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9 gift ideas for the man of your life

For when your man can’t decide what he wants

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Finding a gift for a guy is difficult. You ask them what they want and they’ll respond with “anything.” (Guilty!)

I know, I know. It’s frustrating, isn’t it? To help you find a gift for the man of your life for whatever occasion, we asked several men what’s on their wishlist. Here, we narrowed down their choices:

Smartphone

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

Smartphones nowadays are essential to one’s life and the man of your life needs something that will let him stay connected with you and will capture every moment of his life. Gift him a powerful smartphone that won’t break your bank like the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (US$ 403).

Sneakers

Adidas Continental 80

Give the gift of style and comfort by giving your man a pair of sneakers from Adidas like the Continental 80 (US$ 104), Stan Smith (US$ 94), or Ultraboost 19 (US$ 187). Your man would be delighted to receive some stylish kicks that he can show-off to his friends!

Gaming console

Nintendo Switch Lite

Let the man of your life — be it your brother, bae, best friend, or your dad — enjoy games by giving a Nintendo Switch Lite (US$ 200). This will also remind them that the only thing they should play with is a gaming console, not anyone’s heart.

RFID Wallet

Tommy Hilfiger Men’s RFID Blocking Leather Passcase Bifold Wallet

Wish your someone special well when you gift him a wallet, which is a symbol of wealth, money, and success. Gift them a stylish yet secure wallet like this Men’s RFID Blocking wallet from Tommy Hilfiger (US$ 24), which is guaranteed to protect his credit card and other info.

Instant Pot

Star Wars Instant Pot Duo Mini 3-Qt. Pressure Cooker, BB-8

Men are simple creatures: They want stuff that has multiple functions. To make sure they take care of themselves even without your help, gift them a Star Wars Instant Pot from Williams Sonoma (US$ 80). This single pot can be a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and warmer. It also comes in iconic designs like BB-8, R2-D2, Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, and Chewbacca.

Wireless Earphones

Apple AirPods Pro

Help them live a life without cables by gifting them a pair of wireless earphones particularly the Apple AirPods Pro (US$ 249). It promises an immersive audio experience, thanks to its Active Noise-Cancellation. Let your man enjoy good music without being tethered.

Backpack

Briggs & Riley @work Medium Backpack

Gift them a backpack that can carry all their essentials while looking sleek and professional. This @work Medium Backpack by Briggs & Riley (US$ 319) has dedicated padded compartments for laptops and tablets, and RFID blocking protection.

Your Netflix Password

Netflix account

Of all the passwords you may share, it should only be Netflix and Netflix alone. Give them the gift of entertainment so they can enjoy the binge-watching sessions you do.

Wireless speakers

Sony SRS-XB41

For when he hosts a party with his friends and family, gift him a loud Bluetooth speaker that he can bring wherever he goes. For instance, Sony’s SRS-XB41 (US$ 196) is a waterproof, portable speaker equipped with party lights. He can now have his own music festival anywhere!

Bonus for 18+ adults: E-Cigarette

MOK e-cigarette

If he’s smoking and he can’t just quit, then an e-cigarette might be an alternative. MOK’s e-cigarette (US$ 98) is a Heat-Not-Burn device (HnB) which heats up tobacco to prevent consumption of harmful toxins smokers get from combustible tobacco, such as tar and carbon monoxide. Additionally, it doesn’t produce vapor and users can choose flavors for added sensation.

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Huawei Sound X with hi-end audio launches

Will work seamlessly with the P40 series

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Huawei is slowly but surely venturing out into more and more devices. After wearables, the company is now showing off a hi-end speaker — the Huawei Sound X.

It’s never easy to describe sound on text but Huawei claims the Sound X “will revolutionize high-end acoustic technology with sonorous audio that leaves an enduring, life-altering impression on the listener.”

It was made in collaboration with Devialet — a global audio brand known for its High-Fidelity products.

It’s not a smart speaker in the way that there’s a voice assistant integrated like the Google Home or the Amazon Echo, but it does have some ‘smart’ qualities.

For instance, it will work seamlessly with your Huawei P40 series phone. Gently tapping your phone against the Sound X transmits audio to the speaker.

The audio, Huawei says, is lossless and low-latency and can be tweaked thanks to a proprietary EMUI 10.1 multi-device control panel. Think of like Huawei’s own version of Apple’s AirPlay.

Another thing that Huawei is proud of about the Sound X is how compact it is compared to other speakers that promise to deliver the same level of hi-end audio. It’s able to deliver 60W of bass despite being relatively smaller than other speakers with the same capability.

The company says the “exterior design was inspired by the golden dome of the black, glazed surface hints at the robust sound that seems to emanate from a bottomless well.” But it really just reminds of Darth Vader from Star Wars.

