2018 Electronics Gift Guide

Tech

If you’re looking for electronic gifts this holiday here are a few selections to get you started!

There are so many gadgets and electronics on the market these days we could have easily made dozens of gift guides. Seeing as we’re short on time and you probably don’t want to go through a few dozen guides. We created the 2018 Techaeris Electronics Gift Guide that should hopefully give you some insight into some of the best electronic/gadget gifts for that special someone! In case you missed them, be sure to check out the rest of our 2018 gift guides as well! 

Drones

AUTEL EVO

This is a review I am still working on and hope to complete soon but I thought I would add it to our gift guide because it’s that good. I was only able to get about a half-dozen flights in on the AUTEL EVO before I ran out of time and was grounded. But through those six flights, it was very clear to me that the AUTEL EVO is an absolute joy to use. Check out some of the test footage I got below.

This is a drone made for new drone pilots such as myself. It’s dead simple to operate and the control is a joy to use. This was my first drone review and spoiler alert, this is really an amazing drone that is going to give you a great experience for slightly less money than DJI.

You can snag the AUTEL EVO on Amazon for $995USD right now.

  Purchase from Amazon

DJI Mavic Pro 2

While the AUTEL EVO is our pick as top noob drone you may not be a noob and want something a bit different. DJI has you covered with the excellent DJI Mavic Pro 2. DJI is a mainstay in the drone business and one of the go to brands in the industry. Their latest Mavic Pro 2 comes equipped with a large 1″ CMOS sensor from Hasselblad.

The Mavic Pro 2 has a 31-minute flight time and a top speed of 44 mph. Functions include ActiveTrack 2.0, Omnidirectional Obstacle Sensing, Hyperlapse, Low-Noise Design, Adjustable Aperture, and HDR Photos. There’s a lot you can do with this drone but it is a bit pricey at $1439USD. DJI is having a sale right now on select items but we’re not sure the Mavic Pro 2 is included. The Mavic Pro 2 is priced at $1499USD on DJI and $1439USD on Amazon.

  Purchase from Amazon

Musician’s Tech

Roadie 2 Guitar Tuner

If you’re like me, you probably don’t have perfect pitch hearing. Sure, we’re good enough to play and sing the tunes we do but getting a guitar in tune perfectly isn’t one of our talents. That’s where the Roadie 2 guitar tuner comes in. While there are a ton of tuners on the market, the Roadie 2 offers better precision. Don’t get me wrong, my old Boss TU-3 still does a great job and the tuner in my VOX pedal board is decent. But sometimes you need something on the go and this little gadget is great for moving musicians.

The Roadie 2 is an amazing little gadget that is going to be a musician’s best friend. If you happen to have perfect pitch and can tune your stringed instrument by ear then you’re better than most. For those who can’t this thing is a godsend. Be sure to read our review on Techaeris. The MSRP on the Roadie 2 is $129USD but you can get on Amazon now for $97USD.

Roadie Bass Tuner

A few weeks ago I received a Roadie Bass tuner for a review. I was told nothing about it except that it was a bass tuner. Great, I know how tuners work, looking forward to trying it out. I pulled it out of the box and to my surprise, this tuner was more than a bit different from any tuner I’ve ever seen.

The Roadie Bass does a great job of tuning stringed instruments. It has flexibility, speed, and precision. I’m sure there will be some out there who think this is the greatest thing in the history of tuning, and I’m also sure some of you will think it’s just another gadget to haul around while performing. What I liked best about the Roadie Bass was that it made for fast tuning while practicing and the fact that there are so many tuning options available. Be sure to read our full review on Techaeris. The MSRP of the Roadie Bass is $149USD but you can get it on Amazon now for $114USD.

