TechNave Christmas Gift Guide 2021
With Christmas coming soon, you may be in the mood to get something for your loving partner, helpful friends and supportive family. It has been a super interesting 2021 and tech devices and gadgets are becoming an even more useful and relevant gift than ever before. Finding the right gift is still just as difficult though, as a lot of tech devices got announced this year.
If you need a helping hand, we’ve compiled a list of Christmas tech gifts that would be great for your friends and family. As usual, we’ve categorized them according to what sort of type that friend or family would be from the ones closest to you to the entire family. Check out the quick links if you know who you’re getting that tech gift for or you can read on for the rest of TechNave.com’s Christmas Gift Guide 2021.
Here's the quick list and links if you know what you're looking for and want to just jump straight to it:
For the one you hold most dear, your wife or partner - Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 / Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite with Swarovski Pendant / Apple iPhone 13 / OPPO Reno 6 Z with Shiseido
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 - The portable foldable flagship
Compact, trendy and above all beautiful, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the portable foldable display smartphone we believe would be the best gift for your significant other. Featuring a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset and 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display, it not only is tough enough to handle spills with it’s IPX8 water resistance but it can also comfortably fit in most pockets and handbags.
Fully functional even when folded thanks to its 1.9-inch Cover display, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 takes great photos and selfies with its 12MP + 12MP dual rear cameras. Fold it halfway and you don’t need a tripod to take selfies and videos of yourself with the 10MP front camera. Coming in at an RRP of RM3999 it’s actually a bit more affordable than some normal flagships. If you need more convincing check out our full review.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G NE with Swarovski Pendant - Smartphone + Bling in one package
If you’re looking to get a tech gift and a bit of bling in one go, then the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite with Limited Edition Swarovski Pendant could be the way to go. Featuring a Mi 11 Lite 5G NE smartphone from 8GB RAM and 128GB storage for just RM1399, the phone comes in black, blue, pink and white all in a limited edition box, so you don’t have to worry about wrapping paper.
Other tech specs are pretty good too with a fairly powerful Snapdragon 778G chipset and a vibrant 6.55-inch AMOLED Dot Display with 10-bit TrueColor Support and Dolby Vision. You can also take various Christmas pics and selfies with the triple rear camera consisting of a 64MP (main) + 8MP (ultrawide) + 5MP (telemacro) while the 4259mAh battery with a 33W fast charging keeps the lights on.
Apple iPhone 13 - The latest timeless classic
If you’re looking for a timeless classic tech gift then the Apple iPhone 13 could be the one for you, featuring the same premium look and feel of previous generation iPhones but improving on the hardware with an A15 Bionic chipset, 4GB RAM, and a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display. Coming with Cinematic 12MP cameras, 15W MagSafe wireless charging and 20W normal fast charging, the iPhone 13 is still one of the flagships to get in 2021.
Available in black, blue, pink, red and white, the iPhone 13 should match any preference for both girls or guys and you can go all the way to 512GB storage for it too. You will have to pay a bit more for the 512GB storage version though, but the standard 128GB version is still available from a fairly affordable (for a flagship) price of RM3899.
OPPO Reno6 Z 5G Shiseido Gift Box - Cosmetics + Tech all-in-one?
If you’re still looking for an all-in-one tech gift but your partner isn’t so into jewelry, then the OPPO Reno6 Z 5G Shiseido Gift Box could be it instead. Featuring OPPO’s Reno6 Z 5G smartphone with a limited edition gift box and free Shiseido products worth up to RM450, there’s also a free phone case. In addition to all this extra value, the whole package still costs RM1699 which is the recommended retail price of an OPPO Reno6 Z 5G smartphone on its own.
Tech specs for the OPPO Reno6 Z 5G are still upper midrange to flagship with a Dimensity 800U chipset, 8GB of RAM (+5GB virtual RAM), 128GB of storage and a 4310mAh battery. Highlights of the phone include the 64MP triple-camera setup, 32MP selfie camera, and 6.4-inch AMOLED display. It’s also all ready for 5G, which should become available in Malaysia soon.
