With tech deals in abundance, consumers are taking advantage of some amazing online discounts. For the tech enthusiast who already has everything, and for those looking to upgrade their outdated tech, here are 5 tech gadgets to buy in 2017.
1. Mirrorless Digital Cameras
Digital cameras are nothing new. Mobile technology has made it possible for nearly everyone to participate in the act of photography-on-the-go — with mixed results. While modern mobile cameras can take high-quality pictures and video, they pale in comparison to the high-end professional cameras.
Most professional photographers use cameras that utilize a mirrorless format which, up until now, wasn’t available with the streamlined, consumer-oriented cameras we’ve come to know and love. But all of that is changing with the introduction of the mirrorless design. Although their price tag does lean toward the higher end of the spectrum, the budding photographer in your life will appreciate the thought of a mirrorless digital camera this holiday season.
2. 360-Degree Video Cameras
Just as digital cameras are getting an upgrade for 2017, so are consumer video cameras. One of the latest breakthroughs involves 360-degree video cameras. What once required extensive, expensive hardware rigs and multiple, professional video cameras can now be accomplished with a handheld gadget that costs a few hundred bucks — and plenty of consumers are taking the plunge.
It’s not difficult to find 360-degree videos on social media. Some of your friends might have posted their videos from their latest vacation. Professionals have plenty of uses for 360-degree video, too. Realtors are already providing virtual tours and holding open houses via streaming video. Manufacturers use the technology to collaborate in the design process. Even sporting events are getting in on the 360-degree video action.
3. Retro Gaming Consoles
Retro games are making a huge comeback in 2017 and 2018. With so many options to choose from in the way of modern video gaming, some die-hard enthusiasts are longing for the good old days — and manufacturers are obliging them.
What started as a one-off product has turned into dozens of retro gaming consoles featuring various games, controllers, and perks. Who knew there was so much consumer interest in games from 20 years ago?
4. Wireless Speakers
If nothing else, the 21st century has connected consumers with more music than ever before. Between high-quality digital formats, mobile players and streaming audio, there are plenty of options to choose from — so it makes sense that consumers want to bring that music with them everywhere they go.
Modern wireless speakers offer that luxury and so much more. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth units let you access your music collection or your favorite streaming sites from nearly anywhere in the world, while the waterproof design of many speakers makes them great for lounging poolside or listening to your favorite tunes while you’re in the tub.
Current models also feature compatibility with the voice-activated smart home systems of today, which provide even more functionality and accessibility.
5. 4K Televisions
If you’re shopping for the big ticket item for a loved one this holiday season, look no further than the 4K television. Providing a clearer picture, improved sound and more viewing angles than ever before, it’s the perfect gift for anyone who spends a lot of time watching television or playing video games. Since it’s available in various sizes, it’s easy to find one that fits your budget and your needs.
Electronics manufacturers are embracing the 4K format, too. Plenty of DVD and Blu-Ray players are compatible with the new format, and even the top video game companies have updated their consoles to support 4K and all it has to offer.
With so many new gadgets and updates to existing products on the market, it’s sometimes difficult to find that item. Do your research and take a creative approach to the process — as you can see, there are plenty of options to consider. As we head into 2018, expect manufacturers to pump out new and exciting tech gadgets. Naturally, retailers want to clear out their old inventory to make way for the new stuff by offering deals and discounts. Now is the time to take advantage and save money on some of the best tech items of the year.