2016 Grads And Dads Gift Guide

Audio / Gaming / Tech

With graduation and Father’s Day coming soon, it’s that time again for the return of the Grads and Dads Gift Guide here at Techaeris. We’ve got suggestions for different categories including audio, gaming, and tech — and we’ve reviewed most of them as well, with some final reviews coming shortly.

Without further ado, here’s our list of suggestions for the grad or dad in your life.

Focal Dimension Soundbar and Sub

This elegant soundbar and sub offers powerful TV, movie and music experience for TV’s 50” and larger.


  • Soundbar offers 450 Watts for upgraded sound for TV & movie watching able to be wall-mounted under a TV
  • Slim profile means it won’t block the TV IR port when placed in front of a TV on a media cabinet
  • The optional Dimension Subwoofer conveniently fits behind the Dimension Soundbar allowing users to place a TV over 50” wide on top of it.
  • HDMI allows for multiple sources to be connected and control using existing remote control (CEC compatible)
  • Dimension features 5-Ultra Flat drivers while Sub features 2 elliptical woofers working in opposite (« push – push ») to virtually eliminate vibrations.
  • For convenience, the Tactile User Interface disappears when not in use and turns on when you approach it.
  • Optional aptX Bluetooth receiver adds wireless music functionality

Read our full Dimension system review!

Price: $1,399 (Dimension)/$1,599 (Dimension with Dimension Sub — currently $1399 on Amazon)

  Purchase from Amazon

Focal Sphear In-Ear Headphones

The legendary French speaker manufacturer’s first in-ear headphones are true to “Spirit of Sound” sonic profile.


  • Innovative shape combats traditional consumer pain point with in-ear monitors; excessive weight/discomfort and too much bass
  • Extended housing shifts weight of the headphones to the outer ear while providing surprising tonal balance never heard before in this style of headphones
  • The bulbous design, elegantly adorned with Focal’s logo, allows for the 10.8mm driver to offer a particularly rich mid-range, while slightly increasing the bass level for mobile use in noisy environments,
  • In-line mic and in-line remote control can be used for convenience to play, pause and skip tracks as well as answer phone calls
  • Three pairs of silicone tips (size S, M, L), three pair of memory foam tips (size S, M, L), a two-prong airplane adapter and a rigid carrying case are included with each pair of Sphear

Be sure to check out our Focal Sphear review and see why these in-ear headphones was awarded as one of our Top Picks!

Price: $179 USD/$199 CAD (Currently $149USD on Amazon)

  Purchase from Amazon

Libratone ZIPP and ZIPP Mini Wireless Speakers

The ZIPP wireless speakers offer Scandinavian design combined with great 360-degree sound and multi-room connectivity.

  • ZIPP and ZIPP Mini create SoundSpaces, exemplify the “elastic lifestyle” in flexible listening with portable music devices.
  • Uses an “Acoustic Lens” to create room-filling 360-degree sound – even high-quality sound no matter where you are sitting around ZIPP.
  • Connect up to 6 ZIPPs together via Wi-Fi and place them anywhere in any room or can have 3 ZIPPs in two SoundSpaces
  • Can link all speakers across your home or create multiple SoundSpaces in different rooms or use Bluetooth aptX for high quality connection.
  • ZIPP = 100W amplifier / Mini = 60W amplifier + 8-10 Hour Battery in both units
  • If you can stream it- ZIPP can play it! –  Spotify® Connect, Apple Music™, YouTube, TIDAL, etc
  • Available in 4 “unzippable” color fabric covers: Cloudy Grey, Deep Lagoon, Graphite Grey, Victory Red. Extra covers are available in Atlantic Deep, Signal and Sangria

Check back soon for the full review here on Techaeris.

Price: $299.99 (ZIPP); $249.99 (ZIPP Mini); $29.99 (Replacement Covers)

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from Libratone

Hercules WAE Outdoor Rush Bluetooth Speaker

This rugged “Oceanproof” Bluetooth speaker is made for surfers, skiers, snowboarders, kiteboarders, and stand up paddle boarding in mind.


