5 tech gadgets everyone needs

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5 tech gadgets everyone needs

It may be just me but I get warm and fuzzy inside when I get new gadgets. 2016 brought in a bevy of uber-smart gadgets, all begging you to come play! I'm talking about potential new friends like the new Go Pro Hero 5, Apple MacBook Pro and the DJI Mavic, just to name a few. These little toys make life that much more enjoyable and memorable, upping the fun factor of any occasion and giving you the ability to capture and relive your experiences. Here's the low down on each of my favourites from the past year.

GoPro Hero 6

The new GoPro Hero 5 has 4K resolution, electronic image stabilisation, 2-inch touchscreen display and is waterproof to 10m (33ft without the polycarbonate housing). If you're still not impressed, GoPro has added a new feature that allows you to use voice control to speak to the GoPro, to give instructions like "GoPro start recording". The GoPro has plenty of easy-to-use accessories and mounts that allow for a hands-free experience.

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New MacBook Pro

The biggest and most exciting feature of the new MacBook Pro is the Touch Bar, a multi-touch enabled strip of glass built into the keyboard for instant access to multiple features that are familiar enough to feel as though nothing has changed. The touch bar automatically changes depending on what you're doing on your Mac to show you relevant tools that allow for a more versatile and capable experience.

The MacBook is faster and more powerful than ever before, but it's extraordinarily thinner and lighter. The new system also includes up to 130% faster graphics, a 67% brighter display and it's also 17% thinner. The system comes in a 13-inch and a 15-inch display with the larger model weighing as low as 1.83kg.


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DJI Mavic Pro drone

The DJI Mavic is a small yet powerful drone with a true 4K stabilised camera, an all-new transmission system with a 4.3mi (7km) range, 5 vision sensors and more, all at your fingertips.

The Mavic gives the user a 27 minute flight time, which is 7 minutes more than the new GoPro Karma drone. The Mavic is so tiny it can literally sit conveniently in the palm of your hand – it's one of the smallest retail drones currently on the market. The arms fold back against the body and the propellers fold in half too, allowing the Mavic to fit in any bag making it a small travel companion.

The DJI Mavic has received many positive and well-deserved reviews as the "ultimate drone" from many tech users.


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UE Megaboom wireless speaker

The UE Megaboom has been on the top of speaker lists for the past couple of years now. It has the capability to connect to almost every smart device, no matter what application you choose to stream from. The big seller for me is it can be immersed in water up to one meter deep for up to 30 minutes, which is great for summer.

The speaker has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery for up to 15 hours of battery life and it allows you to pair up to 8 Bluetooth enabled devices; with the capability to connect to two devices at the same time. The UE is also 25% louder than the previous model, ensuring it sounds better and keeps the insides safe from any water.

The speaker also comes with a two year limited warranty for that peace of mind.


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BeatsX wireless earphones

I'm sure you all know how annoying it is when you're going for a run and all you want to do is listen to some fresh jams, but you can't because your headphones keep falling out of your ears. Well, the Powerbeats 3 Wireless earphones are the perfect companion for any sports star.

The earphones have 12 hours of battery life to last you through countless workouts, not to mention the secure-fit earhooks to help with comfort and stability that stops them from falling every 2 seconds. They're also sweat- and water-resistant, which make them super durable. The earphones connect automatically when they are near your iPhone or Apple Watch with Bluetooth connectivity so they're ready to go 100 miles with you.


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