Last-minute gadget gifts for Diwali
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If you have been busy at work and missed taking advantage of the ongoing Diwali festivals on online stores, there is still some time as the third round of the sales will continue for a couple more days. And if you need to gift something to a geeky relative or friend, here are some interesting options for you.
Fitbit Flex 2
Price: Rs7,599 (earlier Rs9,499)
The recently-launched Fitbit Flex 2 is the successor to the Flex. Not only does it look slimmer but is more durable due to the water-proof exterior. You can take it out in rain or wear it while taking a swim. It provides activity tracking, sleep tracking, calorie counter and call and message notifications on the connected phone. You can see all your progress on the Fitbit app. Flex 2 works with both Android and iOS and provides a battery backup of up to five days.
Price: Rs6,790 (earlier Rs7,999)
How about gifting a complete PC to someone? Wait, no, we are not talking about that huge combination of a CPU, monitor and some assorted accessories with it. Asus Chromebit is a PC on stick on similar lines as Intel Stick, but runs Google’s Chrome OS and not Windows OS. It can connect with any monitor, or TV and convert it into a PC-running Chrome OS. It is powered by Rockchip quad-core RK3288C processor with 2 GB RAM and offers 16GB flash storage and 100GB of cloud storage. It is powerful enough for basic tasks. It supports WiFi so you can download Chrome apps and with Bluetooth compatibility can pair it with a Bluetooth keyboard and use it for work.
Skullcandy Uproar S5URHW-509
Price: Rs2,999 (earlier Rs5,999)
This is a wireless on-the-ear headphone which works with all Bluetooth-ready Android smartphones, Apple iPhones and iPods. It comes in grey black, uses a soft padding inside the earcups and is sweat-resistant. You can’t fold the head bar but you can stretch it to fit into big heads. It comes with a one-year warranty and if you own a CitiBank credit or debit card you can save up to 15% more through cashback offers.
All-New Kindle E-reader
Price: Rs4,989 (earlier Rs5,999)
If you have an avid reader in the family, Kindle‘s entry-level model can be an interesting option. It doesn’t have a front-lit display like its more expensive sibling, the Kindle Paperwhite. The 6-inch glare-free e-ink display makes reading on it a lot more convenient than reading on a big-screen phone or tablet. It supports touch gestures which makes flipping pages or navigating a lot easier. It lasts a whole week on one charge and supports WiFi connectivity.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Price: Rs2,650 (earlier Rs3,999)
For game buffs with Sony PlayStation 4, this PlayStation-exclusive game is a solid time-killer. Developed by Naughty Dogs and published by Sony Interactive, the game was unveiled at the E3 gaming event early this year and was released worldwide in May 2016. This is a third person action adventure game where game protagonist Nathan Drake is on a treasure quest with his brother. The game’s rich graphics, string storyline and immersive gameplay make it one of the most popular games in the genre. There are talks about a movie on Uncharted 4, which will be directed by Stranger Things director Shawn Levy.
Eon Qube Bluetooth Speaker
Rs2,999 (earlier Rs4,995)
Eon Qube is a unique portable speaker designed like a cube, hence the name. It comes in a single black colour variant with plastic exterior. It can be used wirelessly and is compatible with all Android Smartphone and Apple iPhones with Bluetooth 3.0 and higher. The Bluetooth radius is 10 metres which means you can use it in large rooms. It comes with a microSD card slot, so you can play music without involving a smartphone. On a single charge, it can last four hours.
Redgear Pro Series wireless gamepad
Price: Rs1,099 (earlier Rs1,599)
For PC gamers who are into football or racing games, a keyboard can never match the comfort that a game controller offers. Redgear’s Pro Series wireless controller for Windows PC offers all the buttons and controls that are available to a console user. It runs on a built-in battery that lasts up to 10 hours of non-stop gaming. The ABXY keys are backlit which makes using it in the dark easy. It weighs 470g and comes in black colour only. It works with Windows 7, 8 and 10.