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A Brotha’s Under $200 Birthday Gadget Gift List

It’s Capricorn season! I no nothing about Capricorns besides the fact that my birthday falls under this particular zodiac sign. This also means my birthday money has come through and recently hit my bank account.

Mrs. Tech and I have long stopped trying to guess what each other wants as gifts and just decided to just give each other money so we can do what we want.

Normally, I know exactly what I want to do with my money before I even get it, but it’s been two weeks since my birthday and I’m stumped. There isn’t simply ONE must-have gift I want, so my first blog post of the year will be a listicle of all the tech gift ideas on my radar, but with one catch: We only get $200 for birthday money, so that’s my budget. Peep what gadgets and gizmos that are on my birthday gadget gift list.

Combo: Native Union DOCK or Apple Watch & iPhone – $120
Native Union Dock for Apple Watch via BrothaTechNative Union DOCK for iPhone via BrothaTech

I haven’t really invested in getting a nice dock for my iDevices because my current nightstand is pretty janky and I don’t want to mess up the flyness of the Native Union DOCK for Apple Watch & iPhone/iPad. The docks are sturdy, simple, and elegant and give off a “minimalist” look and feel – Definitely NOT the same swag as my nightstand. But when we do finally upgrade our bedroom furniture, these fly docks are definitely on my list of must-have gadget accessories.

Turtle Beach – Stealth 420X+ Wireless Gaming Headset – $129

Turtle Beach Stealth 420X+ Wireless Gaming Headset via BrothaTech
Over the past couple months, I’ve gotten back into gaming with the purchase of my Xbox One S. Although I did do a minor gaming headphones upgrade during purchase, I have quickly outgrown them, and now need to step up my game (pun intended). My current pair of wired gaming headphones are from Turtle Beach, so I want to keep it in the family in favor of the Stealth 420X+ Wireless Gaming Headset. What I like about these headphones is they are completely wireless – No more being tethered to my wireless controller. They also boast the ability to hear my voice inside of the headset (so I’m not screaming), and a 15-hour battery life between charges.

Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones – $150

Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones via BrothaTech
At the beginning of next year, my thirties will end. So in my mental mind and in my actions, this is the year I get back in shape. I have already invested in some new gym sneakers, and shelled out some dough for in-home fitness equipment. So I don’t disturb my family while I’m grinding it out in the basement, I’m looking at the Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones to get me through my workouts with some trap music motivational music. Other wireless earbuds I’ve owned frequently fall out of my ears during workouts, so in the addition to well-known Bose sound quality, I’m interested in the Stay Hear+ technology that keeps the earbuds in place.

Parrot Bebop Quadcopter Drone (Certified Refurbished) – $179

Parrot Bebop Quadcopter Drone via BrothaTech
2017 will a year of “No” for me…So that means I should be able to carve out some time to finally say “yes” to picking up drones as a hobby. The Parrot Bebop Drone was a hit a year or so ago as a durable entry-level quadcopter with a 14 megapixel full HD 1080p camera and iPhone/iPad controls. Now that there is a new Bebop Drone out, the original have been discontinued, which means I can grab the late-model version at a great deal.

Amazon Echo Dot – $50

Amazon Echo Dot via BrothaTech
I don’t have to sing the praises of Amazon Echo, as it’s the runaway hit gadget of 2016, and companies are now tripping over themselves to cook up challengers to the “do everything” home assistant. I currently have one Amazon Echo and one Echo Dot that I’m starting to integrate into my SmartCrib. I’m currently in the market for a couple extra Echo Dot’s so I can blanket my entire house in voice-controlled home control.

Sonos Play:1 Compact Wireless Speaker – $199

Sonos Play 1 Wireless Compact Speaker via BrothaTech
The Sonos wireless HiFi system isn’t cheap, but what makes its line of speakers so attractive is the great sound quality and overall ease of use, if you’re considering a whole house audio setup. I have two Play:3 speakers in the main areas of my house, and looking to add more. Specifically, a Sonos Play:1 Compact Speaker in my Master Bathroom so I can listen to my morning playlist while I get ready for my day.

Logitech Harmony Home Hub – $99

Logitech Harmony Home Hub via BrothaTech
Smart House (Home Automation) is the new black in the tech world, as many consumer products are making it easier for us to interact with our homes. Logitech Harmony is known for its line of universal remotes. Now the company is making it easier to not only control the TV, but also the lights, music, thermostat and home appliances from one “God” remote. The Logitech Harmony Home Hub is the quickest way to use a smartphone as a remote to control a variety of home entertainment devices and appliances via one interface. I already have one Logitech Hub in my Master Bedroom, so adding another to my family room would add home will also expand my control.

Samsung HW-K360 Wireless Audio Sound bar – $170

Samsung HW-K360 Wireless Audio Soundbar via BrothaTech
As techie as I am, I don’t have a home theater surround sound setup. I’m still using TV speakers when we watch TV. I fell out of love with the complicated setup of a full system, so I think it’s time to compromise and add a sound bar that gives me better sound quality without all the extra speakers (and wires). Since I have a Samsung TV, it makes sense to add the Samsung HW-K360 Wireless Audio Sound bar so I don’t have to crank up my default TV speakers when and actor is whispering during the integral part of the show.

Tangram Factory Smart Jump Rope – $79

Tangram Factory Smart Jump Rope via BrothaTech
One of my favorite health/fitness activities is jumping rope. Of course I was big mad when the Apple Watch Series 2 natively added every activity under the sun to the native Workout app except jumping rope. Well after a quick search, I found the Tangram Factory Smart Jump Rope that tracks jump count, calories burned, and provides interval training recommendations. To accomplish this, there is a mobile app that syncs with (you guessed it) my Apple Watch so my activities can be recorded in the native Activity app so I can see all my workouts in one interface.

IK Multimedia iKlip Grip Pro Multifunction Camera Stand – $60

IK Multimedia iKlip Grip Pro Camera stand via BrothaTech
If you don’t already know, we are expecting BrothaTech, Jr. to come into this world soon. That means I will be taking tons of pictures and videos to celebrate the addition to our family. I upgraded to the iPhone 7 Plus because of the better camera, so now I’m ready to upgrade my smartphone camera accessories too so these baby pictures can be “lit” (I feel old saying lit). The IK Multimedia iKlip Grip Pro Camera stand is a proverbial swiss-army knife that offers a selfie stick and tripod for both tabletop and floor setup. It also comes with a little remote so we can ALL be included in the oncoming onslaught of baby (plus family) pictures.

Do me a favor and look over my list and let me know what you think I should get myself, from my wife, for my birthday. Is there anything on this list you may want to add to your birthday gadget gift list? Drop a line in the comments section.

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Terrance Gaines
terrance@brothatech.com

Terrance Gaines is an Apple Certified Support Professional living in Atlanta. When he is not spending time with his lovely wife and two smart, sweet, and sassy daughters, he's providing individuals and small biz owners with exceptional, comprehensive, and affordable technology support that will enable people to do great things. For more information, visit terrancegaines.com