It’s hard to believe that just a little over a year ago, most of us were still buying the bulk of our belongings (essential or otherwise) in physical stores. These days, hitting "add to cart" and waiting for packages to arrive at your doorstep has become the norm. The effect has been two-fold: On one hand, more and more people may find themselves purchasing small, typically non-essential items, often with the goal of creating small conveniences in your home life or just to boost your mood in the middle of a global pandemic. On the other hand, the ability to buy anything, anytime has also made consumers more conscious of how their purchases can pile up, leading them to opt for useful life investments over temporary amusements.
If you fall into the latter category and are trying to be more intentional with each purchase, you may find yourself scouring online shopping platforms for splurge-worthy finds that can benefit you in the long run and last you years. To help you find the right items worthy of a big spend, we list 10 noteworthy new gadgets you can shop right now. Whether you’re looking to invest in a new hobby, strengthen your productivity habits, or improve your home setup, you’re sure to find something worth saving up for.
These are the best new gadgets you can buy in Manila this 2021:
1. Apple iMac 24-Inch
In case you missed it, Apple just revealed a new lineup of exciting tech releases at their Apple Event in April—and the most talked-about release at the event was no doubt that gorgeous new update to the iMac. The desktop computer just got a total makeover with a 24-inch screen and an ultra-slim frame that measures just 11.5 millimeters thick. Most notably, the updated device is available in an array of fresh pastel colors including green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and silver. It also boasts a 4.5K Retina display with 11.3 million pixels and 500 nits of brightness for a vibrant, crystal-clear viewing experience. The new iMac houses Apple's groundbreaking M1 chip, which was unveiled in November 2020 and promises fast and efficient CPU performance, making it a great pick for professionals in need of state-of-the-art processing. The device is ideal for full-time remote workers with a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, a studio-quality built-in microphone, and a six-speaker sound system—"the best camera and audio ever in a Mac," notes the Apple website.
Apple iMac 24-Inch, P73,990, APPLE, Available for pre-order online.
2. Fitbit Sense Smartwatch
Learning how to manage and prioritize your health can be a massive undertaking all on its own, especially if your lifestyle hasn’t exactly been all yoga and acai bowls. Investing in a great smartwatch can be a highly effective first step if you're looking to do just that—Fitbit’s Sense watch is the one we’re currently eyeing. Aside from the expected features like a pedometer and heart rate monitor, the device also boasts an all-around health tracking system that lets you analyze your nightly sleep, manage your stress levels, monitor skin temperature, measure oxygen levels, and so much more. It also promises up to six days of battery life with enough power for a full day of use after just 12 minutes of charging—you’ll have no problem integrating it into your daily routine.
Fitbit Sense Smartwatch, P17,990, FITBIT, Available online.
3. Samsung Galaxy A72
In mid-March, Samsung unveiled their newest line of smartphones in their Galaxy A Series, which has long been known for its technological advancements in the mid-range tier. The latest update to the series includes three smartphones: the Galaxy A52, A52 5G, and—the model at the top of our wish lists—the A72. It sports a sleek exterior design with a unified color on the body and camera frame, minimal housing around the camera, and a matte haze finish to create a simple and refreshed look that’s available in four chic colors. But it’s much more than just a pretty device—at just a little over P20,000 the model boasts a 5,000 mAh battery that promises up to two days of battery life, a quad-camera system with a 64-megapixel main lens, and 5G capability.
4. Bose Sleepbuds II
If you’ve tried just about everything to improve your sleeping habits with no substantial results, here’s something you may want to check out: Bose’s new and improved Sleepbuds II are specifically designed to help you doze off by playing soothing sounds in your ear while also masking external noises—perfect for those who live near near noisy areas or busy roads. To use the device, you’ll have to download the Bose Sleep app (available on the App Store and Google Play Store), so you can install the relaxing sounds of your choice onto the earbuds—the app offers a wide range of audio options.
Bose Sleepbuds II, P18,900, BOSE , See a list of Bose stores.
