch LaptopClick here for Details/Specs/Price

Dell Inspiron 15.6-Inch LaptopDell Inspiron 15.6-Inch LaptopClick here for Details/Specs/Price

 


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Best Christmas 2019 Gifts: Laptops

best christmas gifts

2019. Best Christmas Gifts Laptops 2019! Christmas is the time for appreciating family and friends and making them happy. What better Christmas gift than a laptop? It will be much appreciated by your husband, wife, teens, kids, grandchildren or friends because those are the most popular and most wished for presents for Christmas.

Why not make your loved one happy this Christmas with one of the most popular laptops like: the Asus 15.6 inch laptop, the Samsung Chromebook 2, a Dell, HP laptop or an Apple MacBook? With a laptop they can stay in touch not only at Christmas time but also the rest of the year. Laptops today have some serious processing power and the top brands like Apple, Asus, Acer, HP Dell and Samsung have a sleek design and are lightweight.

When buying a new laptops there are several factors to take into account: best price, processor, RAM, Chromebook/ iMac or Windows, design? Which laptop is best for you depends on your wishes and what you are going to use your new laptop for.

On this page I present my recommendations for the Best Christmas 2016 laptop gifts I hope you like them.

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Christmas 2019 Presents: Laptop Recommendations


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The Most Popular Laptop this Christmas

#1 Laptop 2019: Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop (15.6inch Full HD IPS)

Best Laptop2Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop (15.6inch Full HD IPS)

ACER has been a quality laptop producer for many years. The Aspire series are laptops with good specs for a decent price. The specs for this Acer Aspire 5 laptop 15.6-Inch Laptop are: latest8th Generation Intel Core i5 8265u Processor (Up to 3. 9GHz),8GB DDR4 Memory; 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD, 15. 6 inches Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED backlit IPS display; Intel UHD Graphics 620, Win 10 home edition . For a price around $550 at the time of writing a 15.6 inch 8th gen Intel i5 laptop with these specs (especially FULL HD IPS) is a very very good deal!


#2 Laptop this Christmas: New Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB)

Best Apple Mac Book Laptop1New Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 128GB SSD)

This is an excellent laptop with the best specs you can get on the market, but it is also one of the more expensive mainstream laptops around. The MacBook Air has a Stunning 13.3-Inch Retina Display with True Tone and Touch ID, Dual-core 8th-Generation Intel Core i5 Processor, Intel UHD Graphics 617, Fast 128 Gb SSD Storage, 8GB memory and Stereo speakers with wider Stereo sound. If you are an Apple user, nothing can compare to the quality of a MacBook Air. If you are not an Apple user the price and the problematic data transfers with windows computers could be an obstacle.

Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop

Specs for the New 13.3 inch MacBook Pro laptop:

8Th-generation quad-core Intel Core i5 Processor
Brilliant Retina Display with True Tone technology
Touch Bar and Touch ID
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
Ultrafast SSD
Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports
Up to 10 hours of battery life


Best Christmas Ultrabooks

Here you find the best Ultrabooks available today.


AMD Laptops 2019

AMD processors have less processing power then Intel processors but they are about half the price. 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. The AMD A10 and i3 processors are similar in performance. AMD processors run better with a good amount of fast RAM memory. Therefore you will normally see more GB RAM installed in the laptop. You will find better/ separate graphic-cards in AMD laptops then in Intel laptops for the same price because the processor is cheaper. This is useful for better graphics in games and video editing.


Best Gaming Laptops Christmas 2019


Some older and also cheaper laptops with good specs:



#3: 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 today. 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 #3 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)

 


#4 The Dell Inspiron 15 15.6-Inch Laptop

Dell Inspiron 15.6-Inch Laptop2016 Newest Model Dell Inspiron 15 15.6-Inch 1920 x 1080 LED Touchscreen Laptop

Dell is a well known laptop brand 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 :)


#5: Samsung Chromebook 3 11.6-Inch

Samsung Chromebook 3 11.6-InchSamsung Chromebook 3 16.1-Inch

This Samsung Chromebook 3 has the following specs: Celeron N3060 processor, 11.6 inch 1366 x 768 screen, 4 GB RAM, 16 Gb SSD. The Samsung Chromebook 3 is the successor of the long time very popular Samsung Chromebooks one and two. Pros: very, very fast because of the 4 GB RAM and 16 Gb Solid State Drive, lightweight, slim design and fully integrated with all Google services. Biggest problem for people who don`t like Google: fully integrated with Google services.


