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Tech Guide’s 2019 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas – Day 12: Computers

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It’s just a week until Christmas and also the last day of our 12 Days of Tech Guide’s Christmas Gift Ideas and we’re looking at one of the most popular tech categories – computers.

This is a huge category that includes laptops and loads of other accessories.

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

Day 1: Cameras (Dec 3)

Day 2: Smartphones (Dec 4)

Day 3: Wearables/smartwatches (Dec 5)

Day 4: Headphones/speakers/audio (Dec 6)

DAY 5: Gaming (Dec 9)

DAY 6: Tablets/e-readers (Dec 10)

DAY 7: Drones/Gadgets (Dec 11)

DAY 8: Smart/IoT devices (Dec 12)

DAY 9: In-car gadgets (Dec 13)

DAY 10: TVs/Blu-Ray/4K (Dec 16)

DAY 11: Appliances (Dec 17)

DAY 12: Computers (Dec 18)

DAY 12: COMPUTERS

LOGITECH MX KEYS ADVANCED WIRELESS KEYBOARD – $199

We spend a surprising amount of time on our keyboards so why not make sure that experience is a premium one. You can with the Logitech MX Keys Advanced Wireless Keyboard.

The MX Keys adds a touch of luxury to your desktop and is crafted for stability and precision just like its companion product – the MX Master 3 mouse.

The keyboard shares a similar design language to the MX Master 3 and offers the same design quality and attention to detail.

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REPORT ON THE LOGITECH MX KEYS

The Netgear AX8 RAX80

NETGEAR WI-FI 6 ROUTER – From $399.99

Netgear has released its latest range of next-generation Wi-Fi 6 routers which offer speeds four times faster than previous models and the capacity to support up to 12 uninterrupted streams at once.

There are three Wi-Fi 6 routers in the Netgear line-up – the Nighthawk AX4 4-Stream AX3000 Wi-Fi 6 Router ($399.99), the Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream AX6000 Wi-Fi 6 Router ($599.99) and the Nighthawk AX12 12-stream AX6000 Wi-Fi 6 Router ($799.99)

These are designed for the modern household which has an increasing number of connected devices and even greater demand on bandwidth when streaming video and audio and playing online games.

Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is the latest standard of wi-fi and offers four times better performance than the previous Wi-Fi 5 which was also known as 802.11ac.

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REPORT ON THE NETGEAR WI-FI 6 ROUTERS

APPLE 16-INCH MACBOOK PRO – from $3,799

The new Apple 16-inch MacBook Pro is a huge jump for an already powerful laptop. Not only do you get an extra inch of screen space but a tremendous boost in power and performance.

And this doesn’t just sit beside the 15-inch in the MacBook Pro range – it replaces it.

The additional inch of screen real estate means a lot for users who would be attracted to this product like photographers, graphic designers, film editors, music producers and other creatives who want to stay productive on the move.

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REVIEW OF THE 16-INCH MACBOOK PRO

BROTHER VC500W LABEL PRINTER – $329

Brother is already well-known for its label makers but it has taken that to the next level with the brand new VC-500W – a full-colour direct label printer that makes it easy to customise your labels and enhance your home projects.

The VC-500W can produce full colour glossy labels from 9mm up to 50mm wide using ZINK Zero-Ink printing which uses heat to activate colour crystals in the paper and create full-colour labels with no ink in sight.

Not only can it be used for labels you can also print out images as well.

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REVIEW OF THE BROTHER VC500W

NORTON 360 SECURITY SOFTWARE AND VPN

Today’s online threats have become quite complex and layered and are targeting our accounts, our privacy and our identify so we need cutting edge protection like the new Norton 360 Premium to keep us safe.

The all-in-one security software includes anti-malware, a firewall, a spam filter, phishing protection and cloud technology to safeguard our computers and mobile devices.

Norton 360 now includes Norton’s Secure VPN (virtual private network) for bank-grade encryption to provide secure wireless connection on public wi-fi.

The software is available in three tiers – Standard (one PC, Mac or mobile device), Deluxe (three and five devices) and Premium (one two, three, five and 10 devices).

