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The surprise hit from the House That Mario Built is rolling strong in its second year. Yes, it works as both a TV console and a portable game tablet, but most importantly, it reminds us of how much fun co-op, same-room gaming can be, thanks to four-way games like Mario Kart 8 and Overcooked.
For anyone just getting into Xbox or looking to upgrade, the highest-end version of that console handled 4K and HDR content like a champ, and some internal hardware updates mean some (but not all) games will look even better on the latest model. Of all the game consoles, the Xbox One is also the most universally useful as both a media streamer and an entertainment hub.
The upgraded PS4 has 4K and HDR, so it makes a great gift for anyone with a fancy new TV. Some games get better graphics, but the most interesting upgrade may be better PSVR virtual-reality performance.
Looking for a great gift for the mobile photographer in your life? Moment's range of lenses are among the best quality you can get and attach easily to your phone with a smart case. The lenses are around £70 each, and buying the full photography set of macro, fisheye, 18mm wide, 60mm telephoto and the photo case costs around £280.
And it's not just for iPhone owners; Moment makes lens cases for all the Google Pixel phones as well as Samsung's Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, S9, S9 Plus, Note 8 and Note 9.
It's the dream of every still-a-kid grownup in the world: your very own arcade cabinet. But high prices and that huge footprint mean most of us will never own one. These half-size custom cabinets take up a lot less space, but still have that arcade feel, plus each one houses multiple games in a great-looking retro box.
Tired of your kids hogging your computer to watch YouTube videos? Maybe it's time you had them build their own computer.
Geared toward kids 8 years old and over, the Piper Computer Kit (£199) includes a self-contained computer running on Raspberry Pi 3 Project Board with 1GB RAM, a 1.2Ghz Quad Core CPU, and it has WiFi capabilities. After your child puts it together, he or she can then solve puzzles in Raspberry Pi edition of Minecraft and get an introduction to coding.
Apart from looking great, Peak Design's backpack has protective compartments for your camera, your sandwiches, or anything else you need to carry around. Its top or side access makes it very easy to quickly get to what you need.
This fist-size little robot has got the cute personality part down, and he can also answer questions, Alexa-style, while shooting photos, learning people's faces and playing with his little plastic cube. I was concerned that it's a bit on the slow side to respond to voice commands, but I play tested it with several under-10 kids, and they absolutely loved it.
Bose's new Alexa-enabled Home Speaker 500 is fairly pricey at £400, but it sounds great for its size, with deep bass, clear sound, and a wide soundstage. This multi-room speaker sounds better than Apple's HomePod and should go better over time as it adds other voice assistants as well as AirPlay 2 in the future.
Not everyone needs a thousand-dollar iPhone. In fact, the iPhone 7, once the flagship of this popular line, is now the only "old school" phone Apple sells, and for a very reasonable £449 for the 4.7-inch version. If you know someone who wants an iPhone but hates the "notch," this is the only game in town.
Apple's home audio device is more speaker than smart, but Siri can definitely tell you the weather or play songs from Apple Music on request. It's easily the best-sounding single smart speaker, and a pair of them can make a great stereo setup for even big rooms.
Laptops aren't known for their amazing sound, and frankly, most external PC speaker sets aren't that great, either. This amazing 2.1 set from Razer, with a huge trash-can-size subwoofer and two midrange/tweeter speaker, is bold, powerful and sounds great. And, like most Razer gear, it lights up in all sorts of custom colour combinations.
Not only does the Omnicharge Omni 20 have a massive 20,100mAh battery, its power output is high enough to charge a MacBook Pro. It has a handy OLED screen too that shows the charging status of connected devices.