#6 Lenovo Flex 3 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook

This is an ultrabook, that means that it has more features, like a touch screen and better specs but is also a bit more expensive that a regular laptop. Although it is more expensive it has an excellent price/quality. That is why it is # 6 of the best laptops 2016.

Lenovo Flex 3 15.6-Inch Touchscreen UltrabookLenovo Flex 3 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook


The Best Laptop Christmas Gifts From The Top Brands
– HP, Asus, Acer and Dell

HP

(Click on the thumbnails for more info and specs)

HP Pavilion 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)HP Pavilion 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)

 

HP 17-Inch LaptopHP 2017 17-Inch Laptop

2017 HP 17.3HP Pavilion 17″ business/gaming Laptop


Asus

ASUS Republic of Gamers 17.3-Inch LaptopASUS ROG OC Edition 17.3″ G-SYNC VR Ready Gaming Laptop NVIDIA GTX 1070 8GB Intel Core i7-6820HK 32GB DDR4 256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD


Acer

Acer ultrabook laptopAcer Aspire 13-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook (2.0 GHz Intel Core i7-3537U Processor, 4GB DDR3, 256 GB SSD, Windows 8) White


Dell

Dell Inspiron i17R-1316sLV 17-Inch LaptopDell Inspiron i17R-1316sLV 17-Inch Laptop

Dell Inspiron 15 i15RM-5123SLV 15.6-Inch LaptopDell Inspiron 15 i5547-5780sLV 15.6-Inch Laptop

 

 


 


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Best Gifts 2019/2020: Tech/Gadgets (December 2019)

gifts gadgetsNov/Dec 2019. Best Tech/Gadgets 2019 Gifts! Friends and family will be very happy with a thoughtful gift for their birthday/graduation/promotion/father’s day/mother’s day or any other happy occasion. What better gift than a gadget, robot/droid, laptop, tablet, drone, powerbank, virtual reality set or other electronic device? Gadgets make a perfect gifts for kids, teens and adults (men/women) alike.

On this site I give you my recommendations for the best tech/electronic/gadget gifts 2019 available for your loved ones!

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2019 Gadgets For Kids/Teens: Robot Pet Dogs/Droids

Chip the Robot Pet Dog

gadgets robot dog1WowWee 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

gifts 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

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

The new Samsung cordless earbuds are the best fitness gadget 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 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

teens gifts Nintendo 3DS XLNintendo 3DS XL


Tech Gifts: Laptops

Best Laptop: 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)

Dell Inspiron 15 15.6-Inch Laptop

teens gift Laptop42016 Newest Model Dell 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 2016 Newest Model 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 :)


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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 Gadget Gifts: Virtual Reality systems on Amazon


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Gadget Gifts For Adults: Drones

Best Budget Drones Under $100

My recommendations 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 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 Drones see: Amazon Drones page

 


Tech Gifts 2019 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 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 beautiful 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!

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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Top Intel i5 Laptops 2018

Jan 2018. Best Intel Core i5 Laptops for 2018. The Intel i5 is one of the best selling cpu’s in laptops. On this site we review good, affordable Intel i5 Apple and Windows Laptops for family, college, gaming and work/business use. laptops today have a sleek design, are lightweight and have some serious processing power with the Intel i5 processor. The laptop brands discussed below are: Dell, Asus, Apple, Toshiba and HP.

When buying a new Intel i5 laptop there are several factors to take into account: price (a laptop with better specs is more expensive), processor (older i5-4250 or the newest i5-6200u Skylake processor makes a big difference in performance and price), iMac or Windows, graphics card or not, design. Which laptop is best for you depends on your wishes and what you are going to use your new laptop for (casual use, gaming, laptop for family, student, business).

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What Specs Do You Want?

An Intel i5 laptop is a midrange laptop that can be used as a family computer, as a laptop for college/school, as a laptop for “on the road”, for light/medium gaming and medium video editing/ graphical programs. It is more than fast enough for normal day-to-day internet, social media, writing reports/documents/presentations, watching a movie etc. The Intel i5 processor has two cores which makes it suitable for multitasking. After deciding for an i5 processor in your laptop there are more choices to make, the specs you want your new laptop to have.

