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6 Gadgets Your Tech-Savvy Dad Will Actually Use

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6 Gadgets Your Tech-Savvy Dad Will Actually Use

By InMotion
June 14, 2018

There’s no worse feeling than buying your Dad another golf accessory or book and finding it still unused and unopened later on, so why not get Dad something he’ll actually use this Father’s Day. Here at InMotion we’ve decided to collect some of our top Father’s day gift ideas together in one place, that way even if you don’t find that one perfect gift here, you’ll have some ideas to build off of.

Comfort, Clarity, and Quiet

Sony 1000XM2 Wireless Headphones

Sony headphones
‍(Image courtesy of The Verge)

Big chunky over-ear headphones have roared back into the in-ear audio market in the last decade. As digital audio file sizes get smaller and smaller it becomes more and more important to make sure that your hardware for receiving those sounds is as powerful as possible. Bulky over-ear headphones were previously regarded as a purely functional implement, those among us with sensitive ears would slip them on to sleep peacefully through long flights and bus rides. With the advent of Sony’s 1000X model (and its successor, the 1000XM2,) suddenly a pair of noise-canceling headphones can work as more than just a travel aid. The 1000XM2’s are comfortable enough to wear all day, and their powerful 40mm driver with Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragm is ideal for handling heavy beats. Whether your Dad is a John Bonham, Neil Peart, or Keith Moon devotee he need look no further to hear their legendary drumming as it was meant to be heard. These headphones are totally wireless with simplified NFC connectivity and their 20-hour battery life is simply unmatched. Most impressive, however, may be Sony’s highly-touted Adaptive Sound Control technology, which subtly adjusts the 1000XM2’s settings to best suit the environment you’re currently in, whether that’s walking, waiting, or traveling.

The Wave of the Future

Samsung Gear IconX True Wireless Earbuds

Samsung Ear Buds
‍(Image courtesy of The Verge)

Let’s assume for a moment that your Dad isn’t nostalgic for the big bulky headphones of his youth. Maybe a pair of headphones reminds him of all those nights he wasted sitting near the family record player staring at the wall and listening to his brother’s James Gang records. If this describes your Dad but you’re still looking to provide him with an in-ear audio hookup for Father’s day, why not get him onto the next big trend with a pair of wireless earbuds from Samsung? The Gear IconX is the much-improved second generation of Samsung wireless earbuds, with leagues-better battery life (up to 5 hours from 1 and a half) and 4 GB of on-earphones storage space for direct listening. No phone? No problem.

Carry an Outlet in Your Pocket

MyCharge AdventureMax Rechargeable 10500mAh Battery

‍(Image courtesy of thegeekchurch.com)

If your Dad likes to travel, whether for business or for pleasure, he’ll definitely appreciate the increased phone battery life that a portable charging station brings. We recommend the MyCharge AdventureMax Rechargeable 10500mAh battery. The AdventureMax is a rugged portable charger with two built-in USB ports for charging phones, tablets, headphones, or any other device that runs on a USB connection, it can extend the battery life of these devices up to six times! The AdentureMax also comes equipped with a built-in carabiner for easy in-transit carrying on belt loops, bags, or anything else your Dad might be carrying around with him. Dads who hike, golf, take photographs, or play battery-consuming mobile games like Fortnite will also appreciate having a power outlet in their pockets instead of having to go hunting for one every time his device is in the red.

Your New Carry-On Luggage Best Friend

Samsonite Tectonic Wheeled Backpack

‍(Image courtesy of mightygoods.com)

The best gift for the dad who has it all may just be somewhere to put it. Samsonite has you covered with the new Tectonic wheeled backpack. We know, the last time you took a wheeled backpack seriously you were in middle school, but trust us. Dads who like to travel there’s no greater godsend than not having to lift the bag you’ve stuffed your entire life into as you run like a maniac through security and to your gate. You will, in fact, be able to fit your whole life inside this backpack, as it’s seven exterior and six interior pockets provide unmatched packing space, and it even comes equipped with a special pocket for one’s laptop.

Keep the Tunes Coming

JBL Flip 4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

‍(Image courtesy of Pocket Lint)

The Flip 4 is the latest in JBL’s popular flip line of Bluetooth speakers, and we think it might be the best yet. The Flip 4 comes with two 40mm bass drivers and JBL’s highly-touted bass radiator system to give real weight and heft to the big sound coming out of this small package. The Flip 4 allows for two Bluetooth connections at once, meaning you and a friend can share music-duties and avoid arguing over who gets to play their tunes. The Flip 4 also has 12 hours of battery life, allowing you to keep the party going all night long. Your Dad will enjoy having a speaker to introduce you to some “real” (read: old) music, and you’ll enjoy being able to connect and bring the tunes back to this century when he puts on the sixth Jethro Tull song in a row. We still haven’t told you the best part: the Flip 4 is completely waterproof, making it ideal for summer fun by the pool! Your days of holding your breath when people do cannonballs near your Bluetooth speaker are over.

Capture Every Moment

GoPro HERO Camera

‍(Image courtesy of Wired)

Do you have a Youtube celebrity for a Dad waiting for his big break? Why not give him the tools he needs to go viral from GoPro, the masters of compact consumer-market recording technology. The GoPro Hero shoots HD video at 1440p and 1080p at 60 frames per second, it’s also got a touch display, voice commands for starting and stopping a video recording, and is waterproof down to 30 feet below! The GoPro Hero is also affordably priced for a starter camera, coming in at a modest $199 when compared to its big brothers the Hero5 ($299) and Hero6 ($399).

It’s the Thought that Counts

Remember that more than anything it’s the thought that counts when buying for your Dad. The old adage is that Dads like things they can use, that they can get utility out of, that’s why lists like this are always full of tool, toys, and tech to make your Dad’s life easier. Ultimately though Dads are people like anyone else, the gifts that mean the most come from the people closest to them. Whether you’re shopping for your Dad or yourself can stop by your local InMotion store for the hook-up, no matter what qualifies as “local” for you this week.

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