September 20, 2021

905 On the Bay

For Tech Lovers

Father’s Day Gadget Gift Guide to suit all types of Dads

15 min read

It’s Father’s Day and time to show just how much we appreciate our Dads and what better way to do that than with a nice gadget gift.

But not all Dads are the same so that why’s we’ve split our gift guide into various sections to what Dads like and what they like to do.

Here we go:

AUDIO DADS

JBL LIVE PRO+ – $249.95

When people are looking for wireless earphones they want both quality and value and the JBL Live Pro+ True Wireless earphones, which have just been released, offer just that.

JBL already has a strong reputation when it comes to producing great sound quality so our expectations were quite when we go got our hands on the JBL Live Pro+ earphones.

Priced at $249.95, the JBL Live Pro+ did not disappoint.

There’s a notion in this popular category that you have to spend $500 and stick with a particular brand to get something decent.

JBL has proven that’s definitely not the case.

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SENNHEISER CX TRUE WIRELESS EARPHONES – $199

Finding an affordable pair of wireless earphones that also sound good is pretty rare but the new Sennheiser CX True Wireless easily fit the bill to provide an excellent experience.

Let’s face it – not everyone has $500 to spend on earphones – not even $300, but the Sennheiser CX True Wireless earphones – priced at $199.95 – is within everyone’s reach.

And coming from a brand like Sennheiser – you can rest assured the sound quality is going to be there.

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LG FN7 TONE FREE WIRELESS EARBUDS -$299 

For the Dad who loves his audio, the LG FN7 TONE Free wireless earbuds will put a smile on his face this Father’s Day.

Delivering premium life like listening experiences through Meridian Audio technology, the FN7 model features the industry-first UVnano case, which kills 99.9% of E. coli and S. aureus bacteria on the earbuds after 10 minutes of charging. The in-ear earbud design delivers a comfortable fit, while active noise cancellation allows Dad to block out the world and tune out with his favourite album, playlist or podcast.
If he’s a multi-tasker and on the go, Dad can make and take calls with his FN7 earbuds, thanks to Bluetooth connectivity and a microphone positioned at the end of the stem that will pick up and amplify Dads’ vocals, even in a crowded space.

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JBL CHARGE 5 SPEAKER – $229.95 (Seen for $199.95)

If your Dad loves music then gift him a portable Bluetooth speaker with excellent sound that can go anywhere and handle the conditions like the JBL Charge 5.

Priced at $229.95 (we’ve seen it for $199.95), the JBL Charge 5 is a great all-round package – it sounds good, it looks goods, it has good build quality and it has an IP67 rating which makes it waterproof and dustproof.

So whether you’re chilling at home or outside in your yard, beside the pool, at the beach or on a camping trip, the JBL Charge 5 will do the job and do it well.

And not only that, it can also charge your other devices as well.

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EFM AUSTIN BLUETOOTH SPEAKER – $279.95

EFM Austin Bluetooth Speaker with LED Glow Effect boasts strong, deep bass with minimal noise distortion.

Featuring a whopping 25W Driver Unit with Subwoofer, hands-free calling, wireless pairing, IPX7 waterproof rating and LED Glow effect, the EFM Austin allows you to rock your tunes just about anywhere for hours on end.

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SMART DAD

ARLO ESSENTIAL INDOOR CAMERA – $159

Arlo has taken the technology from its popular and award winning outdoor wire-free security cameras to a new indoor camera model but it has one feature the other camera don’t – a privacy shield.

Not everyone would be comfortable with a camera inside their homes which is why Arlo added the privacy shield – this is literally a cover that masks the lens so your privacy in your own home can be protected.

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LASER SMARTHOME RANGE – From $10

Laser SmartHome’s range features an array of lighting options, smart home security and smart power solutions for every Australian household! Including smart bulbs that offer a wide range of colour customisation and scheduling options or smart power solution including a Smart Wi-Fi  Plug and Power Board which can make any appliance into a smart appliance.

