We can all agree that last year was far from perfect. But 2021 promises to be a year of resurgence—in our travels and lifestyle. Here are a few gadgets to help you untangle your lives in the new year. By Vaibhav Sharma
Dell XPS 17
An ultralight premium laptop with a big display is a great productivity boost, especially when working on holiday. The Dell XPS 17 looks good, and with a milled aluminium chassis, it’s also tough. The 16:10 display form factor is work-friendly, and you can spec it out nicely, with GeForce graphics, up to 32GB RAM, and a UHD+ screen. The icing on the cake is its battery life—up to 23 hours. From INR 2,09,500.
Garmin Marq Adventurer
Here’s a smartwatch that ticks all the boxes—it has the features you’d want, but it also looks like a serious watch. It’s a powerful tool for the adventurer. Apart from music control, activity tracking, VO2, and swim tracking, you’ll find ski, golf, topographical maps, altitude sensor and barometer, remote camera operation, and storm alerts. INR 1,64,890.
3. WIRELESS HEADPHONES
Apple AirPods Max
The AirPods Max aren’t just a set of premium headphones; they’re also a conversation piece. Apple promises audiophile-pleasing sound with dynamic drivers, Active Noise Cancellation, and advanced processing features like spatial audio with dynamic head tracking (works only with iOS devices). INR 59,900.
4. AIR PURIFIER
Dyson Pure Hot+Cool
Cold weather and air pollution make for a terrible combination. Enter the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool. An Alexa-enabled smart device, this is a fan (perfect for spring days), a heater-blower (for cold winter nights), and also an air purifier. Its air monitoring system gives detailed info on just how bad the air really is. INR 55,900.
5. MEDIA PLAYER
Sony Walkman NW-A105
This Android-based music player should stop all the grumbling about phone makers killing off headphone ports. Other pros include Sony’s audio processing and upscaling, which can make low-resolution tracks sound surprisingly good; support for 24-bit audio; and the warm, full sound signature. INR 25,990.