2020 is a year most of us will not forget with the global Coronavirus outbreak that has made most of us working from home or having to stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus. However, with Easter Sunday coming up later this week here are some gift ideas to try and make this special day a little bit more normal.
Audio Products – Headphones/Earbuds
With most of us listing to music while doing our 1 hour of exercise or having some headphones to cut the noise of your kids running around the house causing noise here are some options:
Clever Flow II Headphones – £229Block out the noise of working from home with the FLOW II headphones from Cleer. Eliminating nearly 99.5% of exterior sound with its class-leading hybrid noise-cancelling, the Cleer FLOW II wireless headphones offer 20 hours of battery life. The new model now has Google Assistant support and ‘Conversation Mode’ which will temporarily turn off the noise-cancelling and reduce media volume so you can hear the world around you just by pressing your hand to the left earcup. Available in sleek chromatic black or grey.
Cleer FLOW II – £229 cleeraudio.com
House of Marley Positive Vibration XL Headphones – Currently £79.99
These headphones feature 50mm High Definition drivers, 24-hour battery life, and quick charge technology. Positive Vibration XL also features premium memory foam construction for optimal comfort, foldable design for safekeeping and an on-board microphone with remote functionality. Available in 3 colours – Black, Blue & Cooper
House of Marley Positive Vibration XL Wireless Headphones – RRP £99.99, PROMO £79.99
Run, dance and sing along to your favourite tunes with complete freedom using the Skullcandy Sesh TW Wireless Bluetooth Earphones. The True Wireless design means no more tangled cables or odd controls, so you can move around to your music with no worries. Sweat, water and dust resistant, the earphones can easily keep up with your daily routine to provide the soundtrack to your adventures. With their noise isolating fit, the Sesh TW help to keep your attention where it should be – on the music. Everything can be controlled from the single button control on the earbud. Take calls, skip tracks and adjust the volume with ease. They’re even compatible with Google Assistant, so you can stay in control using just your voice.
A fresh, new and rebuilt product, the T5 Connect Ultra holds no punches. Packed with modern technology like HD audio, excellent range and a 11+ hour battery life, these are the wireless earphones you’ve been waiting for. The earphones themselves are made with an aircraft grade aluminium, with a tasteful brushed finish to deliver a product that’s as durable as it is good-looking. With custom engineered Titanium-coated diaphragm & CCAW voice coil drivers, as well as our much-loved tuning filters the T5 Ultra Connect sounds incredible and can be tuned to any listener’s particular taste. Featuring powerful and tight bass notes combine with crystal clear highs and a present mid-range that brings it all together. Whether you like your music with more punch in the low-end, elevated highs or as the artist intended, the T5 Ultra Connect lets you listen to your music wherever you are, just the way you like it.
For the Kids:
PuroQuiet ANC Headphones – £99.99
The PuroQuiet was developed by a father who realised his 10 year old daughter had sustained Noise-Induced Hearing Loss from listening to music too loud, for too long. Finding no one was addressing this issue adequately, the family set about designing and developing the highest-quality, studio-grade, volume limiting to 85 decibels children’s headphone whilst still at an affordable price. Made from high-quality aluminium, with plush noise-isolating ear-pads, the latest Bluetooth profiles for CD-like quality wireless audio, a highly sensitive microphone for taking calls or gaming with friends and up to 16-hours of active battery life the PuroQuiet headphones certainly deliver on audio quality and style. In addition to the sleek new design, the PuroQuiet headphones have an active noise cancellation feature found on high-end headphones that suppress ambient noise levels and provides a superior listening experience in even the loudest of environments. It blocks out daily noise and background sounds up to 22 dB, complemented by 82% noise isolation. Also available in Pink & Grey
Audio Products – Speakers/ Smart Speakers
Bluesound Pulse Flex 2i- £299Enjoy your music in the garden this Easter with T3’s best portable speaker 2019, the Bluesound Pulse Flex 2i. An Award-Winning, portable wireless multi-room music streaming speaker. Pair them together for stereo sound. Simply plug it in and connect it to your WiFi and control from anywhere in your home. Connect to your Amazon Echo or via AirPlay 2, letting you play music direct from your voice/device. Compatible with all your favourite streaming services including; Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, Deezer – all in 24-bit, high resolution.