The Laser range of outdoor and indoor cameras offer utility and convenience as well as peace of mind. Ready to set up and go, the cameras can be placed in any room and integrated through the Laser SmartHome app.

The range is ideal for every Aussie family to automate their lives! All products are compatible with Google Home and Amazon Alexa, and can be controlled with your voice, or the companion smartphone app.

Available from Big W

NANOLEAF ELEMENTS – $429.99

Nanoleaf, the leader in smart lighting décor, has introduced an innovative new product –Elements – which include hexagonal wood-look panels to offers a whole approach to smart lighting.

The Nanoleaf Elements panels have a wood-grain finish and texture to give users new options to introduce the lights in their homes.

And they look good whether they’re on or off.

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ECHO SHOW 5 – $119

If your Dad is just beginning his smart home journey the Echo Show 5 is a great entry level option at a lower price point whilst still having all of the core capabilities as other Alexa-enabled devices.

Dad can ask Alexa, the built in AI assistant, to maximise his morning routine by setting alarms, playing the news, checking the weather, running him through a workout or meditation and even organising his commute to work – just ask “Alexa, how long will it take me to get to work” or “Alexa, book me an uber.” 

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SMARTPHONE DAD

TCL 20 PRO 5G – $799

TCL has launched its most powerful smartphone to date – the TCL 20 Pro 5G – which includes company’s proprietary NXTVISION 2.0 technology, an improved camera system and superfast 5G connectivity.

The TCL 20 pro 5G is priced at $799

The device has a curved 6.67 inch 20:9 AMOLED display for a truly immersive experience courtesy of TCL’s all-new NXTVISION 2.0 intelligent display technology powered by Pixelworks.

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NOKIA  XR20 SMARTPHONE – $879

Whether your Dad likes to get out in the elements, seeks adventure or is always on the go, the 5G-ready Nokia XR20 will survive whatever life throws at his day. With an ultra-solid case and the toughest display glass on the market, it’s scratch-resistant, drop-resistant, temperature-resistant and water-resistant.

A smartphone tough enough to face the action needs a seriously good camera to capture it – Nokia XR20’s 48MP and 12MP ultra-wide cameras with dedicated flashes are serious about capturing detail, regardless of the lighting condition.

With three years of OS upgrades and four years of monthly security updates, your Dad’s phone will be up to date into 2025. The ultra-rugged yet sleek Nokia XR20 is a phone your Dad is sure to love, trust and keep for years.
It is strong enough to resist the whims of kids, the slobber of pets, as well as drops and scratches.

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GAMER DAD

PLAYSTATION 5 DUALSENSE WIRELESS CONTROLLERS – $119.95

If your Dad loves playing games with the PlayStation 5 you can offer him a deeper gaming experience with the new PS5 controller available in new colours.

Now you add some colour to match the controller to his style and set up with the new vivid Cosmic Red or sleek and subtle Midnight Black.

Both controllers are available now for $119.95 (red) and $109.95 (black) from select retailers.

READ TECH GUIDE’S PLAYSTATION 5 REVIEW

TURTLE BEACH RECON 500 HEADSET – $129.95 (Compatible with all platform)

Gamers will experience a revolution in gaming audio with the Recon 500.

Turtle Beach’s all-new, patented 60mm Eclipse Dual Drivers separate high and low frequencies for ultra-detailed gaming audio across a massive soundstage. The Recon 500’s earcups are precision-engineered and injected with AccuTune wood composite, lending to enhanced acoustics for realistic sound imaging.

The removable TruSpeak noise-cancelling mic delivers reliable, clear, pro-level communication with teammates and other players, and on-ear controls put Volume and Mic Available from JB Hi-Fi / EB Games / Big W / Amazon AU / The Gamesmen

Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

NORTON 360 WITH GAME OPTIMISER – $69 (SPECIAL PRICE FOR TECH GUIDE READERS)

When you’re an online gamer, you are always trying to find the edge on your opponents and the new Norton Game Optimiser has been found to improve your computer’s performance by up to a massive 30 per cent.

