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SAMSUNG UN49NU8000 SMART LED TV
If you want to join the growing number of consumers switching to cable-free TV, the Samsung HD Smart LED TV is one of the best options on the market. With this 49-inch, 4K Ultra HD TV, you’ll get access to Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go, Hulu, Vudu and Spotify, among others, and enjoy voice control thanks to the Bixby assistant. In addition, the picture quality is as good as you’d expect from 4K — and it’s stylishly designed, too. $999.
HALO SPORT 2
Bluetooth headphones are fast becoming the new standard, but the Halo Sport 2 model boasts a special feature. By passing a small electric current through a series of soft protrusions in the headset, Halo promises to stimulate the area of the brain associated with movement and help you learn new skills faster. Scientists and leading athletes back the concept, known as neuropriming. Plus, it’s not just sporty types who can benefit; the effect is the same for learning an instrument or a language. $299.
Smart thermostats not only help you lower heating and cooling costs, but they are also more environmentally friendly. The ecobee4 pioneers a new generation and provides all-around comfort. Its room sensor reads the temperature and occupancy level in various rooms of the house and adjusts accordingly. Alexa Voice Service is built in, allowing users to perform many of the same functions from their thermostat; you can hear and speak to it from across a space. Its mobile app lets you control it from the room, and its ENERGY STAR certification saves around 23 percent in heating and cooling costs yearly. Good for users and for the planet. $249.
RYLO 360 VIDEO CAMERA
Many people carry around a great camera with them every day, built into their smartphone. To stand out from the crowd, get your hands on a 360-degree camera like this Rylo model. It captures immersive video in an impressive 5.8K resolution and boasts built-in stabilization technology for smoother shots. Shoot away and then attach your phone with the bundled sync cable so you can watch, edit and upload your videos to share them with family and friends. Get yourself a water-resistant Adventure Case, and it will be ready to travel on even the most rugged trips. $499.