Tech Gifts That Don’t Sacrifice on Style or Functionality

The best tech gifts are easy to use and fun to look at. Here are our favorites from this year.

man leaning on railing wearing citizen watch
Citizen

What do we really want from technology? Mostly, it’s simplicity and effective function — with a touch of cool style, too. This year, let those simple goals guide your tech gift shopping. Science, ingenuity, and good old-fashioned market forces have shaped our favorite tech products of the year. So whether it’s a class-leading 4K projector or a smartwatch that looks and feels like a mechanical timepiece, here are the tech gifts your loved ones (or you yourself) will love.

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CZ Smart
citizen cz smart watch
Citizen

Smartwatches are awesome. But their design, generally is not. Citizen’s CZ Smart fixes that, marrying a classic mechanical watch aesthetic with a digital touchscreen. It’s a beautiful mix of technology and classic style.

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Jaybird Vista 2
Jaybird

The next generation of these wireless earbuds for running has noise-canceling and transparency functions, improved battery life and increased protection against dirt and water. Oh, and they look cool, too.

Optoma UHZ50 4K Laser Projector
Optoma

Want beautiful 4K projection, without the perfect white screen? You need the UHZ50, which has a setting that automatically adjusts the picture depending on the color of the wall you're projecting against.

DJI Mavic 3
DJI

Lighter, faster, and with better battery life than the Mavic 2, this DJI drone has two new cameras and next-gen sensors. It’s all the drone you can handle, pal.

McIntosh MC3500 Mk II
McIntosh

McIntosh’s new high-end vacuum table amplifier is designed for folks who are serious about their audio. Its oversized power meter and retro ‘90s look is about as cool as table amplifiers get.

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