It has everything you’d find in the regular Norton 360 security but with the extras that will make your gaming experience even better.

Independent testing conducted by Passmark Software compared the Norton Game

Game Optimiser is part of the Norton 360 for Gamers package and can reduce performance interruptions while still maintaining the level of security you expect from NortonLifeLock.

Tech Guide readers can get Norton 360 for Gamers at the special price of $69 for 12 months by going to au.norton.com/techguide. 

CONNECTED DAD


NETGEAR ORBI WI-FI 6 – $1,399

How can I improve my wi-fi? We get asked this the time.

One of the best solutions is the Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi 6 which can be set up in minutes and solve all your wi-fi problems.

We’re working and learning from home now and rely on our broadband connections more than ever.

And this is on top of what we’re already doing including streaming content, gaming online, accessing the internet from our laptops, smartphones and tablets and also connecting our numerous smart home devices.

COMPUTER AND TABLET DAD


SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB A7 LITE – From $249

Samsung today launched the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite – a compact tablet that’s designed to keep you connected, productive and entertained on the move.

The device has an 8.7-inch display and is housed in a durable metal chassis.

It also has a thin bezel around the screen along with powerful dual speakers with Dolby Atmos so it provides an impressive viewing experience for your movies, TV shows and games.

It’s an ideal choice for customers and families buying their first tablets

There is 32GB of storage space onboard with a microSD card slot expand the memory by up to an additional 1TB.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is powered by an octa-core processor which offers solid performance no matter what you’re doing with smooth video playback and scrolling and fast movement between apps.

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SURFACE LAPTOP 4 – From $1,599

The Surface Laptop 4 is all about style, performance and speed, it’s the perfect laptop  companion for the Dad who appreciates the finer things in life.

Not only does the Surface Laptop 4 look good, it also has serious multitasking power, with up to 19 hours of battery life, immersive Dolby Atmos audio and an exceptional PixelSense™ touchscreen.

Available from: Microsoft.com/store, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and The Good Guys

LOGITECH COMBO TOUCH FOR iPAD PRO – $349.95

If you’ve invested in the new 11-inch or 12.9-inch iPad Pro the new Logitech Combo Touch is a versatile addition so you can take productive or entertained wherever you go.

Logitech’s Combo Touch includes a case and a detachable keyboard with an integrated trackpad.

So whether you’re typing, sketching or just watching the iPad Pro, the Logitech Combo Touch has got you covered.

There are two pieces to the combo – a case which also features a kickstand and detachable keyboard which connects to the iPad via the smart connector so there is no need for a battery, no on/off switch, no Bluetooth pairing required and therefore there’s no need to charge it.

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HOVERBAR DUO – $139.95

If your has an iPad or other tablet it can become even more versatile with the new HoverBar Duo which can position the screen so he can use it hands-free anywhere in your home.

Whether Dad is using the iPad for a video meeting or home schooling, following a recipe in the kitchen, staying productive or sitting back and watching a movie, the HoverBar Duo

The HoverBar Duo from TwelveSouth is an adjustable iPad stand that can hold the device in landscape or portrait mode.

It can handle all sizes of iPads right up to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. And, of course, it can be used with Android and Windows tablets as well.

READ TECH GUIDE’S REVIEW

OUTDOOR DAD

DJI AIR 2S – $1,699

the DJI Air 2S – which has an improved camera and even better flight capabilities so you can capture even more stunning videos and images.

The DJI Air 2S drone is equipped with a 1-inch sensor that’s capable of shooting 5.4K video at 30 frames per second and 4K at 30fps.

The sensor, which is double the size of the one on its predecessor the Mavic Air 2, can also capture stunning 20 megapixel stills with amazing clarity and rich colours.

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GOPRO WEEKENDER BACKPACK – $189.95

GoPro has just introduced this stylish yet super functional bag to their line-up of lifestyle gear.

The versatile, weather-resistant backpack features ample storage to haul necessities for a three-day getaway or simply for use as your everyday pack.