  Purchase from Amazon

Fret Zealot

If you know someone that is longing to learn how to play guitar then the Fret Zealot might be the perfect gift! This LED strip is connected to an app that helps users learn everything from chords, scales, and whole songs! Here are a few key features of the Fret Zealot:

  • The easiest method for learning to play guitar at ALL LEVELS
  • Display Notes, Chords, Songs, Scales, Effects right on the fretboard of YOUR guitar
  • Watch VIDEO LESSONS in the app and have them display live on your guitar
  • FREE Android and iOS apps and compatibility with Uberchord and Guitar 3D apps
  • Fits all FULL-SIZE standard (not classical w/ wide necks) acoustic and electric guitars with scale lengths 25.5″ and up

The Fret Zealot can be picked up at Amazon for $199USD.

  Purchase from Amazon

The ONE Smart Keyboard

Learning to play piano isn’t easy and you don’t always have time to go to a teacher. For those who lack the time and need something quick and easy there’s The ONE Smart Keyboard.

  • 88 premium full-sized hammer-action keys with adjustable touch response keys on the 88-key digital music keyboard that show you which notes to play
  • With powerful built-in speakers and a 128-note maximum note polyphony, the smart 88-key digital piano keyboard delivers ultra-realistic sound with an authentic playing experience.
  • Follow the light-up 88 keys, a beginner musician can start to play music in minutes. Learn from various modes, including light-up sheet music, integrated video lessons, piano games, and Crash course.
  • Connect the 88-key home digital piano and the FREE APP, the APP entire learning system just like a human teacher to teach you how to play piano, from beginner to professional.
  • This 88-key smart digital piano keyboard also connects to your computer via USB-MIDI output for use with educational software or virtual instrument plugins. Record mode enables you to record and then listen back to your performance
  • Record mode enables you to record and then listen back to your performance

You can pick up The ONE on Amazon for $773USD right now.

  Purchase from Amazon

Home Networking

Mercku Wi-Fi Mesh System

According to Mercku, the M2 performs nearly twice as fast as the industry average and can support up to 60 devices, perfect for any home that might be adding multiple connected devices this holiday season. It features sleek hardware that won’t be an eyesore on your coffee table, in your office, or anywhere else. Founded and designed by one of the original lead engineers at Blackberry, the M2 system uses patented technology to reduce wireless system noise, improving overall performance.

This Mesh System was crowdfunded and is now available on Amazon. The MSRP is $299USD but it’s currently on sale on Amazon for $222USD. For those looking for an easy setup and good network coverage at home. This system may be your answer.

  Purchase from Amazon

D-Link PowerLine AV2 2000

Does your Wi-Fi just not reach as far as you want? Do you have a desktop or device that doesn’t have a network card? Then the D-Link PowerLine AV2 2000 Gigabit passthrough starter kit might be for you. The D-Link PowerLine AV2 is a powerline adapter kit that turns your home’s wiring into a network path. This is an affordable way to get your network in places you need it.

Worth it, if you have the right infrastructure, and everything works just right. If anything, you could buy and return them if they don’t meet your expectations. They’re not that expensive and are cheaper than running cables through walls, plus they’re easy to set up and test quickly. You’ll know right away if they’re not going to work for you. Be sure to read our full review! These aren’t on any big sale but at $99USD on Amazon, they’re well worth it if you need them.

  Purchase from Amazon

GRYPHON Router

The GRYPHON home router is another review we need to finish up but it’s sure to be a great gift for those looking for granular parental controls of their network. With the GRYPHON you can manage and protect your kids online activities with GRYPHON’s smartphone app. The app includes content filtering, view browsing history, set bedtimes, set homework times, limit screen time, enforce safe search, safe YouTube, and even pause the internet.

The GRYPHON is a mesh network system so you can expand it’s range and capability. Stream content, play games online, download files, browse the web, all simultaneously with 6 high powered antennas, 4×4 MU-MIMO, Antenna Beamforming, 3Gbps fast throughput, Tri-Band Radio, 802.11bgn & AC3000, 2.4GHz & 5GHz. You will need another unit to take advantage of mesh.

You can pick the GRYPHON up on Amazon now for $199.99USD which is $50 off the MSRP!

  Purchase from Amazon

Home Convenience Technology

EGO POWER+ Snow Blower

Last year I picked up the EGO POWER+ lawnmower and decided to review it on the site. I was more than thoroughly impressed with the mower’s performance considering it was electric. Having only ever owned these types of devices in gas/oil form, I was very skeptical of their performance.