For the designer brother or sister - MSI Creator Z16 / ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED / Acer Swift X
MSI Creator Z16 - For those content creators who like big displays
For your resident designer sibling relative or friend who is always creating content, then an ideal Christmas gift could be the MSI Creator Z16. The 16-inch display alone on this laptop is designed exactly for these creatives with a 16:10 aspect ratio, True Pixel display tech, DCI-P3 (typical) 100% colour Gamut and True Colour technology that works well with Calman Colour Calibration.
The Creator Z16 is certainly powerful enough with an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor clocking up to 4.6GHz and a discrete NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card. This allows video editing of up to 8K HDR resolution as well as working on 3D models in 1440p. There’s also plenty of space with up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and 1TB NVMe PCIe SSD. The price may be a bit atas at RM11,999 but if you’re looking for a tech gift for your 8K content creator then you should consider the Creator Z16.
ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED - For the Photoshop Pro
For the ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED, ASUS have built the whole content creator process into the laptop itself. So, on top of a 16-inch 4K OLED (3840x2400) HDR display that can output 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut, they’ve also incorporated a built-in ASUS Dial just below the keyboard for manual adjustments in editing photos and videos.
Tech specs are no slouch either as you can choose between an Intel Core i7-11800H CPU (4.6GHz), up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU or an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU (4.6GHz), up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and either the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 or RTX 3070 GPU. The RRP starts from RM9999 depending on your feature choices.
Acer Swift X - For the Content Creator on the move
If you’re a bit more on a budget, then fret not, there’s still something for your designer with the Acer Swift X. Designed for the concept creator who wants a more compact laptop, it still delivers with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU and up to AMD Ryzen 7 5800U Mobile Processor. There’s also 16GB of RAM and 2TB of SSD for storage while the 59W battery offers up to 17 hours of usage.
The 14-inch FHD display may not be so content creator centric but it still offers 100% sRGB for just RM4999. The Swift X is also a lot lighter and more portable at just 1.39kg so if you know your content creator is always on the move, then the Acer Swift X could be the right Christmas gift for them too. If you need more details, check out our review as well.
For the gamers - Nintendo Switch OLED / Sony PS5 / ASUS ROG Phone 5s / Razer Enki
Nintendo Switch OLED - Brighter and more beautiful portable gaming
These days, games bring us together as a family that plays together often stays together, so a great Christmas gift this year could be the Nintendo Switch OLED. Featuring an enlarged 7-inch OLED display compared to the 6.2-inch LCD panel on the standard Switch, colours and details on the Nintendo Switch OLED are more vibrant and clear. In addition, there’s also more storage space at 64GB and the dock has a built-in Ethernet LAN port.
However, nearly everything else on the OLED version is the same as the standard version. This isn’t exactly a bad thing though as you can still use the old Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons with the OLED version (so if you got it previously, now you can play with up to 4 players with 4 Joy-Cons). The price tag is a bit higher at RM1699 but if you need a clearer comparison between the Nintendo Switch versions, check out our comparison.
Sony PlayStation 5 (PS5) - The rarer gaming console
While it was announced in 2020, the Sony PlayStation 5 or PS5 remains one of the most sought after game consoles in 2021. With the global chip shortage and Sony cutting down on PS5 production, it’s getting harder and harder to get a PS5, but if you can get one for Christmas it should make for an even sweeter gift for your gamer.
Featuring 2 variants, one with a Blu-ray disc reader and the digital edition that doesn’t, the PS5 comes in at an official RRP of RM1869 for the digital version and RM2299 for the disc version. However, due to high demand and low supply, prices have fluctuated as high as RM3K and above. We’d always recommend getting the console from a reputable shop though but while it’s a worthy Christmas gift for your gamer, it may be a bit too late to get one for Christmas. All we can say is, good luck!