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REPORT ON NORTON 360

VARIDESK PRO PLUS STANDING DESK – From $450

If you take a look at your typical day, you will realise we spend a lot of time sitting down. At work, in the car, on the bus, on the train, at home in front of the TV. But you can make a change with Varidesk.

Varidesk makes a number of products that turn any desk into a standing desk.

And Tech Guide took it for a test drive.

Before we talk about the Varidesk products, you should provide some information about how sedentary our lives can actually be.

Medical professionals agree spending extended periods sitting down is not good for your health.

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REVIEW OF THE VARIDESK PRO PLUS

D-Link DIR 1760

D-LINK EXO SMART MESH WI-FI ROUTER – From $229

D-Link has just released new EXO Smart Mesh Wi-Fi routers to offer expanded coverage as well as built-in internet security to protect all of your connected devices.

The DIR1760 (AC1750), DIR1960 (AC1900) and DIR3060 (AC3000) high performance routers are built to handle the wireless demands of the modern home including streaming and online gaming thanks to the powerful onboard 880Mhz dual core processors.

Also onboard is a five-year subscription to the McAfee Secure Home Platform which can block suspicious connections and malicious content.

The routers also come with two years’ McAfee LiveSafe protection – it’s an antivirus software which can be installed on an unlimited number of computers, tablets and smartphones to ward off security threats when you’re on the go.

READ TECH GUIDE REPORT ON THE D-LINK EXO SMART MESH WI-FI ROUTER

LOGITECH MX MASTER 3 MOUSE – $149.95

Logitech’s new MX Master 3 mouse lives up to its name and offers even more precision and controls that make it the ideal choice for high-end users like creatives, editors and coders.

The MX Master 3, which works across Mac, Windows and Linux systems, is a huge improvement over the previous model and is also slightly smaller and sleeker.

The scroll wheels and buttons have a solid and precise feel to them and you can feel that every time your fingers touch them.

There is a main scroll wheel (which scrolls up and down), left and right buttons, a central button on top while on the side are other left and button buttons and a scroll wheel (which can scroll left and right) and another gesture button below your thumb.

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

SEAGATE ONE TOUCH SOLID STATE DRIVES –  From $119

Seagate had made even more room for your memories with the release of is latest external drives – the stylish One Touch SSD and One Touch SSD Special Edition.

They are not only functional – they can store and back up your data – but they also look great too with either black or white woven fabric of the One Touch SSD or the camouflage patterns (red, green, blue and white) of the One Touch SSD Special Edition.

And they are the size of a credit card and faster than regular portable hard drives.

READ TECH GUIDE’S REPORT ON THE SEAGATE SOLID STATE DRIVE

ASUS DUAL SCREEN LAPTOP – From $4,499

The new ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo laptop features two displays – the 15.6 inch 4K OLED screen and a secondary 14 inch-LED display.

The 15.6-inch ZenBook Pro Duo is a true black certified OLED screen which has been Pantone validated for colour accuracy with up to 32 GB RAM and the Nvidia GeForce RTX. 2060 graphics engine under the hood.

MICROSOFT SURFACE LAPTOP 3 – From $1,399

The Surface Laptop 3 is now available in two sizes – 13.5 inches and 15 inches – and is powered by the new 10th Generation Intel Core processor.

It will come new colours including Sandstone and Cobalt and has a sleek machined aluminium all-metal finish.

It has both USB-A and USB-C ports and also supports fast charging so you can charge the battery to 80 per cent in just an hour.

Also on board are improved front facing cameras, OmniSonic speakers and dual far field studio mics for clear sound and audio when you’re on a call, listening to music or watching a movie.

BELKIN DURATEK CHARGING CABLES – From $39.95

The hardest working items in our tech lives are our charging cables and it’s important they are tough enough to handle our everyday needs like the new Belkin DuraTek Plus range.

The DuraTek Plus cables are Belkin’s strongest cable yet and is reinforced with aramid, a super strong material usually used to reinforce protective clothing and strengthen products like tennis racquets and surfboards.

Aramid is ideal for cables because it can strengthen and flex without stretching and protect the wires inside.

READ TECH GUIDE’S REPORT ON THE BELKIN DURATEK CHARGING CABLES