Urban Tech Picks – 2019

From Portable Speakers that pack a punch, to technology that helps you create your dream space, to the impeccable creations of the Apple world, these days we have a wide range of amazing products at our disposal that are a brilliant combination of technology, design and finesse. With so much to choose from, it sure can get overwhelming! However, Team URBAN has been seriously Geeking out over a few that are definitely worth your dime. 

Here are our Top 13 TECH PICKS that have ticked all the right boxes.

  1. JBL GO 2 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

With prime focus on portability, this ultra-compact speaker, that’s also waterproof (big plus if you love the beach as much as we do!) is definitely one of the most well-rounded speakers on the market. We were pleasantly surprised at the power this tiny but mighty speaker packed. With a battery life of 5-hours and a price tag of Rs 8,799, this IPX7 waterproof speaker has an impressive persona and is definitely a winner for those looking for portability above all else. It comes in a staggering 12 colours and looks overall lovely with its durable rubber exterior. Overall, this power packed speaker is definitely an URBAN favourite.

  1. JBL Charge 3 Water Proof Bluetooth Speaker

A fully waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker with excellent battery life (20-hours) that doubles as an external charger for your other portable devices. Need we say more? Not only are its basic features impressive, so is its sound output. For its price class (Rs 29,799) we get a really great bass response. You can further upgrade your listening experience by using the JBL Connect app you can wirelessly link to other JBL Connect enabled speakers to amplify the sound and widen the soundstage. Along with its wealth of features, it also has built-in speakerphone capabilities, that tested to be crisp and clear. Overall, the JBL Charge 3 offers excellent sound for the price & turns into a powerbank, which we can all appreciate!

  1. JBL E25BT Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones

These In-Ear Headphones are lightweight, portable and deliver an impressive bass depth in an affordable neckband-style design that has a good build quality for its price (Rs 9,999).  A pretty great 9.5-hour battery life and wireless range, additionally, it supports simultaneous multi-device pairing so you can quickly switch between your Bluetooth sources. They are comfortable to wear and are very breathable, making them a great option if you lead an active lifestyle. Overall, its compact nature, durability and sound quality makes it to our top picks.

  1. Marshall Major II Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones

Classic Retro looks, an incredible 30-hour battery life, powerful sound quality and overall very comfortable to wear. That’s a hard to beat combination amongst Bluetooth headphones. These great value for money Bluetooth headphones doesn’t look or feel cheap, it has a premium feel it really does deliver a great listening experience. At Rs 17,849 these sleek beauties don’t give us much to complain about. Equipped with a minimalist joystick style control button, these high performing headphones are worth the price and definitely an URBAN recommend.

  1. Google Home Mini – Smart speaker for any room

Equipped with Google Assistant, this affordable (adorable macaroon sized) Bluetooth speaker is the way more than just that. With just your voice, start creating your futuristic home. Turn on some tunes, dim the lights and to create ambience, search the web for answers and do a lot more for a very great price tag of Rs 13,499. With tried and tested great voice recognition capability, the Google Home Mini comes in three colours and certainly has our stamp of approval.

  1. Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation)

Another team favourite, The Amazon Echo Dot is the least expensive way to start making your home smart. Equipped with Amazon’s Alexa, this small device fits into your home and upgrades your home stereo system right away. If you are an audiophile like us, why not jazz it up right? Apart from the music, the Echo Dot is an impressive versatile gadget that is priced just right at Rs 12,499 making it affordable and truly for those who want to jump into the smart-assistant futuristic home bandwagon. Book your Uber trip or simply control the thermostat without moving an inch, if you are looking to get some AI action into your life, URBAN definitely recommends this one.

  1. Philips Hue White Smart Bulb Starter Kit & Philips Hue White and Colour Ambience Smart Bulb Starter Kit

Our next top pick is a product that has created something of a sensation and for good reason. The Philips Hue lighting range is creating waves in the smart home scene. Dream of creating a personal space that just gets you? Imagine setting the mood just right and adding that oomph factor to your Home. Philips Hue’s internet-connected Lighting system is robust and a serious upgrade to your dream home. Our team has picked two Lighting kit options from the range that give us the flexibility to keep it Classic or Go Wild!

First off, the Philips Hue White Smart Bulb Starter Kit come with Hue White bulbs that shine with a warm white light. The color temperature of these light bulbs is not adjustable. They connect to the Hue Bridge (provided as part of the kit) for full wireless control, and are priced at 21,499. For those who want to keep it Classic yet enjoy the full potential of Smart Lighting, this is the way to go.

Next, the Philips Hue White and Colour Ambience Smart Bulb is where we kick it up a notch and this where the party really begins! The Starter Kit for the Philips Hue White and Colour Ambience Smart Bulb is priced at Rs 48,799 where the Ambience Light bulbs offer a range of white light colour temperatures which help you wind Down with soothing warm lights or wake up to cool daylight and wait for it – create every colour scheme you can imagine with the 16 million different colours you can configure. That is something eh? For the ultimate overhaul of your home, we recommend this incredible product that has definitely got us wanting to revamp ours.