ASUS ROG Phone 5s - The upgraded ultimate gaming phone
If your gamer plays most of his or her games on the smartphone, then the best Christmas gift would likely be the ASUS ROG Phone 5s. Building upon the previous ROG Phone 5, the 5s upgrades the hardware with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ chipset but practically everything else stays the same including the 6.78-inch AMOLED display with 144Hz refresh rate, 8GB RAM and 128GB storage from RM2999.
If you’re looking for even better than that then there’s the ROG Phone 5s Pro which offers 18GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for RM4999. Thankfully, nearly all of the previous ROG Phone 5 accessories like the Kunai gamepad and so forth work with the ROG Phone 5s. While it is made for gaming it still manages to pack in 64MP + 13MP + 5MP triple rear cameras and a 24MP front camera.
Razer Enki - The gaming chair for long gaming marathons and big sized gamers
The place gamers rest their backsides is often deemed not as important as the hardware they are using, but for most gamers who do play long hours, they know the pain of a frozen butt cheeks and an achy back. The Razer Enki is an exceptional ergonomic gaming chair designed for these marathon gamers that comes with fully adjustable arm rests, making it great for those who game with a mouse and keyboard.
In addition, the Razer Enki gaming chair is also comfortably sized for even large 6-foot tall gamers, so if your gamer is bigger than average, you should definitely put the Razer Enki on your Christmas shopping list. The price may be a bit higher than average at $399.00 USD (~RM1656.25) but it should be available in any colour you could want. If you need more details, check out our review of the Razer Enki.
For the mobile and selfie photographer - Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra / Apple iPhone 13 Pro / Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra / OPPO Find X3 Pro / vivo X70 Pro / Honor 50
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra - One of the biggest cameraphones you can get
The best camera is the one that is with you clearly defines these mobile or selfie photographers as their phones are often the cameras that they use the most. As such, getting a good cameraphone like the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra as a Christmas gift should perfect for these mobile photographers. Featuring a 50MP + 13MP + 8MP triple rear camera with some of the largest image sensors around and 120x zoom, the Mi 11 Ultra is just 1 point short of 1st place in DxOMark’s smartphone camera rankings.
Other tech specs for the Mi 11 Ultra are also similarly high with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, 12GB of RAM, 6.81-inch 2K+ 120Hz display and 5000 mAh battery. Granted, the camera bump is one of the largest we’ve seen but thanks to the secondary display on the back, you can also get arguably the highest quality selfie shot around without any notch in the display. It does cost a bit more than usual Xiaomi devices at RM4299, but it’s a worthy cameraphone by anyone’s standards.
Apple iPhone 13 Pro - Going close up and cinematic
Apple iPhone cameras capture arguably the most natural tone and colour compared to real life versus most cameraphones and the iPhone 13 Pro is no different. What does set it apart from the other iPhone cameraphones though is it’s much improved macro shots. Thanks to the 12 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP + TOF 3D LiDAR scanner (depth) quad rear cameras, the iPhone 13 Pro takes better close up or macro shots than some cameras (take a closer look?).
Like the rest of the iPhone 13 series, the iPhone 13 Pro delivers pro-level automatic focus switching in video recording which Apple calls cinematic mode. So, if your mobile photographer likes to take macro or close up shots and cinematic video, the iPhone 13 Pro is probably the best Christmas gift you could get. However, it is a bit pricey at a starting price of RM4899 going all the way up to RM7199 for the 1TB storage version. Check out our review if you need more details.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra - The top-ranking all-rounder
While Samsung phones have long been known for their camera prowess, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the one where nearly everyone in tech says Samsung ‘fixed’ it. In general, this means that the Galaxy S21 Ultra fully utilizes its 108MP (wide) + 10MP (periscope telephoto, 10x optical zoom) + 10MP (3x optical zoom) + 12MP rear cameras. This has resulted in a more stable 100x Space Zoom, better overall video, more natural colours and surprisingly detailed close up or macro shots.