If you buy a Bluesound Speaker Tidal Hi-Fi music Streaming service are offering a 3-month trial: https://www.bluesound.com/get-tidal-hifi/
With up to 24 hours of playtime, this powerful yet compact Bluetooth speaker is a Bang & Olufsen classic. The rounded aluminium grill is not just for looks; paired with the double-moulded polymer base, it forms a strong protective shell that makes your Beoplay A1 splash and dust resistant. Packing a punch well beyond its weight and size, Beoplay A1 has vibrant True360 Sound ensuring a balanced dispersion of your music from wherever you put it. Now available in Grey Mist from the recently launched Contrast Collection.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 – £230 www.bang-olufsen.com/en
Denon Smart Home Speaker – Home 150 – £219The Denon Home range of wireless speakers delivers a beautiful multi-room system to create the perfect homeworking space. Drawing on 110 years of Denon audio expertise, the Denon 150 is the perfect desk companion, delivering both premium sound and stylish design. Able to play music from almost any streaming system via Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth, the USB socket and 3.5mm aux input also enables you to feed in digital files or analog connection directly. Voice control is also enabled via Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa. The buttonless touch panel has a proximity sensor that causes the touch controls to illuminate when your hand moves near, making the Denon Home experience a special one in every sense.
Denon Smart Home Range –Home 150 – £219, www.denon.co.uk
For a limited time only, Libratone is cracking open a great deal – offering a pair of their cute and colourful BIRD Bluetooth wireless speakers for just £89 (a saving of £29). Normally retailing at £59 each, BIRD comes in a choice of pink and blue and the offer allows you to choose your own preferred colour combination. An ideal tweet for a loved one or yourself, BIRD is a Bluetooth speaker with extra charm. Portable (145g), intuitive and simple to use, the wireless BIRD is part of Libratone’s 10thanniversary celebrations, bringing the brand’s nightingale logo to life.
BIRD features include:
- Interactive touch controls – bring BIRD to life by turning its head, tapping its forehead or touching its tail
- 10 hours of battery time
- Connect two to make them sing together
- Compatible with your preferred voice assistant. Plus to deliver an extra adorability factor, BIRD chirps back its responses
- A choice of using BIRD’s magnetic base or its adhesive base – to give it a more permanent nesting place
The Libratone BIRD Bluetooth wireless speakers two for just £89. The offer is available now exclusively via Libratone’s own website – www.libratone.com – which offers free delivery across Europe.
With lots of us having to stay at home away from friends and family why not play with them online with games like Fifa, Call of Duty or Fortnite. Having a gaming headset allows you to chat with friends all while playing at your own homes. Here are some headsets to pick from :
Trust Gaming GXT 414 Zamak Premium Multiplatform Gaming Headset – £34.99
The Trust Zamak Headset with powerful 53mm active speaker units has a premium design with robust metal parts to give a high-quality finish. Its sturdy and versatile design not only allows it to be for playing games on a PC or console but also to listen to music or play mobile games on a smartphone. The headset has comfortably padded over-ear pads and an adjustable headband as well as a flexible, detachable microphone to ensure the perfect fit. Included is a 1M braided cable (for console), 1M extension cable (for PC) and an additional 1M braided cable with inline mic (for mobile). Simply plug the headset in the game controller to use it on a console.
Trust Gaming 21187 GXT 310 Radius Gaming Headset – £19.99
This headset features sharp surround sound to always be one step ahead of enemies in gameplay. The Radius headset is equipped with powerful 40mm active speaker units which transmit every detail directly. The headset is connected via the 1m aux cable, compatible with PS4, Xbox One or Switch or lengthen the cable with the 1m extension cable for comfortable connection with a PC or laptop. The clear sound of the adjustable microphone makes sure gamers will not be defeated by miscommunication anymore. The soft and comfortable over-ear pads combined with the adjustable microphone and headband give the comfort required for prolonged gaming sessions.
For the podcast/ Video Podcast makers in the family
IK Multimedia are one of the leading companies in this sector here some gift ideas to help you on your way to being that Youtube star.
iRig Stream- £121.99 inc Vat
iRig Stream makes it easier than ever to share, letting you connect instruments, mixers and more to your iPhone, iPad, Android device and Mac/PC, with convenient features designed just for use on today’s most popular platforms. Whether it’s mono or stereo, live playing or an existing mix, iRig Stream gets you connected to all your favourite apps, so you can start connecting with listeners instantly.
iRig Video Creator Bundle £121.99 inc VAT.
Whether you want to be a YouTuber, create awesome Instagram video or stream live on Facebook, you can do it all with professional quality! This new bundle gives you all the tools you need to record great-looking and great-sounding video on your smartphone.
In the pack you get the following:
- All-in-one bundle includes stand, microphone and lighting
- iKlip Grip Pro multi-function stand lets you shoot from the perfect angle
- iRig Mic Lav lapel mic captures professional audio easily in any situation
- A 6” LED ring light offers colour temp and brightness to create any mood
- Works with all your favourite smartphone apps right out of the box
iRig Video Creator Bundle HD- £234.99 inc VAT
Create high-quality, attention-grabbing videos or stream live on all today’s top sites. This new kit gives you all the tools you need to create professional video that will stand out from the crowd, with just your smartphone.
