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SoyaCincau’s Ultimate Gadget Gift Guide 2015

Under RM 1,000

Western Digital My Cloud 2TB / 3TB / 4TB – RM 600 / RM 680 / RM 780

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Cloud storage, an option that most of us prefer to have. Be it Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, or iCloud. Whatever your poison, Western Digital has their own spin on storing your files in the cloud.

Link up the My Cloud White at any location and make sure it has a working connection to beam all your files onto a secure WD server, login anywhere in the world to gain access. What about losing files that you forgot to backup? There’s a flexible automatic backup option built in, that’s compatible with any Windows or Mac computer.

For more info, head on over here.

Where to buy?
Lowyat Forum. Alternatively, check out your neighbourhood IT malls for the most competitive pricings.

 

Jabra Sports Coach – RM 649

Since the end of the year brings about a sudden rush of fitness fanatics ready to take on their resolutions, what’s more fitting than a pair of bluetooth earphones that will coach you to get in shape? Meet the Jabra Sports Coach, a sweat proof wireless headset that’ll come with intelligent audio coaching – mainly for cross training exercises.

Pair up your smartphone through NFC or Bluetooth and track all those useful stats that you’ll need with the inbuilt Trackfit motion sensor. The device is readily available in Blue, Red or Yellow. Read about it here.

Where to buy?
ALL IT, Harvey Norman, Machines and Viewnet Computer Systems.

 

FitBit Charge HR – RM 690

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The Charge HR gets you everything the Flex does and more. It adds a display large enough to tell the time, has auto sleep detection and tells you the number of floors  you’ve climbed through its altimeter sensors. Best of all, it has an optical heart rate sensor, allowing you to track performance while exercising. It’s also sweat-proof and water resistant (some reviewers have used it while taking a shower but we don’t recommend doing this)

You’ll be able to choose 3 colour options, the normal black, blue and tangerine if you want to add some spice in your wardrobe.

Where to buy?
Harvey Norman Malaysia

Alternatively, if you want something a little higher up that has GPS tracking, look at the Fitbit Surge (RM 1,080), their flagship wearable tracker.

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 AP SET – 16GB (RM 699) / 32GB (RM 899)

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Metal maketh man, okay, we butchered that movie quote but here is Xiaomi’s first smartphone and it has all the bells and whistles that you need. It packs a Helio X10 processor, a huge 4,000 mAh battery, a rounded rear fingerprint sensor, dual-SIM 4G LTE and 802.11ac WiFi, among other great internal specifications.

Where to buy?
DirectD

 

Apple TV – 16GB (RM 729) / 32GB (RM 949)

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More power, better multi-tasking, a revamped operating system and better specs. Apple’s new set top box could be the perfect living room companion. Play your games and watch all your content, while controls are handled by the new Siri remote (Malaysians won’t be able to use it though).

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Where to buy?
Apple Malaysia

 

ASUS VivoWatch – RM 799

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A non-Android Wear wearable that uses e-ink? If that didn’t rub you or whoever you’re gifting the wrong way, this the waterproof (IP 67) VivoWatch from ASUS might tickle you in all the right spots.

It’ll be quite similar to other available wearables in the market – Fitbit and Pebble to name a couple. Mainly because it uses a non-colour display, but usage of that particular technology allows it to last up to 10 days without a charge, bettering Apple and Samsung smartwatches by a long shot.

As mentioned earlier, it isn’t an Android Wear device, but it still plays nice with Android smartphones, as well as iOS devices.

Where to buy?
ALL IT Hypermarket

 

Mi Air Purifier – RM 799 (first generation – bigger but more powerful) / RM 599 (second generation – compact and more efficient)

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You can never be too cautious of air quality in Malaysia, especially when the impending haze will hit us sometime next year, again. Place one of these bad boys inside your house and you’ll have less to worry about, at least when concerning the health of your loved ones.

Best of all, everything is smart, meaning that you’ll interact with the Air Purifier(s) through dedicated app. It’s also smart enough to realise when you’re near home, switching it on before you reach your door, keeping the air in your home less polluted.

Where to buy?
Mi Air Purifier via DirectD

Mi Air Purifier 2 via DirectD

 

Star Wars BB-8 Droid by Spero – RM 849

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The Force is growing and with the latest Star Wars movie hitting the big screens around the world, what would be more fitting than a BB-8 Droid to provide company while you’re away from a loved one. They won’t be fighting the Imperial Army or the Sith Order but this cute miniature droid is more than just something you’ll throw at your cat.

Being a droid, you can control it remotely or let it do its own thing in autonomous mode – after it has fully scanned your home. The BB-8 will even respond to commands and listen to every Jedi order you have for it, yes, through voice recognition. Learning as it goes, the Droid has an adaptive personality, while not rivalling those in the Star Wars series, still is pretty cool.

Where to buy?
Machines Malaysia

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