Powered by a Samsung Exynos 2100 chipset, 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage the Galaxy S21 Ultra also has an ultra high resolution 40MP front camera, making it one of the best selfie cameraphones to get. Easily placing in the top 10 of the DxOMark selfie cameraphone ranking, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is a bit pricey at RM4799 but it does deliver one of the best all-round cameraphone performances in the market, so it’s a good gift for your mobile photographer this Christmas.
OPPO Find X3 Pro - For those who want a slim and stylish cameraphone
Most cameraphones focus almost entirely on their camera hardware but because of this, the design tends to be not as impressive. For those who are looking for a slim, stylish and just as powerful cameraphone, perhaps you might want to give the OPPO Find X3 Pro a go. Featuring slim and thin design with sleek camera hump, it looks very stylish while still offering a 50MP + 50MP + 3MP + 15MP quad rear camera and 32MP front camera.
The thing to note here is that both the main telephoto and ultrawide cameras are 50MP so you can get the same quality for your photos regardless of the width of the view. The 3MP Micro Lens also let’s you go really up close while the 15MP telephoto camera helps you use an up to 60x hybrid zoom. Considering that the price is just RM4299 and you still get the Find X3 Pro with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, 12GB RAM, 256GB storage, 6.7-inch 120Hz display with a touch sampling rate of up to 240Hz, and a 4500mAh internal battery that supports up to 65W fast charging are great bonuses.
vivo X70 Pro - Internal gimbal stabilization for the videographer
Videographers or those looking to record video with their cameraphones almost always want to get an external gimbal to help stabilize their videos but with the vivo X60 Pro this may not be necessary. This is because it adds in an internal Gimbal Stabilization for smoother, nearly shake free video recording using just a smartphone. Utilizing ZEISS-enhanced 50MP + 8MP + 12MP + 12MP quad rear cameras and a 32MP front-facing selfie camera, the vivo X60 Pro is a worthy cameraphone tech gift this Christmas for just RM3299.
Going for a thin and slim design, the vivo X70 Pro’s other tech specs are still fairly flagship-level with an Exynos 1080 chipset, 12GB RAM, 512GB storage, 6.56-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and a 4450 mAh battery with 44W fast charging. The phone is available in cosmic black and aurora blue.
Honor 50 - The vlogging value-buster
These days, there’s more to photography than just taking photos or recording videos as there are now video bloggers or vloggers. For these vloggers, a value-busting cameraphone could well be the Honor 50. Featuring a 32MP selfie snapper and quad rear cameras with 108MP (main camera) + 8MP (wide-angle lens) + 2MP (bokeh lens) + 2MP (macro lens), but what makes it a vlogging phone are the various camera functions like 6 video recording modes in one take so you won’t have to record multiple videos.
While it was initially priced at RM1699 for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage version, at the time of writing this, only the 8GB RAM + 256GB storage version for RM1999 was available. Regardless, this is still a pretty value-busting price for a cameraphone. Thankfully, the Honor 50 also has GMS while the other tech specs like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G chipset and 6.57-inch 75° Curved OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 300Hz touch sampling rate are nearly flagship-level as well.
For the value-minded youth - realme GT Neo 2 / OPPO A74 5G
realme GT Neo 2 - A gaming flagship for the youth by any other name
Thanks to brands like realme just because it’s for the youth, it doesn’t mean you have to skimp on features. For this Christmas, there’s the realme GT Neo 2 featuring a flagship-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G chipset, 12GB of RAM and 256GB storage for just RM2099.
Other value-busting tech specs are equally as impressive with a 6.62-inch 120Hz E4 AMOLED display perfect for gaming. Offering a more youthful design complete with racing stripes the GT Neo 2 also has 64MP triple rear cameras. There’s also a 5000 mAh battery with 65W SuperDart Charge fast charging and a built-in cooling system (yeah, really sounds like it’s perfect for those youthful mobile gamers).
