The term “techie” can mean a lot of different things. An audiophile is somebody who appreciates hi-fi audio, for example, while a cinephile is somebody who is really into movies. Then there are photographers, videographers and graphic designers, as well as computer engineers, technicians and gamers — all these people share a love on consumer tech to some degree, but could be completely different. That’s what shopping for such a person can be difficult — and daunting — so let us help you out. As long as you know what their general interest is, be it audio, home theater, gaming or photography, there’s something below that’ll strike his interest.
The Ridge Wallet Aluminum
This minimalist wallet protects against RFID or credit card theft if you’re worried about that, but for most people, it’s just convenient and slim. You can get it with an elastic strap or stainless steel money clip to hold your bills and both can hold up to 12 credit cards. It’s hardy, lightweight and comes with a lifetime warranty — it is, as its name implies, made of aluminum. The Ridge also sells Titanium and Carbon Fiber options.
Lighthouse Home Security Camera
This is probably the coolest and most high-tech home security camera on the market. Lighthouse costs the same as the Nest Cam IQ, and it can do pretty much the same exact things. But what makes it unique is that, in its companion app, you can ask it questions like “What time did [Matt] leave for work?” Or you can program it to send you notification is it doesn’t see any activity, like if [little Tommy] doesn’t get home between 3pm and 4pm, which is really helpful. (Read our full review).
Audioengine A5+ Wireless Speakers
These are essentially the same as Audioengine’s best-in-class bookshelf speakers, the A5+. With built-in Bluetooth, however, these speakers don’t need a reciever to play to premium stereo sound. (Read our full review.)
Astell&Kern ACRO L1000 Desktop Headphone Amplifier
The ACRO L1000 is a brilliant and new 32-bit headphone amp-and-DAC combo. The “knob feel” is great — wonderfully satisfying — and if your father/brother/husband/friend is into high-end desktop audio, this will instantly become his new prized possession.
F-Stop Kalamaja Camera Bag
This bag is handsome, lightweight and tough, made of 420D ripstop nylon, meaning it’ll protect dad’s expensive DSLR better than most.
Mophie Powerstation AC
Portable power banks are more popular, and useful, than ever. And Mophie makes the nicest, most capable and, yes, most expenisive power banks on the market. The Powerstation AC is particularly useful because it can output enough power to charge your laptop or smartphone. Plus, it charges via USB-C, so you can use the same charger as your new MacBook Pro to store this portable charger back to full health.
TCL 6-Series 4K TCL Roku TV
If you’re searching for a new 4K TV that supports HDR technologies, Dolby Vision and HDR10, and looks terrific, well then, TCL’s 2018 6-Series is the best TV under $1,000 you can buy.
Cambridge Audio Solo Stereo Phono Stage
For anybody with a turntable, some bookshelf speakers and a collection of records, this will make their currect setup sound even better. It’s the best moving magnet phono stage that Cambridge Audio, an industry leader in hi-fi audio, makes. And it also looks darn pretty.
Logitech Keys-to-Go Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard
This isn’t the most high-tech item on the list. Actually far from it. But it’s a super useful gadget for anybody who takes notes or writes emails on their smartphone or tablet. Simply connect via Bluetooth and you’re good to go.
Shure KSE1200 Electrostatic Earphone System
Brilliant portable hi-fi is actually still difficult to come by, but Shure’s newest system, which includes electrostatic noise-isolating earphones and a portable high-voltage headphone amp, is actually just that. It’s a gorgeous and efficient gadget, plus it can easily slot into your pocket.
Gear Patrol Magazine: Issue Six
The sixth iteration of Gear Patrol Magazine is a little bit different. We’ve cut it down by roughly a hundred pages, but also put a stronger focus and what we care most about: product journalism. In this issue, anybody interested in consumer tech (and science) will find a number of cool reads. From building out a brilliant hi-fi system to exploring what impact smart speakers will have on traditional powers like Bose and Bowers & Wilkins, these 200+ pages have it all.
DSPTCH × Gear Patrol Wrist Camera Strap
For as long as we can remember, DSPTCH has made some of our favorite dependable, high-strength and lightweight travel accessories. We couldn’t be more stoked to team up with them on a custom camera strap.