The holiday season is upon us. Let us rejoice by meeting up with family, eating delicious food, angrily honking our horns at people who steal our parking spot, and arguing with other shoppers at retail stores.
Once you're actually at the store, though, you're going to be overwhelmed by the amount of tech items that each store has. Here are the top tech items that you should make every effort to grab on Black Friday.
Apple's new Macbook Air has the same design, but the graphics card has been improved. The battery has also received a huge improvement, lasting an astounding 12 hours. This device received a solid four-star rating (and four and a half from users) in the Black Friday Gift Guide from CNET.
The future of television technology is here — and it's at a 4K resolution. This 4K TV will run you about $1,300 and displays at a 3840 x 2160 resolution. The price is astounding because other similar 4K TVs on the market have cost about $5,000. There's a reason why it's so cheap, though — there's no sort of Internet connectivity or 3D, which could be a major downside. It comes with a special HDMI cable, so your older ones won't work.
Despite the lack of Internet connectivity and 3D, it's a solid television and one that'll last you for a long time. And you could always hook up an HDMI-compatible laptop or a Chromecast device if you really want the connectivity.
Sony is back with a vengeance this holiday season, and this time with a brand new console — the Playstation 4. Boasting a comparatively low $399.99 price tag and a stellar line-up of games, this system is sure to make most people's holiday wish list. If you haven't pre-ordered one, you may be out of luck. It launches on November 15th, so hopefully stores will have a second shipment just in time for Black Friday.
The S4 is the latest in the Galaxy line of phones for Samsung. It allows you to add sound to your pictures, make air gestures, and features smart pause, which pauses videos for you when you look away from your phone. It runs on Android 4.2.2, which you can then upgrade to Android 4.3, and contains a quad-core processor, so there's no slow performance here. You can grab it in whatever size you feel like because you can expand the memory later, thanks to the microSD storage slot.
The iPad Air is brand new this holiday season and is already proving to be a huge hit with consumers, thanks to how thin and fast it is. The performance has been greatly increased, and even though it doesn't have a retina display, everything still looks great. The cameras have both been improved, so your Facetime calls will be much clearer. There's no option to upgrade the storage space, so be sure that the model that you buy has the amount of memory that you think you'll need.
Google's Chromecast device should be on everyone's wishlist for multiple reasons, the most important being that it's only $35. With Chromecast, you can wirelessly stream content from PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones over Wi-Fi to your HDTV. As long as your friends have the Chromecast password, they'll be able to stream their content to your TV. It's perfect if you don't have a device capable of displaying content on your TV.
Even though there's already a laptop on this list, the Razer Blade should definitely be mentioned. It's actually thinner than the Macbook Air. This laptop is dedicated to gaming, so rather than just doing tasks, you'll be able to download and play games on the go. They're not cheap by any means, but they're worth every penny you pay.
This Black Friday, there are a ton of tech items that you should grab. Instead of grabbing a bit of everything, be aware of what you should grab. These tech items are a few of the best rated items this year. When you head out on Black Friday, what are you going to be looking for? What tech items made your list?