It’s that time of the year again. It is time to be seriously thinking about buying gifts for those you love, if you happen to be into that sort of thing. Welcome to the high tech home edition of my winter holiday gift guide. The following are three favorites that have been reviewed in this column in the last six months.
In a nutshell, I am totally sold on the Singtrix. Thanks to its 300+ effects and the 4-piece backup vocal ensemble that is available at the push of the “Hit” effect button on the microphone, it is super easy to feel like a star. Singtrix takes the mediocre and makes it sound magical.
The Singtrix simply has more features than most would know what to do with, and that may very well be the best thing about it. Every time the Singtrix is turned on it is dead simple to dial in a new effect and apply it to just about any song you can think of and, in some cases inconceivably, make the worst voice sound great. After a month of testing, it is safe to say that getting bored with the Singtrix is not an option.
With 40 watts of power, a built-in subwoofer, and volume, bass, and treble controls available up front, the Singtrix speaker can perform double duty when not being used to make you sound better than you ever thought possible. The Singtrix karaoke system, which wowed the Shark Tank crowd on ABC, is available at Target stores and online for $349.99. For more information about Singtrix, click here.
The Misfit Bolt, if nothing else, is dead-simple to set up and operate. All that is needed is a standard E26/27 socket, some electricity, and the Misfit Home app installed on a mobile device. Once all that is in place, the Bolt and the app just need to be turned on and everything else just sort of happens. The app finds the bulb, the bulb blinks in recognition, and you are good to go.
In addition to the 11 pre-set themes, the Bolt is capable of delivering flawless, studio-quality, bright white lighting. Since the Bolt arrived, it has been used to illuminate my photo booth setup on numerous occasions with great results that require no color correction at all. The way I see it, if the Bolt can fill a room with photo-quality light, it is good enough to assist in ferreting out that last dust bunny in the formerly dark corner of the kitchen.
The Misfit Bolt will set you back $49.99 for one or $129.99 for three. For more information about Misfit, click here
Dyson AM09 Hot+Cool
When the introductory article was being written, days would start around the 50°F mark but almost always reach the mid-80s by the middle of the afternoon. Back then, we got to experience the brilliant cooling effect of the air multiplier loop. This loop is the main feature of the AM09 (and all Dyson fans, heaters, humidifiers, and air purifiers) and it is one of the major features that differentiates this fan/heater from all the others out there and the importance of this loop cannot be understated.
This loop delivers two distinct airflow patterns. With the introduction of a second jet of air pushed out through a front aperture, the normally concentrated airstream is broadened, delivering a powerful yet diffuse airflow which makes for rapid, yet indirect, heating (or cooling).
Lastly, this review would not be complete without mentioning the remote control of the AM09. It needs to be mentioned because without it the AM09 is not much more than a handsome piece of modern sculpture. On, off, and target temperature can be controlled via the standby button on the base of the fan, but airflow, diffused and personal heating modes, oscillation function and sleep timer controls cannot be operated without the remote control. So, that kind of tells you how multi-function this multifunction remote control is. With ten simple, easy-to-understand buttons, comfort and control is just a click away. For more information about the Dyson AM09 Hot+Cool, click here. $449.99