Affordable Diwali gifts for your geek friends or cousins
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In case you are planning to surprise a friend or a cousin with a not-so-expensive but a very nifty gadget or an accessory, here are some cool options from the inventory of Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal as part of the Diwali sales.
Plantronics Voyager Legend
Price: Rs4,490 (earlier Rs 6,560)
Voyager Legend is a compact Bluetooth headset that doesn’t feel heavy on the ears, making it ideal for professionals with a lot of on-the-job calling. It is protected against sweat and moisture which enhances its durability. The rotatable microphone boom is a smart addition as it makes it workable with both ears. It is compatible with iOS and Android and with voice-based personal assistants such as Apple’s Siri and Google Now. It also supports voice commands so you can take or make calls on the phone without pulling the phone out of your pocket. It’s built-in noise cancellation tool can improve sound clarity by blocking out outside noise.
iRevo Smart Tv Box
Price: Rs4,999 (earlier Rs 7,499)
Many users, who don’t go for a smart TV to save a few bucks, can still enjoy its goodies by getting a smart TV Box like this one by iRevo. This Android-running device not just converts an ordinary TV into a smart TV but allows users to access Android apps and games on a bigger screen. It also supports direct USB play which means you can play any video or movie directly from an external storage drive, in case your TV doesn’t support it already. It is driven by a 32-bit RockChip processor, which is adequately powerful to run games such as Stick Cricket 2 and Angry Birds with ease. It needs to be plugged in to a power source all the time. It also supports Bluetooth so you can connect a keyboard with it and use it for work as well.
Sandisk Connect Wireless Stick 64GB
Price: Rs2,805 (earlier Rs 4,790)
The Connect Wireless Stick is a thumb-sized flash drive with wireless capabilities. Any file saved on it can be shared wirelessly with smartphone, tablet or laptop users. It offers 64GB storage which can come in handy for sharing images, documents and even some amount of movies. It works by creating its own wireless hotspot and then streams data on devices connected to it. It can stream or share data with up to three devices simultaneously with a transfer speed of 17MB/s (wirelessly), which is good enough for streaming an HDMI movie on it. It lasts about 5-6 hours on a single charge.
Altec Lansing MZW300
Price: Rs2,970 (earlier Rs 4,390)
Altec Lansing headset is ideal for users looking for their daily dose of music from Saavan and Apple Music. It can be used wirelessly via Bluetooth with both Android smartphone and Apple iPhones. Its earcups are really big and the good quality fabric used for cushioning inside them feels soft and doesn’t press against the ear. The use of plastic throughout the body has allowed it to keep the weight in check. Powered by 40mm audio drivers, it can output crisp audio which won’t feel too sharp or irritating on ears. It runs on a rechargeable Li-ion battery and can muster 4-6 hours of backup on modest use.
Price: Rs1,979 (earlier Rs 2,995)
What makes this Logitech keyboard an ideal companion for users who rely on tablets and smartphones for work as well as entertainment is the ability to multi-task. It can be used with a smartphone and tablet simultaneously. All one requires to do is to put the two in the slot designed for it and switch on the Bluetooth on the phone as well as on the keyboard to pair with it. It is made from quality fibre so you don’t have to worry about the keyboard toppling over if a big screen tablet is used with it. It supports all platforms and works with an Android, iOS and Windows-based smartphone or tablet. The keys are big and have a slight dip to afford greater comfort while typing, allowing one to be productive even with a smartphone.
Amazon Protective Leather Cover for Kindle
Price: Rs1,499 (earlier Rs 2,399)
If a friend has recently bought the latest entry-level Kindle e-reader and is looking for an affordable cover option, Amazon is offering a discount on the original Kindle cover. Made of solid good quality leather-like material, it offers protection to display against scratches. It can be flipped backwards so you can hold the Kindle in one hand comfortably. It won’t work with previous generation Kindles. It weighs just 109g, which is impressive for flip cover. If you own a State Bank of India debit or credit card, you can get more discount via the 15% cashback offer on it.
Xiaomi Mi 20,000mAh Power Bank
Price: Rs 1,749 (earlier Rs 2,499)
Besides its phones, Xiaomi has impressed a lot with its high capacity power banks too. This 20,000mAH power bank by the Chinese phonemaker can charge two smartphones at the same time. The huge battery capacity ensures you can charge a smartphone with a 3,000mAh battery up to 4-5 times on a single charge. It is compatible with phones and tablets that support 12V charging. Though it has a plastic exterior, it looks good and feels solidly built. However, it won’t be easy to carry it while charging a phone as it weighs about 338g. With a State Bank of India debit card you can get a reduction of another Rs262 through cashback.
Syska White SmartLight Rainbow
Price: Rs 899 (earlier Rs 1,999)
This is a 7W LED bulb by Syska with some cool lighting options. While the low power consumption is always one of its big attraction, what makes it truly irresistible is the option where you can change the colour and the brightness of the light bulb to any colour you want. This can be accomplished with its companion app that is available on both Android and iOS for free. Syska is offering a two-year warranty in case of any manufacturing defects. Flipkart is offering 15% cashback on it with Citibank credit and debit cards.
iPhone 7 Plus case by Daily Objects
Price: Rs791 (earlier Rs 1,999)
If any of your friends have recently bought an iPhone 7 Plus, this wood-based back cover by Daily Objects can come in handy for them. Selling at a discounted price, this is one of the classy looking cases by one of the most renowned case-makers Daily Objects. It weighs 20g and has bamboo finish over it with the Apple logo at the centre. This not only lends it a dash of premiumness but provides better grip over the iPhone as well. It is protected by one-year warranty on any manufacturing defects which is a rarity in this product category.