  • Completely dust, sand and snow proof, and able to withstand being submerged in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes (IP67 certified)
  • Metallic grilles are nickel electro-plated to prevent saltwater corrosion
  • Only wireless speaker in its category to feature built-in FM radio
  • FM radio works independently of a mobile device, allowing users the option to leave their phone and still listen to music
  • Free WAE app (iOS and Android) displays additional information about station or artist
  • “Boost Charger” mode allows users to use the speaker’s power to charge their mobile phone
  • Built-in battery provides 12 hours of battery life, while 0.7 lbs. weight makes it easily portable
  • Features a standard-size screw thread allowing users to attach it to Hercules’ offering of mounting accessories for biking and skating, with specially designed mounts for water and mountain sports coming soon

Be sure to check out our review of the Hercules WAE Outdoor Rush Bluetooth Speaker.

Price: $129.99

The Hercules WAE Outdoor Rush will be available to purchase from Amazon on May 20th.

Marshall Headphones Stockwell Speaker

Loudest portable travel speaker in its class designed to go anywhere!

  • Weighs 2.65 pounds and comes with a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery for up to 25 hours of playtime
  • Features Bluetooth 4.0 to enjoy music without the hassle of wires
  • Packs a sonic punch with two 2.25” woofers and two-channel class D amplifier, making it the loudest speaker in its class
  • Iconic Marshall design features volume, bass and treble retractable analogue control knobs that can be adjusted quickly and easily
  • Doubles as a speakerphone and also features a handy USB port to charge any listening device, such as smartphones, while on the go
  • Multi-functional flip cover option to stand up the speaker

Check back soon for the full review here on Techaeris.

Price: $229 (standalone) | $259 with flip cover

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from Marhsall Headphones

Satechi Wireless Gamepad

This Bluetooth-enabled controller transforms iOS, Android and Windows smartphones & tablets into full-fledged gaming devices.

  • Gives users the traditional gaming experience they crave, without the hassle of cumbersome or inaccurate touchscreen controls
  • Boasts 14 buttons, two joysticks, and a directional pad
  • Integrated spring holder places the smartphone on a convenient viewing angle on the gamepad, keeping eyes on the game and both hands on the controls
  • Three available modes, depending on the platform gamers are using:
    1. iCade Mode for iOS is compatible with iCade classic games including PAC-MAN, Asteroids, Centipede, and Battlezone. It is also compatible with a plethora of modern games.
    2. Android/Mouse Mode is compatible with a wide range of free apps from the Google Play Store including Angry Birds, Grand Theft Auto 3, MC4, Wild blood, Dungeon Hunter, Zombie, FC simulator, and more.
    3. Joystick Mode for Windows devices is compatible with gaming services such as Steam (remapping of keys may be required) for endless game play of Dota, Metal Gear Solid V, The Phantom Pain, Grand Theft Auto V, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and more.

Check back soon for the full review here on Techaeris.

Price: $39.99 (Currently $29.99 on Amazon)

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from Satechi

SCOSCHE MagicMount Pro Series

A set of sleek and powerful MagicMount Pro magnetic, cradle-less, mobile device mounts.


  • The line consists of the MagicMount Pro Vent, MagicMount Pro Window/Dash and MagicMount Pro Dash. The Pro Window/Dash and Pro Dash models provide a 30 percent stronger grip than other magnetic mounts on the market.
  • Unlike competing magnetic mounts, the MagicMount Pro line is built with powerful Neodymium magnets that are 100 percent safe, will not damage devices and securely maintains a tight grip
  • SCOSCHE is the #1 mobile holders brand in the U.S., according to the NDB Group/Technology Retail Tracking Service & Automotive Retail Tracking Service
  • MagicMount Pro Vent: securely attached to horizontal, vertical, angled or circular vents. It also doubled as a hands-free kickstand by way of plastic card
  • MagicMount Pro Window/Dash: securely mounts devices to a vehicle’s dash or window for portrait or landscape viewing – it even rotates 360°. It’s built with StickGrip™ technology that provides a powerful hold on multiple surfaces
  • MagicMount Pro Dash: mounts devices to a vehicle’s dashboard. Its four-axis adjustable angle and enhanced soft touch rubber lock-nut ensure tight, secure positioning. Its bendable base allows it to secure tightly to curved, angled or flat surfaces

Check out our full review of the SCOSCHE MagicMount Pro dashboard mounts.

