Fathers Day 2020 is approaching, and with one month to go (21st June people) this year will be an unusual one. Its likely that we’ll still be on restricted movements/travel in mid-June so many people won’t get to be with their dads in person. My Top 5 Fathers Day Gift Guide this year certainly favours remote communication technology to help you stay in touch with, or share memories with your dad.
>> If you want more inspiration, check out all our previous Gift Guides
If you’ve struggled to stay in touch with your Father during lock-down, and they’re not very tech savvy consider getting them an iPad and doing FaceTime/Zoom video calls with them.
The iPad has probably the most intuitive user interface of any device. Setting it up from scratch isn’t always so easy – connecting to WiFi and setting up an Apple ID etc. but you may be able to do some of that work for them in advance.
Watch movies and tv, have video calls, browse the internet, send emails. Even drawing and art if you buy the Apple Pencil too. The iPad does it all and you won’t have to worry about coming back in 3 months because its got a virus or crashed!
The Apple iPad has a huge range from the iPad to the iPad Air to the iPad Pro. There is even an iPad Mini if you want something slightly smaller. If this is your fathers first device though, the entry level iPad is completely capable of everything they will want to do and starts from just £349.00
2. Amazon Echo Show
The Echo Show range bring a screen to Alexa. And that gives you a whole new way of interacting with it. And a host of new features that having a screen allows you to do.
>> Available from £60 from Amazon (currently discounted from £80!) or check out the other sizes they offer too.
3.Phone Stand / Stabiliser
This nifty PNY mobile accessory turns your smartphone into a camera system – perfect for capturing family memories with that quality look. If you’re anything like me, keeping a steady focus on birthday parties or the kids demonstrating their new football skills while moving around can be tricky.
It’s especially brilliant because there are no limits on how much footage you can record, as it allows you to charge your phone whilst it’s attached to the stabilizer, thanks to its USB power out connector.
The 3 axis stabilisation makes it easier than ever to capture high quality photos and videos on the move, so whether you’re blogging, or capturing stunning holiday views, your footage will be super smooth.
4. Papalook Webcam
Good webcams are always important as we all communicate more from home. The PAPALOOK PA452 webcam is a great choice, with a high quality sensor providing 1080p video at 30Fps. The auto low-light correction, important for home conditions which are not always well lit, produces bright and well-contrasted images.
The built in omnidirectional, noise cancelling stereo microphone filters out any external noise and makes the sound purer, with voices much clearer, whilst the advanced H.264 compression technology enables fast and smooth video uploads and streams with less stress. Users can manually adjust via the focus ring too, which ensures absolute clarity no matter what the distance.
5. Noise Cancelling Headphones
Working or relaxing at home is often now about your own personal experience. TV and films are typically consumed on phones or tablets now. Gaming has become an activity for all ages. Great audio is a must, and the newly released Razer Opus with its THX Certification provides this in spades.
The Razer Opus uses an Advanced Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) system to cancel out external noise, with four dedicated ANC microphones designed to accurately tune out a broad range of external frequencies, resulting in a cleaner, uninterrupted listening experience.
Whilst filtering out external noise is important, the quality of the audio reproduction is central to delivering rich, flawless sound. With this in mind, the Razer Opus has undergone hundreds of scientifically formulated tests to become THX Certified, ensuring the highest possible audio standards.
>> So new, they’re not even on Amazon UK yet, but until they are you can always use the Razer UK site – priced at £199.99