Amount Of RAM Memory

RAM Memory is short for Random Aces Memory. This is the memory that the i5 processor directly uses to process data. The amount of RAM is therefore very important for its performance. If you want your laptop to boot fast and react fast the available amount of RAM (more internal memory is better, today laptops should have at least 4 GB, 8 GB or more is preferable).

Type Of Storage: HDD or SSD

The type of harddisk makes a lot of difference for speed. SSD is much faster than regular HDD and is increasingly affordable but if you use the storage mainly for movies/photo’s etc then the bigger amount of GB’s for the money that a HDD provides can be usefull.

Videocard

When running programs or games that use a lot of graphic processing the quality of the video-card is important. The i5 is actually an Integrated CPU-GPU processor. This means that the i5 has integrated graphics processing and for normal use you don’t need a separate graphics card. A separate Graphics card is only necessary when you want to play heavy graphics demanding games on higher settings or use the laptop for video editing. Then you would better buy an Intel i7 Laptop which is more suitable for that purpose.



#1 Dell Inspiron 15 Intel i5 15.6-Inch Laptop

Dell Inspiron 15.6-Inch i5 Laptop2016 Newest Model Dell Inspiron 15 15.6-Inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 LED Touchscreen Laptop

Dell has been a quality laptop producer for many years. The Inspiron series are laptops with good specs for a decent price. The specs for this 2016 Newest Model Dell Inspiron 15 15.6-Inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 LED Touchscreen (10-finger multi-touch support) High Performance Laptop are: Intel Core i5-4210U processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVD+/-RW Drive, HDMI, Bluetooth, Win 10, Intel HD Graphics 4400 with shared graphics memory. For a price around $510 a 15.6 inch Intel i5 laptop with touchscreen is a very very good deal!


#2 Best Intel i5 Laptop 2018: Apple MacBook Pro With Touch-bar and MacBook Air

The Apple MacBook Pro is the most popular Apple laptop, closely followed by the Apple MacBook Air. Both are excellent laptops with the best specs you can get on the market, but they are also the most expensive mainstream laptops around. The MacBook Pro shown below has a 2560 x 1600 screen, 512 Gb (very energy efficient) flash drive and four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports . Those specs make this laptop extremely fast. If you are an Apple user, nothing can compare to the quality of a MacBook or a MacBook Air. If you are not an Apple user the price and the problematic data transfers with windows and Linux devices could be an obstacle.

Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)Apple MacBook Pro with Touch-bar 13.3-Inch Laptop (512 GB) NEWEST VERSION

Specs for the 13.3 inch MacBook Pro laptop with Touch-bar:

  • 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
  • 8 GB LPDDR3 RAM @ 2133 Mhz; 512 GB flash MEM storage
  • 13.3-inch screen, 2560-by-1600 resolution
  • Intel Iris Graphics 550
  • Mac OS Sierra Mac OS Sierra
  • Also available in 256 GB version

Apple MacBook Air Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)Apple MacBook Air 13.3-Inch Laptop 256 GB SSD, 8GB RAM (NEWEST VERSION)

 


#3: HP Intel i5 X360 13.3-Inch Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop

This HP 13.3 inch laptop is one of the most popular i5 laptop today. This is very logical because the specs are very good when looking at the price: around $600. For that price you get: the newest 6th generation Intel Skylake i5-6200U, 10-point Touch HD LED-IPS 13.3-Inch Touchscreen Display, 2-in-1 Laptop, 8GB DDR3L RAM, 1TB HDD, Windows 10 Home Premium 64-bit and B&O Audio. 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 1/3 the of the price :) that is why I put this laptop on the #3 place in the ranking.

2016 Newest HP X360 13.3-Inch Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop2016 Newest HP X360 13.3-Inch Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop


#4 ASUS ZenBook 13.3-Inch FHD Touchscreen Laptop 256 GB SSD

This is an ultrabook, that means that it has more features, like a touch screen and better specs but is also a bit more expensive that a regular laptop. Although it is more expensive it has an excellent price/quality and has a very sleek design. Specs: 6th-gen Intel Core i5-6200U Skylake (2.3GHz turbo up to 2.8GHz), 13.3 inch IPS LED backlit touchscreen Full HD (1920×1080) display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 1.2MP HD Camera. For a price range around $850 these are awesome specs. Highly recommended.

