Gadgets you should resist buying in 2016

Not every funky new gadget or device is worth buying in 2016. Resist splurging on these

A lot of new gadgets are headed your way this year, with the usual promise of redefining smart features and how you interact with technology.

But there could still be a gap in performance, refinement and experience. Don’t waste your money on the gadgets listed here. At least not till they have matured enough to become genuinely useful in our lives, or their ecosystem has grown enough to allow real usefulness.

4K TVs

VIRTUAL REALITY HEADSETS

The big evolution will happen once the likes of the HTC Vive, PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift become available to consumers in the coming months. But remember, these will still not be stand-alone devices—for example, you’ll need a powerful PC to make the Rift work; and prices for those rigs start at $949, or around 62,000—and we don’t know the official prices yet, but they won’t exactly be affordable. Just 13 million PCs worldwide next year will have the graphics capabilities needed to run VR, says graphics company Nvidia, and research firm Gartner suggests that those ultra high-end machines will account for less than 1% of the 1.43 billion PCs globally in 2016.

FITNESS BANDS

SELFIE STICKS

SMARTWATCHES

WINDOWS HYBRID PCs

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