Tech.Co’s Holiday Guide to General Tech and Gaming

November 3, 2016

10:30 am

The holidays are nearly here. Lists are being made, and a certain someone is checking it twice. Unless you prefer the stress of last minute shopping, November is the time to start thinking about the gifts you’ll want to buy for everyone in your family. Here at Tech.Co, we know tech and gadgets, which is why we’ve compiled the numbers, the data, and the pure cool factor in an effort to create the ultimate holiday guide.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be releasing our guide to the best holiday gifts, gadgets, and everything in between that you’ll want to keep an eye out for during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. At the end, we’ll take your feedback, along with insights from our friends at CTA, to list the top 10 across each part of this guide.

Later in the week, we’ll look at the best subscription services, like Loot Crate, Birchbox, and Hello Fresh, that you may just have to add to your own list. To kick things off, we’re going big! These are the hottest tech toys, gadgets, and games that’ll be on your family and friends’ lists:

The Best General Tech and Gadgets for 2016

For this part of the guide, we’re going to highlight gifts that almost everyone will enjoy, but don’t necessarily fit into our usual IoT gadget world. From coffee to traveling, there will be something for everyone of all ages here:

Nespresso – $200 (Tech.co Approved)

Petcube – $150 (Tech.co Approved)

Fizzics Waytap – $120

Roomba 980 – $900

The One Smart Piano – $300

Philips Hue Lights – $180

Anova – $150 (Tech.co Approved)

Amazon Echo Dot – $50

Google Home – $130

URB-E – $1500

Blink – $99 (Tech.co Approved)

Canary – $200 (Tech.co Approved)

Whistle Tracker – $80 + subscription (Tech.co Approved)

Automatic Pro – $130 (Tech.co Approved)

Char-Broil Electric Smoker With SmartChef – $400 (Tech.co Approved)

Bluesmart One – $450 (Tech.co Approved)

2016 Holiday Gift Guide to Video Game Systems

Have a gamer in your life? Well the holiday are the perfect time to make them smile from ear-to-ear. Check out the latest systems they are sure to want:

Steam machine – $500+

PS4 PRO  – $400

Playstation VR – $500

XBOX One S – $300

Oculus Rift and Oculus Touch – $800

HTC VIVE – $800

NES Classic Edition – $60

3DS XL – $200

Holiday Gift Guide to Video Games

Once you have the console, you are going to need games. Not sure which game to purchase along with the system? Here are the top 10 current game available now, or that will be out before Black Friday.

  1. Pokemon Sun or Moon
  2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition
  3. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  4. Battlefield 1
  5. Titanfall 2
  6. Final Fantasy XV
  7. Destiny the collection
  8. RIGS (PS VR)
  9. EVE: Valkyrie (PS VR, Oculus)
  10. Gears of War 4

Honorable mention: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Dec 30)

Stay tuned for the rest of our guide throughout November. We’ll be covering: subscription services, fitness and health gifts, audio and video systems, computers, tablets, smartphones, drones, fashionable accessories, and of course gadgets for under $100.

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Elliot is an award winning journalist deeply ingrained in the startup world and is often digging into emerging technology and data. When not writing, he's likely either running or training for a triathlon. You can contact him by email at elliot(@)elliotvolkman.com or follow him on Twitter @thejournalizer.

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