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from SCOSCHE

Urbanears Active Hellas

The army knife of sporty Bluetooth headphones, packed with multiple talents, is the perfect workout buddy that’s always ready to go for another round.

  • Bluetooth 4.0 connection allows users to move freely without any tangled wires
  • Built-in mic and a swipe, touch-interface on the ear-cup makes it easy to answer calls, change songs and adjust volume, without taking the phone out of pocket
  • Sporty elements like sweat-proof mesh and reflective details to ensure users are visible at night enhance both function and style
  • Removable and washable headbands and ear cushions that can be tossed in the washer for a clean pair of headphones
  • 14 hours of solid playtime keep even the most enduring athlete going for hours
  • Available in Rush (coral/gray), Trail (olive/indigo), Team (red/white/blue) or Black Belt (black/gray)

Check back soon for the full review here on Techaeris.

Price: $120

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from Urbanears

Raumfeld Premium Wireless Multi-Room Streaming Speakers

German engineered and elegantly designed speakers deliver the only wireless multi-room streaming solution to fill any apartment or home with true wireless high fidelity sound.

Raumfeld Stereo Cubes

  • Wide range of speakers offers you ultimate customization to find the right speakers for your space and budget, whether outfitting a few rooms or every room in the home
  • Perfect solution for audio enthusiasts because they can stream high resolution audio files up to 192 kHz/24 bits and experience exact sonic detail because of the built-in coaxial drivers
  • Free iOS and Android apps allow your smartphone or tablet to control the speakers, toggle between your personal music collection, USB, internet radio, or one of the popular streaming services that Raumfeld supports, such as Spotify and TIDAL
  • Preset buttons make it easy to play your favorite playlist or radio station with the touch of a button, even when you don’t have your phone or tablet with you
  • Guaranteed 8 week no obligation return policy
  • All speakers available in white and black matte

Check out our review of the Raumfeld Premium Wireless Multi-Room Streaming Speakers.

  Purchase from Amazon

TrackR bravo

The thinnest tracking device to locate lost or misplaced items in seconds.


  • Keeps track of keys, pets, bikes, mobile devices or anything else you value that may go missing
  • Two-way ringer means your phone can find anything connected to your TrackR bravo, and anything connected to your TrackR bravo can find your phone, even on silent
  • Uses TrackR’s Distance Indicator to find items within 100 ft. via Bluetooth or Crowd GPS to find items world-wide
  • Features beautiful anodized aluminum construction for the thinnest and most durable tracking device
  • Custom separation alert notifies you before you leave items behind
  • App integrates with home Wi-Fi and Nest network to disable alerts from sounding when wandering around the house
  • Uses a reusable battery which cuts down on lifetime costs, and keeps the crowd GPS network strong
  • Named #155 on Inc. 500’s list of the nation’s fastest growing companies in 2015

Check out our TrackR bravo review!

Price: $29.99

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from TrackR

Boogie Board Jot 8.5

Boogie Board’s most popular eWriter is now 50% brighter and works with the new iOS app to easily save and share, while eliminating the need for paper.

Boogie Board Jot 8.5 Review

  • Exceptionally bright reflective LCD is engineered to feel like writing with pen on paper
  • Sleek, ultra-thin & light product design makes it ideal for the home, office, school, or on-the-go
  • Free companion iOS app lets you view, edit or share your notes, drawings or doodles
  • Built-in kickstand and magnets on the back make it easy to leave notes, to-do’s or messages for family members or roommates
  • Battery life lasts up to 7 years without needing a new battery
  • Boogie Boards are eco-friendly, with each eWriter saving over 50,000 sheets of paper
  • Available in Blue, Pink and Gray

Read our full review of the Boogie Board Jot 8.5!

Price: $24.99

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from Boogie Board

Phiaton MS 300 BA

These earbuds combine a balanced armature driver and a dynamic driver into one high-performance pair of earphones.

