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SoyaCincau’s Ultimate Gadget Gift Guide 2015

Under RM 500

Xiaomi Redmi 2 – RM 399

At this price, nothing comes close to what this Xiaomi smartphone provides. A 4.7-inch HD (1280 x 720) display, a Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage. While its shutters are an 8-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front, just enough for some spur of the moment photography.

Paying RM 399, you’re also getting Dual-SIM 4G LTE and a 2200 mAh battery. Given a choice between a feature phone and this, we’d rather save up a bit and get this instead. It’s also available in two colours: white and dark grey.

You can find more info about the Redmi 2 here but keep in mind you’re getting the basic version, if you’ve got a little more to spend, consider getting the Enhanced version at RM 529.

Where to buy?
Xiaomi Malaysia

 

Logitech Z506 Surround Sound Speakers – MSRP RM 449

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A 6-piece set up that features analog surround sound, the Z506 speakers from Logitech are one of the most affordable options out there. Be warned, if you’re not good at cable management this 6-piece wonder is gonna be really bothersome, with cables running from each individual module into the subwoofer base.

This will definitely be a permanent edition to your desktop desk and while so many cables might scare you, everything is colour coded to ensure a worry and stress free time when setting up. There’s no controller so make sure you have the two front speakers and subwoofer easily reachable to change any controls. Also, make sure your sound card is capable of supporting this system that gets a thumbs up by most tech sites and amazon reviews.

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Where to buy?
Logitech Malaysia

 

Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity Wristband – RM 450

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What sets Fitbit apart from the Mi Band recommended in the lower budget level is the app UI, functionality and styling options. As it is, the Flex will get you a step, calorie and distance counter, sleep tracking, silent (vibration) wake alarm and minutes spent active.

Once fully charged, it’ll get you 5-days of battery life, and with each passing day, the closer you get to your goal, the more LED lights will be lit on the device itself. Available in 5 colour options (black, slate, red, navy and lime green), you shouldn’t have a problem choosing which suits you. For an extra RM 165, you’ll get a 3-pack of hot-swappable wristbands too.

Where to buy?
Harvey Norman Malaysia

 

Audio Technica M40x Headphones – RM 489.72

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Look for headphones under US$ 100 and you’ll likely come across this pair. The Audio Technica name comes with a lot of recognition and these live up to the hype. They won’t double as monitoring headphones but they come really close.

Out of the box the M40x’s come with a really cool leather-like carrying pouch and two detachable cables – one coiled and one straight. A short step down from the M50x’s if you have enough cash make sure you look into those as well.

Where to buy?
Jaben Malaysia

 

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones

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Germany has knack for producing some great quality headphones, with Beyer, Koss and Sennheiser just some of the few most well recognised brands out there. Critics favour these pair of over-ear headphones but tend to recommend them more for studio use rather than everyday listening though maybe you could make an exception?

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They refer to it as a comfy, powerful and an accurate pair of audio equipment but it still lacks a key thing to have – detachable cables.

Where to buy?
Ipmart

 

Corsair Strafe Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – RM 499

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104 fully mechanical keys will make its way on this wonderful keyboard. Corsair has existed since 1994 and you’ll be sure to get a great product. What warrants that exorbitant pricing? Well there’s some sort of satisfaction while typing a mechanical keyboard, the tactility and feedback you get when pressing down on these keys are something that’s only worth explaining through experience.

At half a 1000 Ringgit, you’ll be paying for either Cherry MX Reds or Browns, you can check out videos on key-switch comparisons here.

Where to buy?
Heavy Arm U-Garage Store, SS15, Subang Jaya

 

UE BOOM – RM 499 (if you purchase two)

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This Bluetooth speaker packs a punch and comes highly recommended by tech sites around the world. You can find our review of them here. Sizing in slightly longer than a can of Coke, you’ll be able to port around this super loud speaker easily in your bag or hang it by its included D-ring.

Logitech, the parent company of Ultimate Ears are currently running a special end of the year sale on the UE BOOMs. Basically if you were to purchase it before, it would’ve ran you back RM 799 but now if you purchase two, it’ll only be RM 499 each. At the same time, they’ve also discounted the price for a single unit, now only RM 599.

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Where to buy?
Our UE sale post

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