The Nepali holiday season has always been a few months ahead of that in America. To the average Nepali, there’s no bigger festivity than Dashain-Tihar. And now, we are finally there. Happy Dashain!
Of course, like in America or elsewhere, we do sort of have a gift exchanging tradition for Dashain in the form of the mandatory Naya Nana. But we here at Cyber Nepal believe there can and needs to be more! And you know what? For the sake of this article, we’re totally going to pretend there is!
In this article, we will be looking at some of the coolest new tech gadgets that we wish we got as gifts from our relatives living abroad this Nepali holiday season. So don’t forget to share this with them. And help your friends out by sharing this with them too!
We have listed 8 different gadgets from 8 different categories. We have listed them in an ascending order of price so that’s its easier for your relative to choose based on how generous they’re feeling. It is also worth noting that each of these gadgets are one the best in their respective categories for 2019:
- Portable Console: Nintendo Switch
- Headphones: Sony WH-1000xM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones
- Smartwatch: Apple watch series 5
- High-end Gaming Console: PlayStation 4 Pro
- Smartphone: OnePlus 7T
- Tablet Computer: Surface Pro 6
- Virtual Reality Headset: HTC Vive Pro
- Laptop: Dell XPS 13
Cool New Tech Gadgets As Gifts For Dashain 2019
Best Portable Console: Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch is the first and the least expensive entry on our list. It is a great console that supports many of today’s big games and also comes with a lot of Nintendo exclusives. (Pokemon, anyone?) Nintendo has truly nailed the design aesthetics with this one. The Switch can double both as a home console and a handheld console. So if you’ve ever dreamt of owning a portable gaming console like the PSP, do one better. Get the Nintendo Switch!
Nintendo Switch Price and configuration
The base model of the Nintendo Switch is available for $300. You have the option to select one of two colors for your Joy-Con controllers: red-and-blue or gray. A Lite version of this console is also available for $200. Alternatively, you could purchase a bundle. The Mario Tennis Aces and 1-2-Switch bundle is available for $360. The Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Poké Ball Plus bundle is available for $400.
Best Headphones: Sony WH-1000xM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Disclaimer: Noise cancelling headphones are a bit more expensive than the headphones the average Nepali is used to breaking once every couple of months. But if you get a good pair of noise cancelling headphones like the Sony WH-1000xM3, the investment will pay off. Of course, the thousand rupee or more that you invest on a decent-sounding pair of earphones once every month or so do add up. The Sony WH-1000xM3 is a much more robust device that will last your years. To add to that, the sound quality of the Sony WH-1000xM3 is at another level. Every Nepali audiophile needs to get these bluetooth headphones.
Sony WH-1000xM3 Price and configuration
Sony’s brilliant new headphones cost $350. These headphones are available in two different colors: Silver and Black. And they come in a handy portable bag.
Best Smartwatch: Apple watch series 5
Smartwatches have quietly made themselves relevant in the consumer space. If you’ve never owned one, it may not seem worth the money. But once you start using one, you can’t turn back. Not only is a smartwatch very convenient, it can actually save your life someday. The Apple Watch for instance can do all sorts of things such as call emergency services or your emergency contact in case of an emergency. It can even track your heartbeat and let you know if it ever detects an anomaly.
For a century now, watches have had as much a role in our fashion statement as they have as our timekeepers. And as expected, Apple currently makes the most elegant looking smartwatches. Which is why we recommend you pick them over the alternatives.
Apple watch series 5 Price and configuration
The base price of the Series 5 smartwatch from Apple is $400. This is for the one with the Aluminum case. The Stainless steel variant costs $700.
The great thing about an Apple Watch is the plethora of color and band options. Apple offers several different options as part of the base price. For more, you could get designer quality bands. Apple has also collaborated with other companies like Nike and Hermes.
Best High-end Gaming Console: PlayStation 4 Pro
Sony’s PlayStation 4 has been out since 2013. But in late 2016, Sony introduced the PS4 Pro. And since then it has annually updated the device. Compared to the PS4, the latest PS4 Pro comes with an increased 1 TB storage and 4K support. Sony’s arch nemesis in the console wars, Microsoft has announced a new Xbox for late 2020. However, we don’t know if Sony is ready to put out a new console that soon. If you get the PS4 Pro now, it’ll still be a good gaming companion for you for the next few years, even after the PS5 comes out.
