From updates to the Echo to video game consoles to the sleek iPhone X, there were a lot of tech launches this year. And, with the holiday season right around the corner, chances are that someone you know probably has a gadget or two on their wishlist.
It's tempting to think about a $1,000 iPhone and cringe; you can barely afford it for yourself, let alone for a friend. But this list keeps the ideas relatively affordable. From smart bulbs and virtual assistants to gaming consoles and home security devices, here’s a list of 10 most affordable home tech devices you can buy this Christmas!
The “All-new Echo” from Amazon is one of the best tech gifts you can buy this holiday season. The second generation Echo has got new and smaller design, improved audio-quality and most-importantly is available for purchase at a much lower price of $100. For those who aren’t aware of this device, Echo is a hands-free speaker that you can control with your voice. It features Alexa, the voice assistant that can perform multiple tasks such as making calls, sending messages or provide information, news and more by simply asking questions using the wake word “Alexa”.
The Nintendo Switch became one of the popular products this year amongst the gamers. Switch is designed to let you play games anywhere. With its ability to switch from a normal TV mode to handheld mode using a dock and a handheld device, users can indulge in gaming even on the go. The detachable Joy-Con controllers further enable multiplayer gaming. The Switch is a perfect gift for gamers of all ages.
Amazon Kindle Oasis E-Reader
The all-new Kindle Oasis E-Reader is a perfect gift for voracious readers. This new version of water-proof Kindle features a 7” high-resolution display with built-in Audible 8 and 32 GB storage options. With adjustable lighting, robust build-quality and a strong battery that can easily last for weeks, Kindle Oasis is a perfect companion for all the bibliophiles.
Apple TV 4K
The newly launched Apple TV 4K is a great gift for someone in need of a streaming device. With the launch of this device, Apple has tried to lower the prices of 4K releases. The device supports UHD, HDR10 and Dolby Vision content standards and users can access content directly by asking Siri, rather than typing. At a price of $180, Apple TV 4K is surely one of the best home tech devices to buy this Christmas.
Google Home Mini
The Home Mini is a stylish smart speaker from Google, rivaling Amazon’s Echo Dot. With the Google’s AI-powered assistant, this device can quickly perform multiple functions for you such as setting up reminders, playing music and even control connected devices. With the price tag of $49, Google Home Mini is a useful piece of tech for your home.
Nest Thermostat E
This minimalistic designed smart device from Nest can control the room temperature for you remotely through the app. Thermostat E also support Amazon Alexa and Google Home that can adjust the heat and AC for you automatically. The device is much cheaper than its premium offering the Learning Thermostat. At $170, Nest’s Thermostat E could be an ideal gift this holiday season.
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Wireless Lighting Kit
This smart lighting kit from Philips is a great piece of smart home tech you can get for $165. Supporting 16 million colors that include 50,000 shades of white, the starter kit allows users to set the ambiance of their choice at any time. The kit is completely compatible with home automation standards like Amazon Alexa, Apple Home Kit and Google Home.
Nest CAM IQ
Nest CAM IQ is another exceptional tech gadget for home security. This intelligent security camera has a 4K sensor and supports HDR to provide crisp video quality. With built-in intelligent algorithms, it can easily identify the difference between a thing and a person and can zoom in to track intruders through facial-recognition. For $299, the device may be a bit higher on price, but is indeed a valuable investment for home security.
TP-Link Smart Plugs
Smart Plugs is an alternative way to control home appliances smartly. Rather than replacing your old appliances with smart ones, these plugs can control the flow of electricity from the outlet to your appliance. You can easily turn ON or OFF any device connected to the smart plugs and can avoid wasting electricity. Besides, these plugs are even compatible with Amazon Alexa and do not require a hub. These smart plugs cost only $35.
Netgear AC1750 Wi-Fi Router
The most important requirement for a smart home is to have a good Wi-Fi router. Without proper network signals, none of your connected device will give you the right kind of experience. While there are many Wi-Fi routers available in the market, at $100, the Netgear’s AC1750 is widely appreciated, because of its competitive price and support for the wireless AC standard, which is the fastest type available today.