Every year some of the hottest new innovations in technology arrive for the holiday gifting season, and this year is no exception.
Forbes tech and science contributors have put together a list of some of the best new gadgets for the tech enthusiast in your life.
Tech enthusiasts and audiophiles alike love nothing more than a souped up set of headphones, and wireless options for this season’s holiday giving include the JBL Everest Elite 700 wireless headphones and, of course, the new Apple Airpods. While both offer the obvious convenience of wireless connectivity, the JBL headphones are miles ahead in terms of battery life at 25 hours of listening time per charge compared to a mere 3 hours for the Apple version.
For the e-reader aficionado, the Kobo Aura H20 offers a big advantage over the Kindle Voyage. One spilled drink or splash poolside spells the end for a Kindle, but the Kobo is IP67 certified dust proof and waterproof. In fact, the Kobo can survive full immersion, making it an awesome choice for poolside or bathtime reading and great for travelers. The downside? If the recipient has a large library of titles from Amazon, converting e-books to a format that can be read on a Kobo is technically illegal in most countries, although no prohibitively difficult. However, Kobo’s online bookstore offers more than 5 million titles.
Travelers will also appreciate a good pair of noise cancelling headphones. The Bose QuietControl 30 and QuietComfort 20 in-ear headphones are two of the best options on the market and offer more active noise cancellation than any other models. The newer QC 30s offer wireless Bluetooth connectivity, while the 20s are $50 cheaper. The 20s also offer 16 hours of battery life, while the 30s offer only ten hours. Both options need a charge for noise cancellation, but the 30s are rendered useless when the battery dies. The 20s still function as standard headphones. Moreover, the 30s work only via Bluetooth and cannot be connected by wire to in-flight entertainment systems.
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