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Cowabunga Dude! Hi everyone. With the holiday season upon us, I compiled a list of my favorite technology products this year—any of which would make a perfect last minute gift for your friends and family.
Did you finish your shopping already? You can always treat yourself. You deserve it.
These products come with my highest recommendation after many hours of personal use. And thanks to a postpandemic hangover for the technology industry, the deals have never been better. Let’s begin:
1. Sony PlayStation 5 ($500)
Earlier this month, I wrote about how videogames offered some of the most compelling forms of entertainment today, filled with moving stories and amazing visuals. Currently, the only way to get the best library of exclusive blockbuster games is by buying a
PlayStation 5 console.
With prices for the latest generation of PC graphics cards continuing to head higher, the PS5 offers the best value for high-performance gaming in the market.
) has been ramping up production of the console, so for the first time in two years it’s increasingly possible to find one on retailer shelves. If you have a gamer in your household, grab one.
2. LG OLED TV (42-inch C2 Series, $800)
At the beginning of 2022, I finally bought an
OLED TV and can admit the hype is real. I regret not getting on the OLED television bandwagon sooner.
Watching content on this TV is a sublime experience. Vivid colors, dark black levels, and fast response times make it a substantial leap over my prior LCD model. It’s ideal for both video viewing and gaming—and a perfect companion for the PS5.
While $800 may sound expensive, the pricing has come down dramatically from prior years. It’s never been cheaper to get into OLED, and it’s worth it. OLED is the best technology upgrade I’ve made in years.
3. Apple iPhone 14 Pro / Max ($1000 and up)
As an Android aficionado for years, I am sheepishly writing this recommendation. The change of heart came after a bad experience I had with an Android phone that kept overheating to the point that it would burn my hands.
(AAPL) makes the fastest and most power efficient chips in the business, I moved over this year to an iPhone 14 Pro Max. I’m glad I did.
The latest iPhone has a beautiful display and a top-end photo and video camera. But most important, it just works reliably and quickly in day-to-day use. There are less crashes and no overheating compared with my prior phone.
Tim Cook is right. The iPhone 14 Pro / Max aren’t only the best iPhones ever made; they’re the best smartphones ever made.
4. Sony WH-1000XM5 Headphones ($350)
My old pair of Bose headphones recently started to go on the fritz, so I needed a replacement. I decided to get the Sony WH-1000XM5 after reading its call quality had improved over the prior model, which I also owned.
So far, I’m extremely happy with the purchase. Audio quality is top notch, the noise cancellation is best-in-class, and phone conversations are now crystal clear.
5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge ($35)
For those of us who grew up in the 1980s, just thinking about theTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon and the videogame adaptations brings back pure nostalgic happiness.
Shredder’s Revenge is an excellent re-imagination of the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade beat-em-ups and is a blast to play with friends and family.
I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face when playing this title. It’s available on every platform: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.
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