The Amazon Echo is here, just in time for Christmas. Building on voice-controls’ various abortive starts (we’re talking to you, Siri) Amazon’s mini-monolith sits in a discreet corner and hangs on to your every word, letting you order cabs, run Spotify playlists, turn your heating up (via smart-home system Hive), get a takeaway, search Google and myriad more besides – all at the sound of your voice. For now, you’ll have to muddle past a few “I can’t let you do that, Dave” moments, but more apps and functions will roll out as the year goes on and pretty soon you’ll find yourself forgetting what you ever used your hands for.
- £149.99, Amazon
Beoplay H9 Headphones
We’ve always been a fan of B&O Play’s headphones, so were seriously excited when the company announced its new flagship model. The previous iteration, the Beoplay H8, had all the noise cancelling and wireless tech that you get with the new version, but it was only available in on-ear design. The Beoplay H9, however, is a luxurious over-ear affair that looks, feels and – importantly – sounds as good as its price tag might imply. Our advice? Opt for the stylish new “argilla grey” colour scheme.
- £429, beoplay.com
Samsung Serif 4K Ultra HD LED Smart TV
When is a TV not a TV? When it’s a mid-century-vibing masterpiece. Developed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the Samsung Serif is a beautiful piece of furniture in its own right with its a distinctive “I” profile, flat top and sleek, slim legs. All that and it’s packed with smart features like Bluetooth capability, curtain mode (allowing you to automatically set the TV to throw up a colorful background through ad breaks), 2 USB ports, and built-in soundbars to enhance the sound quality. In short, the smartest-looking smart TV around.
- £1,299, John Lewis
We could sit here and tell you about how PS VR can make you feel like you are somewhere else entirely, or how it can trick your mind into experiencing vertigo, or how it can give you the most immersive gaming experience you’ve ever had. We could do that until we’re blue in the face. But they only way you’ll really understand why we’re so excited is to try it. Call it a present to yourself.
- £349.00, Playstation
Hay Laptop Brush
Keep that brand new Macbook looking box-fresh with this laptop brush. Made from natural beech wood and soft bristles, this useful tool is the perfect stocking filler for the tech-obsessed man. Crafted in a fold-out design, the coarse brush cleans between the keys and the softer side sweeps over the screen.
- £17, COS
In early October Google released its first handset which included the best smartphone camera ever due to its impressive lens blur feature that allows for a shallow depth of field. Alongside its ability to make everything look incredible, the Google Pixel also comes with unlimited storage, meaning that you can snap away at your heart’s content over the Christmas break while your photos are stored at full resolution in Google Photos. Also worth noting is the fact that you can dress your phone up in style with a customised Live Case, bringing artwork to life on your phone screen. Very fancy.
- From £599, Google
Leica’s first Red Lens Camera
Canon uses a red ring on its L series to signify high-quality. Well, Leica has just turned an entire lens red. This beautiful camera is a limited edition version of the company’s APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH and is the first Leica lens to come in a red anodised finish. Happy snapping.
- £7,200, Leica
Muujo Touchscreen Gloves
When everyone has a touch-screen phone, the average pair of winter gloves proves more of a hindrance than a help – seeing much anguished biting of fingers as you panic to remove them mid-ring, and nearly always finding yourself de-gloved, freezing, with a phone that no longer needs answering. Most touchscreen gloves look exactly that – polyester nerd mitts – but thankfully the Mujjos are made of wool, with minuscule silicone dots providing the grip.
- From £24, Mujjo