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25 Tech Gifts to Splurge on This Holiday Season

by Brandon Russell | November 20, 2018November 20, 2018 12:30 pm PST

Around the holidays, I typically get anxiety about how much money I’m spending on gifts. My head wants so much stuff but my wallet says otherwise. Still, I couldn’t help but make a more opulent gift guide, one with gifts that are pricey, but worth it.

How can you not pine for the new iPad Pro or Amazon’s gorgeous Echo Show. Why not take your gaming to the next level with the Xbox One X, or gain a new perspective with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro.

If you want a guide with products that aren’t quite so expensive, you can see what we picked for prices ranging from $50 to $100.

iPad Pro (2018)

Apple’s new iPad Pro has it all: powerful guts, up to 1TB of storage, and a stunning display with minimal bezels. The tablet also sports Face ID and a USB-C port, making the device compatible with a world of professional accessories. If you need a portable device for creating content, the iPad Pro is the best tablet there is. $799

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Xbox One X

Microsoft’s most powerful console supports 4K gaming, HDR, a gorgeous utilitarian design, and an excellent lineup of games. If you plan to game in 4K over the next few years, the Xbox One X should be your number one choice, especially since the console supports older titles with enhanced graphics. $499

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PlayStation 4 Pro

With a legendary lineup of exclusive titles, the PlayStation 4 Pro is the pinnacle of Sony’s console engineering. With 4K rendering, HDR, and 1GB of DDR3 memory, the PS4 Pro provides gamers with the kind of immersive experience we dreamed about 20 years ago. $399

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Sonos Beam

What better way to enhance your gaming experience than with the Sonos Beam, a compact soundbar that offers Sonos’s expert quality. And with Amazon Alexa built-in, you can easily listen to music, watch movies, and control what’s on screen using only your voice. Plug it in and experience media like you never have before. $399

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Lenovo Smart Display

We couldn’t say enough good things about the Lenovo Smart Display in our review. If you need a hub for your smart home, Lenovo’s smart device is the first place you should look. It features a beautiful design that blends in with your decor and impressive integration with Google Assistant. $249 [BestBuy]

Google Pixel Slate

The Pixel Slate isn’t your traditional Chromebook. Rather, it’s designed to be a high-end tablet that is great for both consuming and creating content. Think of it as the answer to Microsoft’s Surface Pro and Apple’s iPad Pro. With Chrome OS and access to millions of Android apps, it’s an exciting device for diehard Google users. $599 [Google]

Nest Secure Alarm

Deter intruders and keep your home safe with Nest Secure Alarm. We did a dedicated video on Nest’s home security system—that’s how much we like it. With a companion app and accessories that alert you when a window or door opens, the Nest Secure Alarm is a powerful system that’s easy to use. And, best of all, it’s pretty affordable considering how comprehensive it is. $399 [Nest]

Surface Laptop 2

Accented with a beautiful black finish and 8th Gen Intel processors, the Surface Laptop 2 is the ultimate Windows laptop. Everything about the device, from its powerful guts to its wallet-friendly price, shows off why Microsoft’s Surface line has been lauded for so long, and more proof that the company engineers are among the best out there. $999

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Surface Pro 6

Microsoft’s tablet / laptop hybrid is more powerful than ever, and now in a sleek matte black finish. With Intel’s 8th Gen processors, improved cooling, better battery life, and blazing speed, the Surface Pro 6 promises to be the best portable computer money can buy. $899

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MacBook Air

Apple’s most beloved laptop is now faster and more beautiful than ever. Some of the highlights include a 13-inch Retina display, improved keyboard, Touch ID, and a Force Touch trackpad. If you need supreme performance and portability, the new MacBook Air is Apple’s perfect device. $1,199

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iMac Pro

The most powerful desktop computer in Apple’s arsenal is the ultimate device for content creation—and it’s beautiful to boot. With a 27-inch 5K display, a processor up to 18 cores, and up to 128GB of RAM, the iMac Pro is the professional creator’s dream. It’s a computer we rely on for editing our YouTube videos. $4,999

