Deck the halls with boughs of holly—and brand-new tech that makes you jolly
It’s begun. Every commercial break includes at least one family decked out in head-to-toe tartan, the grocery aisles have been overtaken by snowmen and the red coffee cups have arrived—the holiday season is upon us. With retailers vying for shoppers, the deals are about to start flying off the shelves, or more likely, into your inbox. As those enticing emails emerge, it’s best to be prepared. So here are some items to consider adding to your shopping cart this Cyber Monday to turn your home into a tech paradise.
Look for discounts on portable and/or smart speakers
Cooking in the kitchen, sitting out on your back porch or lounging in the living room? Bring the tunes everywhere. Look for models with voice command features. You can be mid-marinade with your hands dripping in sauce and keep DJ’ing your favorite tunes. Just want to turn up the volume on your TV, but you're too tired to find the remote? Your wish is your smart speaker’s command.
Check out the latest smart home appliances
From security systems you can control from your phone to Wi-Fi enabled refrigerators, you can have your home running in tip-top shape at all times. Look for investments that can protect your home—gadgets equipped with top-of-the-line safety features, such as smoke detectors that alert you where the smoke is coming from, motion detectors with night vision, auto-locks, etc. Or if you’re just looking to make your life a little easier, look at the latest refrigerators that remind you when you’re low on milk before you’re stuck eating dry cereal one morning.
Consider updating your mobile plan
Is your cell phone on its last limb? Running out of battery after a couple scrolls through Instagram? Mobile carriers are projected to offer some great deals on smartphones and plans this Cyber Monday. Many of the latest home tech devices can be controlled from your phone, so if you’re investing in any of these, you might want to consider upgrading your primary control panel.
Update your lighting
The latest smart lights are worlds away from the good old clappers featured on infomercials. Light strips, light bulbs, wireless light switches—you can choose from numerous options, all of which will upgrade your home’s energy efficiency. Once you have your new lights set up you can sync them to an app and create settings for different rooms, activate by voice command or even control while you’re away from home.
Turn your family room into your own mini-theater
If you’ve been dreaming of a bigger flat screen, now could be the time to invest. TVs are notoriously discounted on Cyber Monday. Look for models with smart TV technology that allow you to connect directly to various entertainment options. Or you can look for smart plug-ins to make any TV a smart one by using an HDMI outlet. Either way, you’ll have the perfect set-up to start watching all your favorite holiday movies.