Here’s to a tech-y Xmas

NT News - Real Estate - - Realestate Market Place - AN­THONY KEANE

TECH­NOL­OGY will top many fam­ily Christ­mas present lists this year as the na­tion’s love af­fair with gad­gets shows no signs of slow­ing.

From wearable tech­nol­ogy to wire­less speak­ers, con­sumers don’t have to pay full price for most tech be­cause the in­ter­net has made re­search and shop­ping around sim­ple.

Top Christ­mas sell­ers last year in­cluded Google Home, Ap­ple AirPod ear­phones, tablet com­put­ers and fit­ness bands, ac­cord­ing to Of­fice­works.

This year it says home hubs, smart globes and ac­tiv­ity track­ers for chil­dren are pop­u­lar.

Of­fice­works head of tech Sandy Young said shop­pers should know their prices.

“Tech products are com­pet­i­tively priced so do your re­search and shop at re­tail­ers that price match,” he said.

Most ma­jor re­tail­ers will price match, and some will beat iden­ti­cal stocked items by 5 per cent, de­liv­er­ing big­ger dis­counts.

Mr Young said school tech­nol­ogy was a great Christ­mas gift that could save ex­tra spend­ing in Jan­uary.

“At Christ­mas, we see lots of savvy par­ents buy­ing their kids tech they need for the fol­low­ing school year.

“In par­tic­u­lar we see a spike in tablet and lap­top pur­chases,” he said.

West­field re­gional man­ager for cen­tre ex­pe­ri­ence SA Mal­colm Creswell said re­tail­ers re­ported in­creased de­mand for “fash­ion­able tech­nol­ogy”.

“Wire­less head­phones and speak­ers, and wearable tech­nol­ogy are top­ping the wish list for both men and women this Christ­mas,” he said.

“We’re also see­ing a trend to­wards tech­nol­ogy and STEM toys for chil­dren to de­velop their skills in sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths, with key cat­e­gories in­clud­ing ro­bot­ics, gam­ing, drones and wearable tech for kids.”

Tech­nol­ogy re­search group Tel­syte has fore­cast that the av­er­age num­ber of in­ter­net­con­nected de­vices in each household will jump from an es­ti­mated 17 this year to 37 within four years.

It says more than 2.2 mil­lion Aussies use five or more Ap­ple products or ser­vices.

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