Hargray Hot Picks: Top Tech Gifts for 2016

The holiday season is in full swing, and that means the best and brightest gadgets will be on display. Tech always rises to the top when it comes to holiday gift giving, and 2016 will be no different. In fact, it’ll take it to the next level.

Here are some of the hottest tech gifts this holiday season for your friends and family:

Gaming Systems

The Xbox One S and PlayStation VR will continue the dominance of gaming consoles on holiday wish lists. No surprise there. However, there’s a dark horse in this category: NES Classic Edition. The OG of gaming is back with 60 preloaded games wrapped in its classic look will be a popular pick for those trying to relive the ‘80s for a few hours.

Wireless Headphones

In case you’re waiting on a fax to let you know, I’ll just tell you: wires are so 20th century. People are tired of wires holding them back, and they expect the same freedom with their headphones as they do with their cellphones. These sync with various devices and let you move at will.

Wearable Tech

From the Apple Watch Series 2 and the newest Fitbit to Snapchat Spectacles, people expect tech to be a part of almost everything they put on. While much of that tech has a health and fitness feel to it, others can be used for entertainment, while some are built to get the job done away from the office.

HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer

Remember Polaroids? No? Well, Google it and then you’ll know why the Sprocket is so cool in a retro kind of way. The ability to print pictures on the spot brings those moments to life #NoFilter.

Tile Slim Tracker

One of the biggest problems with tech is the fear of losing it. It’s often small and even more often it’s expensive. The Slim Tracker keeps a tab on your devices, so if you do leave it at a restaurant or at school, you can call it up with an app and track it down. It’s insurance without the fine print.

2-in-1 Tablets

Odds are, you’re probably getting further away from full-size computers and leaning toward the more versatile laptop/tablet hybrids. You’ve probably heard a lot about the Microsoft Surface, but don’t sleep on the Lenovo Yoga 900 or the HP Spectre x360. They combine quality with cool at reasonable prices.

Virtual Assistants

In 2016, it was deemed OK to talk to things. Because, now, they can talk back. Google Home, the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Echo Dot are the clubhouse leaders in virtual assistants. They can do everything from play music, keep your schedule and order groceries.

Snapchat Spectacles

Snapchat has grown up a lot over the years, and now it has its wearable tech specifically built to capture 10-second clips from your point of view. While this trends younger, don’t be surprised to see plenty of adults dabble in the deep end of the trend pool.

Streaming Memberships

After all that and you still don’t know what to get someone? Well, if you can’t decide on a gadget, maybe get them the content instead. Buy a year’s membership of a streaming service such as Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime can be the gift that keeps on giving the whole year. Plus, it’s cheaper than most of the things on this list!

How much internet speed do you need to power your holidays? 

With new tech gifts wrapped up for gifting, it’s a good time to evaluate your home’s internet speed needs so that everyone enjoys the fun!  Click here for an easy online speed calculator.

Happy Holidays, Y’all!