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Tech Guide’s 2020 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas – Day 12: Computers

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We made it! It’s Day 12 of Tech Guide’s popular 2020 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas which is designed to help you find the perfect gift for your family and friends.

Today we’re looking at computers and accessories and other related products.

Here are Tech Guide’s 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas:

Day 1: Cameras

Day 2: Smartphones

Day 3: Wearables/smartwatches

Day 4: Headphones/speakers

DAY 5: Gaming

DAY 6: Tablets/e-readers

DAY 7: Drones/Gadgets

DAY 8: Smart/IoT devices

DAY 9: In-car gadgets

DAY 10: TVs/Blu-Ray/4K

DAY 11: Appliances

DAY 12: Computers

DAY 12: COMPUTERS

MACBOOK AIR with M1 – From $1,599

If we had to sum up our reviews of the new MacBook Air in one sentence we’d say – “better and faster with brilliant battery life”.

The extra speed is obvious even for simple things like waking from sleep, unlocking with your fingerprint and opening applications which now snap open in an instant.

But the real improvements can easily be seen when using more sophisticated applications like Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop and when playing graphics-heavy games.

Probably the most dramatic improvement you will see is the battery life.

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REVIEW OF THE M1 MACBOOK AIR


HUAWEI MATEBOOK 14 – $2,499

Huawei’s latest ultra-portable lightweight 14-inch notebooks have been designed with professionals in mind.

Artistic, innovative and intelligent, the new HUAWEI MateBooks combine the FullView display, high performance, extreme portability, great build quality and a stylish look to enable next-generation productivity.

The new all-rounder notebooks also rise to a whole new level, being fitted with a 10th Generation Intel Core processor, MX350 discrete graphics, 16 GB RAM, and adding supports for 2K HUAWEI FullView Display with Multi-touch and Huawei Share.

INTEL NUC PERFORMANCE MINI PC – From $1,079

The saying good things come in small packages is a perfect description of the Intel NUC Performance Mini PC – what it lacks in size it more than makes up in speed and performance.

Forget the big tower, the Intel NUC Performance Mini PC packs in a lot of features in its chassis which measures just 11.7cm wide, 11.3cm long and 5.1cm tall – the square footprint is smaller than a CD case.

NUC stands for Next Unit of Computing. Our review unit was powered by the Intel Core i7-10710U 6-core 1,10Ghz processor with 16GB RAM DDR4 SODIMM memory.

On the storage side there’s a 500GB 2.5-inch SATA SSD (solid state drive). And there’s still room for expansion for the RAM (up to 64GB) and the SSD.

READ TECH GUIDE’S REVIEW OF THE INTEL NUC

ESPRESSO DISPLAY – From $399

Thin and portable are not the most common words used to describe a monitor – but in the case of the Espresso Display – they are the only words to describe it.

The Espresso Display – which is an Australian creation – is a product that’s capable of completely changing your workflow and dramatically increasing your productivity on the move.

Available in 13.3 and 15.6-inch versions, the Espresso Display has a full high definition resolution (1920 x 1080) and is remarkably thin at just 5mm – that’s thinner than an iPad.

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REVIEW OF THE ESPRESSO DISPLAY

LOGITECH MX ANYWHERE 3 MOUSE – $129.95

Logitech has released the MX Anywhere 3 and MX Anywhere 3 for Mac – a compact and low-profile mouse for users who demand performance, portability and comfort wherever they need to work.

Tech Guide took a look at the MX Anywhere 3 for Mac which we have been using with our MacBook Pro.

The MX Anywhere 3 comes in pale grey, rose and graphite while the MX Anywhere 3 for Mac is only available in pale grey.

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REPORT ABOUT THE LOGITECH MX ANYWHERE 3 MOUSE

ASUS VIVOBOOK S533 – $1,149

Whether at work or play, ASUS VivoBook 15 is the compact laptop that immerses you in whatever you set out to do.

Its new frameless four-sided NanoEdge display boasts an ultraslim 5.7mm bezel, giving an amazing 88% screen-to-body ratio for supremely immersive visuals.

The new ErgoLift hinge design also tilts the keyboard up for more comfortable typing. VivoBook 15 is powered by up to the latest Intel Core™ i7 processor with discrete NVIDIA graphics and dual storage drives to help you get things done with the least amount of fuss.

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BELKIN GAN CHARGERS – From $64.95

Belkin has just released its new Boost Charge line-up of compact yet powerful chargers which utilise GaN (gallium nitrate) technology to power mobile devices and laptops quickly and efficiently.

This new technology delivers powerful charging at a high wattage through a much smaller form factor than regular chargers.

The Belkin Boost Charge GaN range includes 30W and 68W wall chargers.

Belkin is one of the first major brands to offer GaN products which produce less heat so components can be closer together.

This is why these chargers are noticeably smaller than regular silicon chargers.

READ TECH GUIDE’S REPORT ON THE BELKIN GAN CHARGERS

WD MYPASSPORT SSD (SOLID STATE DRIVE) – From $189

Western Digital Group has unveiled the new WD My Passport SSD – a compact and sleek solid state drive – which is available in capacities up to 2TB and with super-fast read and write speeds.

The WD My Passport has a sleek and compact metal design that is small enough fit in the palm of your hand or your pocket.

But while it’s small, the WD My Passport SSD can still handle daily use and your regular bumps and scrapes.

READ TECH GUIDE’S REPORT ON THE WD MYPASSPORT SSD

CYGNETT CHARGEUP EDGE+ 27K POWER BANK – $199

We’re working from home and staying connected virtually so the importance of keeping our devices charged anywhere is more important than ever.

The new Cygnett ChargeUp Edge+ 27K power bank can help you do just that.

Wall chargers are OK when you’re actually sitting next to a power point at home.

But what happens if you’re device or laptop is running low on charge and you have a Zoom call coming up and you need to sit in a room that has better light or a more attractive background?

Or if you’d prefer to work in the backyard? Or if you want to sit in the park?

The Cygnett ChargeUp Edge+ 27K power bank provides the solution.

READ TECH GUIDE’S REPORT ON THE CYGNETT CHARGEUP EDGE+ 27K POWER BANK

 

LOGITECH MX KEYS ($229.95) AND MX MASTER 3 MOUSE ($169.95)

Mac users rejoice! The high performance Logitech MX Keys and Logitech MX Master 3 mouse have been optimised for the Mac to empower creative users.

The Logitech MX Keys for Mac and Logitech MX Master 3 for Mac are the most popular Logitech performance products and are designed to increase productivity and improve your workflow.

READ TECH GUIDE’S REPORT ON THE MX KEYS AND MX MASTER 3 MOUSE

BELKIN THUNDERBOLT 3 DOCK PRO – $499.95

In the last few months many of us have updated our home office to work from home. An ideal companion to help you create a professional set-up is the new Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Dock Pro.

Whether you’re a professional or a home-office user, the Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Dicl Pro  has a range of features and ports to create a powerful workstation.

The dock can be used with Mac and Windows computers and has 4K Ultra High Definition support at up to 40Gbps transfer speeds and 85W of power to keep your laptop charged.

READ TECH GUIDE’S REPORT ON THE BELKIN THUNDERBOLT 3 DOCK PRO