The EGO POWER+ mower impressed me so much I was keen on trying the snow blower. I contacted EGO and they had already caught wind of my mower review and were happy to send me their snow blower for review.

If you’re looking to ditch gas power in favor of electric, EGO is the way to go. Both their mower and this snow blower are high-quality and they perform just as well if not better than their gas counterparts. I have no issue recommending EGO products at this point, they are phenomenal and I’m looking forward to replacing more of my gas powered yard tools with EGO products.

You can pick up the EGO POWER+ Snow Blower from Amazon starting at $505USD depending on configuration and vendor. Be sure to read our full review here.

  Purchase from Amazon

KIWI P1

A while ago, we took a look at the KIWI P1 Indiegogo campaign. Promising to be “a highly accurate, fast and easy-to-use laser measurement tool,” the company sent us one for review. Our KIWI P1 review takes a look at this compact laser distance meter and puts it through its paces to see how it performs both in and outdoors.

The KIWI P1 laser distance meter is a well constructed, sturdy, handy, compact, and — most importantly — accurate laser distance meter capable of measuring distances and heights of up to 130′.

You can pick up the KIWI P1 on Amazon for $39USD. Be sure to read our full review here.

  Purchase from Amazon

Samsung POWERbot R7070

There’s nothing worse than vacuuming, at least I think so. So why not have a robot do it for you? We’ve reviewed other robot vacs in the past but this Samsung POWERbot caught our attention too.

An onboard camera and multiple sensors create the ideal cleaning path for multi-room cleaning while avoiding obstacles along the way. The coverage map shows you where POWERbot has cleaned. Wi-Fi Connectivity allows you to remotely control your robot vacuum on your smartphone* or through voice-enabled devices such as Bixby, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. The POWERbot automatically detangles and removes pet hair that collects around the brush.

The Samsung POWERbot R7070 has an MSRP of $699USD and you can snag it on Samsung’s website for $499USD. But for an even deeper discount! Head over to Amazon and scoop it up (as of this posting) for $348.99USD!!

  Purchase from Amazon

BedJet V2

Yet another review coming soon! But we’re confident enough in this product to recommend it for a major gift idea. The BedJet could be the perfect gift for both of you! With its dual zone comforter, you can keep one person really warm while the other stays cool, or vice versa.

The unit is large but should fit under most beds. If you don’t have a lot of space under the bed you may need to purchase the separate bedside stand. This is a really great product when you have two people fighting over how hot or cold the room and blankets are. The BedJet V2 works great in keeping my side warmer than my wife’s side and it keeps us from throttling each other. If you buy two units you can warm or cool both sides at once. You can pick up the BedJet V2 at BedJet for a sale price of $299.99USD.

  Purchase from BedJet

Safety & Security

Tapplock one

It seems everything is getting the “smart” treatment these days and locks are no different. Our Tapplock one review takes a look at a smart padlock which features three different “smart” ways to open it: fingerprint, Bluetooth, or Morse Code.

While the Tapplock one had a few issues at launch, those issues have been resolved and, to the best of our testing, seems to be a solid and reasonably secure smart lock. The convenience of not having to keep track of a key and easily add multiple fingerprints or app access to multiple users is definitely worth giving this lock a look.

You can pick up your Tapplock on their website for $99USD. Be sure to read our full review here.

  Purchase from Amazon

Blinkers

As any cyclist knows, riding your bike around town or on the highway can be a dangerous proposition. After a successful Indiegogo campaign, a new set of bike lights complete with turn signals and braking indicators are now available.

If you’re an avid cyclist and are looking for a pair of lights for added safety, Blinkers are definitely something you should consider. You can pick them up on the Blinkers website for $90USD. Be sure to read our full review here.

  Purchase from Amazon

There you have it! Our 2018 Electronics Gift Guide! Be sure to check out the rest of our 2018 gift guides as well! Have an amazing holiday season and Merry Christmas!

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