• Burton Kelso, The Technology Expert

3 Technology Items You Shouldn't Buy for Christmas Gifts

When it comes to Christmas and Holiday Gifts, we all tend to gravitate towards technology. With technology becoming more and more part of our everyday lives, its a natural to want to give our loved ones the latest tech toys. Buyer beware, not all tech makes a good gift. Check out the 3 Tech Gifts I think you should avoid.

Smartwatches and Fitness Bands. I'm not saying that smartwatches and fitness bands are necessarily bad, but they aren't for everyone. The Apple Watch in particular is a love-it or hate-it product and last year, LG released the Urbane 2nd Edition LTE and then discontinued it after just six days due to some unspecified hardware problem. Fitness bands are less expensive so they might be a better option, but unless the person you're buying for is actually interested in health and fitness, it might be too much like buying them a scale ("Are you saying I need to get in shape?!"). And if they are into health and fitness, they probably have a band model already scoped out that does exactly what they want. In short, unless wearables are on the person's list and they were very clear about what they want, let them get it themselves.

e-Readers. Again, I want to be quick to say that there's nothing wrong with eReaders. They're amazing gadgets that can carry around a library of books, let you read for weeks between battery charges and the screens are comfortable to read. On the other hand, displaying eBooks is just about all an eReader can do. For just a little more money, you can get the person on your list a tablet that will let them read eBooks and do a lot more besides. They can browse the internet, stream video, hop on Facebook, read and send email, play games and tons more.

Cheap Laptops and Computers. It's true you don't have to spend thousands of dollars to find the right computer for your needs. However that $200-$300 dollar computer you see on the see on the shelf at Best Buy or Walmart, probably has older technology which means you won't get be able to use it long before you upgrading it or replacing it with a new one. A good price starting point for a new computer with the latest technology is between $500-$600 dollars. If you only have a few hundred dollars to spend an want to get a computing device for your loved one, consider a tablet.Please share this information with everyone. What cool tech gifts are you going to get for your loved ones? Drop me a line and share with me at burton@integralcomputerconsultants.com

Burton Kelso, husband and father of two tech savvy boys and Chief Tech Expert at Integral, which offers on-site and remote tech support, computer set-up and repair via locations all over the Kansas City Metro and online at www.integralcomputerconsultants.com. He regularly appears as a guest tech correspondent on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS on shows such as Kansas City Live, Better Kansas City, FOX 4 Morning Show, offering viewers easy tips on technology, Internet lifestyle, and gadgets. You can find Burton on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and watch great tech tip videos on YouTube.

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