Father's Day Gift Guide 2014: The coolest gadgets for your dad
Father's Day is just around the corner! Instead of getting your dad a pair of socks (admittedly, we did find some pretty cool smart socks, but they're not available in Australia yet) or a another tie, why not got him one of the latest and greatest gadgets available? To give you a helping hand, we've put together a list that will hopefully have something in it for every dad.
We've reviewed both of Parrot's new drones this week, and we can guarantee that your dad will have just as much fun with them as we did. These new MiniDrones come in two varieties, the Jumping Sumo and the Rolling Spider. The Jumping Sumo is a new kind of drone that, wait for it, jumps. It's able to jump 80 centimetres either horizontally or vertically, and just rove around.
The Rolling Spider is a more traditional flying drone, but it comes at a bargain price. It also comes with a pair of optional wheels, meaning dad can make it hoon around on the roof like a mad man. Let's just hope he doesn't break any fine china!
Sony MDR-ZX750BN Wireless + Noise Cancelling Headphones with Travel Pack
Sony's noise cancelling headphones are perfect for those times dad just wants to be left alone. The in-built digital noise cancelling technology can cut up to 98% of ambient noise and means no one will be able to ask dad to mow the lawn or a carve a roast. They're also great for those long morning commutes and even better for flights! More importantly, the headphones sound amazing and are comfortable to wear.
The Sony MDR-ZX750BN Noise Cancelling Headphones retail for $279.95.
Garmin Approach S6 Golf Watch
Is your dad a bit of a golfer? If so, the Approach S6 Golf Watch is a great way to spoil him. The Approach S6 is a touch enabled golf watch that packs more than its fair share of nifty features. In our opinion, the coolest its ability to bring up a map of almost any golf course in the world on your wrist! The Approach S6 can also receive notifications from your smartphone, meaning dad will have no excuse not to return your calls when he's out on the green.
The Garmin Approach S6 Golf Watch retails for $449. Need more convincing? Read our review here!
Does your father have an electric guitar sitting in the cupboard? Maybe two? Five? With the iRig, he can play whenever he wants, without disturbing anyone. The iRig lets you plug an electric guitar straight into your iPhone and use it is an amp - it sounds almost as good as a real deal! iRig HD gives guitarists even more fidelity with 24-bit audio quality.
The iRig retails for $60, and the iRig HD retails for $169.95.
The Jawbone Up24 is one of the best fitness bands on the markets. It looks slick, does a great drop of tracking your activity, measures your sleep and has brilliantly designed app - perfect for the dad who's always on the go. Jawbone's UP app is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.
The Jawbone Up24 retails for $179 and is available in three different sizes, so just make sure you get your dad the right one! For a few other great wearable devices, check out our fitness tracker roundup.
OtterBox Smartphone Commuter Series Wallet
I think most men will agree with me on this one, it's great to your keep your pockets as empty as possible. The Commuter Series Wallet Case from OtterBox allows you to do just that by combining your phone-case in a wallet. Not only can the case store three cards and a bill, it also boasts OtterBox's high levels of protection. And in a way, it means dad gets two new presents!
The OtterBox Smartphone Commuter Series Wallet retails for $39.90 for Samsung Galaxy S5 model, and $44.90 for iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S4 models.
Many of our dads are avid gamers too. If yours is, Destiny could just be the perfect gift for him. Destiny is the latest game from former Halo developer, Bungie. Taking the best of Halo's gunplay and blending it with the huge scope of an online RPG, this game shouldn't be missed. Destiny will be out two days after Father's Day, but I'm sure dad won't mind a present a little late when it's this good.
Destiny will be available on September 9 from $69 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Toshiba Encore 2
The Toshiba Encore 2 is the best value Windows 8.1 tablet currently on the market. Not only does it boast a quadcore Intel CPU, but it comes with a one year's subscription to Office 365! The Encore 2's light build means it’s a great option for extended usage and makes it perfect for lounging around and watching movies on.
The Toshiba Encore 2 retails for $399. Need more convincing? Read our review here!
Beats Pill XL
Dr. Dre's latest portable speaker packs a whole lot of oooomphf, and most importantly - it doesn't sound portable. In fact, the sheer volume the Pill XL can output at is probably loud enough to get your dad a noise complaint. Thankfully, our testing showed minimal distortion, even at these monstrous levels. As with Beats' other audio gear, the Pill XL has been optimised for bass heavy music, but Zeppelin and Sabbath will sound great on it too, if that's what your dad is in to.
The Beats Pill XL retails for $399. Need more convincing? Read our review here!
Do you really want to spoil your dad? If so, the Worx Landroid is the perfect present. The Landroid is a robotic lawnmower that ensures your dad will never have to waste a Saturday cutting grass ever again. After the initial setup, this battery-powered beast will keep the neighbours envious of dad's lawn - and he doesn't even have to lift a single finger. The only way the Landroid could be a better gift is you threw in a six-pack.
The Worx Landroid is available in Australia from September 1, and will retail for $1199. A six-pack is about $20, depending on how fancy a beer you want to treat your dad to. Read more about the Landroid here.