OPPO A74 5G - 5G smartphone for the teens
As we move forward to a new year where 5G networks start to roll-out, perhaps it’s time to get your teens new 5G smartphones, and for that there’s the OPPO A74 5G. Priced at a value-busting RM999, the phone still offers a smooth 90Hz refresh rate 6.43-inch display with 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut (yes, the screen looks good).
Coupled with a 5000 mAh battery and 18W fast charging, the A74 5G should last long and charge back up to 100% in a flash. The 16MP front camera ensures that your teens stay at their selfie best while the 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP quad rear cameras offer a photographic opportunity for everything.
For the kids - Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE / Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite / Apple iPad 10.2 2021 / Mi Pad 5 / JOI Book SK3000
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE - For the artist
Kids can be very artistic with coloured pencils, pens and paper, so what better way to hone these design skills than to give them the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE for Christmas? Offering the best features of the upper-end Galaxy Tab S7 Plus like a 12.4-inch 2K display and an S Pen for just RM1899, this is the device to get for your creative artist.
Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G chipset, the Galaxy Tab S7 FE offers a more refined digital stylus drawing experience than your typical capacitive styluses. We know, we’ve tried it out in our review which you can check out if you want, but the reasonable 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage are more than enough for your child’s sketches. In addition, it can also double as a learn-from-home device to replace your child’s laptop with its long lasting 10090 mAh battery and 45W fast charging.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite - A value-buster tablet for generally everything
If you’re looking for a tablet for kids for whatever reason that is above all affordable yet value for money, then you can’t go wrong with the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, especially as a Christmas gift. Slim, sleek and versatile with a large 8.7-inch display, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite goes for just RM699. Powered by a Mediatek Helio P22T chipset, it is powerful enough to play most kids games yet at just 366g it is portable enough to carry about to read a digital book, watch a movie or draw a sketch with.
Thanks to the 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera you can also use it to take photos and videos or add on a bluetooth keyboard and turn it into a LFH (learn-from-home) device. The 5100 mAh battery lasts a little longer than a day and it also has 15W fast charging too, but if you need more convincing, check out our review for more details.
Apple iPad 10.2 2021 - For your budding Apple user
If you’re more of an Apple user (you use an iPhone, a MacBook and watch Apple TV) then you might want to get a Christmas Gift for your kids that work well with you. For that, there’s the Apple iPad 10.2 2021 at just RM1499. While it may use the slightly older A13 Bionic chipset, it is more than fast enough to handle most Apple games and even some serious work. Available in Space Grey and Silver storage is 64GB and you can also do a Christmas message engraving for free.
Fully compatible with Apple Pencil (which you’ll have to buy separately), your kids can use the iPad 10.2 2021 for sketching and drawing. If you add on a keyboard cover and a mouse, your child can also use it for Learning-from-home like any other laptop. You can also top it up to RM2119 for a 4G LTE version as well.
Xiaomi Pad 5 - For your little gamer or movie streamer
If your kids are more the gaming type or those who stream endless amounts of cartoons, then the Xiaomi Pad 5 could be the Christmas tablet for them instead. Going for just RM1399 but packing in an 11-inch 2K 120Hz display this guarantees buttery smooth graphics.
In addition, its Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 chipset, 6GB RAM, up to 256GB storage and a 8720mAh battery which supports 33W fast charging also make it an exceptional gaming device. Like the other tablet above, you can also get the Xiaomi Smart Pen (separately) for easy sketching and drawing of childhood masterpieces.
JOI Book SK3000 - The laptop to learn from home with
For some kids, tablets aren’t the best device and for these types, perhaps a laptop is the way to go. If you’re looking to go that way, the JOI Book SK3000 is a Windows laptop that is not only silent but offers great battery life. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 chipset that is the main reason for this quiet long-lasting performance, the JOI Book SK3000 can also support 4G LTE. Thankfully, it is also going for just RM1299 right now (initially it was priced at RM2199).