The press photos even have the Sound X in this red room of sorts. Screams Sith to me.

Imagine playing the “Imperial Death March” on this thing! Whether you see the resemblance or not, it does kind of look cool.

SEE ALSO: Huawei P40 Series with ‘visionary photography’ now official

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Qualcomm’s new chipset could bring noise-cancellation to budget earbuds

Expect affordable earbuds soon

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Qualcomm unveiled two new Bluetooth audio chipsets intended for use in truly wireless headphones. For the end consumer, this could provide active noise cancellation (ANC), voice assistant support, and more.

It has unveiled two new chipsets — QCC514X (premium tier) and QCC304X (entry-level line). Both shall support Qualcomm’s TrueWireless Mirroring technology that requires connecting via Bluetooth to just one of the earbud. It’s useful as it will allow either earbud to be used alone without interruptions.

The new chipsets will also produce better battery life – offering up to 13 hours of playback based on a 65mAh battery, according to Qualcomm. Usually, active noise cancellation consumes more battery power.

The dedicated noise cancellation hardware integrated into the chipset enables super-low latency leak-through of the outside environment. It enables genuinely natural awareness of the surroundings. It’ll also come handy when you’re onboard a flight or trying to concentrate in an office environment where ambient noise is higher than usual.

The chips also bring voice assistant support with them, but the premium QCC514X features always-on voice support. Meaning you won’t have to manually long-press a button to summon the virtual assistant. With direct support in the entry-level chipset as well, it’ll make this feature more widely available in affordable earbuds as well.

Qualcomm has also promised “premium wireless sound and voice quality.” The smartphone industry started omitting the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of USB-C or wireless earphones. The wireless options have often been quite expensive, and with wired ones, you either have the opportunity to charge your phone, or listen to music or watch a movie. More affordable options should automatically start solving this dilemma.

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5 reasons why you should stick to wired earphones

You don’t have to give up comfort and familiarity!

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Photo by Daniel Fontenele

The advent of wireless earbuds has become gospel among my friends — techie and geeks alike. It’s like everyone’s preaching about switching to wireless like it’s some mandatory rite of passage for adults who’ve been in the workforce for god knows how long.

Though I have my own pair of wireless earbuds, I still have my trusty wired earphones — one that has a 3.5mm jack for my laptop, and one that comes in USB-C for my phone that has no headphone jack. Even before, wired earphones were my savior — from strangers and familiar people approaching me, to keep me entertained in between idle moments, and for being a companion in trying times.

Just like most people, I’m still having a hard time letting go of wired earphones. People had been asking me to stop using one, but I still stand to a few reasons why it’s perfectly okay to stick to the familiar.

You’re a plug-and-play person

A lot of times, I find myself having trouble with pairing my smartphones to my wireless earbuds. To ensure seamless pairing, you must be using top-of-the-line and/or premium earbuds. Imagine the time you spent trying to connect so you can listen to music when you can just plug your wired earphones to a headphone jack, play your music, and enjoy.

You love the feeling of being connected

I thrive in connections — whether it’s people, conversations, or earphones. I feel most reassured when I know I’m connected, and the tangibility of my earphones’ connection to my smartphone is comforting — especially when I’m commuting. I’ll know right away where my phone is, and having a wired connection makes my loving smartphone safe.

On certain occasions, my smartphone was saved from falling because of my wired earphones. It’s these prevented tragedies that reassure me a tangible connection is still a good choice.

You’re practical about your choices

Let’s admit it: wireless earbuds are expensive. As someone who follows a strict budget, wired earphones are a tad cheaper and is more accessible to most of us. There are plenty of us can’t live without music, and wired earphones sometimes become a necessity to keep us from falling apart in between trying times.

On the other hand, wireless earbuds are considered a luxury — a want, not a need. Imagine losing a pair, or even misplacing it when a pair of wireless earbuds is priced around US$ 100. I don’t have the money to replace it easily even with access to a credit card.

You find comfort in familiarity

Some people aren’t comfortable with change. Most are hesitant, and even resistant to it — even with the advent of functional and bang-for-the-buck wireless earbuds. If you find comfort in familiarity a.k.a. choosing wired earphones because you’ve been using it for a long time, that’s absolutely fine.

You don’t have to change your preferences in life just because someone asked you to do so. Stay unique and love your individuality!

You haven’t felt the urge to switch

Lastly, there comes a time in every modern individual where they need to switch to a wireless lifestyle. It could be for convenience, for more flexibility, or for safety during a commute. Whatever it is, you’ll always feel the urge to switch and when you do, heed the call.

When you feel like you’re being called to the other side, that’s when you take a leap of faith. If you’re still content with using wired earphones, just enjoy it and stop caring what the world thinks. You have your music with you, just keep playing!

SEE ALSO: 6 reasons why you should switch to wireless earbuds

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