'Tech the Halls' this holiday season!
Tech expert Jennifer Jolly stopped by 'Atlanta Tech Edge' and shared her gift guide with host Cara Kneer.
Get a few of her top picks below and tweet @ATLTechEdge your ultimate.
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Get jolly with Jennifer Jolly:
1. PlayStation VR: $399.99
This is the year to dive into virtual reality – and PlayStation VR is the most accessible, affordable and user-friendly full VR option on the market right now. It’s a whole new, totally immersive gaming and entertainment adventure that transports you from the comfort of your living room into an extraordinary virtual world. The PS4 headset is still the most comfortable to wear and super simple to just plug in and play. With more than 100 games available – a ton more on their way – and a price tag under $400.
2. Norton Core Router: $279.99
This was a big year for Cyber Security snafu’s – and while this gadget looks like a futuristic disco-ball, it’s really a crazy fast, super-secure Wi-Fi router – with loads of security and parental control features built-in to protect every device in your home. It comes with a free app that lets you view your home’s “security score” and provides protection for all your connected devices – smart TV, baby monitor, home thermostat, plus your laptops and mobile devices. It safeguards against cyber criminals looking to steal your most personal information. Since its release, an average of five network threats have been blocked daily in homes using Norton Core – that’s 35 cyber crimes turned away from your doorstep each week!
3. & 4. Sandisk iXpand Base and WD My Cloud Home (These two go together and we’ll go through them quickly)
Almost as bad as cyber crime? Digital hoarding! The just-launched Western Digital My Cloud Home and this little Sandisk iXpand Base are two must-have accessories that save, store, and organize like a boss!
My Cloud Home is a personal storage device that connects directly to your WiFi router. It lets you organize, manage, back up and sync content wirelessly from various devices (phones, PC, Mac) – and access all of that content from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.
WD My Cloud Home – starts at $159.99
The Sandisk iXpand Base is another hassle-free way to backup photos, videos, contacts – all the important stuff – from your iPhone – while it’s charging. Using your Lightning connector, you can simply plug your iPhone into the iXpand Base, set it on your nightstand or desk, and let it automatically back up while it charges - saving your content AND charging your phone while you sleep. One less thing to worry about during a busy holiday season!
SanDisk iXpand Base –starts at $49.99
5. HelloTech, starts at $29 (Sonos One, New Smartphones, include iPhone X, new Amazon and Google smart assistants as props)
Wouldn't it be great if setting up new tech toys - either yours or those you give others as gifts – came with a tech expert to set it all up for you? Now it can – HelloTech is an on-demand, in-home tech support service available nationwide! This is GENIUS — arrange a time, get a tech expert sent straight to your home to sets up your device and even help coach you on to how get the most out of it. It starts at just $29 AND they’ll even come over on Christmas Day via the ELF OFFER!
6. Polaroid Pop Instant Print Digital Camera: $199.99
This is brand new, just released camera that lets you instantly capture, print and share photos all from one device. Bluetooth enabled, the Pop prints photos from your smartphone through the camera, or lets you upload anything you take on the camera to your phone or social media. You can even edit pictures before you print with filters, stickers and text. The camera also shoots 1080 HD video and GIFs so it's the perfect for gift for the gadget guru, the wanderluster, millennials and everyone in between.
7. Parrot Mambo FPV Drone: ($179.99 – but am seeing it on sale for $149.99)
The Parrot Mambo FPV is the first “almost fail-proof” little drone I’ve flown. Press a button on the controller and it takes off. Use joystick-like controls to zip it around. It’s also affordable and ultra-cool. The drone itself is tiny. But don the VR headset and it takes you airborne, giving you a drones-eye view of everything it sees through its 720p HD camera.
For more on all kinds of hot gadgets, gear, and tech tools, check out the latest on Jenn’s website at Techish.com or follow her @JenniferJolly on Twitter.