It includes a hidden pocket for valuables and a collapsible compartment, perfect for a pair of shoes or a weekend’s worth of dirty laundry!

Available from: gopro.com

GOPRO SUCTION CUP – $39.99

Adventure Dad want to use their GoPro anywhere they go and capture everything they are doing.

One thing that can help with that is the GoPro Suction Cup.

You can attach your GoPro to cars, boats, motorcycles and more with this industrial-strength Suction Cup mount.

It has been proven at speeds of more than 200Km/h and engineered for stability and a broad range of motion.

Available on gopro.com

SPORTY DAD

SUUNTO 7 TITANIUM SPORTWATCH – $699

Is your Dad looking to balance an active fitness routine with a busy lifestyle? The Suunto 7 Titanium builds upon Suunto’s versatile sports expertise as well as features that have made the Suunto 7 an industry-leading wearable, with its comprehensive blend of fitness tracking and smart features offering 70+ sport modes and Wear OS by Google providing access to thousands of apps. Along with a sleeker design, the Suunto 7 Titanium boasts key in-built updates that are backwards compatible across the existing 7 range, live through an automatic software update, including new tiles for tracking sleep duration and stages, managing body resources and real-time access to heart rate feedback.

Available from Harvey Norman, MYER and other specialist retailers

HUAWEI WATCH FIT – $149

Whether he’s getting into a new sport or kick-start his fitness journey, HUAWEI WATCH FIT is the perfect companion to help motivate Dad to achieve his goals.

The smartwatch has 12 animated fitness courses, 96 workout modes and scientific health-tracking features, including heart rate, sleep quality, menstrual cycle, SpO2, and stress levels. Its powerful battery life lasts up to 10 days.

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UNAGI E500 DUAL MOTOR ELECTRIC SCOOTER – $1,699 (Seen for $1,199)

The Unagi E500 dual motor electric scooter is an easy and efficient way to travel around the city. It is sleek and lightweight and made from premium materials.

It weighs just 12kg and can fold down for easy storage when you arrive at your destination.

The zero-emission scooter can take you up to 25km on a single charge at a top speed of 25km/h.

It also includes LED headlights for added safety and is available in Cosmic Blue and and Matte Black from JB Hi-Fi.

CHARGED UP DAD

MOPHIE 3-in-1 WIRELESS CHARGING PAD – $219.95

If you own the Apple trifecta – the iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods – this is the ideal way to keep them all charged in one place.

The charging pad has a soft finish so your Apple devices won’t get scratched or scuffed.

And if the iPhone is in a charging case, it will still be charged.

There is a small Apple Watch charging stand which positions the device so you can still see the time and also use it as your alarm clock (which is what we do!).

There’s also a small recess so the AirPods case sits perfectly in place so it can also be charged wirelessly.

The Mophie 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad offers 7.5W wireless charging power to your iPhone.

BOOST CHARGE MAGNETIC WIRELESS POWER BANK – $59.95

This is not only compatible with MagSafe but it’s also designed not to block the iPhone 12 camera which means you can use the phone even while you’re charging.

It’s ideal for travelling and commuting and provides a power boost anywhere.

The Belkin Magnetic Attached products are available from www.belkin.com/au, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and other leading retailers.

FORGETFUL DAD

APPLE AIRTAGS –  $45 each or $149 for a four pack

If your Dad is the forgetful type and misplacing things then an Apple AirTag might be a great solution.

Apple’s AirTag csn precisely locate your items using the FindMy network

Users can attach AirTag to their keys, slip one inside their bag or backpack and attach to anything with a clip or keyring.

AirTag can then make that item searchable on the FindMy network.

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MOVIE DAD

TCL NXTWEAR G WEARABLE DISPLAY GLASSES – $899

Give the gift of sensory immersion this Father’s Day with TCL’s new Wearable Smart Glasses, offering Dad a truly innovative and fully immersive viewing experience that emulates a 140-inch display right before their eyes.

