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Top Christmas Tech Gifts Under £50

5 top tech presents for under £50 this Christmas!

We have put together a little guide on the best presents to get any tech lover this Christmas, without breaking the bank! Take a look at our top 5 picks…

Amazon Echo Dot 

The Amazon Echo Dot is an amazing present to give somebody this Christmas. The Echo dot is a smart-speaker that has been developed by Amazon.

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The Echo Dot is a hands-free device that is voice-controlled. The Echo Dot has a small built in speaker but it can also connect to your speakers or your headphones. This is done through Bluetooth or and audio cable. Similar to the Amazon Echo, the Echo Dot has the Alexa Voice Service. Alexa can provide information, news, weather, play music and so much more. As long as you address her with Alexa before a command, she can hear you from across the room – even when there is music playing. This fantastic device goes perfectly in any room in your house priced at only £49.99.

Roku Streaming Stick

The Roku Streaming stick will make anyone’s Christmas this year! This handy stick cant be taken anywhere and plugged into any TV via an HDMI input.

The Roku Streaming Stick holds over 2,000 streaming channels and 100,000 films and TV episodes. You can control Roku via the controller or an app on your smartphone or tablet. You can even beam your photos, videos and songs from your phone onto your screen. You can access Netflix, Now TV, BBC iPlayer and more. Some of these programmes need extra payment. This price of the Roku Streaming Stick is £29.99.

Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

The Logitech Keyboard can type on anything! You can enjoy the convenience of desktop typing on your tablet or smartphone with this mobile keyboard.

The keyboard is connected by Bluetooth which therefore makes it wireless. The Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard will connect to Windows, Mac, Chrome, Android or iOS devices. Due to the lightweight, compact design the keyboard can be taken anywhere. You can connect up to three devices simultaneously. This could be an Android tablet, iPhone and a Windows Computer. There are 3 buttons at the top of the keyboard and you can simply switch between devices by clicking on the buttons. The Keyboard is pre-installed with two AAA alkaline batteries which have two years of battery life. Priced at only £34.99.

Amazon Fire 7″ Tablet

Amazon have a great tablet at such an amazing price. Lots of entertainment for a little amount of money.

The Amazon Fire has a fast 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and both rear and front facing cameras. If the receiver is a prime member, they can streams thousands of prime videos and have access to over a million book titles, two millions songs and thousands of audiobooks. You can also expand your storage by using a microSD card and there is free unlimited cloud storage for all the Amazon content. This fast and responsive tablet is £49.99.

iQ Gravity Speaker

Do you know somebody who is a music lover but also loves their tech? Well if so, the iQ Gravity Speaker may be just for them. This speaker is essentially a Bluetooth speaker however, it levitates.

Electromagnetism technology is used to make the speaker float. There are magnets concealed within the base itself and within the sphere-shaped speaker. A fool-proof placement tool helps you locate the magnetic sweet spot that enables the speaker to levitate. In addition, the speaker is completely wireless due to Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. This will work up to 10 metres away from the device. You can use any device such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop. This speaker has up to 7 hours worth of battery life. Due to the magnets in the speaker, you can use it on any metal surface – stick it to your fridge or a metal chair or even attach it to your bike. You even get a one year warranty with this speaker. This product has been dramatically reduced in cost which makes it ever better at the price of £49.97.

Tablet Computers

The Best Tablets for use in School

Tablets are becoming considerably more popular throughout schools. This is because students have been accustomed to the touch-screen smartphones for years. This is something that is familiar to them, they feel comfortable with and can use well. Tablets are a good way to capture the student’s attention, and keep them engaged whilst learning, due to interactive activities.

We have taken a look into some of the best tablets for use within a classroom.

Windows

There are quite a few Windows tablets to choose from. Windows tablets are not as widely known as the iPad or Android. Microsoft tablets are perfect for work use due to the ability of using Office. Apps for Windows tablets come from the Windows App Store, which supplies the most well-known apps such as Twitter, Facebook, Sky News etc. The last advantage of a Windows Tablet is the fact that you can now use Windows 10 in it, which is Microsoft’s new OS. Windows tablets come with pre-installed apps with Windows 10, these include; OneNote, Mail, Games and more.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Microsoft have completely revolutionised the tablet. They have made a tablet that can actually replace your laptop. This includes a 12.4 inch PixelSense screen, which gives a real-life picture quality. The weight is 757g which enables it to be extremely portable and you can therefore work on the go. You can work up to 9 hours uninterrupted due to the long lasting battery power.

The Surface comes loaded with the latest Pro Intel Core processors which make it more powerful than the previous Surface Tablet. You have options of either; m3, i5, or i7 processor depending on your budget. In addition, it is now a lot cooler and quieter when it runs.

This tablet runs Windows 10 and Office perfectly, meaning you can operate your desktop right from your tablet. Lastly, you’re spoilt with pre-installed apps on your tablet, legacy (i.e. traditional) Windows apps and those available from the Windows Store providing an almost limitless amount of apps to be able to use for all of your teaching needs.