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iPhone XS Max

Apple’s best phone features a 6.5-inch OLED display, a massive battery, and a dual-camera setup. The device also features Apple’s blazing fast A12 Bionic chip, and more than enough storage to keep you occupied throughout the winter. Without a doubt, the iPhone XS Max is the ultimate iPhone experience. $1,099

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Pixel 3 XL

Google’s Pixel 3 XL features the best camera in any mobile phone. What else do you need to know? How about: the device features the best Android software and promises to offer users years of updates, making it the best Android smartphone available right now. $899 [Google]

Galaxy Note 9

If power is what you’re after, there’s nothing more opulent than the Galaxy Note 9. It features an extravagant all-glass design, powerful specs, and the most beautiful display on the market. It also features S Pen support, making it the best productivity smartphone money can buy. $900

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Apple Watch Series 4

The most successful watch in history is now better than ever, thanks to an improved design and even more health features. I used one and instantly fell in love. You will too after you realize what the Apple Watch can do, including the ability to detect when something is amiss with your heartbeat. $399

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Sony 1000X M3

Comfort, quality, and price are three big criteria for noise-canceling headphones, and the Sony 1000X M3 strike a great balance of all three. They may not have the brand recognition of Bose’s more popular QuietComfort series, but you’ll be surprised at how good Sony’s headphones really are. $350

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GoPro Hero 7

The next time you catch a sick wave or carve down some sick powder, be sure to strap the GoPro Hero 7 to your noggin. GoPro has become synonymous in the action sports community and the company’s latest Hero 7 is the best camera GoPro has ever produced. $399

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Kindle Oasis

Amazon’s most powerful e-reader comes at a premium price, but if you read a lot, the cost is well worth it. With a high resolution display, IPX8 rating, an ergonomic design, and Audible support, the Kindle Oasis is by far the most advanced e-reader ever created. $299

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DJI Mavic 2 Pro

Equipped with a Hasselblad camera and support for HDR video, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is the drone to beat. The drone also features up to 30 minutes of flight time, 44 mph max speed, and omnidirectional obstacle sensing, making it a no-brainer the next time you want a bird’s eye view of the world. $1,499

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Dyson Cyclone V10

Dyson’s cordless stick vacuum offers up to 60 minutes of run time, 14 concentric cyclones, advanced filtration, and more. Its design is so nice and its functionality so vast that you’ll actually enjoy vacuuming your home with Dyson’s Cyclone V10. $550

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Razer Blade 15

Game on the go with the 15-inch Razer Blade, now in a gorgeous and sleek white. With a 15-inch 144Hz display, ultra-slim bezels, and support for Razer’s legendary Chroma technology, the newest Blade is a powerhouse that’s built like a luxury car. Max it out to 32GB of RAM, a 2TB hard drive and an NVIDIA GTX 10 Series graphics card, and you have a portable gaming dream. $1,599 [Razer]

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Boosted Board Mini X

Why walk around campus when you can glide past your peers? The Boosted Board Mini X is tiny enough to comfortably carry and features a top speed of 20 miles per hour, with a possible range of 14 miles. Go ahead and sleep in: the Boosted Mini X will get you to class in no time. $999

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Sony A6500

Our smartphones can take incredible photos, but nothing beats a dedicated camera. Take your images to the next level with Sony’s a6500, a powerful camera with excellent video and photo quality. You’ll be mad you didn’t get one sooner. $1,500

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Eero + 2 Beacons

Wi-Fi sucks. You may have great coverage in your living room but a horrible connection down the hall. The Eero and companion beacons will simplify Wi-Fi and ensure that you have a great connection no matter where you are throughout your home. $399

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Echo Show

The second generation Echo Show features a revamped design and deep integration with Amazon Alexa. The best part is the screen, showing you things like the weather, recipes, and the latest news. $229

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.

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