Make Over Your Home for the Holidays with These Hot Tech Products
‘Tis the season to host holiday guests and spend time nesting around the hearth with family. Give your home a holiday hi-tech boost, and turn up the holidays festivities to 11.
Holiday Home Movie
Turn a ho-ho-hum holiday movie night into a big screen experience with the plug ‘n play BenQ EP5920 Video Projector. The compact projector can sit on a coffee table or stand or mount on the ceiling and project huge, vivid HD images that make you feel immersed in the viewing experience. Features native resolution of 1920×1080 and 4500:1 ration renders videos or games in full sharp detail. The 1800 ANSI lumens provides a bright image even in low light, and the built in 10W speaker completes the picture with great sound. With two HDMI inputs, D-sub, S-video and other connection options, the EP5920 can be used with just about any source. The projector features a EcoMode for low power consumption and long lasting lamp life up to 9.6 years. Sale price $799. Available at BenQ.com.
Let it Show
Cozy up to watch all your favorite holiday DVDs and TV shows or play a slideshow of family holiday photos from your computer in sharp detail on a Coby LEDVD2396 23” wall-mountable widescreen LED TV with 1080p resolution. This affordable all-in-one system features a side slot for DVDs and dual tuners for standard and digital TV reception. Two HDMI ports makes it hassle-free to connect your HD devices for the best-possible picture – without having to swap out cables to use a second device, and the USB/SD card slots makes for easy playback of your digital files. You can hook up your computer via the 15-pin VGA connection to use the widescreen to share slideshows, videos or other files, or connect other external devices with the AV input. An easy-to-follow menu of on-screen controls makes customizing the picture and sound, such as settings for theater, music or news, and V-chip allows for parental control of viewing. $279.99. Available on Amazon.
If you desire an immersive and truly robust sound experience, pair your TV with a soundbar, like the super slim Coby CSMP95. This wall-mountable space saving home theater system uses a powerful 2.1 Channel and built-in amplifier and 2.4GHz wireless subwoofer for full bass sound. The high-gloss lacquered front of the soundbar is designed to complement your flat panel TV and can be operated by its own remote or front panel controls. $129.99 Available on Amazon.
Built for Sound
Play it from the mountain top, play it anywhere you want. The waterproof and dust impervious OT Turtle Shell Bluetooth Boombox ($149.95) can take whatever nature can throw at it while you enjoy the great outdoors to your favorite music played wirelessly from any Bluetooth device, or gather round it for speaker-enable calls using its built-in microphone. The rugged Turtle Shell, named for its unique geometric dome shape, features Hi-Fi sound and deep bass and can deliver 10 hours of sound with its equipped rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Clip it on to your bike for mobile music or calls with the easily removable OT Turtle Claw ($19.99) all-purpose mount. Comes in white, red, blue, green pink and seafoam. Available at outdoortechnology.com.
Give the electronics lover and gadget guru on your holiday gift list a plug-and-play present that will keep them turned on all season and into the New Year.
Hi-Fi Wi-Fi at its Finest
For audiophiles, Sonos is the ultimate gift of music. The Sonos wireless music system allows you to stream music from your iTunes library, Pandora , SiriusXM talk or whatever is your listening pleasure on an expandable receiver speaker system that you can place in your home, office, or anywhere there is a an electrical outlet. You control what you stream from your computer, iPhone, iPad, or Android device. The Sonos PLAY3 ($299) is a great starter kit, which includes a compact player that can operate alone, or pair it with an optional Sonos Bridge ($49) to boost your wireless signal to reach faraway places in your home, office, or wherever you like to listen. For a limited time, PLAY3 and Bridge are packaged together for the price of $299. Available at Target, Best Buy, Amazon and Sonos.com.
Game On … the Wall
Gamers will love the portable Optoma GT750E ($799) projector, compact enough to carry in in its own backpack yet packing a big picture that can turn any video game into a full-emersion experience. Even just five feet away from a wall or screen, the short-throw projector creates a huge 99’ diagonal image, and as the projector moves farther the image grows bigger. Perfect for gamers who to be close up to the image without blocking a projector, and with Optoma’s 3D RF glasses ($99) gamers will truly feel like they are in the middle of the action. The GT750E boasts a native widescreen display and bright 3000 ANSI lumens picture, DPL Link 120Hz#D-capable display technology options and 1080p signal inputs. Find dealers at OptomaUSA.com.
A Century of Memories
You can’t guarantee any gift will last forever, but 100 years isn’t bad. That’s how long you can preserve priceless photos on the SanDisk Memory Vault which can safely store data for at least a century. The cell-phone sized vault uses Chronolock technology that protects against degradation, and its durable hard-shell design is built to endure. The vault comes with a USB 2.0 transfer cable, writable labels and a storage pouch. 16GB, $89.99. Available at SanDisk.com.
Square Plug in a Round Strip
So many electronics, so little space on power strips. The cleverly designed Pivot Power flexible power strip bends to accommodate any plug, and it can wrap around furniture legs or form a right angle for a corner. Available in black, white and green. ($29.99) at quircky.com.
Hark, Can You Hear Me Now?
Give a boost to the phonephile on your list with the Wilson Electronics’ Sleek all-in-one cell phone signal booster. The magnetic antenna mounts on a car roof, and the handset cradle mounts inside the car and plugs into a car cigarette lighter for handsfree use with a headset or Bluetooth connection. The booster amplifies weak signals for fewer disconnects, dropped calls and faster data transfer rates on 3G networks $129.99 Available at WilsonElectronics.com.