Take our word for it: your father will appreciate being remembered this Sunday, even if it’s only with a pair of socks. But if you really want to make him happy, think gadgets. Here are a few we reckon ought to be on your shortlist.
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth speakers – $129
We reckon that he can rarely have too many Bluetooth speakers around the house. Especially ones that belie their size with impressively loud output and respectable bass. That’s what you can expect from the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth speakers.
They come in a bold range of colours and are waterproof to an IP67 rating. Even though they’re small, their solidity is attested to by their 425 gram weight. The built in battery is good for ten hours of operation.
The two 40mm drivers, supported by two passive radiators, fire sound in all directions. If you want to show Dad how much you really love him, buy two. A pair can be linked for even more sound.
Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch – $4249
Apple made a big change with its latest line of MacBook Pros. All but the entry level model had a “Touch Bar”, a kind of set of soft keys which adjust to whatever is relevant to the context. Combine that with all the other fine Apple stuff, and you have a powerhouse.
He will love the ability of the computer to drive up to four 4K monitors. And the space afforded by a 512GB sold state drive.
But what we loved above all was the touch pad. It’s massive and while the occasional Windows computer has a very good touch pad, none of them can match Apple’s for usability.
Jaybird X3 wireless earphones – $199.95
We try out a lot of headphones and earphones around here, and we’re, arguably, painfully particular about their sound quality. Some sound truly, dreadful, and we’re glad to get them out of our ears. But at the opposite end of the quality range were the Jaybird X3 wireless earphones, which proved to be one of the best sets we’ve used this year.
The best thing about them was the sound, but they were also very practical, with plenty of bits for ensuring a good match to ears, including wings (you don’t have to use them) and both silicon and memory foam tips. There is even a tiny charging cradle included.
They include support for the AAC codec, which means higher sound quality with Apple devices.