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Top 10 Christmas Tech Ideas as chosen by Binary I.T. Solutions Inc.

These tech ideas were choosen for the combination of Price, usability and fun factor.  We have reviewed and tested most of these products but would be interested in hearing your opinions on the product.  Please comment about them on our facebook page located at:  https://www.facebook.com/BinaryItSolutionsInc

1.     Google - Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player

googlechromecastCost: $32.88 (Amazon)

Pros: Can cast webpages and content from your Android or IPhone Device including Netflix, and YouTube.  You can also cast content from your pc’s Chrome browser including video content from many websites.

Cons:  Still in Beta and has limited support options for the IPhone.  It is a new product and will take time before it is fully adopted if ever.

Google Chromecast is the easy way to enjoy online video and music on your TV. Plug it into any HDTV and control it with your existing Android smartphone or tablet, iPhone®, iPad®, or laptop. No remotes required. Cast your favorites from Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, and Chrome* to your TV with the press of a button.

2.     Roku 3

roku3headCost: $88.00 (Amazon)

Pros: Most powerful Roku and Streaming TV device on the market to date.  You may consider canceling your normal TV after obtaining this product.  It also comes with a headset attached to remote. Built-in Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

Cons:  It supports almost every internet TV option except YouTube and ITunes.  It also doesn’t support Apple Airplay, but it does have an app alternative. HDMI Only.

Roku is a market leader in bringing Internet streaming to the TV. The Roku 3 box, $99, offers 750 "channels," including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, Vimeo and others. And it has the coolest remote we've ever seen — truly wireless, with a built-in headphone jack so you won't disturb others in the house.

3.     Roku HD

rokuhdCost: $36.99 (Best Buy)

Pros: Perfect entry level device to get the power of Roku and Streaming TV.  You may consider canceling your normal TV after obtaining this product. HDMI and RCA for Backwards Compatibility.

Cons:  It supports almost every internet TV option except YouTube and ITunes.  It also doesn’t support Apple Airplay, but it does have an app alternative.

Enjoy high-definition TV shows, movies and more with this Roku 2500R HD streaming player that features access to more than 1000 channels, including Netflix and Hulu Plus. The built-in wireless networking allows you to easily stream your entertainment.

4.     FitBit Force

fitbitCost: $129.95

Pros: Great step monitor with the ability to monitor floors traveled and a fun to use sleep monitor.  Also includes time to fully replace your watch.  Comes in multiple colors.

Cons:  To get the full experience an additional fee for the monitoring membership is required.  It will work without it but you will not be able to get full history without it.  The latest edition of the wristband monitor lets you track your steps, miles and sleep habits. It is easy to set up, and communicates via Bluetooth to your smartphone or tablet. Best of all, the battery charge lasts a week.

5.     Belkin F7C030FC WeMo Light Switch

wifiswitchCost: $49.99

Pros: Works with most one way light switches and doesn’t require special light bulbs.

Cons:  Requires electrician or basic electrical knowledge.  Only works on one way switches (Incompatible with 3 way switches).  Only works in switches with one way switches with Neutral wires available for power.

Designed for use with most iOS and Android devices, this Belkin WeMo F7C030FC Wi-Fi-enabled light switch lets you control and schedule the lights in your home using your compatible mobile device. A backlight makes it easy to find the switch at night.

6.     LG - Tone+ Bluetooth Headset

headsetCost: $44.99 (Amazon)

Pros: Top of the line Bluetooth stereo Headset.  Quick charging and compatible with most phones.  Comfortable to wear and easy to use.

Cons:  A bit more bulky than most headsets and battery usage time reduces as it gets older.

Stream crystal-clear music and manage phone calls with this LG Tone+ HBS-730.ACUSBKK Bluetooth headset, which features apt-X technology for high-quality audio playback and intuitive neck-strap controls for ease of use. Stream crystal-clear music and manage phone calls with this LG Tone+ HBS-730.ACUSBKK Bluetooth headset, which features apt-X technology for high-quality audio playback and intuitive neck-strap controls for ease of use.

7.     JLAB - Crasher Portable Bluetooth Speaker (With Speakerphone)

btspeakerwithsphCost: $74.99 (Amazon)

Pros: Nice portable speaker with good sound.  Includes speakerphone

Cons:  A little larger which limits portability

Stream high-fidelity audio from up to 30' away with this JLAB Crasher CRSHRBLKBX speaker, which features Bluetooth 2.1 technology for easy wireless connection. Two full-range drivers and a passive subwoofer deliver lush audio. With Speakerphone capability.

8.     JAM Plus Bluetooth® Wireless Portable Speaker, 3.5" x 3.5" x 3.4"

speakerCost: $39.99 (Amazon)

Pros: Nice portable speaker with good sound.

Cons:  No speaker phone

Big sound in a small wireless speaker, Bluetooth lets you connect wirelessly to music sources. Rechargeable — no need to buy batteries.

9.     Apple TV

appletv-heroCost: $99.00

Pros: Easy to use and has multiple apple support options.  Easiest way to view ITunes library on your TV.

Cons:  Limited Chanel options (Only 23 compared to Roku’s 1000 or more),

Apple TV gives you access to the best 1080p HD content — including blockbuster movies, hit TV shows, live sports, your music, photos, videos, and more — right on your widescreen TV. You can even play content from your iOS device or Mac on your TV using AirPlay. Apple TV requires an HDMI cable (sold separately).

10.   Philips Hue (Three Light Blub Starter Set)

hueCost: $199.95 ($65.99 for single light bulbs)

Pros: Easy Installation.  Does not require a electrician.  Multiple color, brightness and other control options.

Cons:  Extremely high price.  Only comes with 3 bulbs to start.

Website:  https://www.meethue.com/en-US

Adjust the lights in your home not with a dimmer but via a smartphone or tablet.

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