intel i5 laptop1ASUS ZenBook UX303UA 13.3-Inch FHD Touchscreen Laptop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#5 Cheap Intel i5 Laptop 2018: Toshiba Satellite 15.6 Inch Laptop

cheap i5 laptop1Toshiba Satellite i5 15.6 Inch Laptop

This Toshiba Laptop has the following specs: Intel Core i5-5200U Processor, Mobile Intel HD 5500 Graphics, 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM,
1TB HDD, 15.6-Inch 1366×768 pixels LED-lit Screen, Windows 10 Home. For around $480 it does not have the newest 6th gen i5 processor but with 8 GB RAM it still out preforms a Intel i3 with ease. Also the screen is not full HD. For this price it makes a very good affordable laptop for everyday use.


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Best 11.6 inch laptop Netbook: Dell Chromebook 11 11.6-inch

2017. Best Netbooks/ Chromebooks for 2017. Netbooks and Chromebooks are the best! A good netbook is easy to take with you, lightweight, affordable, has a sleek design and is fast. I bought a new netbook for when I travel. Long battery life and weight are most important for me. A good netbook is able to perform all basic functions like surfing the net (it is not called a netbook for nothing), all social networking, some basic text editing, watch a movie. 11 inch laptops have better specs but are not as cheap as a netbook.

Remember when looking for a new netbook: Netbooks ARE NOT full blown laptops and the specs are according to the price: basic. Netbooks are lightweight, have impressive battery life and are easy to take with you. The 11 inch laptop gives you the same portability, are although they cost a bit more, still very affordable but the cpu, motherboard and screen are generally speaking better quality.

The main competitor is the tablet, but I choose my netbook or 11 inch laptop over a tablet to take with me on the road in the USA anytime because it has a normal keyboard, and when I have closed it it is safe. I would never be at ease with a tablet in my bag in fear of breaking the expensive glass screen.

So, When you want to buy a new netbook or 11 inch laptop there are several things to consider like: price, weight, processor, Chromebook or not, Apple or Windows etc.

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Most Popular Netbooks Today


#1 Netbook/ Chromebook: Dell Chromebook 11 (11.6-inch)

The Dell Chromebook 11 is the best netbook 2016. It boots in seconds, is easy to use and all Google apps are pre-installed and are updated automaticly. Battery: up to 10 hours. WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, and support for 3G/4G Mobile Broadband as well as Browser based computing allows consumers to sync with other Android phones or tablets.

 

best chromebook2Dell Chromebook 11 11.6-inch

This Dell Chromebook is highly recommended and has excellent costumer reviews.


#2 11 inch Laptop/ Netbook 2017: Samsung Chromebook 2 16 Gb SSD

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The Samsung Chromebook 2 is the #2 best netbook for 2015/2016 because it is a real netbook. The bootup is incredibly fast, mere seconds, due to 4Gb of RAM and a 16 Gb SSD. It is also a real netbook because you work as with all Chromebooks in the Google cloud and have to be online to do that. The advantage of that is that all the resources of the netbook are used for being fast and are not ‘wasted’ on running the programs. Other advantages: automatic updates, full protection against viruses and mall-ware, your work is automatically saved. It has no moving parts, is very thin and has very long battery life, up to 9 hours. Read more about Chromebooks here.

Best Netbook Samsung Google Chrome Book2Samsung Google Chrome Book 2 11.6 inch

specs:
Screen: 11.6 inches (1366×768)
Processor: 2.16 GHz Intel Celeron
RAM: 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
Hard Drive: 16 GB SSD
Ports: 1x usb 2, 1x usb 3

OS: Google Chrome OS


#3: Apple MacBook Air 11.6 inch

A bit more expensive but a very good 11.6 inch netbook: Apple quality
 

Apple MacBook Air 11.6-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)Apple MacBook Air 11.6-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)


Best Asus Netbooks

Asus has always had a good range of netbooks and crosses the line of netbooks and tablets with the Asus Transformer.

ASUS Transformer netbookAsus Transformer 10.1 inch Netbook/Tablet

 

ASUS 11.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (Black)ASUS 11.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop

ASUS 1015E1015E-DS01 10.1-Inch LaptopASUS 1015E1015E-DS01 10.1-Inch Laptop

 


Acer Netbooks/ 11.6 inch Laptops

Read more about the Acer company and Acer netbooks here

Acer C720P Chromebook (11.6-Inch Touchscreen, 2GB & 32 GB SSD)


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