PlayStation 4 Pro Price and configuration
The base price of the 1 TB PlayStation 4 Pro is $400. Several bundle options are also available, that come with games such as God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Fifa 20, Fortnite, Red Dead Redemption 2 etc. The default color of the PlayStation 4 Pro is black. But some bundles come in different colors and sometimes even with artwork.
Best Virtual Reality Headset: HTC Vive VR System
VR technology is finally starting to get some pace in. Most high end games now come with a VR option so this is the best time to get yourself a VR headset. The HTC Vive is the undisputed champion of the PC-based VR headset game. It is someone expensive compared to the other options in the market, particularly the Oculus Rift S ($100 cheaper). But the Vive still offers the best VR experience with 2019. Furthermore, given its software partnership with Valve, some games will just feel better with the HTC Vive.
HTC Vive VR System Price and configuration
The price for the HTC Vive VR System is set at $500. The box comes with the VR headset, a pair of controllers and a pair of base stations that cover 360-degrees of the play area.
Best Smartphone: OnePlus 7 Pro
OnePlus is easily one of the more recognized smartphones in Nepal. It has always been able to pack flagship level features for a fraction of the price. But even without the price factor, the OnePlus 7 Pro would be a strong competitor to any of this year’s top choice smartphones, including the latest iPhone and Galaxy phones. The 90Hz refresh rate for its all-screen, bezel-free display also makes this one of the best looking phones of the year.
OnePlus 7 Pro Price and configuration
The OnePlus 7 Pro starts at $670. For this price you get the Mirror Gray OnePlus 7 Pro with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. For $700, you get the 8 GB RAM/256 GB storage variant in three different colors: Almond, Mirror Gray and Nebula Blue. Finally, for $750, you get the 12 GB RAM/256 GB storage variant of the OnePlus 7 Pro in Nebula Blue.
Best Tablet Computer: Surface Pro 6
Need a tablet? Need a laptop? Why not get both? Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 can be used either as a tablet or a laptop. Even at the base price, the base configuration of the Surface Pro 6 serves as a high-end tablet and a mid-end laptop. However, if you already own a Surface Pro 2017, the Surface Pro 6 may not be worth it. If you’re new to the world of Surface, get it! Get it now!
Compared to the Surface Pro 2017, the Surface Pro 6 offers a new color, has a slightly improved battery life and is slightly faster.
Surface Pro 6 Price and configuration
The base price of the Surface Pro 6 is set at $700. But there are several options in the configuration. There are two color choices: Black or Platinum. The Black variant offers one of two memory configurations: 8 GB RAM/256 GB storage or 16GB RAM/512 GB Storage. The platinum variant of the Surface Pro 6 offer two further storage options: 128 GB or 1 TB. So for $700, you get a Surface Pro 6 with 128 GB of storage, 8 GB of RAM and the eighth-gen Intel Core i5 processor. At the high end, for $2000, you get the one with 1 TB of storage, 16 GB of RAM and the eighth-get Intel Core i7 processor.
A high-end variant called ‘Surface Pro 6 for Business’ is also available, although we will not be covering that here.
Best Laptop: Dell XPS 13
Dell XPS 13 is the more affordable competitor to the Mac Book Pro. It is the perfect high-end laptop for a Nepali budget. The XPS 13 offers a great performance packed in a beautiful design. One variant of the Dell XPS 13 even offers a 4K display. There was only one flaw in last year’s Dell XPS which was the ridiculous positioning of the webcam. Dell has fixed this in the XPS 13, placing the webcam where it ought to be.
Dell XPS 13 Price and configuration
The Dell XPS 13 starts at a base price of $1,150. There is also a touch variant of the laptop, which starts at $1,200. These are base models that come with an eighth-gen i5 processor, Windows 10, Intel’s UHD Graphics 620, 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 256GB of Solid State Drive. And the XPS 13 Touch obviously comes with a touch screen. Both of these laptops also offer respective variants with an eighth-gen i7 processor. The Dell XPS 13 with an i7 processor costs $1,250, while the Dell XPS 13 Touch with an i7 processor costs $1550. You should note that these are all base prices and these laptops can be further configured.
Dell XPS 13 is available in two different colors: Frost white and Alpine white.
So this concludes our article on the best tech gadgets as gifts for dashain this year. So what do you wish you got as a gift? Do leave a comment below. And don’t forget to share!