Tech the halls with lots of goodies. We tested and played with so many doo-dads that we are now the father of the best of the best. trust us.
East or west? North or south? Turn here . . . or there? Stop guessing where you’re going and find the location precisely perfectly with the Magellan RoadMate 5375T-LMB. A full-featured GPS navigator with a large 5-inch high-resolution touch screen, this device includes new exciting high-end features to make navigation easier and every trip more enjoyable. There are so many outstanding Magellan features that we’ll just direct you to a few: 3D renderings (to provide a more realistic view of your surroundings), lifetime map updates (up to four per year), traffic camera alerts, lifetime traffic updates (real-time updates sent directly to your GPS unit to avoid traffic jams and other delays), OneTouch favorites menu, Bluetooth compatibility, portrait/landscape mode (to adapt to your personal viewing preference; landscape mode provides an improved peripheral view of your surroundings while portrait mode provides an extended view of the road ahead) and SmartDetour. $199.99
The holiday season is not just a time of cheer, it’s also a time for travel, and for catching up with family and friends. While on the road, the Netgear Around Town offers internet anywhere with 4G LTE speeds and the ability to connect up to 10 devices. Additionally, with the Around Town there are no contracts to sign and no expiration on your purchased date–users simply use their data at their own pace and reload as needed. $199.99
Speak up. So we will. Black+Decker has invented a rather nifty (as in compact and durable) Bluetooth speaker, the BDCRD20B, that provides high performance sound. Compatible with the B+D 20V MAX lithium ion batteries, the BDCRD20B provides a full day of run time on one battery. The Bluetooth compatibility allows wireless streaming up to 30 feet from a Bluetooth enabled smart phone. The speaker also has an auxiliary port to connect MP3 devices through auxiliary mode for an alternative music option when not using Bluetooth. The compact and durable design offers versatility and portability in any environment. Whether it’s in the garage, a backyard barbeque, at a campsite, or in the house, this speaker will make life a little more fun for everyone. The speaker stands out with its ability to be used as either a Bluetooth enabled speaker or an auxiliary speaker. In addition, the speaker includes a wall adaptor, which allows it to be used without a battery. At just 1.68 lbs, your friends will be speaking volumes about the B+D Bluetooth Speaker. $59.99
Zipping along after snapping some photos and you want to print them. Now. What to do? Opt to print anywhere with the Polaroid ZIP Instant Photoprinter. This pocket-sized device pairs wirelessly to any Smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth 4.0 or NFC and uses a dedicated mobile app available for iOS or Android, allowing you to instantly edit and print 2×3-inCh full-color photos. The Key features are well-developed: The photos print in less than 60 seconds, compatible with ZINK Zero Ink; the smudge-proof photos have a sticky back for extra fun; and at a compact 2.91 inches x 4.72 inches, the Polaroid Zip weighs only .41 pounds, less than most cell phones! Best of all: The ZIP used zero ink, yet it produces photo-quality, full-color output without using ink cartridges, ribbons or toner. Don’t forget to nab the free download of the Polaroid ZIP app for iOS and Android. $159.99
Making waves and snapping good photos is no longer a soak situation. Preserve family memories with the new rugged Polaroid IE090 digital camera–it’s waterproof, dustproof and shockproof. The Polaroid IE090 is an ultra-tough, easy-to-use digital camera that can easily capture all those special moments with family and friends. The camera’s compact size and easy to use controls make it ideal for any holiday gathering or adventure, whether it’s 18MP images or a video. The camera submersible up to almost 10 feet. Use in water or on terra firma: The camera’s features include 4x digital zoom, 2.7-invh rear LCD display for framing images and a 1.8-inch front display for snapping selfies, built-in flash, VGA and QVGA video recording with sound, micro SD card slot to save images and videos (8 GB Micro SD card included). Forget saying “cheese!” when snapping . . . say “Esther Williams!” $79.99
The family of Trio Tablets have made it possible to get decent tablets at very good prices. The Trio 7.85″ table features a streamlined design, making this everyday device a dependable companion for travelers and new tablet users. The quad-core processor lets you smoothly browse the Web, play games and post social media updates. With the Trio Stealth G5 Table you can easily capture photos and videos, surf the Web and watch movies on this tablet that offers a high-definition 10.1-inch touch-screen display for rich image quality. The internal memory can be expanded up to 32GB to accommodate your expanding data collection. The Trio Stealth G5 Tablet allow users to stay connected and entertained both at home and on the go with this tablet, which features a 7.85″ touch screen and built-in Wi-Fi for easy Web browsing. You can house your favorite movies and music with the 8GB of storage. Prices vary. Visit triotablets
One size does not everyone. Since everyone’s approach to fitness is different, FitBit has created a family of products that work seamlessly with each other, your budget, your favorite apps and your goals. We love the FitBit Charge HR, a high-performance wristband with automatic, continuous heart rate and activity tracking right on your wrist. You can see your heart rate all day and during workouts to get more accurate calorie burn; you can reach your target workout intensity and maximize training time. This wrist wonder tracks steps, distances, floors climbed and sleep quality (yep, you can monitor your sleep automatically and wake with a silent alarm). See daily stats, time of day, caller ID and exercise mode with a bright OLED display. The Charge HR also wirelessly syncs to your Smartphone (it works with more than 150 of them) and computer so you can monitor your trends and get the motivation you need to push yourself further. Every step, every beat, every day. Prices vary.