While the laptop only offers 4GB of RAM and a fast 128GB SSD you can also expand this storage by up to 256GB with a microSD card that you can install yourself. There’s also a 12.5-inch Full HD display, but you can check out all the details in our full review.
For the family - Samsung NEO QLED series / Huawei Vision TV / LG TV / Dyson V12 Detect Slim
Samsung Neo QLED series Smart TVs - High-end family fun
As one of the leading brands in high-end Smart TVs, Samsung’s latest Neo QLED series offers up to 8K video resolutions with super slim bezels for the family this Christmas. While it does come with it’s own stand, wall mounting one of these Smart TVs not only saves space but makes it seem like you have a piece of artwork on the wall. For most people, 4K resolutions are more than enough though, so for this Christmas we’d recommend the 50-inch Samsung QN90A NEO QLED 4K Smart TV from just RM5529.
Featuring Quantum Matrix Technology and a Neo Quantum Processor 4K, the QN90A excels at bringing the most vibrant of images and video to life in motion. This means details just pop out even in the darkest and brightest scenes while the aforementioned Neo Quantum Processor 4K AI upscaling makes sure that you get the full 4K resolution. If you like to game on your TV then the QN90A also offers 4K in 120Hz refresh rates thanks to their Motion Xcelerator Turbo+ so your games will always look buttery smooth.
Huawei Vision S - Make video calls from your living room!
Taking it a step further than most Smart TVs is the Huawei Vision S series. Featuring a 13MP Magnetic camera that is removable and 4 10W speakers, the 55-inch variant comes in at just RM2999. Delivering 4K UHD resolutions in lag free 120Hz, the Vision S series also comes in a 65-inch variant for RM3999 if you’re looking for something a bit larger.
Designed to work better with Huawei devices the Vision S also offers OneHop Projection from compatible Huawei smartphones. You can then do MeeTime video calls direct from your Smart TV, so if you’re a Huawei device user (or you’re getting a gift for one), it makes sense to also get a smart TV like the Huawei Vision S for the family Christmas gift.
Xiaomi Mi TV P1 - Almost all-in-one Android 4K smart TV
If you’re looking for a large 4K Android smart TV with almost all the features of an Android device, then perhaps the Xiaomi Mi TV P1 would be more your cup of tea. Coming in at RM2499 for the 55-inch version this 4K smart TV comes with a built-in MediaTek MT9611IAAT chipset, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage while offering ultra-slim bezels, Dolby Vision and HDR10+.
Thanks to multiple connections including 3 HDMI ports (with one supporting version 2.1), 3 USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, and the usual composite in (AV), Antenna, optical digital audio out port and even a 3.5mm headphone jack port you can hook up everything from your game console to your PC. You can check out our review for more details.
LG TV - Looking for sharp clarity?
Some people can just look at an image or TV screen and instantly say what resolution it is. For those sort of people with really, really sharp eyes and really big pockets we’d recommend the LG G1 OLED Evo TV as it boasts one of the sharpest picture clarity displays around. Utilizing self-lit pixels, the LG OLED EVO TVs are also more environmentally friendly as they last longer than normal smart TVs without this type of display panel.
Thanks to the LG OLED motion Pro technology, motion blur is much reduced as well, offering all the fast paced action without sacrificing the details. Combined with their Auto Low Latency Mode for 1ms response time and Variable Refresh Rate of up to 120Hz, and the LG G1 OLED Evo TV is great for everything, including 4K gaming. Remember what we said about the big pockets though? It will cost you a cool RM18999, but if you or the person you’re gifting this to is always thinking that the TV just isn’t sharp enough, then this Smart TV could be the one for you this Christmas.
