Yahoo Finance’s Dan Howley breaks down the top tech gadgets ahead of Memorial Day Weekend in this week’s Tech Support.
AKIKO FUJITA: Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. And Yahoo Finance’s Dan Howley here with the best gadgets to take to the beach for this week’s tech support. And no, he is not at the beach, but always dressed to impress.
DAN HOWLEY: I’m dressed to impress. I’m dressed for hot vax summer. That’s what this is going to be. And to get you ready for hot vax summer, I’m showing you some gadgets that you should probably have. First one, the Apple Watch SE, $329. You get your fitness in there, you get Apple Fitness Plus. It’s swimproof so you can take it to the beach and go swimming, show off in front of the dudes, dudettes, whoever you want to show off in front of. And you also get more than a day of battery life out of it. There’s tons of apps integration. Fantastic buy, perfect for the hot vax summer.
If you’re at the beach and you want to throw some tunes on, don’t be the obnoxious person, but you can have the Sonos Roam, $169, 10 hours of play. That means an entire day of just boozing at the beach. You also have drop resistance, water resistance, Wi-Fi compatible. And you can have Apple AirPlay, too. That means that multiple people can just send songs to it. Don’t end up fighting over who gets to play the song of the summer, though.
You also have the Nintendo Switch if you want a more low key hot vax summer, and you want to be inside, occasionally go outside. That’s $299. You got that handheld and TV mode. Huge library of titles. “Animal Crossing” obviously was massive during the pandemic. But there’s others out there, including “Super Smash” and “Pokémon.” Also, NES and SNES classics on there. So if you’re looking for a more low key hot vax summer inside, that’s the way to go.
There’s also the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. This is if you’re more of a reader, hanging out at the beach, hanging out at the park. $129. It’s waterproof. You get 8 gigabytes of storage or 32 gigabytes of storage. It’ll last for weeks on a battery charge. And it’s got a built-in light, so if you want to read at night on the beach, I guess, if you’re into that, you can do that.
There’s also a new product– Apple’s Air Tags. Love these. They’re $29 for a pack of one or $99 for a pack of four. This is if you’re going to bars. You know, get a little confused after a bit. Maybe you misplace your wallet or your keys. Pop an Air Tag in your wallet, put it on your keys– you’ll be able to find it through your phone. I may or may not have done that a few times. They’re also water resistant, so that’s nothing to worry about.
And then, finally, if you just want to be with your own music zen yourself, there’s Sony’s– the name is horrible, but they’re the WH1000XM4/B. Sony needs to figure out how to name things. They’re $349. Active noise canceling, 30 hours of battery life, touch controls, and adaptive sound. Those are all the gadgets you’ll need to have the hottest of hot vax summers.
AKIKO FUJITA: Dan, I’ve never seen you put so much effort into one of these Tech Support segments. I can already imagine you laying out on the beach with your Switch, with your headphones on. From– I’m going to try to bring this back to maybe the boring angle here, which is sort of the business standpoint. And I wonder– you laid out a number of gadgets there. Any one that you’re looking at particularly that you think could really see sales accelerate?
DAN HOWLEY: Honestly, I think it’s going to be the Apple Watch and the Air Tags. The Air Tags just came out. The Apple Watch always seems to do incredibly well. It’s the best selling smartwatch in the world. I mean, it’s essentially one of the only ones in the world now that’s worth owning. So I think those are really going to be the ones that people opt for. Air Tags, again, they just came out. And really, I mean, I use them on my keys. I lose my keys constantly. Not because I’m going to the bars too much– or so I tell myself.
But I think that that’s going to be the one that people really opt for because it is an easy way to find things if you put it in your wallet. Misplacing your wallet is something that’s very easy to do, your purse, something along those lines. I think that’s going to be something that really blows up. And look, $99 for a pack of four. You can put that on your keys. You can put it on your dog if you go for a walk and you’re afraid it’s going to take off. I want to put one on my cat just because he hides in my laundry basket sometimes. And then I don’t know where he is. So I think those are really going to be the two that really blow up this summer.
AKIKO FUJITA: Well, Dan, go enjoy the beach with your cat and your gadgets. Always enjoy the Tech Support.
DAN HOWLEY: I will.
AKIKO FUJITA: Thanks so much for that.