The best tech: Headphones, VR, fitness and more | Technology


With a few weeks to go before the holidays, there’s no need to panic yet about doing actual gift shopping. If you’re in need of inspiration, however, it’s time to start researching.

The tech experts at SpecOut, a tech product data site by Graphiq, curated a list of small-sized tech items that are perfect stocking stuffers. SpecOut considered items like fitness trackers, drones, earbuds, streaming devices, bluetooth speakers and virtual reality (VR) headsets and ranked each by its Smart Rating. A Smart Rating is a score out of 100 that takes into account different important attributes of a tech gadget.

Within the “drone” category, SpecOut only considered “pocket-sized” items with a wingspan of less than 100 millimeters. The only VR headsets included in the roundup are those that can fit in your hand (i.e. attach to phones), and the battery-powered speakers are similarly sized. Three streaming devices without Smart Ratings are also included at the beginning in alphabetical order.

To assemble this registry, SpecOut sometimes prioritized size over price, meaning that many of these items are over $50. While there are several entries at the lower end of the range, beginning with the Google Cardboard VR headset priced at $4.99 on Amazon, items are priced up to $500, the cost of the Bluesound Pulse Mini bluetooth speakers. Prices are as of Nov. 11, 2016.

Click through to find something for the gadget-lovers in your life.