This is priced at approximately £749.

Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series Tablet

The Dell Venue is an atom-powered windows tablet. It has been called ‘The Ultimate Business Partner’. It is a laptop is disguise. It has an 11 inch full HD Display, weighs up at 712.14 g and has 10 hours of battery life. You can wirelessly stream HD videos and photos from your tablet to a larger screen. The Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 series is now powered by Intel’s Core M processors. You have the ability to attach a keyboard to the Dell Venue 11 Pro, this therefore enables you to be able to turn your tablet into a laptop.

This tablet is priced at approximately £463.

Apple

iPad’s are probably the most popular form of tablet. When people talk about a ‘tablet’ they generally think of the iPad.

The iPad is loved by both the students and the teachers. It delivers so much opportunity for a memorable learning experience. With an app store that holds over 500,000 Educational Apps, there is something for every lesson taught, all delivering at different levels to cater to the student’s needs. Take a look at our previous blogs: a complete list of Educational iPad Apps, and our favourite educational iPad apps.

The most popular type of iPad for use within in a school is a close contest between the iPad mini and the iPad Air.

iPad Air 2

The iPad Air 2 was released in mid-October 2014. The original iPad Air was 7.5mm in thickness, and now the new edition is even slimmer at 6.3mm with a weight of 469 g and a screen of 9.7in. The iPad Air 2 now has an A8X processor which is still 64-bit and has a new M8 co-processor. The newest feature is the Touch ID button, just like an iPhone. With 10 hours of battery life, this iPad will not need to be charged regularly.

The price of the iPad air 2 is approximately £399.

iPad mini 2/ iPad mini 4

The iPad mini 2 is the most common iPad mini, although there has been a 3 and 4 since then. The iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3 are almost identical. The only enhancement in the 3 is the use of Touch ID.

The iPad mini 2 has a 7.9in retina display screen with a weight of 331g. With 10 hours of battery life and an A7 chip with 64-bit architecture. The benefit of the iPad mini 2, is the price. Starting from £219, it is one of the cheapest, yet still delivers just as well as the mini 3.

The iPad mini 4 took quite a change. It is considerably lighter at a weight of 299g with the same sized screen. It has an upgraded A8 processor, colour-rich retina display, better cameras and it supports split-screen apps. The use of the Touch ID and the full laminated display has the upper hand upon the mini 2.

This iPad mini 4 is priced at approximately £319.

Android

There are more Android tablets around now, due to Google’s Android OS making it inviting for many manufacturers to make an Android tablet. Android tablets have really been enhanced and improved. Android is popular due to its price and you have over 1.3 million apps in the Google play App store. Google’s Android has ‘Google’ voice integrated in, so you can speak to your tablet, and receive help.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 has an 8 inch screen, is only 5.6mm thick and weighs 265g. Just like the iPad, it has a Touch ID. With the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 you have to capability to insert a microSD card slot on the frame and this can boost the 32GB to 64GB.

As a bonus with this tablet, you get “Microsoft Office and 100GB of OneDrive free for two years.”

The price for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is approximately £319.

Google Nexus 9

The Google Nexus 9 is an Android tablet designed by HTC. It has an 8.9in screen, weighs 425g and is protected with gorilla glass. There are front-facing “BoomSound” speakers which enables the music and audio to be richer. Due to the 64-bit processor, it is easy to watch videos, check email and tweak documents.

The Nexus 9 has Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is a version of Android OS developed by Google. The Benefit of Android Lollipop is that a refreshed notification system has been introduced, and battery consumption has been improved.

The price for this is approximately £189.99.

Wireless System

Something to think about before ordering 30 tablets to be used in a single classroom would be your current Wireless System. When was it installed? What is the speed like when browsing the internet or streaming a YouTube video? If you think the speed is slow when you’re the only one using the wireless, how do think your 30 pupils all trying to access online content at the same time are going to find it? Chances are, if your wireless system was installed more than 3 years ago, it’s going to struggle with the demands of a modern day classroom.

Luckily, this is where Coretek can come in to save the day. We can carry out a survey of your current wireless system, which will provide an in depth report evaluating your system as it stands and showcase our recommendations for a new Dell SonicWALL system.

The approximate price of a Dell SonicWALL 802.11AC Wireless System with 10 Access Points is £6000.

So these are a few of our chosen tablets that we feel are best for use within Education. They all supply a wide range of apps that will cater for any lesson, but each tablet is completely different to the next. There are the Windows tablets that are great for the use of attaching a keyboard to the screen, therefore transforming it into a laptop alternative. Apple tablets have the most extensive app store, having something for your every single need, and they are very lightweight. Then lastly, the Android tablets are very reasonably priced and there are a whole variety of Android tablets.

If you need any advice or help, please contact us at enquiries@coretek.co.uk.