June 13, 2017
June is here and with it comes Father’s Day, a day dedicated to honoring the father figures in our lives. Gone are the days of slathering glue to a piece of paper and attempting to create macaroni noodle art, but fortunately you don’t have the break the bank to get your dad the latest tech.
From streaming devices for the cable cutter, keeping tracking of roadtrips, 3D printing replacement parts for the things you broke, and even the kitchen experimenter, we’ve found some of the latest things likely to be on your Father’s Day wishlist.
You could wait for Apple’s slightly overpriced HomePod speaker, or you can start jamming out to some incredibly high-quality speakers at a solid price. The Edifier R2000DBs pack a lot of bass and crisp sound into a simple package.
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From roadtrips to daily commutes, there are a lot of reasons to keep track of both your car’s health and how you’re driving. This year you can give dad both with the Automatic Pro, and when he loses his car in a giant parking garage again, all he needs to do is open up the app and find where it last stopped. It features a 3G connection too, so as long as there is cell service you’ll always find it.
Over the next few years voice assistants are going to make waves in how we both purchase products and interact with the digital world. At $40, the Echo Dot is the cheapest way into using Alexa, unless of course you count the free app on your smartphone.
When traveling there is nothing worse than having to battle for a power outlet or finding that there just aren’t any at the airport or train station. With BlueSmart One carryon bag dad will easily be able to stay connected all without the need for another device.
You like to read, dad likes to read, everyone likes to read! If you want simplicity at its best powered by one of the best digital bookstores, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite gives you a great battery life and easy reading without the weight of a pile of books.
Nerd or not, 3D printing has become quite the hobby for many techies. While it is helpful if your dad has some 3D design skills, there is also a huge community of open sources that both provide designs and will help you learn the basics. To spice things up even more, you can make 3D printing even more affordable with a DIY version. Our full review of the Anet A8 that Gearbest ($160 there) sent us is coming soon, and we’d certainly recommend it. Also fair warning, you may not want to let him drink while putting it together.
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This year give your dad the gift of peace and quiet. From the terrible music we enjoy to the loud movies filled with questionable content, sometimes it’s best that we just put earmuffs on pops. With Libratone’s Q Adapt On-Ear Headphones you get both great quality sound and selective noise cancellation.
Does your dad fancy himself to be a chef? Sous vides have grown in popularity over the past few years in the U.S. and Anova has one of the best offerings. Both connected and easy to use, this little thing will kick your dad’s chef skills to an entirely new level.
Gaming on the go has never looked better with Nintendo’s latest console. Both portable or stationary, the Nintendo Switch boasts games such as Mario Kart, Zelda, and upcoming series from Pokemon and Pikman. And if Father’s Day isn’t a time for fun, we don’t know when is.
Fashionable and sporty, the Apple Watch Series 2 finds the middle ground of smart watches. While a bit expensive, the Series 2 features a built in GPS for tracking athletic activities, is waterproofed for swimmers, and still looks great while in business meetings.
If there is one thing set to change how drone hobbyists make purchases in the next few years, it will be all about portability. DJI’s Mavic Pro not only folds up into a small pouch, it allows you to record in 4K, takes amazing photos, and easily stabilizes your shots.
If you’re dad (or self) are more of an outdoorsy and adventurous type, check out our guide to the latest e-bikes and e-rides. From the incredibly fun Copenhagen Wheel to Boosted Boards, there’s a ride for everyone.
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