5. DJI Pocket 2
Don’t be fooled by its ultra-compact size, this handheld DJI video cam packs a punch with a 4K camera that offers up to 8x zoom, four directional stereo microphones, and a 93-degree angle view for capturing moments in dynamic high definition. At a price tag just below the 20-grand line, it’s a pretty wallet-friendly option for capturing high-quality videos that doesn’t require struggling with bulky or heavy equipment. You’ll especially love it for recording travel videos or even vlogs depicting fast-paced, physical activities.
DJI Pocket 2, P19,990, DJI, Available online.
6. SHURE MV7-K Podcast Microphone
Many an Internet user has joked that saying “let’s start a podcast” is the social media generation’s version of “let’s start a band,” so we won’t be surprised if the idea has crossed your mind. If so, the SHURE MV7-K mic, made specifically for podcasting, could be just what you need to start your audio journey. Its Voice Isolation technology is built to keep the user’s voice sharp and clear no matter the environment you record in. It also has a cool feature called Auto Level Mode, which keeps your sound output clear and balanced, adjusting it in real time as you speak, so you won’t have to be an audio expert to use it. You can also use it to improve video meetings, hold livestream events, or even jumpstart your voice-acting career.
SHURE MV7-K Podcast Microphone, P15,880, SHURE, Available online.
7. Fujifilm GFX100s
For serious photographers looking to invest in their next go-to digital cam, Fujifilm’s new GFX100s could be just the thing you’ve been looking for. This powerful SLR boasts a 100MP sensor, an image stabilization system rated at up to 6EV, 4K video capability, and a touchscreen monitor. Those of you familiar with popular camera models may have also optioned out the device’s predecessor, the GFX100. This updated model offers almost identical specs, but with a significantly smaller price tag and a lighter, more compact build.
Fujifilm GFX100s, P329,990, FUJIFILM, See a list of Fujifilm retailers.
8. MSI Prestige Series Laptops
In November 2020, Taiwanese tech brand MSI launched a line of slim laptops made especially to cater to professionals, so if you’re on the hunt for the perfect work-from-home companion, you’ll want to check out their Prestige Series. The series is tailor-made for modern office setups, particularly to meet the demands of remote working. The brand has dubbed the series the “jack of all trades” when it comes to MSI laptops, thanks to its ability to combine efficiency and mobility, offering devices that would be ideal for a variety of lifestyles and industries. The Prestige Series offers fast, powerful performance as well as sharp, color-calibrated graphics. It's ultra-slim and lightweight, too, which means you’ll have no problem carrying around. It also has handy features like a fast fingerprint sensor, IR webcam, and enhanced audio performance with virtual surround sound.
MSI Prestige Series Laptops, starts at P99,995, MSI, See a list of MSI retailers.
9. Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A9 4th Generation
For the true audiophile looking to splurge on an excellent home sound system, Bang & Olufsen’s new Beoplay A9 deserves a spot on your wish list. Its contemporary design would look right at home in your minimalist, bohemian, or Scandinavian-style space. With a 480-watt digital amplifier system, the Bluetooth speaker promises to fill any room with clear and dynamic audio, promising to let you experience music the way the artist intended. It also has built-in room adaptation that adjusts the sound perfectly to its surroundings, so you get the ideal listening experience every time.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A9 4th Generation, P194,100, BANG & OLUFSEN, Available online.
10. Audio-Technica AT-LP60XBT Fully Automatic Wireless Belt-Drive Turntable
Take this as a sign to finally start collecting vinyl records like you’ve always wanted to! Of course, the first item on your shopping list should be a record player—this turntable from Audio-Technica is a great pick for first-timers looking for a non-bulky machine. Though this isn’t the top-of-the-line choice for diehard, meticulous audiophiles, it’s a solid choice if you’re looking for the basics done well. Thanks to its user-friendly hardware, all you have to do is place your vinyl record on the platter and hit the start button; the turntable will do the rest, delivering smooth sound quality and balanced audio. Plus, the device has Bluetooth connectivity, which means you can even listen to your records through a wireless speaker or headphones.
Audio-Technica AT-LP60XBT Fully Automatic Wireless Belt-Drive Turntable, P13,000, AUDIO-TECHNICA, Available online.
*This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.
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