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What to get dad this Father’s Day
- — 23 August, 2013 15:28
Stuck for what to get dad this Father’s Day? Here some products that we think any dad will love. We haven’t recommended any phones or laptops — your dad probably has these devices already — but if you’re after a new phone or laptop, then be sure to check out our Smartphone and Notebook sections.
Sennheiser Momentum on-ear headphones
Sennheiser has blended form with function very well in its Momentum headphones, which are not only stylish, they also produce clear and accurate sound quality. Indeed, what your dad will get with the Momentum headphones is a luxury audio product that delivers excellent results on all fronts: looks, build quality, comfort, and performance. Here’s our full review: Sennheiser Momentum on-ear headphones
Monster iSport Victory in-ear headphones
For active dads who like to listen to music while they jog, the Monster iSport Victory in-ear headphones are perfect. They produce great sound quality, they fit snuggly, and they won’t wriggle around at high speed. Our full review will tell you more: Monster iSport Victory in-ear headphones.
Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker
This is a tiny Bluetooth speaker that will amaze your dad. It produces excellent sound quality considering how small it is, and it’s very convenient to use around the house. You can read all about it in our full review: Bose SoundLink Mini.
Toshiba TY-SP1 Bluetooth speaker
Here’s a simple little gift that will be perfect if your dad wants to listen to music from his phone or laptop without plugging in headphones or bulky speakers. It’s a single Bluetooth speaker that puts out reasonable audio for its size, and, among other areas of the home, can be perfect for the shed or garage. Here’s our review: Toshiba TY-SP1 Bluetooth speaker.
Olympus PEN E-P5 interchangeable lens camera
The PEN E-P5 is a very well thought out camera as far as user-friendliness and features are concerned. The body has more metal in it than the previous version, making it feel more solid; there is more of a raised handgrip, which makes the camera feel a lot more comfortable while shooting, and there are additional controls that should make the shooting experience a pleasure, if not more convenient. It's a camera that we think has appeal for dads who want to start shooting with something better than a compact camera, but who don't want to get a large digital SLR, and we think dads who are serious photographers will love it, too.
The Fujifilm X-M1 features a design that borrows heavily from classic film camera bodies, and it has a light weight that allows it to be carried around almost anywhere (depending on the lens that's used). We think dad will love the way it looks and feels, in addition to how it performs.
Tech21 smartphone case
If your dad owns a Samsung Galaxy S4 or an iPhone 5, get him a case that you can be sure will protect his phone if he ever drops it. The material that the Tech21 case uses to protect a phone is called D3O. It’s what’s known as a non-Newtonian fluid with a free-flowing structure when no pressure is applied (it can easily be stretched and formed), but its molecules lock together when pressure is applied to them. It can, therefore, absorb and turn energy away after an impact. You can find out more (and see it in action) in our review: Tech21 smartphone case.
LifeProof Nuud iPad case
With this case surrounding his iPad, your dad will be able to do things with his tablet that he never thought were possible without damaging it. The LifeProof Nuud case is designed to be waterproof to a depth of 2m for up to 30min; it's also dustproof and snowproof and it can protect your device from drops up to 1.2m. It adds a little bit of weight and bulkiness to the iPad, which is to be expected, but if your dad wants to use it in risky situations, then that's a reasonable trade-off for its safety.
Asus Memo Pad
This 10.1in tablet has a Full HD screen that your dad will love. It’s not too expensive for what it is, and along with the Full HD screen, other notable features are 32GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot and a Micro HDMI port. Get more info here: Asus Memo Pad.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Android tablet
It may have a design that’s a little stale these days, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is still a very good Android tablet that most dads will love. It has an 8in screen, fast performance, and it even comes with a pen that can be used for handwriting and drawing. Read our review if you want to know more: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.
Metalbox MP10 Android tablet
This one’s a cheap Android tablet that can be purchased from MSY, and it’s decent for the dad who wants to just read some news sites and check up on email from the couch or the backyard. It’s by no means blazingly fast, but it’s well built and includes a few useful ports. Here’s our full review: Metalbox MP10.
