14 best tech gifts for teens
How to pick the right tech gift for a teenager
At times, teenagers seem to be a different species. They are subject to mood swings, and they enjoy pushing boundaries and challenging rules. Being a teenager can be tough, and parents of teens know how difficult it is to please them, which makes selecting the right gift tricky.
Today’s teens are more tech-savvy than their parents’ generation, and their love for electronics and high-tech devices opens an almost endless source of gift opportunities.
Here is a list of items that will help improve their daily lives, satisfy their electronic needs and make them the envy of all their technology-loving friends.
Best tech gifts for teens
Sony WF-1000XM4 Noise Canceling Truly Wireless Earbuds: available at Amazon
Teens seem to love listening to music no matter where they are or what they are doing. The Sony earbuds let them hear their favorite tunes without bothering anyone nearby. The state-of-the-art Bluetooth earbuds use the Integrated Processor V1 and supporting LDAC codec to produce exceptional sound quality, and the noise-canceling feature filters out all the unwanted sounds around them.
Apple Watch SE GPS, 40mm: available at Amazon
The Apple Watch features a large Retina OLED touchscreen that displays a teen’s favorite apps including social media, music player, and a fitness tracker. The watch also supports a GPS, Heart Rate Monitor and Voice Assistant. It measures workouts like cycling, running, swimming, yoga and dance, and you can just listen to music with a set of earbuds with an Apple Watch, too. By the way, the watch also tells the time, so a teenager has no excuse for being late to class.
HP Sprocket 200 2x3" Photo Printer: available at Amazon
The compact rechargeable printer fits in a teenager’s purse, backpack, or pocket and connects to multiple devices simultaneously via Bluetooth. The Sprocket 200 prints photos with sticker backing on ZINK film using Zero Ink technology for iOS and Android devices. No toner or ribbon replacements are required.
Razer BlackShark V2 Gaming Headset: available at Amazon
Considered by some enthusiasts as one of the best gaming headsets on the market today, the Razer BlackShark V2 will provide hours of entertainment for your teenage gamer. The headset features state-of-the-art Triforce titanium 50mm high-end sound drivers, which are divided into 3 sections for individual tuning of highs, mids, and lows.
Amazon Echo: available at Amazon
The Echo plays all your teen’s music from Spotify, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, TuneIn and more. With voice activation, the device’s “Alexa” orders pizza, gives weather updates, controls lights, TVs, switches, thermostats and locks. But perhaps best of all, the Echo will also answer questions and provide solutions to your teenager’s math homework problems.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra cell phone: available at Amazon
According to the Pew Research Center, nearly all U.S. teens (95%) say they have access to a smartphone, and 45% say they are nearly always on the internet. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is one of the best smartphones on the market and an ideal upgrade to the phone your teen is currently using. The Android device has a 6.8-inch screen, a Snapdragon 888 system-on-chip, three cameras, 108MP main, 12MP ultrawide, two 10MP telephoto lenses (3x and 10x zoom), and a laser autofocus sensor.
Tile Limited Edition Bluetooth trackers: available at Amazon
Some say teenagers are merely bigger kids, and like young kids, they tend to lose their things. Tile’s Bluetooth trackers are made for recovering those lost tech items. Attach one to their keys, wallet, remote control, or any other valuable device and use the Tile app on iOS or Android to find the lost item.
Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2: available at Amazon
For the teenage gamer (or any gamer for that matter) a high-performance controller can make the difference between a celebrated video game victory and a humiliating loss. The Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 provides endless customization options that give you an unparalleled level of control over your gameplay. Although the device is not cheap, tweaking all the characteristics of the controller, like joystick tension, shift paddles and d-pads, makes it worth the money spent.
JBL FLIP 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker: available at Amazon
For the teen who likes to spend some time outdoors, but still wants to listen to music with friends, the JBL FLIP 4 is the perfect companion. The waterproof Bluetooth speaker will survive splashes from a rowdy swimming pool game or a spilled drink on a hot summer day. The 3000mAh rechargeable li-ion battery supplies up to 12 hours of playtime, and the wireless device connects to two smartphones or tablets for playing impressive stereo sounds.
Elephas Mini Movie Projector: available at Amazon
The Elephas Mini Movie Projector converts any wall into a computer monitor or TV giving teenagers the flexibility to watch video games, movies, sports and more just about anywhere, especially in the privacy of their own room. The LCD 2.0 imaging technology supports Full HD 1080P input, providing the ultimate home theater visual experience.
Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light: available at Amazon
The SmartSleep Wake-Up Light is the perfect gift for the sleepyhead teenager who finds it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. The clock uses light to simulate a sunrise and a choice of five different natural sounds help wake up the heavy sleeper. The device includes a reading lamp with 10 brightness settings and an FM radio.
Nintendo Switch: available at Amazon
Nintendo is the leader in handheld gaming with its Switch. The versatile portable device can be played while sitting on the sofa in front of a TV, but disconnect it from the dock and it instantly becomes a hand gaming system. Featuring a 6.2-inch, multi-touch capacitive touch screen, the Switch connects using Wi-Fi for multiplayer gaming, and it runs for up to nine hours on a single charge depending on the type of use.
Anker PowerCore 20,100mAh Ultra High-Capacity Portable Charger: available at Amazon
Teenagers who seemingly use their cell phones 24/7 constantly run the risk of fully depleting their batteries. The Anker PowerCore charger ensures they can recharge their phones or other devices when no source of electricity is available. The charger holds enough energy to completely charge most cell phones several times before needing to be charged itself – it can fully charge an iPhone 8 nearly seven times and the Galaxy S8 five times.
LifePod Backpack with Integrated Solar Panel: available at Amazon
The stylish backpack, made with ultra-light, durable materials and built with several storage compartments, includes a solar panel and a USB output port on the exterior. Your teen can load books inside and easily charge a phone or another electronic device by connecting to the USB.
Jeffrey Harper is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.
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