You don't need an article to tell you what the hot new big-ticket holiday tech gifts are. If you owe your spouse, or parent, or child something expensive and glamorous-well, the world is full of iPads, phones, game consoles, and TVs. Have at it. But what about everyone else?
But what about everyone else? What about people who deserve a little something this time of year, but, you know, aren’t that important?
For that, I offer four more cheap and unexpected tech gifts. Nothing over $80, and nothing they saw coming.
TaoTronics Bluetooth Transmitter
So the world’s moving to wireless earbuds. Great!
Except for those times when you want to listen to something besides your phone. How are you supposed to use wireless earbuds with an airplane-seat TV? Or your TV at home? Or your electronic keyboard or guitar? Or just about anything else in the world that doesn’t have Bluetooth?
Easy: With the TaoTronics transmitter ($27). It plugs into the headphone jack of anything that plays sound, no matter how ancient—and suddenly, you can listen on your own wireless Bluetooth headphones! (In fact, two people can listen simultaneously.)
This particular TaoTronics model, in fact, can also send sound the other way. That is, it can receive sound as well as send it. You plug it into some old speaker, receiver, or TV (into the input jack), and now you can play music from your phone to that formerly non-wireless speaker.
It makes sense if you think about it.