The Ultimate WIRED Christmas Gift Guide For 2021


    The Ultimate WIRED Christmas Gift Guide For 2021

    Price: £95 | Wingback 

    Q Acoustics Concept 30, 50 and 90 

    Big sound doesn’t have to mean uglifying your living room with chonky and industrial-looking speakers. These silky music-deliverers are stylish in all the right places. Ditching artificial colouring might make for a bit of a buzzkill when it comes to the sweets in your corner shop, but its absence here makes for refreshing cool and muted design. Audiophiles will get bang for their buck via the Concept 30’s hefty 5in mid/bass driver and 0.9in tweeter.

    Price: from £899 | Sevenoaks 

    HYPERDRIVE 6-in-1 USB-C Media Hub

    Working from home or living the hybrid life (and not in the Toyota Prius kinda way) means cables, dongles and hubs are an irksome, bag-filling requirement. This Hyperdrive for iPads attempts to sort the faff by providing a litany of ports in a hub weighing just 46g and less than 10cm in length. As the name suggests, there’s some delightfully showy media buttons plonked on top too.

    Price: £80 | Amazon | HyperShop 

    Casio G-Shock Octagon Series

    Think good watches have to cost more than £100? Well, gee, you’re in for a shock. The Casio GA-2100 is an understated throwback to the company’s classic 1983 model – a bright spot in a year that saw a total eclipse of Bonnie Tyler’s heart. This G-Shock is as tough as both old boots and sports 200m water resistance and resistance.

    Price: £99 | Amazon | G-Shock 

    Apple AirTags

    “Who doesn’t love a Bluetooth tracker?” said Tile back in the mid-2010s. Last year, Apple finally decided the answer was “iPhone users” and launched its take on Tile’s winning formula. The diddy pucks are extremely useful nonetheless and can be teamed up with a range of accessories to whack them on your keys, in your bag or, even, attached to a laptop or bike.

    Price: £89 | Apple | Amazon 

    LEGO Marvel The Guardians’ Ship/Black Panther Dragon Flyer

    An inspired gift for fans of Marvel or simply anyone who loves a challenge comes the latest offering from LEGO. Aimed at young adults 14+ and designed to improve finger dexterity, LEGO Marvel The Guardians’ Ship has 1,901 pieces in the box. Once constructed it rotates on an adjustable stand and has an opening cockpit to house and reveal the characters inside – Thor holding a doughnut is a favorite of ours.

    For something a little easier that is suited to 8+, the LEGO Marvel Black Panther Dragon Flyer is also worth consideration. It includes 202 pieces in the box and there’s a futuristic Wakandan flyer with four adjustable wings to be made. The three figures include Black Panther, his sister Shuri and an evil Chitauri warrior who comes with a power blaster.

    The Guardians’ Ship: £122 | Amazon | Lego

    Black Panther Dragon Flyer: £18 | Amazon | Lego

    Razer Opus X 

    When Razer’s workshop isn’t busy with creating in (and on) your face LED masks and a seemingly endless troves of gaming accessories, it’s dipping its toe in more lifestyle-focused products – products that you wouldn’t be ashamed to wear out in public. The Razer Opus X is at the forefront – a mix of mobile gaming headset and headphones for wearing just about anywhere.

    Published at Wed, 03 Nov 2021 17:25:00 +0000

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