Christmas Gift Guide 2013: 7 tech gift ideas under £50
Christmas is less than a month away, and once again UK buyers will spend billions on tech presents, with huge numbers of headphones, tablets and TVs expected to be sold over the Xmas period.
But what to buy? Whether you're treating yourself or someone else, here's a list of guft ideas under £50, should you be on a (still relatively decent) budget.
Tested at £35
If it's in-ear headphones you're after this year, then the SoundMagic E10s should definitely appear near the top of your Christmas present list – there's a reason they've won the best in-ear Award for the past three years. With incredibly detailed sound at an impressively low price, they're a fantastic headphone upgrade.
Tested at £130 (now available for around £50)
The AKG K451s have won our headphones Product of the Year gong for the past two years, and should have a space reserved under the Christmas tree.
They provide incredible sound, look good, and are built to last. The fact you can pick a pair up for around £50 is the fairy on the top.
Tested at £40
If you're after a cheap, versatile and easy-to-use MP3 player, then the Shuffle is the one for you. Sound quality is just about on a par with other iPods, and the improved Apple buds are bundled in too. Or there's always the SoundMagics...
Tested at £50
An intuitive and great-sounding portable DAB radio. The Aves Air gives users a warm sound with decent bass. You'll almost certainly need to upgrade the headphones, though, as the ones supplied aren't great.
Digital TV box
Tested at £10
"Digital TV box" is somewhat underselling it, but whatever you call it, we're still wondering how Sky can release a device like the Now TV Box for such a low price.
Providing access to the likes of BBC iPlayer and Spotify, as well as Sky's own Movies and Sports services on a pay-as-you-go basis, it's a bargain for a tenner – and a perfect Christmas gift for any old TV.
Tested at £45
Cables? Glamorous they ain't, but you can't build a decent system without them. If you want to hear your hi-fi system at its best, then this award-winning analogue interconnect will help you on your way. The Atlas Element Integra is a solid upgrade.
Tested at £15
Universal remote controls may have fallen out of favour a touch but for getting to grips with a range of products from just one zapper, there's no competition.
Capable of operating your TV and set-top box, this One For All is an accomplished performer which is incredibly easy to use. And cheap!