- Create truly professional video and live-streams for any platform
- iKlip Grip Pro multi-function stand lets you shoot from the perfect angle
- iRig Mic HD 2 digital condenser microphone captures radio-ready audio
- A 10″ LED ring light offers colour temp and brightness to create any mood
- Works with all your favourite smartphone apps right out of the box
To help with these with the fitness:
Myzone is ideal for anyone working out at home, acting like a personal trainer in your pocket. Making sure that we keep our bodies and minds fit and healthy is more essential than ever at this difficult time. However, being motivated to exercise can be hard, especially when in the unusual setting of the home.
The MZ-3 is a smart fitness tracker that provides live feedback on your workout using a unique effort-based reading. With a 99.4% accuracy, the MZ-3 monitors your heart rate, calories burned and time exercising and converts these into Myzone Effort Points so the focus is on effort rather than fitness, giving you a more accurate idea of how effective your session has been. Now more than ever, people will be exercising from their homes in self-isolation so data clearly showing this is vital for users to guarantee they’re getting the most out of their workout.
Myzone MZ-3 heart-rate monitor – £129.99 www.myzone.org
NOW 50 % off for the NHS and free trial extended to a month!
The Auro app is a personal trainer in your ear from London based fitness technology startup, Auro. The app includes motivational audio workouts that are guided by expert trainers and tailored to an individual’s fitness goals and level. Within the app, there are hundreds of world-class workouts and recommendations are provided for suitable classes based on the users own ability. Using the app means that there is no reason to skip a workout anymore as all the classes are on-demand so all that is required is a set of earphones/headphones and a smartphone. Classes can even be downloaded in advance so can still be done when Wi-Fi isn’t available. For an affordable monthly subscription fee, Auro users can have the benefit of a fitness studio or personal trainer at times, locations and a price that is better for them. The fitness classes available on the Auro app include outdoor running, walking, treadmill, X-trainer, strength training, spin, rowing, yoga and stretching and are curated with a killer playlist but users can also overlay their own music from Spotify if preferred. The personal trainers offer professional fitness advice throughout the class and guide users through their workout to keep motivated and using the right techniques. Using AI based algorithms, Auro analyses multiple input streams to hyper-personalise fitness experiences like a real PT. It also integrates with Apple Watch, Garmin, Myzone and a range of other wearables to provide detailed heart rate based analytics and personalisation. The audio based style of the app is to encourage users to learn the correct form and technique but afterwards allows users to concentrate fully on the activity without having the distraction to look down or at a screen as they are exercising.
Auro – The Personal Training App – Available from App stores for £11.99 a month of £59.99 annual subscription (Equivalent to 4.99 a month)
Gifts for the home:
Nanoleaf canvas – £179.99
The Nanoleaf Canvas is here to change the way you think about lighting. With a modular square design, the touch-sensitive squares can transform everyday lighting into an immersive, tactile experience. Building on the success of Nanoleaf’s award-winning smart home Light Panels, Canvas is about personal expression. It can even be used to cover the walls and ceiling of an entire room and can react to music via its built-in Rhythm module.
There’s a Canvas scene for every scenario; whether you’re setting the mood for date night or getting ready for a party, tap into rainbow pastels, embrace spiced honey or green and reconnect with nature at the touch of a button. Canvas has thousands of customisable colour combinations to suit. With a multi-faceted texture effect, the Canvas’ brilliant crystal-like optics play off the traditional marble tile for a softer lighting experience. Canvas is also compatible with all voice platforms, meaning you can control it to best suit your needs.
Nanoleaf Nanoleaf Canvas – £179.99 via www.nanoleaf.me
The Wi-Fi Spotlight Outdoor
Swann Wi-Fi Spotlight Outdoor Camera – £139.99 www.swann.com/uk
Manhattan T3-R Freeview Play 4K Smart Recorder £166.80With more new shows being released than we can keep up with, there’s never been a better time to switch to Manhattan. Slick, quick and simple to use, the Manhattan T3-R allows viewers to record, pause and rewind 85 channels of Freeview TV and effortlessly switch to the UK’s favourite catch-up TV players such as iPlayer, ITV Hub and All4. What’s more, you can plan your viewing up to seven days ahead with the intuitive and easy-to-use programme guide, meaning you’ll never miss an episode again.
Manhattan T3-R Freeview Play 4K Smart Recorder £166.80 https://manhattan-tv.
We wish you all a happy Easter in these strange times and please stay indoors and stay safe and soon we will get back to normal.