Dyson V12 Detect Slim - Everything you need to clean your place for Christmas
If you think that you’re a very clean person or you know of someone who is so much of a neat freak that they can see dust with the lasers coming out of their eyeballs, then clearly you or that person has never tried the Dyson V12 Detect Slim. Featuring a built-in green light laser, the V12 Detect Slim vacuum cleaner highlights dust you definitely did not know was there before in sharp crystal clear clarity.
That’s not all, it also comes with various other attachments and cleaning heads including those specifically designed not to clog up with hair or loose fur. Coming in at RM3299, it should be more than enough to please even the most OCD of neat freaks this Christmas and even if you’re not, it does promise that the day after will also be as clean as laser-light can make it too. For more details check out our review.
For the workaholics - Acer Swift 5 / Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 / Huawei Matebook 14S / ASUS Vivobook Pro 14x OLED
Acer Swift 5 - Like it was made for these times
This Christmas we’re not saying that you shouldn’t pull your family workaholics out of their devices for a bit of family fun, but if you really want to make them happy this Christmas, you’ll get them the right tools for the job. While it’s not the only anti-microbial device in Acer’s roster, the Acer Swift 5 laptop feels like it was made for the workaholics of these times as it not only offers a 14-inch Anti-Microbial glass touchscreen display with FHD resolution and 100% sRGB colour gamut, at just 1kg it is also super portable so you can Work-from-home (WFH), shift to the sofa or bring it out and about back to the office.
Priced from an affordable RM3999 for the 8GB RAM variant and RM4999 for the 16GB RAM variant, the Acer Swift 5 is powered by the latest 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and has plenty of fast and speedy space with an up to 512GB PCIe SSD. So, if you’re looking for something to help keep your workaholic safe while out and about, the Acer Swift 5 could be the best Christmas gift ever.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 - The world’s smallest touchscreen laptop or all-in-one foldable smartphone
If you’re looking for a mobile device Christmas gift that can boost productivity without having to lug about a laptop, then the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is clearly the device for you. Not only does it come with the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage, it also unfolds into a tablet-sized 7.6-inch 2K display complete with support for Samsung’s latest S Pen stylus. Can it also become the world’s smallest touchscreen laptop? If you have slim fingers then the answer is definitely yes.
Featuring every tech feature you can think of like IPX8 water resistance, a 4MP under-display front camera, a 6.2-inch Cover display (when folded), 12MP+12MP+12MP triple rear cameras and more, it is surprising to say that this is also the thinnest, strongest and lightest Galaxy Fold smartphone yet. So, it comes as a surprise to us that it is also priced at just RM6699. Despite this, it’s still hands-down the best productivity mobile for 2021 you can get for a Christmas gift, but you can check out our review for all the details if you need more convincing.
Huawei Matebook 14S - Looking for more screen space
Laptops with 3:2 aspect ratio displays tend to offer a bit more space from the top to bottom as the taller screens don’t scrunch up windows or applications as much as more traditional aspect ratio display laptops. If you’re looking for a 3:2 aspect ratio display laptop, the Huawei MateBook 14s takes this a step further by also adding on a 90Hz Refresh rate and 2.5K (2520 x 1680 pixels) resolution with a price tag from RM4999.
Fully powered by 11th Gen Intel Core processors the MateBook 14s also supports Huawei’s SuperCharge technology via the 90W power adapter, allowing 3 hours of usage for just 15 minutes of charge time. It does work better with Huawei devices thanks to its multiscreen collaboration though, so if you’re getting the MateBook 14s as a Christmas gift, it’d be good to get it for a Huawei user.
ASUS Vivobook Pro 14x OLED - Slim yet powerful
If you’re looking more for a slim yet powerful laptop then the ASUS Vivobook Pro 14x OLED could be what you’re looking for. Super slim and light, this laptop offers a 14-inch OLED display with 2.8K pixel resolution, HDR 600-nit brightness and ultrawide 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut from RM4799.