Garmin Edge 810 bicycle GPS
Garmin's Edge 810 is a GPS device designed for cyclists. It's capable of recording a journey, and all the data associated with a journey, which can then be mapped and viewed in multiple ways. We think it's a must-have gadget for any dad who wants to keep a record of their rides, and also for any dad who wants some motivation to get fit. Here’s how it went when we took it for a ride: Garmin Edge 810 bicycle GPS.
TomTom GO 500
The TomTom GO 500 introduces a completely new user interface that strips away the traditional address entry search process, and has a capacitive touch screen that offers pinch-to-zoom functionality. It's one of the best GPS units we've ever used. Read the full review here: TomTom GO 500
The Navman MY450LMT GPS unit is the company's latest top-of-the-range portable GPS unit. It's the first to come standard with monthly map updates free of charge for the life of the device, but it's let down by slow software and its touch screen wasn’t always responsive in our tests. Check out the full review for all the details: Navman MY450LMT
Seagate Slim portable hard drive
No matter how fast your home network, Internet, or ‘the cloud’ gets, there’s always something to be said for the reliability, simplicity and ease of use of a portable external hard drive to store all your important data. Seagate’s Slim portable drive uses USB 3.0 and can manage some pretty fast transfer rates, despite running silently and being relatively cheap. Check out our full review for more info: Seagate Slim portable hard drive.
Samsung SSD 840 Pro solid state drive
Does your dad have a laptop that’s a little on the slow side? If so, he probably needs a solid state drive to speed things up. Now it’s true he probably won’t end up with the same capacity to store stuff, but the bright side is that his laptop will boot quicker, programs will launch much faster, and data transfers will take noticeably less time than before. Of course, he’ll have to back up his data and reinstall the system on the new SSD first, but tell him it will be worth it — or, you could do it for it him! Here’s our review of the Samsung SSD 840 Pro solid state drive, which is one of the fastest on the market.
WD My Book AV-TV hard drive
Most smart TVs in the Australian and New Zealand markets have the ability to take advantage of USB storage for time-shifting and recording. WD's My Book AV-TV is a hard drive that is specifically designed to be the storage space for these TVs, allowing them to be turned into personal video recorders (PVRs) quite easily. If your dad’s a TV junkie and he has a smart TV, then he’ll get lots of use out of this hard drive. Here’s what we wrote about it: WD My Book AV-TV hard drive.
Philips Hue light bulb
Philips’ Hue light bulbs are a glimpse into a future where even your house is ‘smart’. Entirely controlled over your smartphone or tablet’s Wi-Fi, they can be programmed to suit your daily habits. They’re not a perfect replacement for existing incandescent bulbs, and they’re definitely expensive, but the concept is laudable. More info: Philips Hue connected light bulb.
If you’re dad’s serious about audio and has been looking for a new amplifier, you should definitely consider getting him something from the Rotel’s stable of products. We recommend the Rotel RA-11, which is a 40W amplifier that processes sounds beautifully. It even comes with a Bluetooth dongle so your dad can play music directly off his phone. You can check out the Rotel RA-11 at Encel Stereo.
Polk Audio RTiA3 speakers
Need some speakers to go with that amp? Polk Audio has a fine selection of products, and if you want something that won’t take up too much space, yet will provide big sound, you should look into the RTiA3 bookshelf speakers. They are simply great all-round value. Not only do they look good (especially if you get the cherry version), they also sound crisp, and can put out a surprisingly powerful level of bass. Again, these Polk Audio speakers are available from Encel Stereo.
Universal Double Hammock
This one’s a bit out of left field, but if your dad’s ever wanted a hammock for the backyard then consider this Universal Double Hammock that can be purchased from Anaconda. It’s great because it’s a freestanding hammock; you won’t need a couple of strong trees to hook it up.
6-in-1 Stainless Steel Micro Tool
Is your dad a bit of a do-it-yourselfer who’s always dreamed of carrying a toolbox on his key ring? If so, this 9-in-1 Micro-Plus Key Ring Tool from 4Cabling might come in quite handy. It’s a tiny tool that can be used as a screwdriver, as a pair of pliers, and even as a wire stripper. Most importantly, it can function as a bottle opener. See more at 4Cabling’s Web site: Micro-Plus EX 9in1 Key Ring Tool.