25 essentials to elevate your bachelor pad or travel bag.
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From the best headphones to block out the noise on your next flight to a video-streaming device to foot-warming socks—there's a high tech solution for everything these days. From upgrades to technology you may already be using (hello, iPad pro) to totally innovative devices (the Gotenna can get you cell service when no one else has it... check out slide #17 for more), we've curated a list of new products we're dying to get our hands on. And if you've maxed out your budget this month, send the link to someone you know will be getting you a gift around the holidays this year... it's never too early to get that shopping done—you'll be doing them a favor!
1. IPad Pro
The classic iPad has long been a favorite for quick emailing and movie watching, but its processing ability is still fairly limited, meaning that anyone who needs more computing power still has to tote around their clunky old laptops as well. Enter the new iPad Pro, which crams a beastly 64-bit A9X chip inside a slim (0.27”) and lightweight (1.57-lb.) package. With a 12.9” screen and a stupefying 5.6-million pixel Retina display, it’s practically a movie theater in your hands.
$799 for the 32GB model; $949 for the 128GB model; $1079 for the cellular-enabled 128GB model/ apple.com/ipad-pro
Basically: The Echo is everything you could listen to, wonder, need to know, or want to switch on, all managed by the Alexa app and packaged in a sleek black package that would make the Jetsons’ robot maid madly jealous. Compatible with music (like Pandora, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio), home appliance controls, Google Calendar, and—of course—your Amazon account for quick purchases.
If you watch your favorite shows, listen to music, or veg with a movie via your smartphone—and who doesn’t these days?—then the Chromecast is pretty much one of the smartest investments you can make. Compatible with thousands of apps, Chromecast connects to your home wireless network, and then beams whatever you’re watching/playing on your phone directly to your flatscreen/stereo. Two versions: an HDMI format for computer-to-TV transmission, and Chromecast Audio, which comes with a 3.5mm cable and supports RCA and optical jacks.
The original, and arguably still the best. Tune out that airplane hum for 16 hours on a single charge, pick up a call via the inline mic, or step back into the world with a single tap via Aware mode. Make sure you buy the right pair: One set is Apple-specific, while the other is built for Android and Samsung devices.
What’s the point of immersive sound if you’re still chained to that damn headphone cable? Listen (or dance) freely with B&O’s wireless H8 headphone, which packs active noise canceling inside two luxe metal-and-leather looks. Best of all: The intuitive touch-based controls are so brilliantly simple we can’t believe we didn’t think of them first.
Ever thought to yourself, “Man, I really need a compact, waterproof wireless speaker with absurd audio power, 20-hour battery life, and 100-foot wireless range—that comes in purple”? Of course you have, because what man doesn’t need that? Get thee to the Internet, dude, and invest in the UltimateEars MEGABOOM. (Better yet, get two—your phone can play to a pair of these puppies at the same time.)
Whether you’re a professional Instagrammer, NatGeo photog-on-the-go, or Narcissus obsessed with curating your selfie catalogue, OlloClips get the most from the camera on your iPhone, iPad, or Galaxy. The clip-on lenses come in a variety of foci and ranges, from the versatile 4-in-1 to the telephoto/wide-angle/macro combination.
Billed as “the world’s first drone made for your GoPro,” the SOLO from 3DR is built around a 3-axis gimbal and an onboard flight computer that enables budding cinematographers to control the camera in-flight—all from the iOS- and Android-compatible app. It even offers a suite of pre-programmed “smart shots,” so you can shoot perfect cable-cam or wrap-around-style shots without having to manually fly it.
If you still don't have a GoPro, now is your time. This "entry-level" model is cheaper then the others, but still packs Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and captures 1080p60 video and 8MP photos. Yep, and it's also waterproof (up to 40m).
Power is, well, power. Admit it: when your phone or tablet runs out of juice, you feel a little naked. While there are tons of great charging-on-the-go options out there these days, this one is pretty innovative. It's light, tiny (not much bigger than a tube of Chapstick), and let's you charge a laptop and two mobile devices simultaneously. One caveat: It must be plugged in to work.
If you've ever been paranoid that you have bad breath, here's the solution. By monitoring Volatile Sulfur Compounds (the bacteria that makes your breath reek), this device can tell you if you need to pop a piece of gum (or maybe just brush your teeth). Plus, it can help you stay hyrdated by measuring the moisture levels in your mouth.
Perfecting your running stride may be as simple as swapping out your socks. These "smart" socks can tell you if you're striking with your heel or the ball of your foot, plus monitor your step rate (important if you're hoping to score a PR in your next race) and more.
Traveling by bike? Consider an e-bike. Specialized gets it right with this one that has a pedal-assist direct drive motor (when you start pedaling, the turbo kicks in to move you even faster). The new Mission Control app lets you connect via Bluetooth so you can keep tabs on your battery life by programing in your route before you go.