Other tech specs and features include an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, discrete NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 graphics, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, WiFi 6 and more. So, there’s more than enough power to do most everything you could want from normal office work to content creation.
For the wearable - LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier / Huawei Watch GT 3 / Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 / OPPO Watch / Apple AirPods
LG Puricare Wearable Air Purifier - Smarter face mask
Thanks to the COVID19 pandemic a whole new range of wearables has cropped up with smart masks like the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier. Offering face mask protection that not only purifies the air you breathe, this smart mask also makes it easier to speak and amplifies your voice at the same time. Priced officially at RM849, it is currently going for RM799 making it a fairly good Christmas gift.
Other tech specs and features include patented smart sensors for energy efficiency that allow the mask to last a full day and smart tracking and controls via an app. Granted, you still have to replace the filters, but you can at least clean the mask easily and it’s relatively easy to order filter replacements. Check out our full review for more details.
Huawei Watch GT 3 - For the long lasting watch wearer
If you’re looking for a tech gift for the sporty watch wearer in your family or circle of friends then perhaps you could consider the Huawei Watch GT 3. This year’s iteration of the premium smart watch series from Huawei delivers the same long-lasting battery life (8 days on normal to heavy usage, 2 weeks for light usage) and comes with more than 100 workout modes. Coming in both 46mm and 42mm versions for the guys and gals, the Watch GT 3 is priced at RM1099.
The Watch GT 3 also comes with installable apps like Petal Maps for directions to places and even games, but the real focus of the watch is to provide fitness tracking and measurements. This includes heart rate and SpO2 measurements and sleep tracking along with the usual pedometer step tracking and so forth. You can check out our review for more details on what it can do.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 - For the health tracker
There’s always someone in your friends and family who really watches out for their health, and for these people one of the best tech gifts for Christmas could well be the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4. Featuring the ability to measure body composition using its new BioActive Sensor it can list down everything from your body fat percentage and skeletal muscle down to your body water.
Like other smart watches it can still track things like your sleep, heart rate and blood oxygen levels as well, but you can also bring it swimming and for other workouts as well. You can also install selected apps on top of Samsung Pay and Smart things like Strava, Adidas Running, Calm, Spotify, YouTube Music, and Google Maps. The Galaxy Watch 4 comes in 44mm and 40mm sizes from RM899 and can be paired with a number of different straps to suit your needs.
OPPO Watch - For the rounded square watch lover
Some people don’t like round smart watches, instead preferring those with square-like designs and rounded corners. For these smart watch users, the OPPO Watch could be the Christmas Gift to get. While the OPPO Watch is a bit older since it was released in 2020, it still offers 24-hour heart rate monitoring, mobile payment, notifications and fitness tracking.
It does have slightly shorter battery life of up to 36 hours though but you can charge it back up to 46% in just 15 minutes. Coming in 46mm and 41mm sizes, it is available for RM1299 and RM899 respectively.
Apple AirPods - The 3rd generation originators
After firing up the whole TWS movement, Apple’s AirPods are now in their 3rd generation already and at RM829, they should make for pretty good wireless listening presents this Christmas. Now sweat and water resistant, these AirPods fit comfortably into most ears but the stand-out features here are the integrated Spatial Audio, Adaptive EQ and Dolby Atmos for Apple Music.
Battery life is now up to 6 hours while the new charging case can be done wirelessly through MagSafe Charging. Like other Apple devices you can also get these engraved with a nice Christmas message for free as well but they are only available in white. Quite obviously, these AirPods are more for the Apple iPhone or Apple device users.
So that's it for this edition of TechNave.com's Christmas Gift Guide 2021. We hope you and your friends or family will enjoy the selections and recommendations listed above as much as we did. However, if there's a category we didn't cover or you need help picking out just the right Christmas tech gift, then do drop by our Facebook page and we'll see if we can help out.
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