  • Hybrid Dual Driver: Combines both a balanced armature driver and dynamic driver in one
  • Balanced Armature Driver: Experience high frequency tones like never before in an earphone. The balanced armature driver technology makes each vibrant note come alive, letting you hear all the textured nuances and precise details of your favorite classical, guitar, and string music.
  • Low Frequency Pass Filter: This specialized filtering process optimizes acoustics by filtering out high frequency sound waves from the Dynamic Driver, allowing the driver to hone in on low frequency precision and improved bass. This enables the Hybrid Dual Driver to enhance sound quality along the entire frequency spectrum.
  • Music & Calls: Features a remote and microphone so that you can easily answer calls or control your music
  • Tangle-Free Oval Shaped Cable: Textured cable helps to minimize cable tangling and minimize cable touch noise

Check back soon for our full review!

Price: $99

  Purchase from Amazon

Phiaton BT 460 On-ear Wireless Headphones

These new on-ear wireless headphones designed with a stylish, minimalist exterior and innovative features including touch-interface controls, audio sharing and smart play/pause.

Phiaton BT 460

  • Touch Interface: Allows you to control your music, calls and volume with a swipe of your finger on the outer ear cup.
  • Smart Play Pause Function: Automatically detects whether a headphone is being worn or not and will play and pause automatically.
  • Phiaton ShareMe™ Connection: Allows two people to listen to the same music or watch the same movie at the same time.
  • Vibration Notification: Signals when a call is being received or you have stepped outside the communication range.
  • Bluetooth 4.0: Experience improved sound quality and extended battery life
  • Everplay-X: : Allows you to continue calling or listening to your music, even if the battery runs out or your audio device is not Bluetooth compatible
  • aptX Technology: Increases digital streaming efficiency and improves overall dynamic range.
  • Bass Optimizer: Phiaton’s new technology “Acoustic Pressure Balancer” helps to reduce the reverberation and deliver well-balanced and accurate sound with powerful bass.
  • Clear Voice Capture: The BT 460 cVc ® technology makes phone calls crystal clear for the person on the other end of the line.

Check out our Phiaton BT 460 review and find out why they earned a spot as one of our Top Picks!

Price: $249

  Purchase from Amazon

808 Audio Hex XS

A Bluetooth wireless speaker that features a pocket-size cabinet with a high-end look.

  • Features full stereo sound, an enhanced bass radiator, and 12 hours of rechargeable battery life
  • Precision-tuned stereo system with bass resonator delivers higher volumes and a deeper range for superior sound
  • Single button operation makes it easy to power, pair and play from smartphone or tablet
  • Lightweight, a mere six ounces, fully portable design that fits wherever you go
  • Aux input to enjoy music from wired sources
  • Available in black, blue and white/gold

Check back soon for our full review.

Price: $49.99

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from 808 Audio

Bracketron Earth Elements Si Dash Mount

This dash mount attaches directly to most hard and textured surfaces for effortless hands-free driving.

  • Simply adhere the Mounting Plates to the back of your device or inside back of your case
  • Device effortlessly clicks onto mount for safe driving
  • The 3M adhesive will ensure the plates stay securely attached to your phone
  • Integrated cord management for charging cables to keep them out of the way
  • Collapsible and adjustable support feet help keep your phone securely mounted
  • Perfect for travel and added support for larger phablet-style phones

Check back soon for our full review!

Price: $39.95

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from Bracketron

Swann Navigator HD Dash Camera

Offering drivers a new level of protection, the full HD cameras are equipped with G-sensor accident detection, a vehicle safety system that detects sudden acceleration, collisions and safeguards from fraudulent insurance claims.

  • Vehicle safety system detects sudden acceleration and collisions, and protects you from fraudulent insurance claims
  • Record full HD 1080P video, photos & audio in real-time with the ability to see license plates
  • Know when & where events happen with detailed time & location data stamped on footage
  • Easily transfer footage to computer & recharge battery using mini-USB cable
  • See everything with wide angle 140 degree lens viewable on 2″ color LCD monitor
  • Never miss an incident as camera auto-records when engine is turned on or when motion is detected
  • Setup in minutes with easy suction mounting to windshield

Check back soon for our full review!

Price: $149.99

  Purchase from Swann

And that about wraps up our Grads and Dads Gift Guide for 2016 — hope you found something useful for your dad or the grad in your life!

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