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33 Gadgets No Geek Should Have To Live Without In 2016

By niallharbison

December 20, 2016 at 12:18am


Technology seems to be moving faster than ever in the last few years, with a mixture of smartphones, faster connections, and smaller chips fuelling innovation. 

With so many gadgets out there vying for your attention, we thought we'd put together a list of the 33 that no self-respecting geek should have to live without. 

Affording all of these in one go is the tricky part...

1. Amazon Echo 

Basically like a personal assistant in the house, the device responds to voice commands so you can literally tell it to play music and movies. 

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2. Philips Power Potion 

There are plenty of battery boosters on the market, but this one from Philips is small and well-designed with a 3,000 mAh battery inside which will fully power up an iPhone 6S or whatever other device it is you're using. 

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3. Sony PS-HX500 Turntable

Turntables are back in fashion with the resurgence of vinyl. This is one of the best, with a slick design and some digital elements too.

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4. Fuji Film X70

You need a big reason to get a camera as well as a smartphone these days, and this is it. Small enough to fit in your pocket, but still 16m and built in wi-fi. 

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5. Master And Dynamic MW60

Wireless and over ear headphones boasting a stunningly elegant design. Top quality sound too, which is why this is one of the fastest growing brands around in a crowded marketplace.

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6. Mercedes-AMG G63

Every self-proclaimed geek is going to want a car that not only looks good on the outside, but which is also tricked out on the inside. This isn't cheap, but it's a multimedia heaven which can be tailored to your every need.

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7. Nebia

This is a shower that's been designed by actual rocket scientists. Because it's based on the same software as rockets, they can deliver 10 times more water than normal in terms of surface area.

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8. Everblock 

Put very simply, these are giant LEGO blocks for adults. They can be built into anything from bars to spare rooms or divisions. 

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9. Egg 51 

A simple little holder for your boiled egg in the mornings. The fact that it turns a simple breakfast into a spacecraft is good enough for us.

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10. Nexus 6P

Android is the most popular phone software on the market and the Nexus always provides the best experience. A stunning phone that will pretty much run your life for you.


11. Withings Thermo 

The simple thermometer is a thing of the past with the arrival of this bad boy. With 4,000 sensors it gives you an incredibly accurate temperature reading in less than 2 seconds and connects with its own app.

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12. Tag Heuer Smart Watch

The category hasn't fully taken off yet, but this watch is a beauty that marries all the traditional design as well as tech powered by Google and Intel.


13. Parrot Drone 

Drones are starting to come in all shapes and sizes, but this is by far the best value for money in terms of the high end features that you can get.

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14. Boosted Boards 

While previous generations were happy with a simple skateboard, the age of the electronic assisted boards are here and the guys in Boosted have a great product with slick design.

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15. Oculus Rift 

The wave of virtual reality is fast approaching with many thinking it will be the next big platform. You'll struggle to get your hands on one of these, but many are betting Facebook-owned Oculus will be the major player.

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16. Bragi 

An incredible product that's so much more than just wireless headphones. It lets you store up to 1,000 songs, connects with your phone so you can answer calls, and they look stylish as well.

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17. Ricoh Theta 

A new device that's fully focused on capturing 360 degree photos and videos. This will change the way in which you view the world.

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18. Up Desk 

A wonderfully designed desk that can be tailored to your every need. It's super expensive, but the logic is that if you spend a lot of time at a desk you might as well have the very best.

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19. Zeiss ExoLens

iPhones always have a great camera, but to push things to the next level, this lens has it all. Three different lenses to choose from.

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20. On Hub 

The way we use wi-fi has changed since the original routers were built and this one 'speaks human' as Google the makers say. It increases speeds and it's generally a pleasure to use.

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21. AMA Reddit Book

Not a gadget, but with all that connected time we thought we'd throw in a geeky offline activity to balance it all out. Reddit is one of the most useful resources in the world and their AMA series of interviews with everybody from Obama to Sports stars are a must read. Reproduced in this gorgeous little hard back book including illustrations.

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22. Shun Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife

The Japanese create some of the best chefs knives in the world and this is a must have in any kitchen. Perfect size for a whole bunch of tasks. 

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23. Diet Sensor SCiO Scanner 

Amazingly compact little tool that will allow you scan and log the types of food you're eating. Great for nutritional info, but even more important for those with food allergies.

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24. Movi 

Live streaming is where events are headed these days and this little camera ticks all the boxes. 4k video, live editing within the app for up to 9 cameras, and even the ability to track people's faces.

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25. Samsung Series 9 Laptop

It looks like an Apple computer, but comes at a fraction of the cost and with tonnes of power. Ultra thin and comes with a 12-hour battery life.

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26. iPad Pro

Tablets are not suited to everybody, but if you do use them for work or creative pursuits then you can't look past this incredible device.

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27. Jawbone Up 4

Easily the best and most practical fitness tracker on the market. Tracks heart beat, diet and all sorts of other stats, as well as allowing you to tap to pay with American Express.

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28. Hard Graft Cases

With all these beautiful and expensive gadgets, you'll want to carry them with care and add some additional style. The Hard Graft cases are as beautiful as you'll find with wonderful finishes.

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29. Quip Toothbrush

An electrical toothbrush that not only will keep your teeth in pristine condition, but which will also look good anywhere you leave it (unlike most toothbrushes).

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30. August Home Locks 

A new way of keeping the house or a building secure. All hooked up via an app, which means you can lock or unlock doors remotely as well as providing virtual keys for additional users.

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31. BB-8 Remote Control Robot 

Star Wars hype doesn't show any sign of slowing down anytime soon. Grab this robot and race it around the house, like the big kid that you are.

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32. Ducati Scrambler 

A serious motorcycle that's suited to all the elements. You'll want to get one fast though, as it's limited to 1,077 individually numbered units.

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33. Helios Revolights

Stay safe on the road while looking way more stylish than normal. These new lights were developed using LED and are connected via bluetooth. 

They might also save your life so, y'know, bonus.

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