Combining dual micro OLED screens with a comfortable design and plug-and-play functionality with a wide variety of smartphones and other devices, the NXTWEAR G offers a hands-free personal viewing experience that offers a portable cinema for movie lovers, an immersive world for gamers, and making the sport-loving Dad feel like they are closer to the action than ever before. TCL’s NXTWEAR G also comes with a bonus six month subscription to Optus Sport, letting Dad gear up for a big few sporting months ahead while enjoying a truly immersive experience!

Available from Harvey Norman

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FUN DAD

LEGO FORD MUSTANG – $199.99

If your Dad loves cars – he can build his own with the LEGO Ford Mustang which is an incredibly faithful recreation of the real thing.

There is an aamzing level of detail as well as opening doors, trunk and hood and you also get the option of adding the supercharged engine and other upgrades like a spoiler and a beefier exhaust.

The steering wheel can even turn the front wheels and raise the rear axle to give it a more aggressive stance.

READER DAD

KOBO NIA – $149.95

Gift your Dad hours of endless entertainment – this entry-level eReader is perfect as your Dad’s companion.

The compact, affordable device is easy to use and full of features only a Kobo eReader can offer.

Available online at https://www.kobo.com/au/en, Booktopia and JB-Hi-Fi.

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GROOMED DAD

BRAUN 10-IN-1 SERIES 7 MULTIGROOM KIT – $149

Give Dad the rechargeable all-in-one Wet & Dry trimmer which has unprecedented cutting performance when compared with previous generations of Braun beard trimmer.

This 10-in-1 trimmer kit is for Dad’s beard, face, hair, body, ear and nose trimming, including Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide razor for clean shaving

It has Lifetime Sharp Metal Blades and 13 length settings for ultimate styling precision

The AutoSensing motor also  adapts to any beard type for an effortless trimming experience.

WATERPIK NANO – $139.95

The perfect surprise to keep everyday Dad smiling this Father’s Day. Waterpik Nano is the latest innovation that delivers full-size water flosser performance in a compact, portable design making it perfect for small spaces.

Available at Chemist Warehouse and Shaver Shop.

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PHILLIPS SONICARE DIAMONDCLEAN 9000 – $379

Keep Dads pearly whites shining bright with the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean 9000.

With the power to remove up to 10x more plaque than a regular toothbrush and a built-in pressure sensor, the DiamondClean 9000 will keep Dad smiling.

CAFFEINE DAD

JURA S8 – $2890

The stylish S8 creates the full range of specialities from espresso to latte macchiato to a masterful standard of quality. With just a touch on the colour touchscreen display, one of 15 different specialities flows into the cup.

The new Professional Aroma Grinder provides 12.2%* more aroma and consistently high grind quality over the entire service life of the machine.

The Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.) ensures the optimum extraction time for short specialities and delivers a taste explosion for espresso and ristretto.

Also onboard is the new professional fine foam frother on the S8 is made from the highest quality materials and has a stunning look and feel.

Available now from www.au.jura.com as well as selected electrical retailers, department stores and independents and specialty outlets.

DRIVER DAD


MiVUE PRO T SERIES DUAL CAM – $549

Looking out for dad this Father’s Day is getting him a sleek Navman Dash Cam that has the elegance of a factory fitted model, fits discreetly to the windscreen and, unlike other high-end models, still comes with the benefits of a screen.

The MiVue Pro T-Series Dual Cam has two cameras, front and rear and is packed with high-end features to please the most discerning drivers. The front camera crisply films fast-moving objects at 60 frames per second, and both cameras come with dual channel Full HD 1080P recording, Premium STARVIS™ Low Light Sensors.

While smaller than other high-end dash cams, this comes with a LCD screen so footage can be reviewed without removing the device from the car, and you can transfer it via WIFI on the spot. Plus, safety features like red light and speed camera alerts are displayed on the screen.

Special offer available – $549 at www.navman.com.au – use code PROTDEAL at checkout between 13/08/21 and 10/09/21. Installation not included.