  1. Logitech K480 Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard

Whether a student, a blogger or an office goer, we can all admit to juggling between multiple devices for as long as we can remember. Hence, Logitech’s K480 Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard is the convenience to your digital life you didn’t know you needed. Now that we have used this versatile gadget, we are hooked! For a price tag of Rs 13,499, this wireless gadget lets you use one keyboard to type input into multiple devices. It’s as easy as Popping in your tablet and phone side by side in the inbuilt cradle and connecting via Bluetooth. With a minimal setup effort and long battery life, switching between devices is as easy as twisting of a knob. This affordable, easy to use gadget is certainly a big hit here at Team URBAN for making our life that much easier.

  1. Yi Smart Dash Camera 165 Degree Wide Angle

As much as we love our city, it’s no secret that driving on these roads can be a downright pain if not a dangerous adventure daily. You might not think the whole Dash Cam shebang is necessary, but the Yi Smart Dash Camera will win you over- as it has for us. Enabled with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems that ensure safe driving by providing real time Lane Departure, an emergency recording feature (that automatically saves footage in the events leading up to a collision and immediately after), HD imagery and First-class Night vision are among a host of impressive features.  A Built – in 2.7″ TFT LCD widescreen with a 165 Degree Wide Angle giving an impressive lane coverage, reducing blind spots dramatically. All this for a very reasonable price tag of Rs 13,499. Revolutionize your daily commute with this Team URBAN favourite!

  1. iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is simply a visual treat. Every inch of the tablet is smooth, sleek and efficient. Needless to say, in terms of power, the tablet is equivalent of a gaming laptop and as expected, is undeniably fast. It also delivers a full-size onscreen keyboard, being as portable as ever. it’s packed with amazing performance features, an advanced display, two cameras, and ultrafast wireless. Priced at Rs 134,999 Give your creativity the platform it deserves and a lot more, all on a single device that still delivers all-day battery life. The iOS 11 lets you take advantage of the new split-screen, app-managing and file-management tools that could easily replace your old laptops and computers — in a good way – more than ever before. 

You just can’t go wrong with the impeccable design and power that Apple puts in your hand. The iPad Pro is undeniably a piece of technology that is hard to beat and needless to say, an absolute Team URBAN recommend.

  1. Apple Pencil for iPad Pro

Keeping with the Apple theme, we have another one from them that is well worth the mention. In Apple’s classic style, technological excellence meets elegance with The Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro. It feels effortlessly responsive and natural (Just as you would feel writing on paper). Priced at Rs 22,849 you get pixel-perfect precision that is unmatched in the market & makes a great upgrade accessory for your iPad Pro. Write notes, mark up, sketch and take your ideas to the next level. Charge it for 15 seconds, and you are good to go for 30 minutes. This stylus lets you explore your pre-loved apps in a whole new way. For the whole new dimension of possibilities it opens up for iPad users, it has made its way to the Top URBAN picks.

  1. Kindle Paperwhite E-reader

For all the Bibliophiles and voracious readers out there, here’s one you would love.  A Top Pick for many reasons, Kindle’s Paperwhite E-reader has been an all-rounder team’s choice since its launch. With a brilliant balance of price and features, this e-reader is affordable while rivaling e-readers that cost considerably more. No matter the lighting conditions, you’ll find the onscreen text appears as sharp as the text you’ll find in any paper book. It is a pocketable size and weighs in at just over 200g, never making you wish you had left it home! With the 4GB of onboard memory, the Kindle Paperwhite has the capacity to store thousands of books—a definite win for anyone taking a long trip off the grid! The Kindle Paperwhite priced at just Rs 29,799 is an all-rounder in a true sense and a team favourite!

  1. GoPro – Hero 2018 HD Waterproof Action Camera

Go on an adventure, have a fuss free experience capturing it. This why we recommend the GoPro – Hero. The prime focus on GoPro’s Hero was being affordable and user friendly in true sense of the word. It lacks the high-end specifications of the Hero6 Black, but If you aren’t about being a power user of action camera’s and are looking for an action camera that emphasizes simplicity and ease-of-use over raw power, look no more! Priced at Rs 39,799 The Hero has the same design as GoPro’s premium models also means it’s waterproof down to a very useful depth of 33ft/10m without the need for an additional case. There is a lot to love about this camera. With a Full HD 1080p recording capability, the Hero represents a carefully curated selection of features designed to get you up and running as quickly as possible. The built-in screen makes the camera more approachable to novice users, a long with voice control that is a big plus when you are out adventuring and have your hands full! Do pick up this URBAN favourite, because there’s so much to explore out there and adventure awaits!